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Get democratic yourself, Taiwan minister says after China slams summit invite

Dec 02 2021

TAIPEI Countries complaining about the U.S. Summit for Democracy need to double down on democracy themselves so maybe next time they'll get an invite too, Taiwan's digital minister said on Thursday, responding to China's opposition to her attendance. | Video

Former PM Abe says Japan, U.S. could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

Nov 30 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

Taiwan scrambles to see off Chinese air force as Xi meets top brass

Nov 28 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Sunday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan's defence ministry said, the latest increase in tensions across the Taiwan Strait as China's president met his top generals.

Hong Kong protest film wins at Chinese-language 'Oscars'

Nov 27 2021

TAIPEI A documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong won a high-profile award at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking world's version of the Oscars, in Taiwan on Saturday.

China carried out 'combat readiness patrol' as U.S. lawmakers visited Taipei

Nov 26 2021

TAIPEI China's military carried out "combat readiness" patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait on Friday as a U.S. Congressional delegation made a surprise visit to Taipei, offering strong support to the Chinese-claimed, democratically governed island.

Model soldiers and secret bunkers on Taiwan's front line with China

Oct 26 2021

KINMEN, Taiwan Chen Ing-wen strides up to a rocky outcrop some 3 km (1.9 miles) from China's coast on Taiwan-controlled Kinmen island and demonstrates how as a soldier he used to shoot from there at Chinese trawlers that got too close. | Video

Taiwan won't start a war with China, defence minister says

Oct 14 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself "full on", Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday, amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. | Video

TSMC announces chip plant in Japan, flags 'tight' capacity throughout 2022

Oct 14 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan chip giant TSMC announced on Thursday plans to build a new factory in Japan to meet long-term appetite for chips and said, near-term, tight supplies will likely continue into 2022 amid booming demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan won't be forced to bow to China, president says

Oct 10 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday, in a riposte to Beijing that its government denounced. | Video

UPDATE 1-Taiwan seeks international support after Chinese incursions

Oct 07 2021

TAIPEI, Oct 7 Taiwan will ensure regional peace and stability and seeks to work with other like-minded democracies, President Tsai Ing-wen told senior French and Australian dignitaries on Thursday, days after a dramatic spike in tensions with China.

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