In New Year’s speech, Taiwan president warns China against ‘military adventurism’

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had a New Year message for China on Saturday, January 1: military conflict is not the answer, but Beijing responded with a stern warning that if Taiwan crossed any red line it would lead to “profound catastrophe.” China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military and… Continue reading In New Year’s speech, Taiwan president warns China against ‘military adventurism’

China warns of ‘drastic measures’ if Taiwan provokes on independence

China will take “drastic measures” if Taiwan makes moves towards formal independence, a Beijing official warned on Wednesday, December 29, adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside meddling could intensify next year. China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert… Continue reading China warns of ‘drastic measures’ if Taiwan provokes on independence

Taiwan says it is confident Chinese invasion would be very hard

A full Chinese invasion of Taiwan with troops landed and ports and airports seized would be very difficult to achieve due to problems China would have in landing and supplying troops, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in its latest threat assessment. Tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, have… Continue reading Taiwan says it is confident Chinese invasion would be very hard

Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president says

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on Monday, November 29. Lithuania has faced sustained pressure from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, since allowing the opening of a de facto Taiwanese embassy… Continue reading Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president says

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

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There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that Washington had of late made a series of “provocations” on several issues. China says the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most sensitive… Continue reading US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip

Five members of the US House of Representatives are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Friday, November 26, for a short trip focused on meetings with the island’s defense ministry, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported on Thursday, November 25. The trip comes as China has stepped up military and political pressure to assert its… Continue reading US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip

Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday, November 18, as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with US help to bolster the island’s defenses during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and US military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off… Continue reading Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

Taiwan defense report focuses on China’s ‘grey zone’ coercion

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China is becoming more diversified in its threat against Taiwan through military and nonmilitary means such as the “grey zone” threats to secure a strategic advantage, Taiwan’s defense ministry said in its biennial defense white paper. The 2021 National Defense Report was referring to Chinese activities that involve military and nonmilitary forms of assertiveness and… Continue reading Taiwan defense report focuses on China’s ‘grey zone’ coercion

Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

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China’s armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan’s key harbors and airports, the island’s defense ministry said on Tuesday, November 9, offering its latest assessment of what it describes as a “grave” military threat posed by its giant neighbor. China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratic Taiwan under its control and… Continue reading Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces

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China said Friday it will impose sanctions such as entry bans on Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, labeling them as “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. The move comes as tensions between the mainland and the self-ruled democratic island have been escalating, becoming a regular source of Sino-U.S. friction.… Continue reading China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces