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US tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Aug. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China. Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration informally notified lawmakers of the proposed sale late...

Cathay Pacific CEO resigns after Beijing pressure

Aug. 16, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, one of Hong Kong's most prominent companies, resigned Friday following pressure by Beijing on the carrier over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests. Rupert Hogg became the highest-profile corporate casualty of official...

Report: Levi's, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused

Aug. 15, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

Women sewing blue jeans for Levi's, Wrangler, Lee and The Children's Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs in African factories, labor rights groups say. In response to the revelations, the brands have agreed to bring in...

US says Taiwan defense spending to rise with China threat

Aug. 15, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — America's top representative in Taiwan said Thursday that Washington expects the island to continue increasing its defense spending as Chinese security threats to the U.S. ally continue to grow. W. Brent Christensen said the U.S. had "not only observed Taiwan's enthusiasm to pursue...

Foxconn leaders, Wisconsin officials meet; details unclear

Aug. 14, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group executives met Wednesday with Wisconsin's governor, legislative leaders and others but no one is saying much about what they discussed. Foxconn, the world's leading electronics manufacturer, has been under the spotlight in Wisconsin ever since striking a deal...

Airline, luxury brands follow China's lead on Hong Kong

Aug. 12, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The chief executive of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways warned Monday there will be "disciplinary consequences" for employees involved in "illegal protests," as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days. His comments in a memo to...

China issues top warning for strong typhoon nearing coast

Aug. 9, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China issued its top warning for coastal areas of Zhejiang province Friday ahead of a strong typhoon carrying heavy rain and winds and expected to send an intense storm surge up the mighty Yangzte River. Heavy rain was expected in Zhejiang, Shanghai and nearby provinces on Friday before...

6.0 quake causes minor damage in northeastern Taiwan

Aug. 8, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A magnitude 6.0 earthquake caused minor damage in northeastern Taiwan early on Thursday morning as the island braced for the arrival of a severe typhoon. Taiwan's earthquake monitoring bureau said the quake struck 5:28 a.m. Thursday in the Pacific Ocean about 36 kilometers (22 miles)...

China bans movies, actors from prominent Taiwan film awards

Aug. 7, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it was banning Chinese movies and actors from participating in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Asian film industry's most prestigious honors, as Beijing ramps up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own territory. The one-sentence...

Taiwan says China is limiting tourism to island out of fear

Aug. 1, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's foreign minister has criticized China's suspension of trips by individual Chinese citizens to the island, saying Beijing appeared to be afraid of allowing its people to experience "a country where freedom, openness (and) tolerance are the order of the day." China announced...