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China denounces US appeal for Taiwan to join WHO meeting

May. 10, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government criticized U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday for urging the World Health Organization to invite Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by Beijing as part of its territory, to participate in a meeting this month. ...

China rejects G-7 criticism on human rights

May. 06, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government on Thursday rejected criticism of its human rights and economic record by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major economies and accused them of meddling in its affairs. The Foreign Ministry also rejected an appeal by the G-7...

China says US increasing military activity directed at it

Apr. 29, 2021 07:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Activity by U.S. military ships and surveillance planes directed at China has increased significantly under President Joe Biden's administration, a spokesperson for the Chinese Defense Ministry said Thursday. As an example, Wu Qian said the Navy...

Australia security official warns staff of 'drums of war'

Apr. 27, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senior Australian security bureaucrat warned his staff that free nations “again hear the beating drums” of war, as military tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific region. Department of Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo’s message to all...

AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

Apr. 16, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative" and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on combatting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery. The U.S. appears to be...

Former US official: Taiwan-US partnership stronger than ever

Apr. 15, 2021 01:50 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president and an unofficial delegation of former senior U.S. government officials sent by President Joe Biden reaffirmed “rock solid” U.S.-Taiwan ties, amid heightened tensions with China. The U.S. has expressed a “rock solid support...

Ex-US officials visit Taiwan amid China tensions

Apr. 14, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A former U.S. senator and two ex-State Department officials arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday for talks with the island's leaders at a time of tense relations with China. Chris Dodd, a Democratic senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2011, was...

Taiwan launches shipbuilding program amid China threats

Apr. 13, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan launched an amphibious transport ship Tuesday that's the first from its new naval shipbuilding program begun as China escalates its threats to use military force to annex the island it claims is its territory. President Tsai Ing-wen...

Taiwan will fight 'to the very last day' if China attacks

Apr. 07, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself “to the very last day” if attacked by China. Joseph Wu said China’s attempts at conciliation while engaging in military intimidation are sending “mixed signals”...

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

Apr. 07, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a...