China conducts fresh military drills around Taiwan

China’s military announced fresh drills in the seas and airspace around Taiwan on Monday, a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises to protest against last week’s visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. China’s Eastern Theatre Command said it would conduct joint drills focusing on anti-submarine and sea… Read More China conducts fresh military drills around Taiwan

Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday that Japan remains open to dialogue with China as keeping communications intact is all the more important when ties are strained. Hayashi’s comment to reporters came after China on Thursday canceled a meeting between Hayashi and his Chinese counterpart, set to take place on the sidelines of… Read More Japan’s foreign minister says nation remains open to dialogue with China

China cancels bilateral meeting with Japan over G7 Taiwan statement

The Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday that a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of ASEAN events in Cambodia had been cancelled. The Chinese side is strongly displeased with the joint statement put out by the Group of Seven nations about Taiwan, said Hua Chunying, spokesperson… Read More China cancels bilateral meeting with Japan over G7 Taiwan statement

China launches military drills around Taiwan

China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday, launching unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its sovereign territory. The exercises, China’s largest ever in the Taiwan Strait, began as scheduled at midday and included live-firing in the… Read More China launches military drills around Taiwan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan following meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after pledging solidarity and hailing its democracy, leaving a trail of Chinese anger over her brief visit to the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own. China demonstrated its outrage over the highest-level U.S. visit to the island in 25 years with a… Read More U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan following meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday he had discussed Russian aggression in Ukraine during more than five hours of talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and raised concerns over Beijing’s alignment with Moscow. Both diplomats described their first in-person talks since October as “candid”, with the meeting taking place a day… Read More U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles

North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang has been steadily developing its weapons programme amid a standoff over talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals… Read More North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles