China issues waning on Taiwan independence bid

China will take “drastic measures” if Taiwan makes moves towards independence, a Beijing official warned on Wednesday, adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside meddling could intensify next year. China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claim,… Read More China issues waning on Taiwan independence bid

Nicaragua severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan, switches allegiance to Beijing

China and Nicaragua re-established diplomatic ties on Friday after the Central American country broke relations with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, boosting Beijing in a part of the world long considered the United States’ backyard and angering Washington. China has increased military and political pressure on Taiwan to accept its sovereignty claims, drawing anger from the democratically ruled… Read More Nicaragua severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan, switches allegiance to Beijing

U.S. invites Taiwan to its democracy summit

The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move that infuriated China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory. The first-of-its-kind gathering is a test of President Joe Biden’s assertion, announced in his first foreign policy address in… Read More U.S. invites Taiwan to its democracy summit

U.S. warship sails through sensitive Taiwan Strait

A U.S. warship again sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, part of what the U.S. military calls routine activity but which always riles China whose government believes Washington is trying to stir regional tensions. The U.S. Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” through international waters… Read More U.S. warship sails through sensitive Taiwan Strait

China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan row

China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday, expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State for allowing Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there and raising tensions in a row that has dragged in Washington. China views self-ruled and democratically governed Taiwan as its territory with no right to the trappings of a… Read More China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan row

Taiwan opens office in Lithuania despite China opposition

Taiwan opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania on Thursday in a diplomatic breakthrough for the Chinese-claimed island, brushing aside Beijing’s strong opposition to the move. China demanded in August that the Baltic state withdraw its ambassador to Beijing and said it would recall China’s envoy in Vilnius after Taiwan announced its office in the… Read More Taiwan opens office in Lithuania despite China opposition

Taiwan commissions F-16V fighter jets amid tensions with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with U.S. help to bolster the island’s defences during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and U.S. military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off by a… Read More Taiwan commissions F-16V fighter jets amid tensions with China

China calls on U.S. to stop all official interaction with Taiwan

China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that a visit to Taiwan by a U.S. congressional delegation violates the One China policy, and that the United States must immediately stop all forms of official interaction with Taiwan. It is a dangerous game to collude with pro-independence forces in Taiwan, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman at the Chinese… Read More China calls on U.S. to stop all official interaction with Taiwan