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In this photo taken by Ren Quanniu, Ren Quanniu, right, and other supporters of lawyer Lu Si Wei pose for a group photo in Chengdu in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his law license on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. (Ren Quanniu via AP)

China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist

Jan. 16, 2021 12:57 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, had his license...

In this image made from a video screen shows Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, top, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2021. Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.” (The United States Mission to the United Nations via AP)

US ambassador to UN and Taiwan's president meet virtually

Jan. 14, 2021 3:01 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Her trip canceled in the final days of the Trump administration, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft instead met virtually Wednesday night with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and told her: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.” And though...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft attends a luncheon with President Donald Trump and members of the United Nations Security Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. The State Department cancelled a planned visit to Taiwan by Craft, as well as several other trips planned by senior officials. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

US cancels ambassador's controversial trip to Taiwan

Jan. 12, 2021 10:45 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. State Department canceled the planned Taiwan visit by its U.N. ambassador that has drawn strong opposition and a warning from China. The department announced it was canceling all senior-level overseas travels, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah at the State Department in Washington. Pompeo announced Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how U.S. diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan, another move that is expected to upset China as the Trump administration winds to an end. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Chinese state media blast latest Pompeo move on Taiwan

Jan. 10, 2021 10:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's state media lashed out at the latest move on Taiwan by the departing Trump administration, accusing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “seeking to maliciously inflict a long-lasting scar on China-U.S. ties.” A writer for the official Xinhua News Agency also said in...

Former Democratic Party legislators Andrew Wan, left, Lam Cheuk-ting, second left, and Helena Wong, right, attend a press conference after being released on bail in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Some former Hong Kong legislators and pro-democracy activists were released on bail late Thursday, after being arrested under Hong Kong's national security law as part of Wednesday's mass arrests of 53 people. The Chinese in the background reads

Australia, US, UK, Canada criticize Hong Kong mass arrests

Jan. 10, 2021 3:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Canada issued a joint statement Sunday expressing “serious concern” about the arrest of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week. The arrests were by far the largest such...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah at the State Department in Washington. Pompeo announced Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how U.S. diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan, another move that is expected to upset China as the Trump administration winds to an end. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Pompeo voids restrictions on diplomatic contacts with Taiwan

Jan. 9, 2021 10:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Saturday that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how U.S. diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan, another move that is expected to upset China as the Trump administration winds to an end. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft speaks during a news conference at the U.S. State Department in Washington. According to the United States Mission to the United Nations, Craft will travel to Taipei Jan. 13-15, 2021, for meetings with senior Taiwanese counterparts and members of the diplomatic community in order to bolster relations and show continued support with the island. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Taiwan heralds visit by US ambassador to UN as China fumes

Jan. 8, 2021 4:39 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Friday it welcomed the visit of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the closing days of the Trump administration, in a move that brought China's renewed condemnation of Washington. Kelly Craft will visit Taipei, the island's capital, on Jan. 13-15, a week before...

Supporters hold banners as they wait for of Zhou Xiaoxuan outside at a courthouse where Zhou is appearing in a sexual harassment case in Beijing on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. In a blow to the MeToo movement in China, a court in Zhejiang province found a young man and woman guilty of defamation against a prominent Chinese journalist on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 for publishing an alleged account of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese court finds #MeToo allegations defamed journalist

Jan. 7, 2021 11:51 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a potential blow to the #MeToo movement in China, a court ruled that two former journalists defamed a third journalist by publishing an account accusing him of sexual misconduct. A court in the eastern city of Hangzhou ruled Tuesday that the evidence provided by Zou Sicong and He...

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducts routine underway operations in support of stability and security for a free and open Indo-Pacific, at the Taiwan Strait, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. China accused the U.S. of staging a show of force by sailing two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning. The Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit” in accordance with international law.(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda/U.S. Navy via AP)

US sending UN envoy to Taiwan, sparking warning from China

Jan. 7, 2021 11:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he is sending U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft to Taiwan next week to show “what a free China could achieve,” an announcement that sparked sharp criticism from Beijing and a warning that “the United States will pay a...

Judge drops suit since Corps reconsidering plastics complex

Jan. 6, 2021 3:12 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a Taiwan-based conglomerate’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana because the Army Corps of Engineers is reconsidering its permit. Formosa Plastics Group plans to build 10 chemical plants and four other major...