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Censors delete discussion of Beijing's future COVID control

Jun. 27, 2022 04:31 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Digital censors quickly deleted a hashtag “the next five years” Monday as online discussion swirled in response to reported remarks of Beijing's Communist Party secretary saying that the capital city will normalize pandemic prevention controls over the course of the next...

Hong Kongers reflect on Taiwan, an imperfect exile

Jun. 23, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — For Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookstore owner who was detained by police in China for five months for selling sensitive books about the Communist Party, coming to Taiwan was a logical step. An island just 640 kilometers (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Taiwan is...

Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 20, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history. President Joe Biden moved...

China says it successfully intercepted a missile in flight

Jun. 20, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has successfully intercepted a missile in flight, in a test of an anti-ballistic missile system that could improve its defenses as it presses its territorial claims. A brief statement from the Defense Ministry late Sunday gave no details, but said the...

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake shakes central Taiwan coast

Jun. 19, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook Taiwan on Monday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake struck at 9:05 a.m. at a depth of 6.8 kilometers (4.2 miles) in Hualien county, halfway down the east coast of the island, Taiwan's...

Residents say China used health tracker for crowd control

Jun. 17, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Angry bank customers who traveled to a city in central China to retrieve their savings from troubled rural banks have been stopped by a health app on their cellphone. Chinese residents are required to have the health app, which displays a code indicating their...

US Defense Secretary Austin meets Thai leader to boost ties

Jun. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships" in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is...

Chinese Canadian pop star Kris Wu faces rape charge in court

Jun. 13, 2022 03:35 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese Canadian pop star Kris Wu has faced rape and other criminal charges at a closed trial in Beijing as China was in uproar over a video showing a group of men physically assaulting four women in another city. Wu's trial Friday at the Chaoyang People’s...

China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia

Jun. 12, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister accused the United States on Sunday of trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.” ...

US: China's military activity around Taiwan threatens region

Jun. 11, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia's premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La...