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

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

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi began talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, in a bid to improve communication despite a deepening strategic rivalry and tensions over hotspots including Taiwan. A source close to the Zurich talks said that the closed-door meeting was under way at an airport hotel in… Read More U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland

U.S. approves licenses for Huawei to purchase auto chips

U.S. officials have approved license applications worth hundreds of millions of dollars for China’s blacklisted telecom company Huawei to buy chips for its growing auto component business, two people familiar with the matter said. Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, has been hobbled by trade restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on the sale… Read More U.S. approves licenses for Huawei to purchase auto chips

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