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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...

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and Yu Shyi-kun, speaker of the Legislative Yuan, cheer with audience during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. President Tsai said Saturday she has hopes for less tensions with China and in the region if Beijing will listen to Taipei’s concerns, alter its approach and restart dialogue with the self-ruled island democracy.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan's leader hopes for reduced tensions with China

Oct. 10, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday she has hopes for less tensions with China and in the region if Beijing will listen to Taipei’s concerns, alter its approach and restart dialogue with the self-ruled island democracy. Speaking at Taiwan’s National Day...

Earthquake off Taiwan's east coast shakes Taipei

Sep. 30, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan on Wednesday, swaying buildings in Taipei, the capital. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude 5.9 quake struck at a depth of 106 kilometers (66 miles). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. An Associated...

Taiwanese airmen applaud as they listen to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speak during her visit to the Penghu Magong military air base in outlying Penghu Island, Taiwan Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Tsai visited the military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. (AP Photo/Wu Huizhong)

Taiwan's Tsai visits base following Chinese show of force

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

PENGHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. Tsai spoke to roughly a hundred air force pilots and crew members at the Penghu Magong Air Force...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a memorial service for the late former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Lee, remembered for leading the island's transition to democracy, died at age 97 in July, (Pool Photo via AP)

China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader

Sep. 19, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day Saturday as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan's transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui. Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary for...

U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, second right, reacts as he is greeted after disembarking from a plane upon arrival at the airport in Taipei. Taiwan, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

US envoy begins second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

Sep. 17, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. Beijing considers Taiwan its own and opposes all official contacts...

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, right, meets James K.J. Lee, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, for lunch at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US envoy to United Nations meets with Taiwan official in NY

Sep. 17, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch Wednesday with Taiwan’s top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island that China claims as...

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, and Somaliland representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Hagi, bump elbows during an unveiling ceremony of the Somaliland office plate in Taipei, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The breakaway territory of Somaliland opened a representative office in Taipei on Wednesday in a move that has already drawn Beijing’s ire.(AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

Somaliland opens office in diplomatically isolated Taiwan

Sep. 9, 2020 3:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The breakaway territory of Somaliland opened a representative office in Taipei on Wednesday in a move that has already drawn Beijing’s ire. The territory’s representative to Taipei, Mohamed Hagi, said trade, security and development corporation were key aspects of...

Taxis arrive to pick up passengers cleared to leave the centralized quarantine facility in Hukou township in Hsinchu county in Northern Taiwan on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Wu Huizhong)

VIRUS DIARY: One midnight moment in Taiwan's virus battle

Sep. 8, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — “Get back in the car!” the masked people shouted at me. “Get back in!” It was near midnight. My taxi just pulled into the parking lot where I was greeted by three masked people. They were dressed in heavy protective gear, goggles, gloves, face mask and...

In this photo released by the Taipei City Government, Taipei's Mayor Ko Wen-je, left, hands over a box of surgical masks to Prague's Mayor Zdenek Hrib during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The mayors of Prague and Taipei announced new areas of cooperation for the two sister cities, including orchestra tours, on Friday as a Czech delegation concluded a weeklong visit to Taiwan that was bitterly criticized by China. (Taipei City Government via AP)

Prague, Taipei deepen ties as controversial Czech visit ends

Sep. 4, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The mayors of Prague and Taipei announced new areas of cooperation for the two sister cities, including orchestra tours, on Friday as a Czech delegation concluded a weeklong visit to Taiwan that was bitterly criticized by China. Taipei also donated 100,800 face masks and will share...