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Chinese Navy's amphibious transport dock Yimeng Shan takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao. (REUTERS)

Beijing could be preparing for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan: Report

ANI, Taipei
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:04 AM IST
Gray zone conflicts are activities by a state that are harmful to another state and are sometimes considered to be acts of war, but are not legally acts of war.
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Am employee holds a 300 millimetre silicon wafer, with 22 nanometer chips, in the semiconductor production clean rooms at the Globalfoundries fabrication (fab) plant in Dresden, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The EU outlined a goal last year to produce at least one-fifth of the world�s chips and microprocessors by value, without giving details on how this would be achieved. Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Am employee holds a 300 millimetre silicon wafer, with 22 nanometer chips, in the semiconductor production clean rooms at the Globalfoundries fabrication (fab) plant in Dresden, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The EU outlined a goal last year to produce at least one-fifth of the world�s chips and microprocessors by value, without giving details on how this would be achieved. Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Taiwan sounds currency warning as chip demand fuels exports

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:30 PM IST
Overseas demand for chips used in smartphones, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing has helped fuel an appreciation of more than 7% in the Taiwan dollar versus the greenback over the past 12 months, even as the central bank worked to slow gains.
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China's President Xi Jinping(AP)
China's President Xi Jinping(AP)

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

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 06:12 AM IST
Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory, has carried out repeated air missions in the southwestern corner of Taiwan's air defence identification zone in recent months, mostly near the Pratas Islands.
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President Tsai Ing-wen expects Chiu to complete the next stage of military reforms, including planning for "asymmetric warfare," focusing on high-tech, mobile weapons designed to make any Chinese attack as difficult as possible.(AFP/Bloomberg)
President Tsai Ing-wen expects Chiu to complete the next stage of military reforms, including planning for "asymmetric warfare," focusing on high-tech, mobile weapons designed to make any Chinese attack as difficult as possible.(AFP/Bloomberg)

Taiwan appoints US-trained defence minister, China sends 8 jets into Taipei

ANI, Taipei
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 01:35 PM IST
He further said that President Tsai Ing-wen expects Chiu to complete the next stage of military reforms, including planning for "asymmetric warfare," focusing on high-tech, mobile weapons designed to make any Chinese attack as difficult as possible.
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Two Taiwanese former colonels were recruited by a Chinese national security official in the southern province of Guangdong, the government lawyers said, and had introduced several colleagues to the official since 2012.(Reuters/For Representative Purposes)
Two Taiwanese former colonels were recruited by a Chinese national security official in the southern province of Guangdong, the government lawyers said, and had introduced several colleagues to the official since 2012.(Reuters/For Representative Purposes)

4 Taiwanese military intelligence officers held on espionage charges

AFP, Taipei
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 11:46 AM IST
  • The quartet were charged with developing a spying network and collecting confidential information for Beijing
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As tensions with China escalated along their Himalayan border over the summer last year, New Delhi stepped up curbs on Chinese activity in the country, adding extra scrutiny for visas for Chinese businessmen, academics, industry experts, and advocacy groups. (Representative Image)(AP)
As tensions with China escalated along their Himalayan border over the summer last year, New Delhi stepped up curbs on Chinese activity in the country, adding extra scrutiny for visas for Chinese businessmen, academics, industry experts, and advocacy groups. (Representative Image)(AP)

India's visa curbs for Chinese workers hurting Taiwan tech giants

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:08 PM IST
India has been slow to issue visas to Chinese engineers, who are needed to help Taiwanese companies set up factories in the South Asian nation, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Taiwan has been one of the standout successes in combating the spread of the coronavirus, registering nine deaths and fewer than 1,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.(AP)
Taiwan has been one of the standout successes in combating the spread of the coronavirus, registering nine deaths and fewer than 1,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.(AP)

Taiwan alleges 'political pressure' from China may have blocked vaccine deal

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 03:10 PM IST
Taiwan’s government was making final preparations to sign a deal with Germany-based BioNTech in January but then “things changed,” minister Chen Shih-chung said in an interview on radio station Hit FM Wednesday.
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The US State Department urged China to stop pressuring Taiwan and reaffirmed its commitment to the island and desire to deepen ties.(AP File Photo)
The US State Department urged China to stop pressuring Taiwan and reaffirmed its commitment to the island and desire to deepen ties.(AP File Photo)

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

Reuters, Taipei
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 03:19 PM IST
A map provided by Taiwan's defence ministry showed that the Chinese aircraft, including a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, flew over the same waters where the most recent Chinese missions have been taking place. Taiwan's air force warned away the Chinese aircraft and deployed missiles to monitor them.
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Members of a Chinese military honour guard stand at attention during a rehearsal before the parade in Beijing. In his speech, Xi said China “must adhere” to the one country, two systems policy governing Hong Kong and “maintain the long-term prosperity and stability” of the city. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)
Members of a Chinese military honour guard stand at attention during a rehearsal before the parade in Beijing. In his speech, Xi said China “must adhere” to the one country, two systems policy governing Hong Kong and “maintain the long-term prosperity and stability” of the city. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

Chinese military pressure on Taiwan threatens regional peace, stability: US

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:10 AM IST
The US will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.
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In this image made from a video screen shows US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (unseen). Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.”(AP)
In this image made from a video screen shows US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (unseen). Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.”(AP)

US stands by Taiwan, envoy says after cancelled trip

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:13 PM IST
Craft's visit would have been highly symbolic as Taiwan is not a UN member due to China's objections. Beijing says only it has the right to speak for Taiwan on the world stage, something Taipei's democratically-elected government rejects.
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Under the Trump administration and bipartisan support from Congress, relations with Taiwan has warmed up considerably, with the government increasing the frequency and quality of weapons sales to the island's government.(AP)
Under the Trump administration and bipartisan support from Congress, relations with Taiwan has warmed up considerably, with the government increasing the frequency and quality of weapons sales to the island's government.(AP)

US cancels ambassador's controversial trip to Taiwan

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:27 AM IST
US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft was due to begin a three-day visit Wednesday, which would have involved meetings with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.
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Military tensions between mainland China and Taiwan have grown sharper in the past year(AP File Photo )
Military tensions between mainland China and Taiwan have grown sharper in the past year(AP File Photo )

China threatens 'counterstrike' over US contact with Taiwan

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Beijing says Taiwan is an inviolable part of China to be reclaimed, by force if necessary, and opposes any diplomatic recognition of the democratic island.
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Pompeo's announcement came two days after he said he would send the US ambassador to the United Nations, to Taiwan for meetings this week. (Reuters File Photo )
Pompeo's announcement came two days after he said he would send the US ambassador to the United Nations, to Taiwan for meetings this week. (Reuters File Photo )

Chinese state media blast latest Pompeo move on Taiwan

AP, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:29 PM IST
There was no immediate comment from the Chinese government on Pompeo's decision to end State Department restrictions on how US officials can interact with Taiwan.
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Flagpoles of the national flags inside the Diplomatic Quarter, where Taiwan ally embassies located, in Taipei, Taiwan.(Reuters File Photo)
Flagpoles of the national flags inside the Diplomatic Quarter, where Taiwan ally embassies located, in Taipei, Taiwan.(Reuters File Photo)

Taiwan courts security ties with bigger friends as China snatches allies

By Reuters | Hong Kong/Taipei
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2018 09:19 PM IST
From efforts to share intelligence on China’s military with India and the prospect of engaging Japanese experts in its submarine programme, Taipei’s push is gradually bearing fruit.
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