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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a move that will enrage China and further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Beijing that have are already heated over issues such as trade, Tibet, Hong Kong and...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Taiwanese military officer salutes to Taiwan's flag onboard Navy's 124th fleet Lafayette frigate during military exercises off Kaohsiung, southern of Taiwan. China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

Oct. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each disputed the other’s...

In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, an employee manually inspects syringes of the SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 produced by Sinovac at its factory in Beijing. China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines

Oct. 16, 2020 6:50 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. The city of Jiaxing, south of Shanghai, is offering a vaccine under...

China tracks US Navy ship's passage through Taiwan Strait

Oct. 15, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world's two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer. The spokesperson for its Eastern Theater Command, Maj....

In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 photo, university students put up posters to demand of releasing the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by Chinese authorities, at a

Pompeo defends 12 Hong Kongers detained by China

Oct. 14, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the 12 Hong Kong residents who were detained by China while allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan by boat in August, saying that they had “committed no crime.” “They simply believe that they are worthy of freedom and the...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

Oct. 13, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus found among the almost 2 million sets of results received. The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was...

A medical staff takes a swab from a child as residents wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: China city says it's tested 3 million for virus

Oct. 13, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak in nearly two months. The city’s health department said no new cases have been...

Taiwan dismisses latest China spying accusations

Oct. 13, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Tuesday dismissed new spying allegations by China as a further attempt to smear the government of the self-governing island democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory. The remarks follow a report Monday night by Chinese broadcaster CCTV featuring a taped confession...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun talks with the press, after meeting with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in Vilnius, Lithuania. Biegun said the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi's “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy.

In India, top US diplomat calls China 'elephant in the room’

Oct. 12, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A top U.S. envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without...

China says it has captured a group of Taiwanese spies

Oct. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China says it has captured people spying for rival Taiwan and cracked a series of espionage cases. Reports by state TV and other outlets Sunday said multiple suspects were detained but gave no numbers or identities for most of them. China and Taiwan split amid a civil war in 1949 and...