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Taiwan’s ‘anti-China’ candidate wins presidential election

Lai Ching-te of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been elected as the self-governing island’s new leader following Saturday’s presidential election. Lai, who entered the election as Taiwan’s vice president, claimed victory after the candidate representing the island’s main opposition party, Hou Yu-ih, conceded defeat. The DPP, which was …

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China clarifies stance on Taiwan reunification

Beijing will “absolutely not” renounce the right to use force in reunifying with Taiwan, the country’s defense minister, Li Shangfu, said on Thursday, as cited by the South China Morning Post. At the same time, the Defense Ministry voiced hopes for peaceful reconciliation while warning against foreign interference on the …

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China issues warning over Taiwan leader’s visit to US

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen is set to travel to the United States, planning a stop in New York and another in California, where US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would meet with the leader despite warnings from China.  Tsai will depart for the US on Wednesday as part of …

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Taiwan boosting military ties with Washington, president says

Taiwan has said it is steadily improving military relations with the US. President Tsai Ing-wen claimed that Taipei and Washington are working together to confront ‘authoritarians’ abroad. Speaking to a group of visiting US lawmakers who arrived in Taiwan over the weekend for a five-day stay, President Tsai said security …

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Taiwan’s ruling party suffers election defeat

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen has assumed all “responsibility” and stepped down as the head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following a series of election defeats to the opposition candidates, who focused their campaign on local issues and maintaining peace without being overly confrontational with Beijing. On Saturday, the residents of …

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Top US general pledges military aid to Taiwan

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley has said the Pentagon will support Taiwan’s military with both weapons and training, warning of a Chinese attack on the island while accusing Beijing of seeking “global military superiority.” Speaking at an event held by the Economic Club of New …

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Pentagon weighs risk of Taiwan ‘invasion’

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has downplayed the risk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, saying he sees no imminent attack on the self-governing island despite escalating tensions in the region. “I don’t see an imminent invasion,” Austin said in a CNN interview that aired on Sunday. “What we …

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China able to ‘blockade’ Taiwan – US admiral

China is entirely capable of imposing a naval blockade on Taiwan, commander of the US Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Karl Thomas, acknowledged in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Monday. “They have a very large navy, and if they want to bully and put ships around Taiwan, …

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Biden claims US forces will defend Taiwan

President Joe Biden has said Washington is willing to use military force to defend Taiwan from Beijing, if necessary, while insisting that the US still adheres to the One China policy and is “not encouraging” the island’s independence. During a ‘60 Minutes’ CBS News interview aired Sunday night, Biden was asked …

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