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J-15 fighter aircraft from China's Liaoning aircraft carrier conduct a drill in an area of the South China Sea.(Reuters file)

Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China Sea

Reuters, Taipei
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:09 PM IST
Beijing has carried out repeated air missions in the southwestern corner of Taiwan's air defence identification zone in recent months.
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People wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo)
People wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo)

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorisation in Taiwan

Reuters, Taipei
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 11:11 AM IST
Taiwan said it had agreed to buy almost 20 million vaccine doses, including 10 million from AstraZeneca and 4.76 million doses from the Covax global vaccine programme.
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The logo of German giant Deutsche Bank is seen on one of their branches in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany.(AP)
The logo of German giant Deutsche Bank is seen on one of their branches in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany.(AP)

Taiwan punishes Deutsche Bank, others in currency speculation case

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:25 PM IST
Apart from the punishment for Deutsche Bank's Taipei branch, the central bank said in statement that ING and ANZ's Taipei offices would not be allowed to trade Taiwan dollar deliverable and non-deliverable forwards for nine months.
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Yang Jiechi, said the US "should rectify its mistakes made over a period of time," in an apparent reference to hard line policies pursued by the Trump administration towards China.(AP)
Yang Jiechi, said the US "should rectify its mistakes made over a period of time," in an apparent reference to hard line policies pursued by the Trump administration towards China.(AP)

China flags Taiwan as core issue, asks US to rectify aggressive policies

PTI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 07:19 PM IST
China resents US support for Taiwan, which Beijing views as a rebel province that must be reunified with the mainland, even by force.
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Global carmakers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. face potentially $61 billion of lost revenue for the year because they can’t secure enough of the chips that go into a plethora of vehicle parts. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Global carmakers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. face potentially $61 billion of lost revenue for the year because they can’t secure enough of the chips that go into a plethora of vehicle parts. (Representative Image)(AFP)

US officials to press Taiwan, TSMC to resolve auto chip crunch

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Murray and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Richard Steffens are scheduled to attend a virtual meeting Thursday US time with Taiwan Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, people familiar with the matter said.
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China will no doubt continue to demand the self-governing island come under its control. Given their respective positions, the issue will likely remain a source of friction in US-China relations. (Representative Image)(afp)
China will no doubt continue to demand the self-governing island come under its control. Given their respective positions, the issue will likely remain a source of friction in US-China relations. (Representative Image)(afp)

How Taiwan figures in US-China ties under Biden

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:26 PM IST
The US response reflects what is expected to be continued US support for Taiwan under Biden. His administration may refrain from the more provocative steps taken under his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but it will abide by American legal requirements to ensure Taiwan can defend itself.
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Members of Taiwan's armed forces wear protective masks during a military exercise in Hukou, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China's state-run media called for retaliation after the Trump administration removed decades-old restrictions on interactions with Taiwan officials just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, one of its biggest moves yet to reshape U.S. ties with the Asian democracy. Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Members of Taiwan's armed forces wear protective masks during a military exercise in Hukou, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China's state-run media called for retaliation after the Trump administration removed decades-old restrictions on interactions with Taiwan officials just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, one of its biggest moves yet to reshape U.S. ties with the Asian democracy. Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:47 PM IST
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China on Saturday sent eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
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The US military said the carrier strike group was in the South China Sea, a large part of which is claimed by China, to conduct routine operations "to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security". (Representative Image)(AFP Photo/File)
The US military said the carrier strike group was in the South China Sea, a large part of which is claimed by China, to conduct routine operations "to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security". (Representative Image)(AFP Photo/File)

US aircraft carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:33 PM IST
China has repeatedly complained about US Navy ships getting close to Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan all have competing claims.
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China US have put aside their quarrel on virus origins to sign a trade deal.(afp)
China US have put aside their quarrel on virus origins to sign a trade deal.(afp)

China to sanction US officials for 'nasty behaviour' over Taiwan

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:39 PM IST
Sino-US ties have worsened as China has already condemned this month's easing, announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning days of President Donald Trump's presidency.
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An earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Taiwan.(PTI)
An earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Taiwan.(PTI)

5.7 magnitude quake strikes Taiwan, no immediate reports of damage

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:31 PM IST
The quake, which briefly shook buildings in the capital, had a depth of 72.2 km (44.9 miles).
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The funds will be used by the four-year-old company to boost its research and development capability, expand its product portfolio and gear up for manufacturing in the country.
The funds will be used by the four-year-old company to boost its research and development capability, expand its product portfolio and gear up for manufacturing in the country.

Warburg Invests $100 mn in boAt

By Nandita Mathur | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:12 AM IST
About five years ago, Micromax, which rose to become India’s second-largest mobile phone seller in India, was driven out of business by the onslaught of cheaper and better Chinese phones.
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China has been angered by stepped up support for the democratic island by outgoing US President Donald Trump’s administration, including new arms sales and visits to Taipei by senior US officials.(Reuters representative image)
China has been angered by stepped up support for the democratic island by outgoing US President Donald Trump’s administration, including new arms sales and visits to Taipei by senior US officials.(Reuters representative image)

China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, US defence talks

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing/Taipei
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:59 PM IST
Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has ramped up military activity near the island.
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Military honour guards attend a flag-raising ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei.(REUTERS)
Military honour guards attend a flag-raising ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei.(REUTERS)

China has been waging ‘cognitive warfare’ against Taiwan, warns think tank

By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Asian News International
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:36 PM IST
He said the growing anti-Beijing sentiment in Taiwan had expanded the psychological distance across the Taiwan Strait.
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Street cats "Flower," left, and "Pipi" wait to be fed a Midnight Cafeteria in Taipei, Taiwan.(AP)
Street cats "Flower," left, and "Pipi" wait to be fed a Midnight Cafeteria in Taipei, Taiwan.(AP)

Midnight Cafeteria caters to stray cats in Taipei

By Associated Press | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | TAIPEI, Taiwan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Launched in September, the “cafeteria” is actually 45 small wooden houses painted by Taiwanese artists and scattered across Taipei. The idea is to give the cats a place to rest while making feeding them less messy.
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is seeking to build on the momentum of last year, when she won a second term and US President Donald Trump’s administration continued to improve ties with Taipei(REUTERS)
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is seeking to build on the momentum of last year, when she won a second term and US President Donald Trump’s administration continued to improve ties with Taipei(REUTERS)

Taiwan’s President urges China to pursue dialogue, not conflict

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 12:55 PM IST
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday criticized the near-daily patrols of Chinese military ships and aircraft that have stretched Taiwan’s more limited military resources. She warned that the actions had “threatened the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region”.
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at the launch of the first of a new generation of coast guard patrol ships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.(REUTERS)
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at the launch of the first of a new generation of coast guard patrol ships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.(REUTERS)

Taiwan tightens control over Chinese investments due to security concerns: Report

By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Taipei
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:28 PM IST
Based on new regulations that came into effect from Wednesday, Chinese military-owned companies and Chinese Communist Party-owned companies were banned from investing in Taiwan.
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Visitors are seen near a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping during an exhibition on the fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients in Wuhan, Hubei province.(REUTERS)
Visitors are seen near a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping during an exhibition on the fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients in Wuhan, Hubei province.(REUTERS)

China approves first homegrown vaccine said to be 79.3% effective

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:48 PM IST
The two-dose vaccine is the first approved for general use in China. The go-ahead comes as the country has begun to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February.
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In this photo provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducts routine underway operations in support of stability and security for a free and open Indo-Pacific, at the Taiwan Strait, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.(AP)
In this photo provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducts routine underway operations in support of stability and security for a free and open Indo-Pacific, at the Taiwan Strait, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.(AP)

China accuses US of show of force with Taiwan Strait passage

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 11:33 AM IST
The Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit” in accordance with international law.
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China, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by stepped-up US support for the island , including arms sales and sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait.(REUTERS)
China, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by stepped-up US support for the island , including arms sales and sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait.(REUTERS)

US warships transit Taiwan Strait, China denounces ‘provocation’

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Taipei/ Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:33 AM IST
The US Navy said two guided missile destroyers had “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit December 31 in accordance with international law”.China’s Defence Ministry denounced the trip as “provocation” and “a show of force”, adding Chinese ships and aircraft trailed the US ships.
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An official in Biden’s transition team said the president-elect believes US support for Taiwan “must remain strong, principled, and bipartisan.”(AP)
An official in Biden’s transition team said the president-elect believes US support for Taiwan “must remain strong, principled, and bipartisan.”(AP)

Japan urges Biden to be strong in support of Taiwan against China

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Tokyo, Japan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:34 AM IST
Japan shares strategic interests with Taiwan, which sits in sea lanes through which much of Japan’s energy supplies and trade flow.
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Neither the airline nor the government has named the pilot, who is being treated in hospital.((EVA Air))
Neither the airline nor the government has named the pilot, who is being treated in hospital.((EVA Air))

Taiwan’s EVA Air sacks pilot blamed for rare local Covid-19 case

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Taipei
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention methods and widespread use of masks, with all new cases for more than the last 250 days being among travellers arriving on the island.
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A man watches Indian stock market indices on a display screen on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India.(AP)
A man watches Indian stock market indices on a display screen on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India.(AP)

Markets bounce back on $892 billion US stimulus

By Nasrin Sultana | Livemint, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 03:44 AM IST
The bounce-back came amid a recovery in European equities and an additional US fiscal stimulus despite persisting concerns over the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in the UK.
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Lights! Models! Garbage! Taiwan designer turns waste into fashion(Reuters)
Lights! Models! Garbage! Taiwan designer turns waste into fashion(Reuters)

Taiwan designer turns garbage into fashion, makes clothes from old wires and bolts

By Reuters | Posted by Nishtha Grover | Taipei
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:30 AM IST
A Taiwanese designer is garnering attention for adding extra flair to clothes with discarded wires and bolts. Wang Li-ling stitches these materials onto her clothes to give them a futuristic feeling.
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USS Mustin had conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit (on) Dec. 19 in accordance with international law”.(public.navy.mil/USS Mustin (DDG 89))
USS Mustin had conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit (on) Dec. 19 in accordance with international law”.(public.navy.mil/USS Mustin (DDG 89))

China says it tailed US warship Mustin in Taiwan Strait

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:54 PM IST
The US Navy said the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin had conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit (on) Dec. 19 in accordance with international law”.
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Supporters of CTi TV hold banners that read: ''Thank you CTi TV. See you soon'', after the cable news channel halted its broadcast operations at the hall of CTi TV in Taipei, Taiwan.(AP)
Supporters of CTi TV hold banners that read: ''Thank you CTi TV. See you soon'', after the cable news channel halted its broadcast operations at the hall of CTi TV in Taipei, Taiwan.(AP)

Leading pro-China news channel in Taiwan is taken off air

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Taipei
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:06 PM IST
CTiTV’s channel 52 broadcast a countdown and then went black after midnight. The cable network, whose non-news channels were not affected, plans to continue putting news on YouTube and other digital platforms.
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Yediyurappa and Shettar have expressed their mutual desire to strengthen the economic relations between Karnataka and Taiwan.(PTI)
Yediyurappa and Shettar have expressed their mutual desire to strengthen the economic relations between Karnataka and Taiwan.(PTI)

Taiwan keen on investing in Karnataka, delegation meets Yediyurappa

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:13 PM IST
A Taiwanese delegation, led by Director-General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC) Ben Wang, met Yediyurappa and Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar.
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The National Communications Commission cited repeated violations of rules on accurate reporting.(AP)
The National Communications Commission cited repeated violations of rules on accurate reporting.(AP)

Leading pro-China news channel in Taiwan ends broadcasts

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Taipei
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:48 PM IST
The station is owned by the Want Want China Times media group, which also publishes one of Taiwan’s main newspapers. It has long been associated with a Beijing-friendly political view, attributed partly to its extensive business interests in China.
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Flags of US and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s booth during China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Flags of US and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s booth during China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China.(Reuters/ File photo)

China condemns new US Hong Kong sanctions, Taiwan arms sale

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 03:28 PM IST
The US actions are part of what critics see as an effort by the Trump administration to put in place high-pressure tactics toward Beijing that could make it more difficult for President-elect Joe Biden to steady relations.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restrictions would apply to Chinese Communist Party officials or anyone else taking part in such propaganda or influence campaigns affiliated with the United Front Work Department.(Reuters)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restrictions would apply to Chinese Communist Party officials or anyone else taking part in such propaganda or influence campaigns affiliated with the United Front Work Department.(Reuters)

US imposes visa restrictions on more Chinese citizens

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 06:07 AM IST
The restrictions are the latest punitive measure taken against China’s leadership and economy in response to sharpening disputes over human rights, the coronavirus pandemic, trade, technology, Taiwan and a host of other issues.
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Currency traders are wondering what the next support level will be for the Taiwan dollar after the one that held for years crumbled(AP)
Currency traders are wondering what the next support level will be for the Taiwan dollar after the one that held for years crumbled(AP)

Taiwan Dollar’s surge has market watchers curious where it ends

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 01:10 PM IST
The Taiwan dollar on Thursday charged past 28.5 versus the greenback to its strongest intraday level since 1997. On Friday morning, the local currency traded around 28.3, with two traders saying state-backed banks were buying US dollars around that handle.
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