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Taiwan asks Hong Kong, China to help fight $30 million online love scams

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Fighting this new type of cross-border fraud will require the cooperation of all 3 administrations, and sits in contrast to mounting recent tensions over Beijing's desire for closer political links

Populist pro-China mayor to face Tsai in Taiwan presidential clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Han Kuo-yu's victory sets up an unpredictable clash as Taiwan goes to the polls in January in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China

HAN KUO-YU. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Mighty Sports continues dominant Jones Cup run with Jordan rout

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Former PBA imports Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman take charge as Mighty Sports-Philippines roll past the Jordanian national team

STARTING STRONG. Roosevelt Adams and Mighty Sports overwhelm Jordan to cruise to a 2-0 start. Photo from Cignal-SBP

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

SANCTIONS? Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China will impose sanctions on US enterprises that will participate in the sale of weapons to Taiwan. File photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mighty Sports blows out Iran U23 in rousing Jones Cup debut

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Led by former PBA import Eugene Phelps and Fil-Am Jeremiah Gray, Mighty Sports-Philippines drubs Iran by 26 points

CRUISING. Mighty's Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray scoots past Iran's Amirhossein Azari. Photo from Cignal-SBP

Fights break out as Taiwan's President Tsai visits New York

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Opponents of Tsai – many waving Chinese flags – chant slogans and fight with supporters, while one man is seen being detained and handcuffed by police

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Jones Cup: Mighty Sports faces dangerous Iran

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Mighty Sports shoots for a winning start against Iran in the Taiwan tournament

KEY COG. Mighty Sports expects Roosevelt Adams to play a key role again in its campaign. File photo from Mighty Sports

Mighty Sports aims 'nothing less than a championship' in Jones Cup

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Drawing tough early assignments, Mighty Sports vies to pull off an upset against Iran at the start of its campaign

China urges U.S. to 'immediately cancel' arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:45 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China has already lodged formal complaints through diplomatic channels expressing 'strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition' to the move

GENG SHUANG. Image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Filipinos can visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days until July 31, 2020

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

Taiwan leader plans U.S. stopover on diplomatic tour

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen plans to transit through the US when she visits 4 Caribbean diplomatic allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Toroman supervises Mighty Sports’ Jones Cup buildup

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman returns to give another club team a boost

Canadian navy ships 'buzzed' by Chinese warplanes

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Canadian military says its navy helicopter was also targeted by a laser detected from a nearby Chinese fishing boat

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet performs during an aerobatics show at Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport near the Zhangjiajie Tianmenshan National Park, in China's central province of Hunan, 18 March 2006. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin LIU JIN / AFP

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Terry Gou cedes Foxconn control as he eyes Taiwan presidency

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Terry Gou – whose company Foxconn is China's largest private employer – is seeking to run for the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) although he still has to win its nomination

TERRY GOU. CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Two Canadian naval vessels sail through Taiwan Strait

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The ships sailed through the narrow waterway separating the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in a 'freedom of navigation' operation, the Taipei ministry says

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. File photos of the frigate HMCS Regina and support vessel Asterix, of the Canadian navy. Photos from Wikipedia

Hong Kong unrest alarms Taiwan with wary eye on China

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:27 AM

'Developments in Hong Kong from the Umbrella Movement to the recent protests, have cemented the view of people in Taiwan that the People's Republic of China can't be trusted to preserve their autonomy,' says Taiwan expert Bonnie Glaser

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai to seek reelection after defeating party challenger

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party announces that Tsai Ing-wen has comfortably beaten former premier William Lai in a primary decided by opinion polls

REELECTION BID. In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives to register as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party's headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Populist China-friendly mayor to run for Taiwan president

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of Kaohsiung city, is among 5 candidates announced by the opposition Kuomintang party for its primary election

Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019.  Daniel Shih / AFP

Taiwan's request for U.S. tanks and missiles sparks China anger

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says they have 'repeatedly emphasized to the US to fully understand the extremely sensitive and damaging nature of their decision to sell arms to Taiwan'

China says US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan

May 31, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'The US recently often played the Taiwan card, in a vain attempt to use Taiwan to contain China. This is purely wishful thinking,' says a Chinese defense ministry spokesman

Intel unveils Core i9-9900KS CPU ahead of Computex 2019 keynote

May 28, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The Core i9-9900KS can reportedly clock 5GHz for all its 8 cores

INTEL. Intel shows off its fastest processor yet. Image from Intel Newsroom

AMD details 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs, teases new graphics cards

May 27, 2019 - 7:40 PM

AMD's new Ryzen CPUs are expected to be available in July, with the Radeon RX 5700 series graphics processors dropping that month as well

AMD AT COMPUTEX. Expect new GPUs and CPUs by July! Image from AMD.

Filipina tracksters snag 3 silvers in Taiwan Open

May 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Siblings Kyla and Kayla Richardson and Alyanna Nicolas deliver medals for the Philippines

SIBLING POWER. Kyla Richardson and Kayla Richardson both clinch silver in their respective events. Photo from Kyla Richardson's Facebook account

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

May 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The weddings place Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia

FIRST COUPLE. Taiwan's first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China rebukes U.S. over warship sail-by in Taiwan Strait

May 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The US Navy says the USS Preble, a destroyer, and USNS Walter S. Diehl, a supply ship, conducted a routine transit 'in accordance with international law'

USS PREBLE. In this image released by the US Navy Visual News Service March 14, 2011 shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling. Photo by Navy Visual News Service / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/AFP

No Gilas in Jones Cup, Mighty Sports to represent PH

May 22, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Coach Charles Tiu expects a tougher Jones Cup run for the Mighty Sports team bannered by Fil-Am Jason Brickman, Jason Gray, and Roosevelt Adams

What to expect at Computex 2019

May 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The world’s biggest computer trade show is right around the corner

COMPUTEX ARRIVES AGAIN! Two visitors stand behind a desk with Computex logo during Computex 2018 at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei on June 5, 2018. File Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwanese war veteran uses art to save his village

May 19, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Armed with acrylics and paintbrushes, an elderly man transforms his neighborhood into the famous Rainbow Village in Taiwan

A motley of colorful dreamy characters adorn the walls of the Rainbow Village, a famous tourist spot in Taichung, Taiwan. These surreal illustrations are made by the 97-year-old retired soldier Huang Yung-Fu. Photo by Bernice Beltran

As #LoveWins in Taiwan, Filipinos weigh in on same-sex marriage in PH

May 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Is predominantly Catholic Philippines ready for same-sex marriage?

Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriages in first for Asia

May 17, 2019 - 12:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) The island's lawmakers comfortably passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' and a second clause that would let them apply for a 'marriage registration' with government agencies

TAIWAN'S GAY RIGHTS FIGHT. Gay right supporters watch television outside Parliament while law makers discusses the same sex marriage bill in Taipei on May 17, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan gay couples plan weddings even as opponents fight back

May 15, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan are among hundreds of same-sex couples who have made reservations to register with government agencies on May 24 for what they hope will be a marriage

IN LOVE. This picture taken on May 7, 2019 shows cake maker Shane Lin (L) and his lover Marc Yuan posing for a photo during an interview at their workshop Cake Play in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

New Southbound Policy seen to improve PH-Taiwan ties

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Taiwan, in its bid to reduce dependence on China, is looking to improve trade relations with a number of countries, including the Philippines

China says navy warned off French warship in Taiwan Strait

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang says the French warship 'illegally entered China's territorial waters' on April 7

Strong 6.1 quake hits Taiwan, shakes buildings in Taipei

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) There are no immediate reports of casualties

Taiwan's Foxconn chief hints at presidential run

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Asked by reporters on April 16 if he would run for president, Terry Gou says, 'I will have meetings today and hear (feedback). Hopefully we can talk about this tomorrow or later'

FOXCONN'S TERRY GOU.CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou gestures during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Eye'll bee damned: Woman finds insects in eye

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The tiny insects, just 3 milimeters long, are discovered after the woman sought treatment for an itchy and swollen left eye, Dr Horng Chi-ting says

SWEAT BEES. This handout photo taken on March 30, 2019 and received on April 11, 2019 courtesy of doctor Horng Chi-ting shows tiny sweat bees in a patient's eye in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. Handout photo courtesy of Doctor Horng Chi-ting/AFP

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Taiwan president says U.S. trade deal would boost security

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the US and Taiwanese economies are 'complementary' and that a trade pact could provide a model for the Indo-Pacific region

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

Taiwan blasts China for 'reckless' fighter jet incursion

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:10 AM

Taiwan says two Chinese fighter jets deliberately crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, a widely agreed upon boundary

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

Taiwan leader says Hong Kong crackdown on democracy an omen

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:17 AM

On her stopover in the US, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says what is happening in Hong Kong 'reflects that democracy is inherently incompatible' with the Chinese Communist Party

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. Tsai Ing-wen on August 13 pledged to promote regional stability in the first public talk given by a Taiwanese leader while transitting in the United States since 2003 in a move bound to rile China. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan leader to visit Pacific allies to firm up ties

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Tsai Ing-wen will visit Palau, Nauru, and Marshall Islands between March 21 and March 28

VISITING ALLIES. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan asks U.S. for new fighter jets to defend against China

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States

China slams 'provocative' U.S. sail-by in Taiwan Strait

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We resolutely oppose some of the provocative actions taken by the US that are not conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and to the China-US relations,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang

AFTER US SAIL-BY. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

2 dead, 6 missing after high-seas brawl on Taiwan fishing boat

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'A fight broke out when the chief officer hacked two of his crew to death in a disciplinary action dispute,' the Taiwan fisheries department says in a statement