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Alab Pilipinas absorbs 2nd loss after Formosa game-winner

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Another one-point heartbreaker sends Alab reeling to its second loss in 3 games in the ASEAN Basketball League

LUCKLESS. Alab Pilipinas winds up sharing the top spot after another painful loss. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Taiwan's China-skeptic ruling party opts for moderate new leader

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Cho Jung-tai, a moderate concensus candidate, comfortably defeats a bid from an openly pro-independence rival who had called for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen not to stand again in next year's presidential election

Democratic allies should rally to protect Taiwan from China, says Tsai

Jan 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen accuses China of waging a 'deliberate campaign' to undermine the island's democracy by refusing to talk to her government

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

1 dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Four people have been rescued so far out of the 15 people on board the sunken freighter

Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable' – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) President Tsai Ing-wen warns Beijing that Taiwan's people would never give up the kind of freedoms unseen on the authoritarian mainland.

SOVEREIGN. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Xi Jinping insists that the island be reunified with the mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

China taking advantage of Taiwan's openness, warns Tsai

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:19 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen says there is a need to 'understand and face the reality that both sides are fundamentally different in their values, lifestyles, and political system'

BEWARE. President Tsai Ing-wen warns Taiwan against the possibility of China taking advantage of its democratic openness. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan rebuffs China tourist snub with record 2018 arrivals

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The 11 millionth visitor, a Japanese doctor, arrived Sunday, December 30 in what Taiwan's tourism bureau described as 'a new landmark'

GAINS. Despite China staying away, Taipei sees a boost in tourism. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan searches for 152 missing Vietnamese tourists

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Local media speculate that the Vietnamese may have come to Taiwan to work illegally

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'Pro-family' groups defeat pro-gay campaigners in what Amnesty International calls a "bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:36 AM

A referendum on whether marriage should only be recognized as between a man and a woman won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained over 6 million

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by AFP.

Taiwan's president quits party leadership after major polls setback

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The Beijing-friendly main opposition Kuomintang makes gains in the face of China's increasing pressure on the island

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan awaits results of key election test and gay marriage vote

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) It is a test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Divided Taiwan to vote in key test for ruling party

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The ballot includes an unprecedented 10 referendums, one of which calls for Taiwan to change the name it uses at sports events, a proposal that has already angered Beijing

TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Taiwan navy gets two new warships as China tensions grow

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vows the island would not 'concede one step' in defending itself

TURNOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (left) poses with a model of one of the island's new frigates during a ceremony to commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates from the US into the Taiwan Navy, in the southern port of Kaohsiung on November 8, 2018. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Massive Taiwan Gay Pride parade pushes key referendum vote

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Little progress has been made after Taiwan's top court legalized gay marriage in May 2017

China army to do 'whatever it takes' to retain Taiwan

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,' says Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

MASSIVE PARADE. Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. Photo by stringer/AFP

Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18

Oct 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The crash of the Puyuma Express train on Sunday also injures 187 passengers.

RAILWAY CRASH. Taiwan search and rescue team officials wait for a crane to arrive at the crash site after the Puyuma Express train derailed at high speed near Xima station in Taiwan's northeastern Yilan county on October 21, 2018. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

17 dead in Taiwan rail accident – authorities

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Taiwan Railways Administration confirms that more than 70 people are also injured in the accident

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The rally calls for a public vote on whether the island should formally declare independence from China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China 'seriously challenging' peace, says Taiwan president

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'As Taiwan is on the frontline of the Western Pacific, we are naturally subject to tremendous pressure,' says President Tsai Ing-wen in speech marking Taiwan's National Day

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) China immediately says it was hopeful of better relations, while Taiwan insists its ties with the Vatican were safe

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Cody Wilson – who advocates 3D-printed weapons – is currently in Taiwan according to the island's authorities. He is wanted in the US for having sex with a 16-year-old, according to police.

