Trump administration crafting big new arms sales to Taiwan -sources

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Mar 17 : The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, US officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing. The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that […]

China drills again near Taiwan as island warns of threat

By Ben Blanchard and J.R. Wu BEIJING/TAIPEI, Mar 2 : Chinese jets and warships carried out exercises near Taiwan and into the Western Pacific today, as the self-ruled island’s defence minister warned of a growing threat from its giant neighbour. Democratic Taiwan is increasingly concerned over China’s military designs, especially recent rounds of Chinese drills […]

Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan

By Faith Hung TAIPEI, Jan 22 : Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan’s pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei today, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office. Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced a pension reform plan this week […]

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 15 : Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc on Saturday and reactivated an old account. “Had a great visit to @Twitter HQ today. Thank you to @vijaya and team for […]

Ex-UN chief Ban to make decision on political future ‘soon’

By Christine Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL, Jan 12 : Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived home in South Korea today and said he will make a decision soon on his political career, amid expectations he will run in an election that may come early if President Park Geun-hye is forced from office. Ban, 72 […]

Chinese state tabloid warns Trump, end one China policy and China will take revenge

By Brenda Goh and J.R. Wu SHANGHAI/TAIPEI, Jan 9 : State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would take “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours after Taiwan’s president made a controversial stopover in Houston. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met senior U.S. Republican lawmakers during her […]