Latest Taiwan government News

Taiwan steps up alertness after detecting test-firing by China's missile unit

Jul. 13, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Saturday it was monitoring “waves of test-firing” by China's missile unit in a region more than 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the self-ruled island and that its air force stepped up its alertness. China views the...

New top US envoy to Taiwan pledges to help the island with self-defense as threats from China loom

Jul. 10, 2024 23:26 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States’ new top envoy to Taiwan promised Wednesday that Washington will help the self-ruled island defend itself as China ramps up its military threats. The weight of the message from Raymond Greene, who assumed his new role as director of the...

Taiwan says it was warned by China to not interfere in the detention of Taiwanese boat crew

Jul. 03, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Wednesday that China warned its coast guard against interfering in the detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat, in what was seen as Beijing's latest attempt to assert its territorial claims in the Taiwan Strait. The incident comes as tensions have...

Taiwan urges citizens to avoid travel to China, Hong Kong and Macao following Beijing threats

Jun. 28, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has urged its citizens to avoid travel to China and the semi-autonomous Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macao following threats from Beijing to execute supporters of the self-governing island democracy’s independence. Spokesperson and deputy...

A US officiant marries 10 same-sex couples in Hong Kong via video chat

Jun. 26, 2024 07:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Ten same-sex couples got married in the United States over the internet from Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous southern Chinese city that does not formally recognize such unions but offers them legal protections. The event Tuesday was timed to mark Pride Month, with a...

Chinese hackers have stepped up attacks on Taiwanese organizations, cybersecurity firm says

Jun. 24, 2024 05:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has stepped up its targeting of Taiwanese organizations, particularly those in sectors such as government, education, technology and diplomacy, according to cybersecurity intelligence company Recorded Future. In...

Chinese man who sailed into a strategic river mouth in Taiwan was acting on his own, China says

Jun. 12, 2024 01:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that a Chinese man who sailed a small boat into a strategic river mouth in Taiwan was acting on his own and would be punished after his return to China. Taiwanese authorities have detained the man, who has been identified as a...

China denounces US-UK engagement of Taiwan shortly after election of new president

May. 30, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday denounced U.S. and U.K. affirmations of support for Taiwan’s newly elected government, shortly after the island claimed by Beijing freely chose its new leaders. Col. Wu Qian accused the United Kingdom of pursuing a...

Taiwan's legislature passes changes seen as favoring China, reducing president's power

May. 28, 2024 10:19 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s opposition-controlled legislature passed changes on Tuesday that are seen as favoring China and diminishing the power of the island's president, sparking protests by thousands of people. The changes pushed by the opposition Nationalist Party and...

US lawmakers pledge support for Taiwan and its new president after China's military drills

May. 27, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A U.S. congressional delegation met Taiwan's new leader on Monday in a show of support days after China held drills around the self-governing island in response to his inauguration. Rep. Andy Barr, the co-chair of the Taiwan caucus in the U.S. Congress, said...