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China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year

Jan. 24, 2022 05:16 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, amid tensions over the self-ruled island's future and as the U.S. pushes to assert its presence in the region. The Chinese formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets...

Taiwan adds minelaying to defenses against China

Jan. 14, 2022 06:27 AM EST

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Friday commissioned new navy minelayers to add to its defenses against giant rival China. President Tsai Ing-wen presided over a commissioning ceremony for the navy’s First and Second Mining Operations Squadrons, which will operate ships able...

Taiwan's Tsai urges unity against rising authoritarianism

Dec. 16, 2021 00:16 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Addressing a group of visiting French lawmakers, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called Wednesday for greater unity among democratic nations in the face of rising authoritarianism. Tsai also said the self-governing island republic would take on greater...

French MPs arrive in Taiwan for visit amid China tensions

Dec. 15, 2021 10:37 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of six French lawmakers arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit on Wednesday, following a similar trip led by a group of French parliamentarians in October that China sought to discourage. François de Rugy, the head of the Taiwan Friendship group in...

EXPLAINER: Why did China woo away Nicaragua from Taiwan?

Dec. 10, 2021 04:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Nicaragua’s decision to sever diplomatic links with Taiwan and recognize China leaves the self-governing island democracy with just 14 diplomatic allies. Most are small, largely poor nations in the Western Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America, the one exception...

Taiwan loses diplomatic ally Nicaragua to China

Dec. 10, 2021 03:32 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan lost Nicaragua as a diplomatic ally after the Central American country said it would officially recognize only China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory. “There is only one China," the Nicaraguan government said in a statement...

Taiwan, Slovakia hold talks as island firms ties with Europe

Dec. 06, 2021 07:37 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Senior officials from the Slovak Republic are in Taiwan for talks on deepening ties with the island in the highest-level visit by the EU-member country since it opened a representative office in Taiwan in 2003. The visit by the delegation, which...

Today in History

Dec. 02, 2021 00:09 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2021. There are 29 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 2, 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry...

Baltic lawmakers meet Taiwan's Tsai, stepping up cooperation

Nov. 29, 2021 04:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lawmakers from all three Baltic states met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday in a sign of further cooperation between European Union nations and Taiwan. It is the first joint visit to Taiwan by members of parliament from Latvia,...

Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone

Nov. 28, 2021 10:17 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing's pressure on the self-ruled island. The Defense Ministry said Taiwan scrambled combat aircraft to...