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

US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday, December 2, voiced strong concern at China’s “problematic and unilateral actions” in the West Philippine Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage “competition and systemic rivalry” with Beijing. The joint statement followed talks in Washington between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and… Continue reading US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

China conducts drills near Taiwan Strait after US lawmakers’ visit

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The Chinese army has carried out a “naval and air force combat readiness patrol” near the Taiwan Strait following a contentious visit to the island by a group of American lawmakers, a spokesperson said. Tensions between Beijing and Washington have soared over the fate of democratic self-ruled Taiwan, which China has vowed to one day… Continue reading China conducts drills near Taiwan Strait after US lawmakers’ visit

Taiwan scrambles to see off new Chinese air force incursion

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Sunday, November 28, to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, the latest increase in tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. 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 scrambles to see off new Chinese air force incursion

US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

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A US warship again sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, part of what the US military calls routine activity but which always riles China whose government believes Washington is trying to stir regional tensions. The US Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” through international waters… Continue reading US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

China’s military said on Tuesday, November 9, it had conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, after its defense ministry condemned a visit to Taiwan by a US congressional delegation it said had arrived on a military aircraft. The patrol was aimed at the “seriously wrong” words and actions of… Continue reading China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese air force enters air defense zone

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Sunday, October 31, to warn off eight Chinese aircraft including fighter jets that entered its air defense zone, its defence ministry said, at a time of heightened tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the… Continue reading Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese air force enters air defense zone

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 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