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Former Foxconn chief abandons run for Taiwan presidency

Sep. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has given up on making an independent bid for Taiwan's presidency, citing an "abominable election atmosphere" and bullying of his supporters. Gou announced his decision in a statement late Monday, one day before a deadline to register for the race. The...

Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

Sep. 17, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed Tuesday that it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pacific nations may soon follow. The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as...

Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

Sep. 16, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing as the...

Foxconn ex chairman weighs independent candidacy in Taiwan

Sep. 11, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The former chairman of major contract manufacturer Foxconn met with a prominent Taiwanese lawmaker Wednesday as he weighs a possible independent run for president. Terry Gou, who lost a bid to be the Nationalist Party candidate in July, held talks with Wang Jin-pyng, a Nationalist...

Joshua Wong urges Taiwanese to show support for Hong Kong

Sep. 3, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, a central figure in the territory's ongoing mass anti-Beijing protests, urged Taiwanese people on Tuesday to hold their own demonstrations as they face growing pressure from China. Wong, secretary general of Hong Kong pro-democracy group...

Taiwan demands China disclose whereabouts of missing citizen

Aug. 30, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Officials in Taiwan demanded Friday that China disclose information about the disappearance of a Taiwanese man who reportedly distributed photos of Chinese troops massing equipment just outside protest-racked Hong Kong. Friends and family have been unable to reach Lee Meng-chu, a...

Taiwan leader touts island's determination to defend itself

Aug. 30, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday the island has been "aggressively promoting indigenous national defense" with help from U.S. arms sales that have raised Beijing's ire. "We locally build our submarines and fighter jets, and these are not just slogans," Tsai said at an...

China 'will not sit idly' if US sells fighter jets to Taiwan

Aug. 22, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a Chinese general said, while warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign firms involved in the deal. Beijing considered the sale a violation of previous...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

Taiwan's Tsai expresses thanks over approval of F-16V sale

Aug. 20, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the United States on Tuesdsay for approving the sale of 66 advanced F-16V fighter jets and urged rival China to respect Taiwan's right to defend itself. President Donald Trump announced approval of the $8 billion deal on Sunday. The sale is...