Latest Taiwan government News

Taiwan's president says war with China 'not an option'

Jan. 24, 2023 09:27 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told Pope Francis in a letter that war with China is “not an option” and said constructive interaction with Beijing, which claims the island as part of its territory, depends on respecting self-ruled Taiwan's democracy. ...

The AP Interview: Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war

Jan. 20, 2023 21:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan has learned important lessons from Ukraine’s war that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if invaded, the self-ruled island's top envoy to the U.S. said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. Among the lessons: Do more to...

Taiwan ruling party's new chair vows to safeguard democracy

Jan. 18, 2023 03:51 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The new head of Taiwan's ruling party who described himself as pro-independence vowed to uphold the self-ruled island's democracy in face of China's authoritarianism and continue with policies that have defined relations with China and the U.S. Lai Ching-te,...

Yellen to meet with Chinese finance minister in Switzerland

Jan. 16, 2023 05:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with her Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, in Switzerland on Wednesday to discuss economic developments between the two nations. The Zurich talks will be a follow-up to the November meeting between President Joe...

UK, Japan sign defense deal amid rising concern about China

Jan. 11, 2023 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Japan signed a defense agreement Wednesday that could see troops deployed to each others’ countries. The two countries are strengthening military ties amid growing concern about China’s increasing military assertiveness and designs...

China renews threat against Taiwan as island holds drills

Jan. 11, 2023 05:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China renewed its threats Wednesday to attack Taiwan and warned that foreign politicians who interact with the self-governing island are “playing with fire.” A spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the country was recommitted in the new year to...

German, Lithuanian lawmakers show support in Taiwan visit

Jan. 10, 2023 02:08 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lithuanian lawmakers on a visit to Taiwan took aim at China Tuesday, saying the world's second largest economy tried to use all sorts of measures to change Lithuania's decision to break diplomatic norms in warming up relations with the self-ruled island democracy. ...

China holds large-scale joint strike drills aimed at Taiwan

Jan. 09, 2023 01:40 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Chinese military held large-scale joint combat strike drills starting Sunday, sending war planes and navy vessels toward Taiwan, both the Chinese and Taiwanese defense ministries said. The exercises coincided with the visit of a group of German lawmakers...

Taiwan's Tsai visits base as China protests US ship passage

Jan. 06, 2023 08:22 AM EST

CHIAYI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base Friday to observe drills while rival China protested the passage of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, as tensions between the sides showed no sign of abating in the new year. Beijing...

Hong Kong cardinal, Taiwan at papal funeral, but not China

Jan. 04, 2023 23:29 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The attendance of both the former bishop of Hong Kong and an adviser to Taiwan's leader at this week's funeral for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI highlights the Vatican's uneasy relationship with communist-ruled China. The Chinese government, which does not have formal...