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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...

Q&A: How a woman's death got tangled in Hong Kong politics

Oct. 23, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Around Valentine's Day last year, the decomposing body of a pregnant Hong Kong woman, 21-year-old Poon Hiu-wing, turned up in the tall grass near a riverside spot in a suburban area of Taipei, Taiwan's capital. Her boyfriend, also from Hong Kong, was the prime suspect in her slaying...

Hong Kong, Taiwan spar over fugitive case that led to unrest

Oct. 22, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is feuding with Taiwan over a fugitive murder suspect whose case indirectly sparked mass protests in Hong Kong in opposition to an unpopular extradition bill. Hong Kong officials pleaded on Tuesday for authorities in Taiwan to let the man surrender himself for killing his...

China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

Oct. 21, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister lashed out at U.S. foreign policy Monday, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure or a "big stick" approach, while reiterating threats to force the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan to accept rule from Beijing. Gen. Wei Fenghe did not refer directly...

Taiwan's Tsai says China threatens regional peace, stability

Oct. 10, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is threatening Taiwan "nonstop" and posing a major challenge to regional peace and stability, the island's President Tsai Ing-wen said in a National Day speech Thursday. Tsai's comments come amid a renewed push by China to internationally isolate the self-governing island...

Former White House press secretary defends Trump tweets

Oct. 8, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump's use of Twitter to get his message out and said Tuesday that the U.S. hopes that unrest in Hong Kong can be handled "both internally and peacefully." Speaking at a forum in Taiwan, Sanders said it is...

Arch bridge falls in Taiwan bay, divers search for victims

Oct. 1, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A towering arch bridge over a bay in eastern Taiwan collapsed Tuesday, sending a burning oil tanker truck falling onto boats in the water below. An air force helicopter, fishing vessels and more than 60 military personnel including divers were searching for possible victims. Six...

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan, presaging switch to China

Sep. 20, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing's hand. Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Kiribati had officially notified his government of the decision. Kiribati is...