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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...

Marshall Islands confirms diplomatic support for Taiwan

Sep. 25, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Marshall Islands has confirmed its support for Taiwan after two other small Pacific Island nations switched their diplomatic allegiance to China. The nation announced Wednesday that its parliament passed a resolution last week expressing its "profound appreciation" for...

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...

Former Foxconn chief abandons run for Taiwan presidency

Sep. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has given up on making an independent bid for Taiwan's presidency, citing an "abominable election atmosphere" and bullying of his supporters. Gou announced his decision in a statement late Monday, one day before a deadline to register for the race. The...

Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

Sep. 17, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed Tuesday that it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pacific nations may soon follow. The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as...

Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

Sep. 16, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing as the...

Foxconn ex chairman weighs independent candidacy in Taiwan

Sep. 11, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The former chairman of major contract manufacturer Foxconn met with a prominent Taiwanese lawmaker Wednesday as he weighs a possible independent run for president. Terry Gou, who lost a bid to be the Nationalist Party candidate in July, held talks with Wang Jin-pyng, a Nationalist...

Joshua Wong urges Taiwanese to show support for Hong Kong

Sep. 3, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, a central figure in the territory's ongoing mass anti-Beijing protests, urged Taiwanese people on Tuesday to hold their own demonstrations as they face growing pressure from China. Wong, secretary general of Hong Kong pro-democracy group...