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China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate

Sep. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Four candidates vying to lead Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party — and replacing outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy...

Taiwan's president commissions domestic-made naval warship

Sep. 09, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

SU'AO, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president oversaw the commissioning of a new domestically made navy warship Thursday as part of the island's plan to boost indigenous defense capacity amid heightened tensions with China. President Tsai Ing-wen spoke at a naval base in...

The Latest: Moderna, Japan partner recall 1.6 million doses

Sep. 02, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO — Moderna Inc. and its Japanese partner are recalling more than 1 million doses of the U.S. drug maker’s coronavirus vaccine after confirming that contamination reported last week was tiny particles of stainless steel. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. is in charge of...

Taiwan gets first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines after long delay

Sep. 01, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines Thursday after a prolonged purchasing process that gave rise to a political blame game with China. Taiwan had been unable to buy the vaccine itself directly from BioNTech, the German...

China protests US Navy, Coast Guard ships in Taiwan Strait

Aug. 28, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense ministry protested Saturday the passage of a U.S. Navy warship and Coast Guard cutter through the waters between China and Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by China. A statement posted on the ministry's website called the move...

Taiwan's president receives domestically developed vaccine

Aug. 22, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen received her first dose of the island's domestically developed coronavirus vaccine on Monday, launching its rollout to the public. The vaccine, made by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., was given emergency approval...

Taiwan, US coast guards meet despite Chinese pressure

Aug. 12, 2021 05:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Officers from the U.S. and Taiwanese coast guards have met to discuss improving cooperation and communication despite efforts by China to isolate the self-governing island democracy. The virtual meeting held Tuesday came amid moves by the U.S. and others...

China market turns frosty for Taiwan books, as tensions rise

Aug. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese author Iris Chiang hardly seems like the type whose work would be banned from publication in China. Yet four years after being sold to a Chinese publisher, her book teaching children how to appreciate art has yet to go to press, a victim of heightened...

Taiwan, Lithuania ties grow despite pressure from Beijing

Jul. 20, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan will exchange representative offices with Lithuania, the self-governed island said Tuesday, in a breakthrough for its foreign relations that are under constant pressure from China. The offices will seek to enhance economic and trade...

The Latest: Vaccinated Americans to be able to enter Canada

Jul. 15, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. ...