Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

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Japan’s new government signalled on Tuesday, October 5, a more assertive position on China’s aggressive posture towards self-ruled Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios”, while reaffirming close US ties. Taiwan and broader relations with China are likely to dominate security policies and foreign relations from the outset of new Prime… Continue reading Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

Taiwan needs to be on alert for China’s “over the top” military activities, the premier said on Tuesday, after a record 56 Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, while the president said the island would do what it took to defend itself. Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese air force planes in the southern… Continue reading Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

China sends 56 jets into Taiwan defense zone in another record incursion

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Taiwan urged Beijing to stop “irresponsible provocative actions” after 56 Chinese warplanes crossed into its air defense zone on Monday in yet another record incursion. The defense ministry said it scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings after 36 fighter jets, 12 H-6 nuclear-capable bombers and four other planes entered its southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ).… Continue reading China sends 56 jets into Taiwan defense zone in another record incursion

Taiwan reports surge in Chinese aircraft in defense zone

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Taiwan reported the largest ever incursion by China’s air force into its air defense zone on Monday, October 4, at 52 aircraft, saying the Taiwanese air force had to scramble for the fourth straight day to warn off the intruders, as tensions spiralled. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions… Continue reading Taiwan reports surge in Chinese aircraft in defense zone

US condemns ‘provocative’ Chinese activities near Taiwan

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The United States urged China on Sunday, October 3, to stop its “provocative” military activities near Taiwan, after the island scrambled jets to warn away close to 100 Chinese military aircraft entering its air defense zone over a three-day period. Taiwan, a democratically governed island that is claimed by China, has complained for more than… Continue reading US condemns ‘provocative’ Chinese activities near Taiwan

North Korea accuses UN Security Council of double standards over missile test

North Korea said on Sunday, October 3, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) applied double standards over military activities among UN member states, state media KCNA said, amid international criticism over its recent missile tests. The Council met behind closed doors on Friday, October 1, upon requestsfrom the United States and other countries over the… Continue reading North Korea accuses UN Security Council of double standards over missile test

China marks national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Friday to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, the defense ministry in Taipei said, the same day as China marked its national day, the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by… Continue reading China marks national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan

North Korea fires anti-aircraft missile in latest test

North Korea has successfully fired a new anti-aircraft missile, state media said Friday as the UN Security Council failed to issue a statement after an emergency meeting on the recent flurry of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed nation. The anti-aircraft missile had a “remarkable combat performance” and included twin rudder controls and other new technologies,… Continue reading North Korea fires anti-aircraft missile in latest test

Taiwan angered after largest ever incursion by Chinese air force

Taiwan sharply criticized China on Saturday, October 2, after Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China with the largest ever incursion by the Chinese air force into the island’s air defense zone. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed… Continue reading Taiwan angered after largest ever incursion by Chinese air force

At event with UN envoy, US says it’s committed to Taiwan’s international participation

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The United States remains committed to expanding Taiwan’s space for international participation, a senior US diplomat said at an event with Taiwan’s foreign minister that was also attended by the deputy US ambassador to the United Nations. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, blocks the island from taking part in most global bodies… Continue reading At event with UN envoy, US says it’s committed to Taiwan’s international participation