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US working with Taiwan to combat China election interference

Nov. 22, 2019 6:19 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island. The U.S. is “aware that China is attempting to apply pressure through various means on Taiwan ... to influence Taiwan's...

Taiwan president alleges Chinese electoral interference

Nov. 19, 2019 7:59 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese attempts to interfere in Taiwan’s presidential election campaign are happening “every day,” the island’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, said Tuesday. Tsai gave no details, but she said China was using “every means they can” to influence the...

Taiwan’s president predicts more pressure from China

Nov. 17, 2019 10:46 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says China’s pressure on the self-governing island democracy will only increase amid a changing international situation. Tsai is seeking a second term in January’s presidential elections and told supporters Sunday night she had overseen an...

China carrier fleet passes near rival Taiwan

Nov. 17, 2019 7:57 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese aircraft carrier fleet passed near Taiwan on Sunday, prompting the self-governing island to scramble ships and jets to monitor the situation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said the southbound Chinese fleet passed into the Taiwan Strait but stayed on China’s side of...

Taiwan opposition candidate backs Hong Kong full democracy

Nov. 14, 2019 7:38 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The China-friendly opposition candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election is urging Hong Kong to adopt universal suffrage as the best way of stemming months of anti-government protests. Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party told reporters Thursday that Taiwan stood as an...

The Latest: Some exchange students urged to leave Hong Kong

Nov. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7 p.m. Several Nordic students at Hong Kong Baptist University are being moved because anti-government demonstrators are on the school grounds. Student Elina Neverdal Hjoennevaag told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Wednesday that they...

China holding 3 Taiwanese over national security suspicions

Nov. 13, 2019 12:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Wednesday that it is holding three Taiwanese on suspicion of committing subversion or other crimes against the Chinese state, part of a trend that has prompted a travel warning from the island's government. The three were suspected of carrying out activities harmful to...

Taiwan candidate chooses ex-Google executive as running mate

Nov. 11, 2019 1:22 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The pro-China opposition candidate in Taiwan's presidential election set for early next year has chosen a former Google executive as his running mate. Chang San-cheng, a political independent, on Monday joined the ticket of Nationalist Party candidate Han Kuo-yu, who lags behind...

China defense chief defends policy on Hong Kong, Xinjiang

Nov. 5, 2019 11:34 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister defended his country's policy on the controversial issues of Hong Kong and the northwestern territory of Xinjiang in a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart. The official Xinhua News Agency said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also raised the issues of Taiwan...

Hong Kong government withdraws bill that sparked protests

Oct. 23, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change. Secretary for Security John Lee told the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's legislature that the...