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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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US won’t ‘contain’ China with Taiwan – top lawmaker

Washington will not be able to “contain” China by using tension around Taiwan as leverage over Beijing, Li Zhanshu has said. The chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China made the remarks in Moscow on Friday during a meeting with Valentina Matvienko, the chairwoman of …

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US approves weapons sales to Taiwan

The Biden administration sent formal notifications to the US Congress on Friday of the intent to sell radars, anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to Taiwan. The total value of the equipment and maintenance contracts adds up to just over $1.1 billion. This is the fifth – and the largest so far …

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Taiwan threatens Beijing with ‘counterattack’

Taiwan has vowed to launch a forceful “counterattack” and “destroy enemy forces” in the event of an incursion by Chinese forces, as tensions continue to soar between Beijing and Taipei following a high-level visit by US officials to the island.  Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Taiwanese military officials outlined alleged …

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Washington sends warships through Taiwan Strait

The US has deployed two of its warships to the Taiwan Strait in a first such mission since the controversial visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, the Navy said on Saturday. USS Chancellorsville and USS Antietam, which are both Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, are sailing through international waters …

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Xi asked Biden to prevent Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan – WaPo

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked US President Joe Biden to prevent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from visiting Taiwan earlier this month, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Although Biden insisted that Pelosi was entitled to travel as she wished, his officials were reportedly concerned about antagonizing China. Xi and Biden …

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Taiwan independence means war, Chinese envoy warns

The Chinese envoy to the United Kingdom warned that British and American interference in the Taiwan issue could result in a war, claiming that Beijing’s ties with the UK are now at a crossroads over the island. Taking to the pages of the Guardian in an op-ed on Tuesday, Chinese …

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Taiwan shows off US-made warplanes

Taiwan’s military has responded to a slew of nearby Chinese navy and air force drills by displaying its latest fighter jets to reporters and promising to respond to any attacks. Reporters were taken to the Hualien air base on Taiwan’s eastern coast on Wednesday and were shown a rare nighttime …

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