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Outflanked by China in Africa, Taiwan eyes unrecognised Somaliland

01 Jul 2020

TAIPEI Taiwan and Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland will establish representative offices in each other's capitals, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, a step guaranteed to anger Beijing.

Fighting in Taiwan parliament after opposition occupies chamber

29 Jun 2020

TAIPEI Fighting erupted in Taiwan's parliament on Monday as lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) broke through barricades erected by the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) who had occupied it to protest against government "tyranny". | Video

Fierce presidential election erupts in Pacific amid China-Taiwan tussle

19 Jun 2020

SYDNEY/TAIPEI The presidential run-off in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati between a pro-Beijing leader and an opposition candidate sympathetic to Taiwan is the most aggressive campaign in the country's history, according to former president Anote Tong.

Taiwan opposition seeks distance from China after poll defeat

07 Jun 2020

TAIPEI Taiwan's main opposition party moved to distance itself from China after one of its most senior officials lost a highly charged recall election, as attitudes harden towards Beijing on the democratic island claimed by China.

High-profile Taiwan mayor loses recall vote in blow for opposition

06 Jun 2020

TAIPEI A high-profile mayor from Taiwan's main opposition party lost an acrimonious recall vote on Saturday, auguring new problems for the party that is already reeling from losing January elections on the back of strong anti-China sentiment.

Candles to light up Hong Kong on fraught Tiananmen anniversary

04 Jun 2020

HONG KONG/TAIPEI Many people in Hong Kong plan to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city on Thursday, circumventing a ban on the usual public gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As Asia's tropical storm season arrives, grounded airplanes at risk of damage

03 Jun 2020

SYDNEY/TAIPEI Airlines, airports and insurers across Asia are bracing for the prospect of unusually high damage as the region's tropical storm season begins, as hundreds of aircraft grounded by the coronavirus pandemic can't be moved easily.

As Asia's tropical storm season arrives, grounded airplanes at risk of damage

03 Jun 2020

SYDNEY/TAIPEI Airlines, airports and insurers across Asia are bracing for the prospect of unusually high damage as the region's tropical storm season begins, as hundreds of aircraft grounded by the coronavirus pandemic can't be moved easily.

Taiwan considers revoking Hong Kong's special status on law fears

25 May 2020

TAIPEI China's planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, President Tsai Ing-wen said, a move that could anger Beijing and make it harder for Hong Kongers to visit and invest.

Taiwan president rejects Beijing rule; China says 'reunification' inevitable

20 May 2020

TAIPEI Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its "one country, two systems" offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China's sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. | Video

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