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

Flanked by nuclear missile, North Korean leader says US, South Korea threaten peace

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Standing beside North Korea’s largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday, October 12. Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defense and not to start a war,… Continue reading Flanked by nuclear missile, North Korean leader says US, South Korea threaten peace

Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the island wishes to avoid armed war but will “spare no effort” to defend itself as the island works to create a long-range missile capable of striking Beijing. On Friday, days after the People’s Liberation Army’s sent scores of its largest warplanes to patrol near the island, Tsai said… Continue reading Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

US troops secretly training Taiwanese since last year, report says

US special operations forces and marines have been secretly training Taiwanese troops for more than one year, risking the ire of China, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Journal said about two-dozen US service members have trained Taiwanese ground and maritime forces “for at least a year,” amid China’s rising verbal threats against the… Continue reading US troops secretly training Taiwanese since last year, report says

British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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Despite China’s warnings, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth and her escorts of submarines, destroyers, and attack cruisers have penetrated the contested West Philippine Sea. The warships comprise the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21, the UK’s largest and most powerful strike group. The HMS Queen Elizabeth and its escorts are in the region to uphold… Continue reading British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

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US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree…we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made it clear… Continue reading Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

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Japan’s new government signalled on Tuesday, October 5, a more assertive position on China’s aggressive posture towards self-ruled Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios”, while reaffirming close US ties. Taiwan and broader relations with China are likely to dominate security policies and foreign relations from the outset of new Prime… Continue reading Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

Taiwan needs to be on alert for China’s “over the top” military activities, the premier said on Tuesday, after a record 56 Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, while the president said the island would do what it took to defend itself. Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese air force planes in the southern… Continue reading Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

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

Taliban say forces destroy Islamic State cell hours after Kabul blast

Taliban government forces destroyed an Islamic State cell in the north of Kabul late on Sunday, a spokesperson for the movement said, after a blast outside a mosque in the Afghan capital killed and wounded a number of civilians. There was no confirmation that the operation was directly connected with Sunday’s blast, which appeared to… Continue reading Taliban say forces destroy Islamic State cell hours after Kabul blast