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China denounces US-UK engagement of Taiwan shortly after election of new president

May. 30, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday denounced U.S. and U.K. affirmations of support for Taiwan’s newly elected government, shortly after the island claimed by Beijing freely chose its new leaders. Col. Wu Qian accused the United Kingdom of pursuing a...

Taiwan's legislature passes changes seen as favoring China, reducing president's power

May. 28, 2024 10:19 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s opposition-controlled legislature passed changes on Tuesday that are seen as favoring China and diminishing the power of the island's president, sparking protests by thousands of people. The changes pushed by the opposition Nationalist Party and...

US lawmakers pledge support for Taiwan and its new president after China's military drills

May. 27, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A U.S. congressional delegation met Taiwan's new leader on Monday in a show of support days after China held drills around the self-governing island in response to his inauguration. Rep. Andy Barr, the co-chair of the Taiwan caucus in the U.S. Congress, said...

China sends dozens of warplanes and ships near Taiwan to show its anger over island's new leaders

May. 24, 2024 10:15 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on Friday, the second day of a large military exercise launched by Beijing to show its anger over the self-governing island's inauguration of new leaders who refuse to accept its insistence that Taiwan...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

May. 23, 2024 23:40 PM EDT

May 17-23, 2024 Taiwan’s new President Lai Ching-te and former President Tsai Ing-wen wave during Lai’s inauguration ceremonies in Taipei. A Shiite Muslim weeps as they hold photos of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and others leaders during a vigil in Srinagar, Indian-controlled...

Taiwan scrambles jets and puts missile, naval and land units on alert over China's military drills

May. 23, 2024 22:34 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan scrambled jets and put missile, naval and land units on alert Thursday over Chinese military exercises being conducted around the self-governing island democracy where a new president took office this week. China’s military said its two-day exercises...

Taiwan's new President Lai in his inauguration speech urges China to stop its military intimidation

May. 20, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, said in his inauguration speech Monday that he wants peace with China and urged it to stop its military threats and intimidation of the self-governed island that Beijing claims as its own territory. “I hope that China...

Taiwan's new president inherits a strong foreign policy position but political gridlock at home

May. 19, 2024 05:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a campaign ad for Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen was shown driving with Lai in the passenger seat, exchanging reflections on their years governing together. Tsai later turned over the driving to Lai, who was joined by running...

Taiwan’s foreign minister says China and Russia are supporting each other's ‘expansionism’

May. 17, 2024 07:57 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Russia and China are helping each other expand their territorial reach, and democracies must push back against authoritarian states that threaten their rights and sovereignty, Taiwan’s outgoing foreign minister, Joseph Wu, said in an interview with The Associated Press. ...

Taiwan is selling more to the US than China in major shift away from Beijing

May. 17, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's tapioca balls or computer chips, Taiwan is stretching toward the United States and away from China — the world's No. 2 economy that threatens to take the democratically ruled island by force if necessary. That has translated to the world’s biggest...