Taiwan’s Tsai expresses thanks over approval of F-16V sale
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the United States on Tuesdsay for approving the sale of 66 advanced F-16V fighter jets and urged rival China to respect Taiwan's...
US says Taiwan defense spending to rise with China threat
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — America's top representative in Taiwan said Thursday that Washington expects the island to continue increasing its defense spending as Chinese security threats to the U.S....
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's foreign minister has criticized China's suspension of trips by individual Chinese citizens to the island, saying Beijing appeared to be afraid of allowing its people...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said she would follow "humanitarian principles" in dealing with asylum seekers from Hong Kong, which has been roiled by pro-democracy...
DENVER (AP) — Taiwan's president was greeted by a large group of supporters and a handful of pro-China protesters as she entered a downtown Denver hotel before dinner.
DENVER (AP) — Taiwan's president will dine in Denver Friday during a visit to the U.S.
President Tsai Ing-wen plans to stop in Colorado for two days on her way back home after visiting...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States should not "play with fire" regarding Taiwan after Washington announced its intention to sell $2.2 billion in weapons to the island state, China's...
BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan's president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the...
Taiwan president heads to Caribbean with US stops
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Thursday for a four-country state visit to the Caribbean with stops in the United States on the way there and back.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A possible visit by the president of Taiwan to Wyoming has fallen through.
Gov. Mark Gordon's office has been talking with President Tsai Ing-wen's office about...
BEIJING (AP) — Recent anti-government protests in Hong Kong are echoing in Taiwan, possibly giving the island's President Tsai Ing-wen a lift in her campaign to resist Beijing's pressure for...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A visit by the president of Taiwan to Wyoming remains a definite possibility despite Gov. Mark Gordon's recent skirmish with Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr over the issue, Gordon...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a thorn in the side of China's government because of her pro-independence views, sewed up the ruling party's nomination Thursday to seek a...
CHANGHUA, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan landed war planes on a normally busy highway Tuesday to simulate a response to a Chinese attack on its airfields, part of annual drills designed to showcase the...
GENEVA (AP) — The United States is backing calls for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the U.N. health agency's biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health secretary said...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Terry Gou, head of the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics, stepped closer to running for president of Taiwan on Monday by announcing that he would not...
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke ground Thursday on a shipyard to produce submarines to counter China's growing military threat.
The self-governing island's President Tsai Ing-wen...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday reaffirmed her opposition to nuclear power before marching with anti-nuclear protesters, reviving an issue that has proven...
Taiwan president denounces Chinese military ‘coercion’
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese attempts at military coercion only strengthen Taiwan's resolve to defend itself, the president of the self-governing island republic said Tuesday.
Foxconn head stepping back, mulling presidential run
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The head of Foxconn Technology Group is planning to step away from day-to-day operations at the world's largest electronics provider and said Tuesday that he is mulling a run...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Monday its planes warned off Chinese military aircraft that crossed the center line in the Taiwan Strait, and called China's move a provocation that seeks to...
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said her government has asked to purchase advanced new fighter jets and tanks from the U.S., a request that if approved, could set off new tensions...
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen left Thursday on a tour of diplomatic allies in the Pacific that will end with a stopover in Hawaii.
BEIJING (AP) — Attempts to block Beijing's goal of bringing Taiwan under its control are like "stretching out an arm to block a car," China said in its latest rhetorical broadside against the...
Taiwan applies to buy new fighter jets from US
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has submitted an official request to purchase new fighter jets from the United States to "counter current enemy threats," the island's deputy defense minister said...
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.
Taiwanese reject China’s idea for unification
Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats
HSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.
Artillery and assault helicopters fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung, while French-made Mirage fighter jets took off amid rainy conditions from the air base at Hsinchu to the north.
Taiwan leader appoints new premier following election loss
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen appointed a close political ally as premier during a Cabinet reshuffle Friday following the ruling party's heavy election losses and growing pressure from rival China.
China’s leader urges action on unification with Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring that independence is not an option for Taiwan, urged both sides to reach an early consensus on unification and not leave the issue for future generations.
No one or no party can stop the trend toward unification, the Chinese leader said Wednesday in a policy speech devoted to Taiwan. He said independence for the self-governing island is against history and a dead end.
President Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese treasure their autonomy from China, the leader of the self-governing island said Tuesday, warning city and county officials to be open about and exercise caution in any dialogue with the Chinese.
President Tsai Ing-wen's remarks come after major gains by a Beijing-friendly opposition party in local elections in late November.
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.
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 Rep. opens Beijing embassy after dropping Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — The Dominican Republic opened its embassy in Beijing Saturday, months after cutting ties with Taiwan amid a Chinese diplomatic offensive that aims to politically isolate the island it claims as its own territory.
Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Caribbean island nation's decision to switch diplomatic relations to Beijing "serves the fundamental interests of the Dominican people and completely conforms to the trend of the times."
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.
China hosts El Salvador as nations cut ties with Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday, just months after the small Central American nation broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
The state visit comes one day before that of the president of the Dominican Republic, whose country also switched allegiances from Taiwan to China this year.
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.
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.
Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension
TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen hosted her Paraguayan counterpart Tuesday at a military exercise in a sign of the island's determination to withstand China's diplomatic onslaught.
The joint land and air training exercise simulated an attempt by Chinese forces to attack a Taiwanese air base in the north of the island.
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.