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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

U.S. scolds China over 'Orwellian' airline demands

May 06, 2018 - 9:09 AM

US President Donald Trump will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens, says a White House statement

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? China seeks to impose its version of 'political correctness' on American air carriers. Image courtesy of American Airlines

'May the force be with you' in Taiwan's presidential office

May 04, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The island's Vice President Chen Chien-jen and fans dressed as a motley crew of intergalactic characters chant "May the force be with you" in homage to the George Lucas space drama as part of events held around the world on May the fourth

MAY THE 4TH. This handout picture taken and released by the Taiwan Presidential Office on May 4, 2018 shows Star Wars fans posing for photographs at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

Taiwan to stage live-fire drill simulating China 'invasion'

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Taiwan's 5-day drill, codenamed 'Han Kuang,' which means 'Han Glory,' will start from June 4

This undated photo taken in April 2018 shows J15 fighter jets on China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, during a drill at sea. A flotilla of Chinese naval vessels held a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported early April 23, 2018, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy in disputed waters that have riled neighbours. AFP

China carries out aircraft carrier drills in Pacific as Taiwan tensions rise

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The exercises took place in an area east of the Bashi Channel, between Taiwan and the Philippines, says the Chinese navy

China to hold military drills in Taiwan Strait

Apr 18, 2018 - 12:20 PM

It is the first such exercise in the waterway since 2016, and it coincides with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Swaziland, one of the self-ruled island's few remaining international allies

Taiwan president watches naval drill as China tensions grow

Apr 13, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Tsai Ing-wen boards the Kee Lung destroyer to supervise as troops practice defending against an attack on the northeastern port of Suao

NAVAL DRILL. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen smiles during a press conference at the Keelung destroyer at the Suao navy harbour in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Xi Jinping makes surprise visit to fleet in South China Sea drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Footage of Xi's visit on state broadcaster CCTV shows the president watching jets taking off from China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and joining sailors for a meal

MUSCLE. File photo of China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.  Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. approves license for Taiwan submarine plan

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Taiwan calls the approval a 'breakthrough' in its bid to construct its own submarines

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves from a Duch-made Sea Tiger submarine at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on March 21, 2017.  Taiwan formally launched an ambitious project to build its own submarines as the island faces growing military threats from China as relations deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

China's aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions rise

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The Liaoning and accompanying vessels enter Taiwan's air defense zone on Tuesday, March 20, the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a blistering nationalistic speech – warning against what he called any attempts to split China

LIAONING. China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China urges U.S. to 'correct mistake' on Taiwan

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:41 PM

China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwanese protesters rally for 'nuclear-free homeland'

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'The government should move forward, not backwards and restarting the reactor would be a regression,' says lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang, head of the opposition New Power Party

NO NUKES. Activists march during an annual protest against the use of nuclear energy in Taipei on March 11, 2018. Hundreds of Taiwanese people took to the streets in Taipei on March 11 to demand the government keep its pledge to abolish the use of nuclear nuclear energy by 2025. Photo by Pichi Chuang/AFP

China lashes out at U.S. over bill promoting Taiwan ties

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) The Taiwan Travel Act says it should be US policy for high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States, meet with US officials and conduct business in the country

US-TAIWAN RELATIONS. This combo of file photos shows US President Donald Trump (L) in St Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016 and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Panama City on June 27, 2016. File photos from AFP

Final bodies removed from rubble of Taiwan quake

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Chinese couple from Beijing who were on a sightseeing trip have already been named among the 17 dead after a 6.4-magnitude quake toppled buildings in the coastal town of Hualien

CAUTION. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back C) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Tragic homecoming for OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The remains of Melody Albano Castro are brought to her home in Barangay Banguian in Abulug town, Cagayan

SAD HOMECOMING. The box bearing the remains of OFW Melody Albano Castro is loaded in a hearse that would transport it to her hometown on February 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of OWWA Region 2

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Feb 11, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Rescuers end their search of a Taiwan building left leaning at around a 50-degree angle by the earthquake

CAUTION. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back C) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan quake toll rises to 15 as bodies pulled from rubble

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) 3 partially collapsed buildings in Hualien are being demolished for public safety, including the local landmark Marshal Hotel where one employee was killed

AFTERMATH. Japanese rescue workers look at the Yun Tsui building, which is leaning at a precarious angle, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 9, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

Family of OFW earthquake victim to receive around P1.94 million in aid – Bello

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Aside from aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Association, Melody Albano Castro's family will receive additional money from worker's insurance and Hualien City government aid

