US reveals warship that transited Taiwan Strait

The US warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday was likely the USS Chancellorsville. “The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville CG-62 conducts normal underway operations transiting from the East China Sea to the South China Sea,” the US Seventh Fleet said on Facebook late on Saturday. The post has four photographs showing the warship and its crew. However, it did not specify when the transit was made and if it was made via the Strait. The information was made public after the Ministry of National Defense said on…

South China Sea: Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese military planes encircle island | World | News

China has often infringed on the territories of several countries in the South China Sea under its ‘nine-dash line’ policy. Under the policy, China claims several islands and waters that are within the territorial boundaries of states such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. According to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry, the jets shadowed the Chinese aircraft out of the airspace. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Chinese Communist Party’s long-range far-out-at-sea missions have impacted regional security and stability and endanger the peace and welfare shared by all parties in the…

Taiwan says U.S. flies B-52 bombers near island after Chinese drills

The U.S. military flew three Air Force planes — including two B-52 bombers — near Taiwan on Wednesday morning, the country’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said, after China sent its own bombers and fighter jets for exercises near the island on Sunday and Monday. The ministry said in a statement on its website Wednesday that a U.S. MC-130J special mission aircraft flew across the Taiwan Strait from north to south, while two B-52 bombers flew along Taiwan’s east coast, also from north to south. The ministry…

Taiwan hits out at China coronavirus travel bans

TAIPEI: Taiwan on Tuesday (Feb 11) hit out at countries that “confuse” it with China after the Philippines became the latest to impose a travel ban on the island over the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Despite its cultural links and close proximity to China, Taiwan moved swiftly against the outbreak and currently has just 18 confirmed cases of the new virus. Advertisement Advertisement But the self-ruled democracy has found itself increasingly caught up in travel restrictions aimed at China, where the outbreak has killed more than 1,000 people and infected over 42,000.…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing under threat as US warships back defiant Taiwan | World | News

Less than a week after separatist President, Tsai Ing-wen, was reelected with an anti-Beijing message, US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. While the US maintained that it was merely expressing support for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, China’s government issued a warning to Washington over military presence in the region. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US to “prudently and properly handle issues relating to Taiwan to avoid harming China-US relations and affecting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”. Mr Geng added: “China paid close attention…

Noah Ente: Taiwan elections reflect power of Hong Kong protests

Earlier this month, Taiwanese voters went to the polls to decide the future direction of their country’s historically hostile relationship with the Communist Party of China (CPC). At their hands were options to move toward some form of greater reconciliation with President Xi Jinping and his government, or for Taiwan to remain as nationally distinct as possible. On Jan. 11, the people of Taiwan emphatically decided to maintain their independence from the CPC and continue their fight for legitimacy. As a result, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen won reelection amid an…

Taiwan: concern grows over China’s invasion threat

There was a funfair atmosphere when Tainan Air Base in south Taiwan opened its doors to the public one Saturday morning in October. Multicoloured banners fluttered in the breeze, children pushed to get a front row spot and a “flying tigers” team of pilots looped their planes overhead. But the motivation behind the display is deadly serious. Concerns are building in both Taipei and in the US — the unofficial guarantor of the island’s security — that China could be moving closer to launching the attack which it has been…

Here’s why Taiwan is such a complex entity – Mothership.SG – News from Singapore, Asia and around the world

Taiwan is a self-ruled island. Operates like its own country It has its own constitution, its own democratically-elected government, its own currency, and about 300,000 active troops in its military. Its approximately 23 million citizens travel on its own passport as well. Essentially, it operates like an independent country. However, it is treated like a pariah and excluded from most international memberships, such as the World Health Organisation — a situation that experts say could be catastrophic to public health in the region. Taiwan has to be recognised by other…

Taiwan Is About To Have An Election That Will Change The World

2020 is the year of elections. One of the most pivotal elections will take place on January 11, when Taiwan will have its general election, and the Taiwanese will cast votes for president, vice president, and their legislature. This election is pivotal, as it will take place as the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is ongoing, and the election outcome will have a profound effect on foreign policy strategies and relationships between Washington, Beijing, and Taipei throughout 2020 and beyond. Leading the poll is Taiwan’s fourth democratically elected and first female president,…