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Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

Jul. 15, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing. The Nationalist Party said Han Kuo-yu had won the presidential primary after opinion poll results gave him a 45...

Taiwan opposition party names popular mayor as presidential candidate, bypassing former Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou

Jul. 14, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan opposition party names popular mayor as presidential candidate, bypassing former Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou.

Taiwan defends US arms deal after China sanctions threat

Jul. 13, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Saturday defended a proposal to purchase $2.2 billion in arms from the U.S., following a Chinese announcement that it would sanction any American companies involved in the deal. U.S. weapons help strengthen Taiwan's self-defense in the face of a growing military threat from...

China warns US 'not to play with fire' regarding Taiwan

Jul. 12, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's foreign minister said Friday. Wang Yi also said during a visit to Hungary that his country is concerned about...

China says US should not allow visit by Taiwan's leader

Jul. 12, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the self-governing island as part of an expected $2.2 billion deal. President Tsai Ing-wen is in New York on a...

Taiwan president heads to Caribbean with US stops

Jul. 11, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Thursday for a four-country state visit to the Caribbean with stops in the United States on the way there and back. Her delegation is going to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on a 12-day trip. The...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...

Christian family details crackdown on church in China

Jul. 8, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China...

State Department proposes $2 billion sale of arms to Taiwan

Jul. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is proposing the sale of $2.2 billion in arms to Taiwan, including 108 Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, sidestepping protests from China. The tanks represent a significant upgrade to Taiwan's aging armored battle fleet. Congress has been notified...

Hong Kong protests may give Taiwan's leader a boost vs China

Jul. 1, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Recent anti-government protests in Hong Kong are echoing in Taiwan, possibly giving the island's President Tsai Ing-wen a lift in her campaign to resist Beijing's pressure for political unification and win a second term in next year's elections. The demonstrations sparked by Hong Kong Chief...