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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...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

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...

Beijing accuses US of inciting Lithuania over Taiwan

Jan. 10, 2022 05:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Monday accused Washington of inciting Lithuania to “contain China" in a feud over the status of self-ruled Taiwan after U.S. officials expressed support for the European Union-member country in the face of Chinese economic pressure. Lithuania is the...

US, Germany support Lithuania in spat with China over Taiwan

Jan. 05, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Germany on Wednesday backed Lithuania in its spat with China, saying the pressure exerted by Beijing against the tiny Baltic nation was unwarranted, Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom last year by letting the Taiwanese office in Vilnius...

China opens embassy in Nicaragua for 1st time since 1990

Dec. 31, 2021 17:59 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — China opened an embassy in Nicaragua on Friday for the first time since 1990, acting just over three weeks since President Daniel Ortega’s government broke off relations with Taiwan. Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said there is an “ideological...

Japan Cabinet OKs record defense budget amid Taiwan concerns

Dec. 24, 2021 05:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved a record 5.4 trillion yen ($47 billion) defense budget for fiscal 2022 on Friday that includes funding for research and development of a new fighter jet and other “game-changing” weapons as Japan bolsters its defense capabilities in response to China’s...

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...