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Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

Jul. 15, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing. The Nationalist Party said Han Kuo-yu had won the presidential primary after opinion poll results gave him a 45...

Taiwan defends US arms deal after China sanctions threat

Jul. 13, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Saturday defended a proposal to purchase $2.2 billion in arms from the U.S., following a Chinese announcement that it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal. U.S. weapons help strengthen Taiwan's self-defense in the face of a growing military threat from...

China warns US 'not to play with fire' regarding Taiwan

Jul. 12, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday. Wang Yi also said during a visit to Hungary that his country is concerned about...

China says US should not allow visit by Taiwan's leader

Jul. 12, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the self-governing island as part of an expected $2.2 billion deal. President Tsai Ing-wen is in New York on a...

Taiwan president heads to Caribbean with US stops

Jul. 11, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Thursday for a four-country state visit to the Caribbean with stops in the United States on the way there and back. Her delegation is going to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on a 12-day trip. The...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...

Taiwanese president will not visit Wyoming this month

Jul. 9, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A possible visit by the president of Taiwan to Wyoming has fallen through. Gov. Mark Gordon's office has been talking with President Tsai Ing-wen's office about possibly visiting during Cheyenne Frontier Days, a celebration of rodeo and Western culture held in late July. The annual...

Hong Kong protests may give Taiwan's leader a boost vs China

Jul. 1, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Recent anti-government protests in Hong Kong are echoing in Taiwan, possibly giving the island's President Tsai Ing-wen a lift in her campaign to resist Beijing's pressure for political unification and win a second term in next year's elections. The demonstrations sparked by Hong Kong Chief...

Wyoming governor still hopeful Taiwan president will visit

Jun. 27, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A visit by the president of Taiwan to Wyoming remains a definite possibility despite Gov. Mark Gordon's recent skirmish with Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr over the issue, Gordon said Thursday. Gordon's s staff members remain in contact with President Tsai Ing-wen's office about visiting...

The Latest: Hong Kong police say want to clear protesters

Jun. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7 a.m. Hong Kong police say they want to clear the streets of protesters Monday morning. Police announced the decision at an early morning news conference. Many protesters spent Sunday night near government...