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China says will 'safeguard interests' over balloon shootdown

Feb. 07, 2023 05:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday it will “resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests” over the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon by the United States, as relations between the two countries deteriorate further. The balloon prompted U.S. Secretary...

Swiss lawmakers visit Taiwan, say they want closer ties

Feb. 06, 2023 07:13 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of Swiss lawmakers met with Taiwan’s president and said Monday their government wants to deepen political relations, adding to shows of support by foreign politicians for the self-ruled island democracy in the face of Chinese intimidation. U.S....

Hsing Yun, Buddhist abbot who built universities, dies at 95

Feb. 06, 2023 07:08 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hsing Yun, a Buddhist abbot who established a thriving religious community in southern Taiwan and built universities overseas, has died. He was 95. He established Fo Guang Shan monastery in 1967, aiming to propagate Buddhist humanitarian values. It would go...

Olympic bans and boycotts go back a century

Feb. 03, 2023 11:41 AM EST

Ukraine and the three Baltic countries, all former Soviet republics, moved a step closer Friday to boycotting next year’s Paris Olympics because of the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes. The International Olympic Committee plans to allow Russians and Belarusians to...

Pentagon: Chinese spy balloon spotted over Western US

Feb. 02, 2023 22:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the balloon puts a...

'A big deal': US, Philippines tighten military ties

Feb. 02, 2023 19:57 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Thursday it was allowing U.S. forces to broaden their footprint in the Southeast Asian nation, the latest Biden administration move strengthening an arc of military alliances in the Indo-Pacific to better counter China, including in any future...

Taiwan's Tsai welcomes retired US admiral for China talks

Feb. 02, 2023 02:04 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday welcomed the former head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, who had warned the island could face an invasion from China this decade, as the mainland ramps up pressure on the self-governing island. Retired Adm. Phil...

Taiwan activates defenses in response to China incursions

Feb. 01, 2023 05:29 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations by 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy. ...

Thai police apologize for Taiwan actor's alleged extortion

Jan. 31, 2023 21:58 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's police commissioner apologized Tuesday after seven officers were placed under investigation for allegedly extorting money from a Taiwanese actor who was visiting Bangkok on a holiday. Charlene An posted on social media that she was traveling in a taxi...

China scoffs at new Czech president's phone call with Taiwan

Jan. 31, 2023 09:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday accused Czech President-elect Petr Pavel of challenging its hard line on national sovereignty by affirming ties with self-ruled Taiwan in a phone call with the island’s leader. The call on Monday represents a symbolic breach of China’s attempts...