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’

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 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

China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

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Beijing said Thursday it opposed military ties between Washington and Taiwan, after President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if needed, and has ramped up its saber-rattling in… Continue reading China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

Taiwan needs to beef up defense, seek more friends, minister says

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Self-ruled Taiwan needs to strengthen its defenses and, with just 15 diplomatic allies in the world, seek more friends on the international stage as it faces pressure from China, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, October 27. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which claims the fiercely democratic island as sovereign territory, have escalated in… Continue reading Taiwan needs to beef up defense, seek more friends, minister says

Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

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The odds of war with China in the next year are “very low,” a top Taiwanese security official told lawmakers on Wednesday, October 20, amid heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the island. Taiwan has repeatedly said that it will defend itself if attacked, but wants to maintain the status quo… Continue reading Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

China condemns US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

The Chinese military on Sunday, October 17, condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone… Continue reading China condemns US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

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

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