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Taiwan steps up alertness after detecting test-firing by China's missile unit

Jul. 13, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Saturday it was monitoring “waves of test-firing” by China's missile unit in a region more than 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the self-ruled island and that its air force stepped up its alertness. China views the...

Who is the Buddhist nun who built a global charity from a tiny apartment in rural Taiwan?

Jul. 13, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The Buddhist teacher who founded what is now a global charity and religion with a $283 million operating budget grew up at a time when women could not be ordained as Buddhist nuns. What Cheng Yen, now 87, started in 1966 in Taiwan's countryside as a...

A Taiwan-based Buddhist charity attempts to take the founding nun's message of compassion global

Jul. 13, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — When a 7.4-magnitude earthquake ripped through Taiwan in April, it took about 30 minutes for the region’s most ubiquitous charity to set up an emergency response center. Tzu Chi, an international Buddhist organization led by an 87-year-old nun, the...

Solomon Islands and China are strengthening ties in a worrying move for US and its Pacific allies

Jul. 12, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The new Solomon Islands prime minister is in China for a visit as Beijing and the strategic Pacific archipelago strengthen their ties. Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the Chinese capital on Friday after a stop in coastal Fujian...

Japan punishes hundreds of defense officials for mishandling classified data and other misconduct

Jul. 12, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s defense ministry announced disciplinary action on Friday against more than 200 senior officials and service members over mishandling of classified materials and other misconduct, an embarrassment that could undermine Tokyo’s efforts to work more closely with United States...

A second critically endangered Chinese pangolin is born in the Prague zoo in less than 2 years

Jul. 11, 2024 22:57 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A second Chinese pangolin was born in the Prague zoo in less than two years and is doing well, defying the odds and surprising park officials. The female of the critically endangered mammal was born July 1, the second Chinese pangolin born in captivity in Europe...

US Coast Guard patrol spots Chinese naval ships off Alaska island

Jul. 11, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across several Chinese military ships in international waters but within the U.S. exclusive economic zone, officials said. The crew detected three vessels approximately 124 miles (200...

New top US envoy to Taiwan pledges to help the island with self-defense as threats from China loom

Jul. 10, 2024 23:26 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The United States’ new top envoy to Taiwan promised Wednesday that Washington will help the self-ruled island defend itself as China ramps up its military threats. The weight of the message from Raymond Greene, who assumed his new role as director of the...

Taiwan says it was warned by China to not interfere in the detention of Taiwanese boat crew

Jul. 03, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Wednesday that China warned its coast guard against interfering in the detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat, in what was seen as Beijing's latest attempt to assert its territorial claims in the Taiwan Strait. The incident comes as tensions have...

Taiwan says China warned Taiwan's coast guard not to interfere in detention of Taiwanese fishing boat off Chinese coast

Jul. 02, 2024 22:51 PM EDT
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says China warned Taiwan's coast guard not to interfere in detention of Taiwanese fishing boat off Chinese coast.