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China condemns plans by Slovenia to upgrade Taiwan ties

Jan. 19, 2022 06:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday condemned plans by Slovenia to upgrade relations with self-governing Taiwan, a move likely to spark diplomatic and economic retaliation against the tiny Central European country. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was...

Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington

Jan. 18, 2022 02:04 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Guatemala has hired for $900,000 a major supporter of former President Donald Trump to seek influence with U.S. officials in an unusual lobbying contract paid for by its ally Taiwan, foreign lobby records show. Ballard Partners registered as a foreign agent with the...

China touts support from Gulf states for Uyghur treatment

Jan. 14, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Persian Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin...

Taiwan adds minelaying to defenses against China

Jan. 14, 2022 06:27 AM EST

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Friday commissioned new navy minelayers to add to its defenses against giant rival China. President Tsai Ing-wen presided over a commissioning ceremony for the navy’s First and Second Mining Operations Squadrons, which will operate ships able...

EXPLAINER: Why didn't China send troops to aid Kazakhstan?

Jan. 13, 2022 21:07 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China gave strong verbal backing to Kazakhstan’s leader for his deadly crackdown to quell violent unrest, but stood aside as Russia sent in special forces troops. Resource-rich Kazakhstan, on China's western border, has economic and strategic importance for...

China faces omicron test weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

Jan. 13, 2022 08:59 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, which poses a test to its “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy and its ability to successfully host the Winter Olympics. ...

Taiwan chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit $6 billion

Jan. 13, 2022 02:00 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips, reported Thursday its quarterly profit rose 16.4% over a year earlier to $6 billion amid surging demand for chips for smartphones and other electronics. Revenue in...

Lithuania: Taiwan to set up $1B credit fund amid China spat

Jan. 11, 2022 10:38 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Taiwan will set up a $1 billion credit program aimed at funding projects by Lithuanian and Taiwanese companies amid economic pressure from China over an office that the island opened in the European Union country, Lithuanian officials said Tuesday. It...

Beijing accuses US of inciting Lithuania over Taiwan

Jan. 10, 2022 05:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Monday accused Washington of inciting Lithuania to “contain China" in a feud over the status of self-ruled Taiwan after U.S. officials expressed support for the European Union-member country in the face of Chinese economic pressure. Lithuania is the...

Asian shares mostly higher after tech-led decline on Wall St

Jan. 07, 2022 00:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets mostly gained on Friday after more declines in big technology stocks pulled major indexes lower on Wall Street. Tokyo and Taiwan slipped but other regional markets advanced. U.S. futures also were higher. A resurgence of coronavirus...