Latest Taiwan government News

Taiwan's president condemns California church shooting

May. 17, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s president has condemned the shooting at a Taiwanese church in California by a man reportedly driven by hatred of the island, while a lawmaker from her ruling party questioned whether Chinese propaganda was a motivating factor behind the violence. ...

Taiwan activist released from China says global help worked

May. 10, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese human rights activist who served five years in jail in China said that international pressure and the tireless advocacy by his wife worked to ensure his safe return to Taiwan. “I know that my life's safety and security was defended by many...

Taiwan faces largest COVID-19 outbreak yet

Apr. 28, 2022 06:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan, which had been living mostly free of COVID-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic with over 11,000 new cases reported Thursday. Cases have been on the upswing since late March. In April, the island’s central...

US Pentagon chief speaks for 1st time to Chinese counterpart

Apr. 20, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday spoke with his Chinese counterpart for the first time since becoming Pentagon chief more than a year ago, breaking a communications impasse that American officials saw as increasingly dangerous amid concern that Beijing might provide...

US lawmakers affirm Japan alliance eyeing China, North Korea

Apr. 16, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting U.S. lawmakers reaffirmed their commitment to working together under a longstanding bilateral alliance on Saturday at a time of heightened global tensions including threats from China and North Korea. In a meeting over...

China stages military exercises as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

Apr. 15, 2022 05:40 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China said its military staged exercises Friday to reinforce its threat to use force to bring Taiwan under its control, as U.S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan made a pointed and public declaration of their support for the self-governing island democracy while issuing a warning to...

Activist who was imprisoned in China returns to Taiwan

Apr. 15, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese pro-democracy activist who served five years in China returned to Taiwan on Friday morning, a Taiwanese government ministry confirmed. Lee Ming-che was arrested by Chinese authorities in 2017 and charged with subversion of state power. His arrest...

Senior US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan for visit

Apr. 14, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A delegation of six U.S. lawmakers led by Republican Lindsey Graham from South Carolina arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for a two-day visit that has already been denounced by China. The U.S. lawmakers are to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and the...

Taiwan considers extending 4-month military conscription

Mar. 23, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is considering extending its four-month compulsory military service, its defense minister said Wednesday, amid concerns about the self-governing island democracy's tensions with China, which have been underscored by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Defense...

Live updates: Zelenskyy warns against 'pseudo-republics.'

Mar. 12, 2022 23:53 PM EST

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: LVIV, Ukraine – Russia is trying to create new “pseudo-republics” in Ukraine to break his country apart, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address to the nation Saturday. Zelenskyy called on...