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Taiwan leader meets Solomons envoy to shore up ties over China

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Solomon Islands are among only 17 countries that maintain official ties with Taiwan, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vowed to review the relationship

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during 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

Taiwan president slams Beijing's solo tourists ban

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'Tourism should not be politicized,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen after China's tourism ministry announced the suspension of individual travel permits to the island

TOURISM. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen slams China's decision to halt individual travel to the island. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Taiwan's Tsai says no peace deal with China unless force ruled out

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen is responding to recent comments by Wu Den-yih, head of the main opposition Kuomintang, that his party would pursue a peace treaty with Beijing if it were to regain power in 2020

NO PEACE DEAL. 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 Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. 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 unveils new drone as tensions with China mount

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's navy shows off its new, long-range surveillance drone, the 'Rui Yuan' (Sharp Hawk), which officials say can fly for 12 hours and is now helping to monitor movements in the disputed strait between Taiwan and China

A navy serviceman stands guard next to an indigenously-made Rui Yuan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during a military exercise at the Pingtung Air Force Base in southern Taiwan on January 24, 2019.  SAM YEH / AFP

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

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 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'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

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

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

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

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

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

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

China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Taiwan can now claim only one ally in Africa, Swaziland

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

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

Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The Taiwanese man who was arrested at the scene says he was expressing his political views and had stolen the sword from a nearby history museum

SAMURAI SWORD ATTACK. A suspect identified only by his family name Lu (C), is escorted by policemen at a local police bureau in Taipei on August 18, 2017, after he was suspected of slashing a police guard with a Samurai sword at the Presidential Palace. Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP

Taiwan urges restraint after China plane enters defense zone

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Taiwan scrambles aircraft to monitor the Chinese planes each time they have flown near the island

Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Two Taiwanese lawmakers try to choke each other during a brawl in parliament over controversial legislation

PARLIAMENTARY BRAWL. Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hsu Shu-hua (C, facing camera) brawls with ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chu Yi-ying (front C, in grey) during a review of a major infrastructure project at the Parliament in Taipei on July 13, 2017. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan war games simulate China invasion

May 25, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The annual drills are Taiwan s biggest military exercise and mocked up a scenario in which Chinese troops launched an amphibious assault

WAR GAMES. Domestically produced RT-2000 rockets are launched during the "Han Kuang" (Han Glory) life-fire drill, some 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the city of Magong on the outlying Penghu islands on May 25, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan sees fewer tourists as Chinese stay away

May 17, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Increases from other areas including Southeast Asia are not enough to offset the steep fall in Chinese visitors

Protesters display a placard during a demonstration in Taipei on September 12, 2016. Thousands of tourism industry workers took to the street in Taiwan September 12, demanding the government to address a slump in visitors from China as cross-strait ties deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Beijing gloats over Trump Taiwan snub

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:39 PM

UPDATED President Donald Trump says he does not want to risk his newfound personal relationship with China s president Xi Jinping

ONE CHINA? During a recent telephone call, President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen discuss 'the close economic, political, and security ties' between Taiwan and the United States. File photos by Sam Yeh/AFP; Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Taiwan detains China student for alleged espionage

Mar 10, 2017 - 10:06 PM

It is the latest in a string of espionage cases and comes as ties are increasingly frosty between Taipei and Beijing

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Taiwan envoy hails U.S. ties after Trump inauguration

Jan 21, 2017 - 5:09 PM

China had formally asked Washington not to welcome the Taiwanese party to the inauguration

ALL SMILES. Former Taiwan premier Yu Shyi-kun says that Taiwan-US relations are 'probably at its best right now' after attending new US President Donald Trump's inauguration. AFP File Photo

Beijing warns Trump: One China 'not negotiable'

Jan 15, 2017 - 3:12 PM

Trump has threatened to get tough with what he sees as unfair Chinese trade practices and suggested that the One China policy could become a bargaining chip

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Jan 14, 2017 - 3:37 PM

US President elect Donald Trump also threatens to get tough with unfair Chinese trade practices

Taiwan president heads to U.S. as Beijing watches

Jan 07, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UPDATED Donald Trump himself appeared to have ruled out meeting President Tsai Ing wen this trip saying it is a little bit inappropriate to meet anybody until he takes office January 20

US TRIP. This picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaking during a press conference in Taipei.  Sam Yeh/AFP

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Chinese media warn 'immature' Trump over Taiwan policy

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Chinese media warns Donald Trump that the one China policy is non negotiable and dropping it could lead to Beijing supporting US enemies

This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump speaking during the USA Thank You Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Don Emmert/AFP

Trump questions 'one China policy' without Beijing concessions

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED I don t want China dictating to me says US President elect Donald Trump

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a "get-out-the-vote" rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. President-elect Donald Trump rejected the CIA's reported conclusion that Russia intervened to help him win the US election, saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that the idea is "ridiculous." "I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it," Trump said in an interview with Fox News December 11, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

After Trump row, China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan leader

Dec 07, 2016 - 1:11 PM

UPDATED China urges Washington to block Taiwan s president from passing through the US after reports said she may stop in New York for talks with Donald Trump s team

In this file photo, Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

Still seeking top diplomat, Trump taunts China

Dec 05, 2016 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED The taunt comes two days after US President elect Donald Trump risked offending Beijing by accepting a call from the Taiwanese president

LATEST TAUNT. Relations with America's top trading partner may be headed for a downturn as President-elect Donald Trump accuses Beijing of currency manipulation and military expansionism. Screenshot from Trump's Twitter account

Trump talk with Taiwan leader just a 'courtesy call' – U.S. VP-elect Pence

Dec 05, 2016 - 2:45 AM

US Vice President elect Mike Pence defends President elect Donald Trump saying he merely accepted the good wishes of Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing wen

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 03, 2016 shows  (FILES) This combo of file photos shows Republican presidential candidate 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. President-elect Donald Trump's controversial telephone conversation with the leader of Taiwan was just a "courtesy call," US Vice President-elect Mike Pence said December 4, 2016. "It was nothing more than taking a courtesy call from a democratically elected leader," Pence told ABC News, speaking about the Friday call between Trump and Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen, which broke decades of US diplomatic policy and risks creating a serious rift with China.  / AFP PHOTO / STAFF