U.S. shows new de facto embassy in Taiwan amid China tensions

By Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI, June 12 : The United States unveiled a new $256 million representative office in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday, a de facto embassy that underscores Washington’s strategic ties with the democratic, self-ruled island as it faces escalating tensions with China. Washington cut diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 but remains the […]

At delicate moment, US weighs warship passage through Taiwan Strait

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Jun 5 : The United States is considering sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, U.S. officials say, in a move that could provoke a sharp reaction from Beijing at a time when Sino-U.S. ties are under pressure from trade disputes and the North Korean nuclear crisis. A […]

Taiwan welcomes Haiti president as China chips away at allies

By Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI, May 29 : Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed the leader of the Caribbean nation of Haiti with a military salute on Tuesday on his first official trip to Taipei, as China ramps up the pressure to lure away Taiwan’s friends. Taiwan has lost two diplomatic allies in the past month, […]

Taiwan says Swaziland assures on ties as China steps up pressure

By Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI, May 28 : Taiwan has received assurances from its only remaining African ally, Swaziland, that their diplomatic ties are secure, the island’s foreign minister said on Monday, as China seeks to lure away Taiwan’s dwindling band of friends. Taiwan has lost two diplomatic allies this month, most recently the West […]

Taiwan exports orders beat forecast as tech sector growth picks up

By Roger Tung TAIPEI, May 21 : Taiwan’s export orders growth beat forecasts in April, as the island’s technology sector recovered from a weak first quarter for the industry. Orders for the trade-reliant economy rose 9.8 percent to $39.1 billion from the same period a year earlier, data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed […]

China carries out low-key live fire drills after warning Taiwan

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Apr 19 : China has conducted live-fire military drills along its southeast coast after increasingly stern warnings by Beijing for neighbouring Taiwan to toe the line, but the exercises were more low key than had been flagged in state media. The government had said the drills would happen on Wednesday off […]