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Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure

Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen will visit three Pacific nations in the next month, the foreign ministry said Friday, as fears grow of China influencing its dwindling list of allies. It comes after Panama cut official ties with Taiwan in June, choosing instead to form diplomatic relations with China — leaving the island with only 20 […]

Chinese Warship Carrier Crosses Taiwan Strait

Chinese Warship Carrier Crosses Taiwan Strait

Returning from drills in the disputed South China Sea, China’s only aircraft carrier took several warships across the Taiwan strait, in a move that put Taipei on high alert.   Taiwan’s military monitored the Liaoning as it passed through the 100-mile strait, and its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Beijing considers self-governed Taiwan a breakaway […]

Taiwan Sends Fishing Fleet and Lawmakers to Claim Rights to Taiping Island after International Tribunal Deems it a ‘Rock’

Taiwan Sends Fishing Fleet and Lawmakers to Claim Rights to Taiping Island after International Tribunal Deems it a ‘Rock’

The long-awaited results of an international tribunal hearing over the much-contested South China Sea came in last week – and since then, the ruling has placed the hot-button issue of territorial claims in the spotlight. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ruled July 12 in favor of the Philippines, saying that evidence as […]

Taiwan President Sends Naval Warship to Defend Island in South China Sea

Taiwan President Sends Naval Warship to Defend Island in South China Sea

In the wake of yesterday’s international tribunal ruling at the Hague over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, countries in the region are speaking up and taking action to protect their claims. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines in the case brought by the island nation against Asian powerhouse […]

China Shows Disapproval of New Pro-Independence Taiwanese President With Plan to Cut Mainland Tourisism to Taiwan By Half

China Shows Disapproval of New Pro-Independence Taiwanese President With Plan to Cut Mainland Tourisism to Taiwan By Half

A little more than three weeks ago, new president Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party took rule of Taiwan, ousting the longstanding Nationalist Party (KMT) from its reign. President Tsai is an anomaly for mainland China; while her predecessor was pointedly China-friendly, President Tsai leans toward an independent, democratic Taiwan – and this does […]

China Continues to Pressure Taiwan as New President Assumes Office Tomorrow

China Continues to Pressure Taiwan as New President Assumes Office Tomorrow

Taiwan’s momentous shift in governance will occur tomorrow when pro-independence President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will take over office. However, mainland China will not let this happen without a fight – this time, in the form of mounting pressure on Tsai to acknowledge the “One-China” policy before assuming office. Tsai won […]

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

Taiwan’s incoming independence-leaning pro-democratic government is creating more contention from mainland China. On Wednesday, Beijing made a bold statement saying the island’s new government “will be to blame for any crisis with China that erupts once it assumes office.” In what was a pivotal point in Taiwan’s reign, the liberal-thinking Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic […]

Chinese Media Warns Tsai Over Independence

Chinese Media Warns Tsai Over Independence

Chinese state-run media on Monday warned Taiwan’s president elect to not take a pro-independence approach toward Chinese relations. Tsai Ing-wen, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won a landslide victory on Saturday sending shockwaves throughout Chinese leadership. However, Tsai has in recent months sanitized the position of the DPP toward independence and has vowed […]

Taiwan’s Cabinet Resigns in Aftermath of Presidential Election

Taiwan’s Cabinet Resigns in Aftermath of Presidential Election

Taiwan’s entire 44-member cabinet resigned on Monday risking a shut-down of the island nation’s government and giving the new president elect her first major challenge just days after her landslide victory. Tsai Ing-wen, who won presidential elections on Saturday, also helped her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) score a majority in parliament. Monday’s mass exodus […]

Taiwan’s Independence-Leaning Party Dominating the Polls

Taiwan’s Independence-Leaning Party Dominating the Polls

The leader of Taiwan’s independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) dominated Tuesday’s final poll ahead of the Jan.16 presidential election. Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy Association Poll showed Tsai Ing-wen won the support from 45.2 percent of 1,052 people surveyed. Her main opponent Eric Chu, chairman and candidate for the Nationalists KMT party, received 16.3 percent. These figures […]