Taiwan plans about $9billion defense spending over next five years

Taiwan proposed on Thursday extra defence spending of T$240 billion (an equivalent of $8.69 billion) over the next five years, including on new missiles, as it warned of an urgent need to upgrade weapons in the face of a “severe threat” from giant neighbour China. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has made modernising the armed forces… Read More Taiwan plans about $9billion defense spending over next five years

China asks Lithuania to withdraw its ambassador over Taiwan row

China demanded Lithuania on Tuesday withdraw its ambassador in Beijing and said it would recall China’s envoy to Vilnius in a row over the Baltic state allowing Chinese-claimed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there using its own name. China considers democratically ruled Taiwan to be its most sensitive territorial issue, and is regularly… Read More China asks Lithuania to withdraw its ambassador over Taiwan row

U.S. Senate passes bill to aid Taiwan regain WHO observer status

The U.S. Senate passed a bill late on Thursday calling on the State Department to submit a plan to help Taiwan regain its observer status at the World Health Organization, one of several U.S. bids to boost Taiwan as it faces pressure from Beijing. Taiwan is excluded from most global organizations such as the WHO,… Read More U.S. Senate passes bill to aid Taiwan regain WHO observer status

U.S. approves potential sale of Howitzer artillery systems to Taiwan

The U.S. State Department approved the potential sale of 40 155mm M109A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer artillery systems to Taiwan in a deal valued at up to $750 million, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. This comes after arms sales last year that included drones and coastal missile defenses meant to upgrade the island’s capabilities and discourage… Read More U.S. approves potential sale of Howitzer artillery systems to Taiwan

Taiwan criticises Hong Kong following expulsion of officials in ‘one China’ row

Taiwan criticised Hong Kong on Monday in an escalating row over China’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan, prompting it to pull out officials from its representative office in the Chinese-run city. Taiwanese staff working at the island’s representative office in Hong Kong started leaving the former British colony on Sunday, after Hong Kong’s government demanded that… Read More Taiwan criticises Hong Kong following expulsion of officials in ‘one China’ row

China threatens Taiwan with war over independence bid

China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that its armed forces were acting in response to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering its southwestern air… Read More China threatens Taiwan with war over independence bid

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifts restrictions on diplomatic relations with Taiwan officials

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said he was lifting restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move likely to anger China and increase tensions between Beijing and Washington in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s presidency. China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifts restrictions on diplomatic relations with Taiwan officials

Chinese court sentences twenty-nine Taiwanese deported from Spain to jail for telecoms fraud

A Beijing court sentenced 29 people from Taiwan who had been deported from Spain to up to 14 years in jail on Thursday for telecoms fraud, part of a series of deportations decried by Taiwan as an abuse of human rights. In recent years, hundreds of Taiwanese suspected of telecom fraud have been deported to… Read More Chinese court sentences twenty-nine Taiwanese deported from Spain to jail for telecoms fraud