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FILE - In this May 16, 2007, file photo, a Taiwanese navy frigate launches a

Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defense

Oct. 27, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Tuesday that recently proposed purchases of U.S. missiles and other arms systems will boost the island’s ability to credibly defend itself amid rising threats from China. The comments from defense ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen came a day after China said it...

FILE - In this May 16, 2007, file photo, a Taiwanese navy frigate launches a

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

Oct. 26, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just hours after Beijing announced sanctions on U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, the lead contractor on the Harpoon deal. “The United States...

FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, in Woburn, Mass. China's government said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Spokesman: China to sanction US arms suppliers to Taiwan

Oct. 26, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it will impose sanctions on U.S. military contractors including Boeing Co.'s defense unit and Lockheed Martin Corp. for supplying weapons to rival Taiwan, stepping up a feud with Washington over security and Beijing's strategic ambitions. Raytheon Technologies...

Hong Kong protesters and Taiwanese supporters march to demand the release of the 12 Hong Kong protesters that have been arrested by mainland Chinese authorities, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. A group of 12 people from Hong Kong were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan in August when Chinese authorities captured them and detained them.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Hundreds march in Taiwan to support 12 arrested Hong Kongers

Oct. 25, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Taiwan's capital on Sunday to demand the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government protesters who were arrested by mainland Chinese authorities in August. The 12 were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan when Chinese authorities detained them....

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

Oct. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. Both...

China vows retaliation if US proceeds with Taiwan arms sale

Oct. 22, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has vowed to retaliate if the U.S. proceeds with the sale of advanced weaponry to Taiwan worth more than a billion dollars. The statement from China’s defense ministry gave no specifics, but the development marks a further deterioration in ties between Beijing and Washington...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a move that will enrage China and further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Beijing that have are already heated over issues such as trade, Tibet, Hong Kong and...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Taiwanese military officer salutes to Taiwan's flag onboard Navy's 124th fleet Lafayette frigate during military exercises off Kaohsiung, southern of Taiwan. China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Taiwan, China trade accusations after staffers fight in Fiji

Oct. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji. Both China and Taiwan confirmed the Oct. 8 incident but each disputed the other’s...

In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, an employee manually inspects syringes of the SARS CoV-2 Vaccine for COVID-19 produced by Sinovac at its factory in Beijing. China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines

Oct. 16, 2020 6:50 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. The city of Jiaxing, south of Shanghai, is offering a vaccine under...

China tracks US Navy ship's passage through Taiwan Strait

Oct. 15, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world's two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer. The spokesperson for its Eastern Theater Command, Maj....