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China summons Japanese ambassador in Taiwan row

The ambassador was summoned by China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying protested that Abe’s warning had “openly challenged China’s sovereignty and gave brazen support to Taiwan independence forces.” A foreign ministry statement said China was “resolutely opposed” to Abe’s comments and had made “stern …

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US lawmakers travel to Taiwan

Five US House of Representatives members arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for meetings with government officials, after celebrating America’s Thanksgiving holiday with US troops in South Korea. The visit, which marked the second trip to Taiwan this month by members of Congress, was billed as an effort to discuss economic …

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US destroyer sails through Taiwan Strait

A US guided-missile destroyer made its way through the strait on Tuesday local time, the Navy’s 7th Fleet announced in a statement, saying the move was conducted “in accordance with international law” and “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Though Beijing has yet to respond, Chinese …

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China reveals whether it’ll ‘punish’ Lithuania over Taiwan

Beijing was disappointed that Lithuania had proceeded to grant Taiwan permission to open its ‘representative office’ in Vilnius despite “China’s strong opposition and repeated persuasion,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing on Friday. Taiwan had opened its mission in Vilnius the previous day.  Zhao called …

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Biden reveals US Taiwan policy after call with Xi

“We are not going to change our policy at all,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday, at an event in New Hampshire. “We made very clear we support the Taiwan [Relations] Act and that’s it.” Biden also denied the US was supporting Taiwan’s aspirations for independence. “I said that they have …

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China reacts with fury to US lawmakers’ Taiwan visit

The Chinese foreign ministry issued a strongly worded rebuke on Wednesday to the visit by US lawmakers, cautioning that such “risky and provocative actions” were “doomed to end in failure.” “Colluding with Taiwan independence forces is a dangerous game and playing with fire will result in burning themselves,” Foreign Ministry …

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China tells US to back down after explosive Taiwan comment

Speaking on Thursday during a daily press briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin demanded that the US stop making comments about Taiwan that may contribute to the “arrogance of the separatist forces.”    “No one can underestimate China’s firm determination and will to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We …

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