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Ben Blanchard

China too distracted to worry about Taiwan, Taipei mayor says

3:45am EST

TAIPEI China has too many other issues to worry about at the moment, from protests in Hong Kong to a slowing economy, to give much thought to Taiwan, the mayor of Taipei, sometimes seen as a potential future president, said on Thursday.

China holds out carrot ahead of Taiwan election, but few convinced

Nov 28 2019

TAIPEI China is stepping up efforts to be nice to Taiwan ahead of key elections on Jan. 11, offering better treatment to Taiwanese in China and urging the democratic island to "come home", but many there only see Beijing wielding a threatening stick.

Taiwan probes two executives for security law breaches over China meddling claims

Nov 26 2019

TAIPEI Taiwan is investigating two executives at a Hong Kong-listed company on suspicion of violating the country's National Security Act, prosecutors said on Tuesday, after they were named in a report about Chinese meddling.

Taiwan ruling party says China 'enemy of democracy' after meddling allegations

Nov 25 2019

TAIPEI Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's ruling party denounced China as an "enemy of democracy" on Monday following fresh claims of Chinese interference in the island's politics ahead of presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 11.

China meddling allegations roil Taiwan election campaign

Nov 24 2019

TAIPEI Election campaigning in Taiwan was hit at the weekend by new allegations that Beijing had tried to meddle in the island's politics.

U.S. voices concern over China's attempts to sway Taiwan election

Nov 22 2019

TAIPEI The United States is concerned about China's attempts to influence Taiwan's presidential and parliamentary elections, the top U.S. official in Taiwan said on Friday, as China stepped up pressure on the self-ruled island ahead of the vote in January.

China says Taiwan courting 'disaster' after pre-election comment on independence

Nov 21 2019

TAIPEI The Chinese government warned self-ruled Taiwan on Thursday that it was courting "disaster", after the running mate for President Tsai Ing-wen in January elections said he was working toward the island's independence, a red line for Beijing.

China sails carrier group through Taiwan Strait as election campaign picks up pace

Nov 17 2019

TAIPEI China has sailed a carrier group into the sensitive Taiwan Strait led by its first domestically build aircraft carrier as election campaigning kicked into high gear on the self-ruled island on Sunday.

EU's proposed ambassadorial visit to Xinjiang seen unlikely to happen

Nov 14 2019

BEIJING/BRUSSELS The European Union is discussing a visit for ambassadors to China's far western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of oppressing ethnic Uighurs, but the trip is unlikely to happen unless certain conditions are met, diplomats said.

China to 'perfect' Hong Kong leader appointment system, warns on national security

Nov 01 2019

BEIJING China will "perfect" the way the leader of Hong Kong is appointed and replaced, and won't tolerate separatism or threats to national security there, a senior Chinese official said on Friday after a meeting of the top leadership.

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