China holds assault drills near Taiwan after ‘provocations’

China carried out assault drills near Taiwan on Tuesday, August 17, with warships and fighter jets exercising off the southwest and southeast of the island, in what the country’s armed forces said was as a response to “external interference” and “provocations”. Taiwan, which Beijing claims as Chinese territory, has complained of repeated People’s Liberation Army… Continue reading China holds assault drills near Taiwan after ‘provocations’

China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

China has rejected Taiwan’s most recent offer of negotiations, describing it as a “cheap trick” and provocation in which the government seeks confrontation with China at any costs. President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s address on Friday that Taiwan is keen to engage in “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal basis if… Continue reading China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

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President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s speech on Friday that Taiwan is eager to engage “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal footing as long as both sides are willing to put aside their differences. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has… Continue reading Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day

Two Chinese jets crossed Taiwanese airspace on Christmas Day, according to Taiwan’s military ministry. On December 25, two PLA aircraft, the Y-8 ASW and the Y-8 reconnaissance, entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ (air defense identification zone), according to Taiwan’s defense ministry. To keep an eye on the Chinese jets, Taiwan sent radio warnings and deployed its… Continue reading 2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day