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

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., China agree to abide by the Taiwan agreement

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the “Taiwan agreement”, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made… Read More U.S., China agree to abide by the Taiwan agreement

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