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Taiwan's leader pays respects to 46 dead in building inferno

Oct. 16, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Saturday paid her respects at a morgue to the dozens of people killed in a deadly inferno that ripped through an aging tower block earlier in the week. The fire in the southern city of Kaohsiung killed at least 46 people,...

Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia

Oct. 14, 2021 02:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged. Experts agree a...

China: Military drills, flights were needed to defend Taiwan

Oct. 13, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's recent increase in military exercises and warplane missions near Taiwan — which have raised concerns around the region — were necessary to defend the nation's sovereignty and territory, a Chinese official said Wednesday. China's military flew...

Taiwan rejects China's 'path' amid show of military force

Oct. 10, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Sunday vowed to defend the island from China's rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing. Speaking at the island's National Day celebrations, a rare show of Taiwanese defense...

China's Xi calls for 'peaceful' reunification with Taiwan

Oct. 09, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Saturday that a “peaceful” reunification of Taiwan with China's mainland was in Beijing's interests, despite ratcheted up military threats against the self-governing island. Xi spoke at an official celebration...

Former Australian PM Abbott calls for solidarity with Taiwan

Oct. 08, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former Australian prime minister accused China of being a bully and expressed enthusiastic support for Taiwan while visiting the democratically ruled island on Friday. “Nothing is more pressing right now than solidarity with Taiwan,” former...

French senators meet with Taiwan's Tsai amid China tensions

Oct. 07, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of French senators visiting Taiwan as part of a regular parliamentary exchange met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning during a trip that comes in a particularly tense moment between China and the self-ruled island. Tsai spoke...

Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify

Oct. 06, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region. ...

French senators arrive in Taiwan amid tensions with China

Oct. 06, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of French senators arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit Wednesday following a large Chinese show of force with fighter jets near the self-ruled island, and Beijing warned the trip will hurt its ties with France. The group, led by senator...

China flies record 56 warplanes toward self-ruled Taiwan

Oct. 04, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew 56 fighter planes toward Taiwan on Monday in the largest show of force on record, continuing the three days of sustained military harassment against the self-ruled island. The first sortie of 52 planes included 34 J-16 fighter jets and...