CODY WILSON. In this file photo Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly West/AFP

Philippines to deport 'most wanted criminal' of Taiwan

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:35 PM

American fugitive Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is accused of chopping up and dumping in a river the body of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher in Taiwan

FOR DEPORTATION. American national Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, is set to be deported back to Taiwan over the murder of a 43-year-old Canadian teacher. Photo of Mayer from the BI Fugitive Search Unit

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China, El Salvador establish ties in fresh defeat for Taiwan

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) El Salvador's move leaves Taiwan with a dwindling number of allies around the world as a growing number switch recognition to China

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

'We solemnly condemn the irresponsible news reports,' says Taiwan

TAIWAN FLAG. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

U.S. denies China policy change after Taiwan leader speech in LA

Aug 15, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Beijing says that it has lodged an official protest with the United States over Tsai Ing-wen's August 13 speech in Los Angeles where she says Taiwan's freedom and future is not negotiable

POLITICAL SPEECH. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on August 12, 2018 shows Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaking during her visit to Los Angeles, California during a stopover en route to allies Paraguay and Belize. AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO

LIVE: House hearing on P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:17 PM

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House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opposition lawmakers Miro Quimbo and Gary Alejano slam the drug smuggling, calling it a 'big blow' to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chip giant TSMC says WannaCry behind production halt

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

TSMC says some of its computer systems and equipment in its Taiwan plants were infected on August 3 during software installation. The incident is expected to cause shipment delays and cut third-quarter revenue by 2%.

Ardot Parojinog deported back to Philippines from Taiwan

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:17 PM

A prominent member of a suspected drug-dealing family from Ozamiz City who eluded arrest, Ricardo 'Ardot' Parojinog finally falls into the hands of Philippine authorities

RETURNED. Fugitive Ozamiz City Councilor Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog has been deported back to the Philippines from Taiwan, arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday evening, July 27. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific lists Taiwan as part of China

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Even United States carriers are expected to change their listings of Taiwan, despite a White House statement in May that called China's demands 'Orwellian nonsense'

TAIWAN CONTROVERSY. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters go into service amid China tensions

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:44 PM

In a move likely to rile Beijing, Taiwan commissioned 29 US-made Apache AH-64E, also known as the 'tank killer'

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.

Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) Maria is the first typhoon of the season for Taiwan, and damage is limited for the island which is prone to violent storms through the summer

TYPHOON MARIA. This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA taken on July 10, 2018 shows a large wave hitting the coast of Taitung as Typhoon Maria approaches east Taiwan. AFP PHOTO/CNA PHOTO

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

U.S. unveils 'milestone' new de facto embassy in Taiwan

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Donald Trump's administration is moving to strengthen ties with Taiwan in the face of China's diplomatic moves and military threats

EMBASSY. Journalists tour the new office complex of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) during a dedication ceremony in Taipei on June 12, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 8, 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Live-fire drills begins with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold – by force if necessary

LIVE DRILL. A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang drill at the Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Torres-Sunang bags long jump silver in 2018 Taiwan Athletics Open

May 27, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Triple jumper Ronnie Malipay and discus thrower John Albert Mantua secure bronze medals

FALLING SHORT. Runner-up Marestella Torres-Sunang gets another shot at Vietnamese champion Bui Thi Thu Thao in this year's Asian Games.

China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Taiwan can now claim only one ally in Africa, Swaziland

Fugitive Councilor Ardot Parojinog nabbed in Taiwan

May 24, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Ricardo 'Ardot' Parojinog is the brother of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was shot dead in a police operation last year

NABBED. Ricardo Parojinog is put on the immigration lookout as government continues to investigate members of the Parojinog clan for drug links. Photo from the Misamis Occidental Provincial Government website

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

May 23, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The new chip could be the first to use a 7-nanometer design, smaller than the 10-nanometer chips in today's flagships

APPLE. A customer touches the screen of the last year's iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in California, USA. The next Apple flagship may be using a 7-nanometer chip, which would make it the first commercial device to sport one. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


Taiwan ex-leader Ma convicted in political leaks case

May 15, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Ma Ying-jeou is sentenced to 4 months in prison for violating the communication security and surveillance act, says the high court, overturning a previous not guilty verdict from a lower court

GUILTY. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. File photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan hits back at WHO exclusion under Beijing pressure

May 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council says that under the World Health Organization charter, Taiwan should be allowed 'equal participation' in all WHO events

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP