Taiwan, US plan new talks this year in rebuke to Beijing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan and the U.S. will hold talks later this year as part of upgraded efforts to counter Beijing's growing pressure on the island for political unification.
Pilot strike at Taiwan’s China Airlines drags into 3rd day
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strike among pilots at Taiwan's flag carrier China Airlines dragged into a third day Sunday, resulting in further flight cancellations.
There was no immediate word of a settlement as the pilots' union remained firm in its demands for an additional backup pilot on flights lasting eight hours or more, a more transparent system of promotion, a year-end bonus and other concessions.
Xi’s tough talk on Taiwan backfires, as Tsai support surges
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to push Taiwanese closer to unification with a new year speech mixing carrots and sticks.
That hasn't panned out. Instead, his independence-leaning Taiwanese counterpart, Tsai Ing-wen, has enjoyed a surge in support following a brutal drubbing of her political party in local elections last year, according to public opinion surveys and interviews.
1,000s of Taiwanese protest taxes with nod to French rallies
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Thousands of Taiwanese, taking a page from France's yellow vest movement, protested Thursday for the third time in a week to demand lower taxes and the fair handling of tax disputes.
Wearing yellow vests, they shouted slogans and blared air horns outside the Ministry of Finance in Taipei, the capital city, and waved banners calling Taiwan's tax collection policies illegal. Some wore clear plastic raincoats over their vests in a light rain.
Taiwan reinforces ban on Huawei network equipment
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. amid security concerns.
Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal.
Analysis: Strong opposition results challenge Taiwan’s Tsai
BEIJING (AP) — A strong showing by Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party in local elections over the weekend presents a major challenge to independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen as she grapples with growing economic, political and military pressure from rival China.
Taiwan ruling party suffers major defeat in local elections
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's ruling party was handed a major defeat in local elections Saturday that were seen as a referendum on the administration of the island's independence-leaning president amid growing economic and political pressure from China.
The Latest: Taiwanese reject gay marriage, new Olympic name
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Taiwan (all times local):
Voters in Taiwan have approved a referendum opposing same-sex marriage while rejecting a proposal to change the name of its Olympic team to Taiwan from the current Chinese Taipei.
The referendums were among 10 on the ballot during island-wide city mayoral elections Saturday that dealt a major setback to President Tsai Ing-wen's independence-leaning party.
China’s pressure on Tsai weighs on local Taiwan elections
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China's pressure campaign looms large as Taiwan holds local elections Saturday in what is seen partly as a referendum on the policies of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen.
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Taiwan president defends pro-independence film award winner
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan's president expressed her support for the prestigious Golden Horse film awards after a pro-Taiwan independence director's speech ignited controversy in mainland China.
"We have never accepted the term 'Chinese Taiwan,'" Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post Sunday. "Taiwan is just Taiwan."
Taipei mayor candidates face off in televised debate
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The candidates vying to become the mayor of Taiwan's capital, Taipei, faced off in a televised debate on Saturday, two weeks before a host of local elections seen as a barometer of the ruling party's popularity.
Taiwan commissions warships amid China threat warnings
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Thursday commissioned a pair of guided missile frigates that are expected to boost the island's ability to counter Chinese submarines amid rising military threats from Beijing.
President Tsai Ing-wen attended the ceremony for the Ming Chuan and Feng Chia at a navy base in the southern port of Kaohsiung and reiterated Taiwan's determination to resist all threats, her office said.
Dominican Republic leader in China after cutting Taiwan ties
BEIJING (AP) — China rolled out the red carpet Friday for the second time this week for a Latin American leader whose country recently switched its allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic met with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a formal welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
The summit came one day after a similar ceremony and meeting for Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.
US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Any attempt to determine Taiwan's future by "other than peaceful means" is a threat to regional security and a matter of "grave concern" to the United States, Washington's de facto ambassador to Taipei said Wednesday, in a nod to Chinese military intimidation against the island.
Brent Christensen also said Washington would continue military sales to Taiwan while promoting its participation in the international community that Beijing increasingly seeks to restrict.
Tens of thousands gather in Taiwan for gay pride parade
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday for the city's annual gay pride parade ahead of referendums next month that will determine whether same-sex marriages will be recognized on the island.
The Latest: Death toll in Taiwan derailment stands at 18
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment in Taiwan (all times local):
Authorities in Taiwan have lowered the death toll in a train derailment to 18.
The National Fire Agency had earlier cited the Cabinet spokesman's office as saying 22 people were killed when the Puyuma express train went off the tracks late Sunday afternoon, but later lowered the toll to 18, saying there was a mistake in the calculations.
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One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18
DONGSHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan (AP) — One of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed Sunday on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 170 others, authorities said.
The Puyuma express was carrying more than 360 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north to Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks shortly before 5 p.m., the government said in a statement.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident.
Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators rally in Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China's stance toward their island.
China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has been ratcheting up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan in a bid to compel her to agree to Beijing's insistence that the self-governing island democracy is a part of China.
Taiwan leader calls on China to not be ‘source of conflict’
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on China Wednesday not to be a "source of conflict" and pledged to boost the island's defenses against Beijing's military threats.
In a National Day address, Tsai said the best way to defend Taiwan was to "make it indispensable and irreplaceable to the world," while remaining nonconfrontational in its attitude toward China.
Taiwanese use new machines to exchange trash for cash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Residents of Taiwan's capital Taipei are using newly installed machines called "iTrash booths" to recycle cans and bottles in exchange for credit on their transportation smart cards.
The initiative seeks to promote recycling while also giving residents more flexibility in how they dispose of their household garbage.
Taiwan police arrest US 3D gun man accused of sex with minor
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported.
The Central News Agency said Taiwanese police found and arrested Cody Wilson in a hotel in Taipei on Friday evening.
Taiwan tracing US gun company owner accused of sex with girl
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.
The National Immigration Agency and Criminal Investigation Bureau confirmed that Cody Wilson was in Taiwan after arriving on the island earlier this month.
El Salvador probes alleged graft related to Taiwan funds
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador are investigating the alleged diversion of some $10 million in funds donated by Taiwan and purportedly used to pay for political campaigning by the governing party.
Prosecutor Douglas Melendez said Thursday in a TV interview that the money came from $38 million that Taipei gave to the Foreign Ministry for various projects.
Taiwan says China ‘coercion’ poses threat to global values
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan's foreign minister said Wednesday that Chinese "coercion" of the self-governing island poses a threat to regional security and global values of freedom and democracy.
Joseph Wu described Taiwan's rivalry with China as a David versus Goliath struggle, and appealed for ever-closer economic and security ties between Taipei and Washington.
He made the remarks in a recorded video address to a conference at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington.
Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant.
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Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.
Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed one set of missiles, perfected another and sped production of a third, the analysts say, in the latest sign of how it's handling a Chinese military threat that is raising the chances of an armed confrontation.
9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured.
Authorities were still investigating the cause of the blaze that broke out before 5 a.m. and was extinguished roughly one hour later.
No details were immediately available about those who had died, although the fire department said 10 of the injured were in serious condition.
Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught
BEIJING (AP) — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she'll be traveling to a region she's already visited three times in two years.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators appear to have rejected a possible attempt by U.S. airlines at a compromise over Beijing's demand to call self-ruled Taiwan a part of China, an order Washington opposed.
The communist mainland's latest effort to use China's growing economic clout to isolate Taiwan's democratically elected government is further straining ties between Beijing and the U.S. amid a deepening trade dispute.
The Trump administration, several U.S. senators, and Taiwanese business leaders had been urging the three biggest U.S. airlines in recent weeks to stand up against China's demand about how they describe Taiwan on their websites.
The U.S. airlines, looking at the explosive growth in China's air-travel market, decided to ignore them all.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Typhoon Maria injured two people in Taiwan and prompted more than 3,000 to be moved to shelters before making landfall in China, authorities said Wednesday.
The government's disaster response center said the two were hit by falling tree limbs in the capital Taipei on Tuesday, as the medium-strength storm passed north of the mountainous island of 23 million people.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. dedicated a new de-facto embassy in Taiwan on Tuesday in what officials described as an indicator of robust ties with the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own territory.
The ceremony, which drew an angry response from Beijing, is the latest sign of how the administration of President Donald Trump has strengthened relations with Taipei amid a litany of disputes with China and rising tensions in the highly militarized Taiwan Strait.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan plans to lend ally Haiti $150 million for infrastructure development in a bid to shore up relations amid a renewed diplomatic onslaught by rival China that has stripped it of two foreign allies in the past month.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said Thursday the aid was aimed at developing rural power grids in the impoverished Caribbean nation that is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.
Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan's government said Thursday that recent Chinese military drills are aimed at intimidating the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability.
China is attempting to "pressure and harass Taiwan and seek to raise tensions between the sides and in the region," the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council said on its website.
Taiwan leader inspects navy as China prepares drills
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen reviewed military drills Friday ahead of planned war games by China amid rising tensions between the rivals.
Tsai went aboard a U.S.-made destroyer in the port of Su'ao as the island's armed forces simulated breaking a blockade of the self-ruled island.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — People who knew the 18-year-old Taiwanese exchange student charged in the U.S. with threatening to shoot up his school say he liked guns and flamethrowers and had dreams of a police career.
An Tso Sun, who has been jailed in the state of Pennsylvania, was "a child who really cares about things," said Cheng Wei-ting, a tutor who home-schooled Sun in Taiwan's capital, Taipei.
"He was an extremely simple and kind student, yet he would often have unusual ideas," Cheng said.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The wife of a Taiwanese human rights activist jailed in China vowed Wednesday to keep fighting for his release after Beijing allowed her to visit him in prison.
Lee Ming-che is serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted by a Chinese court in November on charges of subverting state power.
His wife, Lee Ching-yu, said in Taipei after visiting Lee at Chishan prison in central Hunan province that he seemed physically fine but was barred from writing to her.
Senior US diplomat, Taiwan leader speak at Taipei event
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat said at an event in Taipei on Wednesday that the United States wishes to "bolster Taiwan's ability to defend its democracy" after President Donald Trump signed a new law promoting official exchanges between the two sides that has drawn protests from Beijing.
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the closing session of China's ceremonial legislature (all times local):
A Taiwanese official rejects comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan's future and welcomed a U.S. law encouraging more official exchanges between Washington and Taipei.
Foreign ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said Tuesday that Taiwan will continue to play an important role in regional peace and won't be affected by interference from Beijing.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Saturday cheered a new U.S. law that encourages expanded contacts between officials from Washington and the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own and has increasingly sought to isolate diplomatically.
Phone fraud schemes worsen Beijing-Taiwan tensions
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Liu Tai-ting was hoping to make money to support his child when he moved to Kenya from Taiwan and joined in what Chinese authorities say was a telephone fraud scheme, posing as a government official to demand bogus payments and gain control of his victims' bank accounts.
Taiwan quake kills 4, tilts buildings; over 140 missing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers were working Wednesday to reach five people trapped and more than 140 people unaccounted for in several buildings damaged by a strong earthquake near Taiwan's eastern coast.
The shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake late Tuesday night caused at least four buildings in worst-hit Hualien county to cave in and tilt dangerously, killing four people.
The Latest: Rescuers work to free people trapped after quake
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on a deadly magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, causing the collapse of several buildings (all times local):
Rescuers are working to free at least five people trapped in damaged buildings and to reach another 170 unaccounted for after an earthquake near Taiwan's eastern coast.
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Taiwan company buying closed West Virginia polymer producer
APPLE GROVE, W.Va. (AP) — A company based in Taiwan says it is buying a former polymer producer in West Virginia.
Taipei-based Far Eastern New Century Corporation says in a news release that it has successfully bid about 1 billion New Taiwan dollars ($34 million) for the plant formerly owned by M&G Polymers USA LLC in Apple Grove. The transaction also includes a research center in Ohio. The statement did not specify the Ohio town.
Spanish court allows extradition of 121 Taiwanese to China
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Friday granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese citizens accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs that swindled people in China out of millions of euros by telephone.
Interpol told Spain about the scam a year ago, and Spanish and Chinese authorities cooperated in an operation that nabbed a total of 269 people.
Taiwanese fighter jet reported missing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says an air force fighter jet has gone missing in seas north of the island.
The official Central News Agency said the Mirage-2000 disappeared from radar screens just over half-hour after taking off Tuesday evening from an air base in Hsinchu, south of the capital Taipei.