Taiwan says don’t get too close as China defends military drills

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Taiwan’s defense ministry warned China of strong countermeasures on Wednesday, October 13, if its forces got too close to the island, as Beijing defended its incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “just” moves to protect peace and stability. Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are at their worst in… Continue reading Taiwan says don’t get too close as China defends military drills

Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup

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Myanmar’s deposed president testified on Tuesday that the military tried to force him to relinquish power hours before its February 1 coup, warning him he could be seriously harmed if he refused, according to his lawyer. The testimony of Win Myint, his first public comments since he was overthrown, challenges the military’s insistence that no… Continue reading Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup

Flanked by nuclear missile, North Korean leader says US, South Korea threaten peace

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Standing beside North Korea’s largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday, October 12. Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defense and not to start a war,… Continue reading Flanked by nuclear missile, North Korean leader says US, South Korea threaten peace

Taiwan won’t be forced to bow to China, president says

Taiwan will keep bolstering its defenses to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday, October 10, in a riposte to Beijing that its government denounced. Claimed by China as its own territory, Taiwan has come under growing… Continue reading Taiwan won’t be forced to bow to China, president says

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, but holds off threatening force

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to realise peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, though did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern. Democratically ruled Taiwan has come under increased military and political pressure from Beijing to accept its sovereignty, but Taipei has… Continue reading China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, but holds off threatening force

Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the island wishes to avoid armed war but will “spare no effort” to defend itself as the island works to create a long-range missile capable of striking Beijing. On Friday, days after the People’s Liberation Army’s sent scores of its largest warplanes to patrol near the island, Tsai said… Continue reading Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

US troops secretly training Taiwanese since last year, report says

US special operations forces and marines have been secretly training Taiwanese troops for more than one year, risking the ire of China, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal said about two-dozen US service members have trained Taiwanese ground and maritime forces “for at least a year,” amid China’s rising verbal threats against the… Continue reading US troops secretly training Taiwanese since last year, report says

Taiwan defense minister says tensions with China are the worst in 4 decades

Military tensions with China are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defense minister said on Wednesday, October 6, days after record numbers of Chinese aircraft flew into the island’s air defense zone. Tensions have hit a new high between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the democratic island as its own territory, and… Continue reading Taiwan defense minister says tensions with China are the worst in 4 decades

Taiwan president warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if it falls to China

Taiwan falling to China would trigger “catastrophic” consequences for peace in Asia, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote in a piece for Foreign Affairs published on Tuesday, and if threatened Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself. Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has faced a massive stepping up of pressure… Continue reading Taiwan president warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if it falls to China

Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

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US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree…we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made it clear… Continue reading Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement