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In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, combination of photos, people wear various masks as they wait at an immigration counter at an airport terminal in Sepang, Malaysia, outside Kuala Lumpur. Face masks are in short supply in parts of the world as people try to stop the spread of a new virus from China. Health officials recommend strap-on medical masks for people being evaluated for the new virus, their household members and caregivers. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Do masks offer protection from new virus? It depends

Jan. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay. Some companies have required them for employees. Schools in South Korea have told parents to equip their children with masks and hand sanitizer when they return from winter...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her victory with supporters in Taipei, Taiwan. President Tsai on Monday is calling on China to release all information about the outbreak of a new virus and work with the island on curbing its spread.  (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

Taiwan urges China to release all information on new virus

Jan. 22, 2020 6:07 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged China on Wednesday to release all information about the outbreak of a new virus and work with Taiwan on curbing its spread. At China's insistence, Taiwan is not a member of the World Health Organization and is not allowed to participate in any...

Two soldiers of fictitious enemy fire during a military exercise in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Taiwan military started a two-day joint forces exercises on Wednesday to show its determination to defend itself from Chinese threats. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan holds latest military drills following elections

Jan. 16, 2020 3:18 AM EST

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese marines staged drills Thursday as part of a series of military exercises following the reelection of pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen. The exercises focused on neutralizing threats from small groups of assailants through small arms fire and hand-to-hand fighting. ...

A U.S. made F-16V fighters takes off during a military exercises in Chiayi County, southern of Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Defense Ministry started two-day drill to show the ability of the armed forces to provide security ahead of upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

China says Taiwan policy intact despite election results

Jan. 14, 2020 10:43 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Wednesday that Beijing will not change its policy of annexing Taiwan through its “one country, two systems" framework, despite the heavy turnout in favor of pro-independence candidates in last weekend's presidential and legislative elections. Ma Xiaoguang,...

Supporters of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen cheer for Tsai's victory in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

AP Analysis: Taiwan vote signals growing divide with China

Jan. 13, 2020 1:11 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The landslide reelection of Taiwan’s leader underscores the population’s embrace of an identity distinct from China — a shift that the communist leaders of China refuse to accept. It’s a contradiction that will keep the island of 23 million people at odds...

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Hong Kong rally seeks voting rights, international support

Jan. 12, 2020 6:02 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — More than a thousand people attended a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday to urge people and governments abroad to support the city's pro-democracy movement and oppose China's ruling Communist Party. Representatives of allied activist groups from Canada, Europe and Taiwan made remarks and led...

In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, William Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan at right meets with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, at left in the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan. The Taiwanese president sat down with the top American official in Taipei on Sunday, one day after her landslide victory over challenger Han Kuo-yu of the opposition Nationalist Party. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan's leader meets with US official after election win

Jan. 12, 2020 5:00 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Fresh from a landslide reelection victory, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met Sunday with the de facto U.S. ambassador to Taipei, as China warned that countries should stick with recognizing communist-ruled Beijing as the rightful government of “one China," including Taiwan. ...

Teng Biao, a Chinese legal scholar and human rights activist who now lives in the U.S, speaks during a forum in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Chinese pro-democracy activists who traveled to Taiwan to observe its presidential election said Sunday that the re-election of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen gave them cause for hope despite Beijing's quashing of dissent on the mainland. (AP Photo/Elaine Kurtenbach)

China democracy activists cheered by Taiwan election results

Jan. 12, 2020 4:31 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese pro-democracy activists who traveled to Taiwan to observe the island's presidential election said Sunday that the reelection of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen gave them cause for hope despite Beijing's quashing of dissent on the mainland. More than a dozen...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, anf her running mate William Lai, left, celebrate their victory with supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.  Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term in a landslide election victory Saturday, signaling strong support for her tough stance against China. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

China says world should stick to 'One China' after Tsai win

Jan. 11, 2020 10:48 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Sunday that the world should abide by the idea that there is only one China, ruled by the Communist Party, after Taiwan reelected its democratic leader. “We hope and believe that the international community will continue adhering to the One China principle, understand and...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her victory with supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.  Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term in a landslide election victory Saturday, signaling strong support for her tough stance against China. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan’s leader reelected as voters back tough China stance

Jan. 11, 2020 11:11 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tsai Ing-wen was reelected as Taiwan's president by a landslide Saturday in a victory that signaled strong support for her tough stance against China among voters determined to defend their democratic way of life. Tsai, from the Democratic Progressive Party, soundly defeated...