TAIWAN. A rescue worker clears debris to make way for the recovery of the dead bodies of a Hong Kong Canadian couple from the Yun Tsui building, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 9, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake was family breadwinner

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Melody Albano Castro leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and a husband with a disability

TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE. A magnitude-6.4 quake strikes Kaohsiung, Taiwan, causing some buildings to collapse on February 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of Zachary Lee/UDN TV

Body of missing Filipina found in earthquake-hit Taiwan

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Officials say at least 9 people were killed after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien, Taiwan

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Photo by Paul Yang/AFP

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Feb 08, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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Presidential Spokesperon Atty. Harry Roque responds to follow up question after the press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan earthquake toll rises to 9

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The major focus for emergency responders remains the 12-story Yun Tsui apartment block where the majority of the deaths occurred and dozens are still missing

FOCUS OF RESCUES. A general view shows the Yun Tsui building (back center) leaning to one side after an overnight earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

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Feb 07, 2018 - 11:41 AM

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A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT

Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan earthquake kills 7

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say they could not verify how many residents are still missing after the 6.4-magnitude quake which hit the eastern port city of Hualien

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Paul Yang/AFP

Two dead, over 200 injured in Taiwan quake

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:20 AM

(UPDATED) A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency

MARSHAL HOTEL COLLAPSE. Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. Photo by AFP

Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The drill comes after President Tsai Ing-wen last month warned against what she called Beijing's 'military expansion'

LIVE-FIRE DRILL. A tank attends during an annual drill at the a military base in the eastern city of Hualien on January 30, 2018. Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in South Korea for oil transfer to North

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by a Taiwanese company, has been impounded by South Korean customs authorities at the port of Yeosu on November 24 following an inspection

OIL TRANSFER? The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by Taiwanese company Billions Bunker Group Corp., is seen at sea off South Korea's Yeosu port on December 29, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

Taiwan passports recalled over picture mix-up

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The costly design blunder mistakenly swaps an image of an airport in Washington DC for the island's main airport

VISIT 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

Taiwan warns Chinese military drills pose 'enormous threat'

Dec 26, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Local media estimate Chinese warplanes have conducted at least 20 drills around Taiwan this year, compared to just 8 in 2016

'ENORMOUS THREAT.' The frequent drills 'have created enormous threat to security in the Taiwan Strait,' says Taiwanese defense minister Feng Shih-kuan. File photo from Wikipedia

Taiwan moves to erase Chiang Kai-shek's authoritarian legacy with new laws

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Tributes to Taiwan's former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be removed across the island after lawmakers vote in favor of the mandatory axing of symbols of its authoritarian past

UNWANTED. This picture taken on August 23, 2017 shows tourists walking past statues of the late nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek at a park in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. Sam Yeh/AFP

OFWs with visas issued before Nov 12 exempted from OEC moratorium

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment will grant the OEC applications of OFWs who have visas issued before November 12

China warns U.S. not to allow Taiwan stopover

Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 PM

Reports say Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Hawaii and the US territory of Guam next week

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

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Horror in Taiwan over siblings' abuse deaths

Oct 18, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The case sparks an emotional public response, with some calling for the death penalty, which can be handed down for serious crimes in Taiwan

China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence – Xi

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Xi warns that China has 'the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form'

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017.  Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Taiwan visa-free entry for Filipinos begins November 1

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The trial period for the visa-free entry is from November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018

VISIT TAIWAN. 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

Oops! PH uses Taiwan logo in event to thank China

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Ironically, the event was to mark a 'new era' of ties between the Philippine and Chinese militaries following years of tension over control of the West Philippine Sea

WRONG LOGO. The Philippine Department of National Defense uses the logo of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense in event with China. Rappler photo

Taiwan approves visa-free entry for Filipinos – report

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The trial period for the visa-free policy for Filipinos is expected to be announced in a month

VISIT TAIWAN. 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

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Sep 27, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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Taiwan denies Duterte claim it is a source of drugs

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'Taiwan has never been the source of illegal drugs entering the Philippines,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)

DRUG TRADE. President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech at the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice, says the Bamboo and 14K triads 'have taken over' the drug trade in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Sep 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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Duterte absolves China, blames Taiwan 'triad' for drugs

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:12 PM

'The Philippines today is a client state of the Bamboo triad,' President Rodrigo Duterte says, claiming the Taiwanese gang has 'taken over' the operations of the Chinese