Taiwanese Coast Guard orders Chinese fishing boats to leave Taiwan’s eastern territorial waters

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Two Chinese fishing boats were chased away by the Coast Guard Administration’s (CGA) eastern branch near Taiwan’s Orchid Island on Saturday (July 31). The CGA East detected two large Chinese fishing boats mooring 10 nautical miles (18.52 kilometers) from Orchid Island at 6 AM on Saturday, according to the Liberty Times. The Chinese boats were… Continue reading Taiwanese Coast Guard orders Chinese fishing boats to leave Taiwan’s eastern territorial waters

Taiwan acquires 2nd Tuo Chiang-class catamaran missile corvette

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The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), commonly regarded as the Taiwanese Navy, has acquired its second Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette in a formal ceremony. The ROCN received the corvette Ta Chiang (619) during ceremonies held on July 27, 2021 at Lung Teh Shipbuilding’s facility in Suao, Yilan County, with Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng presiding.… Continue reading Taiwan acquires 2nd Tuo Chiang-class catamaran missile corvette

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

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The United States on Sunday repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 US-Philippines mutual defense treaty. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the comment in a written statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an arbitration tribunal repudiating China’s… Continue reading US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

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

US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

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In the latest challenge to Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the region, an American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, December 22. The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” according to the US Seventh Fleet. “This… Continue reading US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea