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,…

China latest: US warns Beijing after attempt to ‘coerce’ Taiwan by new aircraft carrier | World | News

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said Shandong and accompanying frigates sailed northwards through the Strait. Taiwan will see Presidential elections on January 11 with incumbent Tsai Ing-wen facing Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT) and James Soong of People First. The US State Department called on Beijing to “abstain from coercion that would jeopardise the security, or the social or economic system, of the people [in] Taiwan”. It added: “The United States has a deep and abiding interest in cross-strait peace and stability. Taiwan is a reliable partner, a democratic role…

China Sails Carrier Group Through Taiwan Strait as Election Nears

TAIPEI/BEIJING — China has sailed its new aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Thursday, as a presidential election campaigning was in full swing on the island amid heighten tension with Beijing. Democratic Taiwan is claimed by China as a wayward province and is the Communist Party’s most sensitive and important territorial issue. China has threatened to attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence. Taiwan holds a presidential vote on Jan. 11 with President Tsai Ing-wen hoping to win re-election. She has repeatedly mentioned what she…

Temperatures in northern Taiwan to fall 5-7 degrees Friday | Society | Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Taiwan will experience a warm Christmas Day Wednesday but a new northeasterly wind system that is on the way will send daytime temperatures lower by 5-7 degrees Celsius on Friday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The new weather system will start to affect northern Taiwan later Thursday, but its impact will be more apparent Friday, when daytime highs will fall to 18-20 degrees, the CWB said. Central and southern Taiwan will not be affected by the weather system, however, with daytime highs reaching 26-28…

China sets its sights on Taiwan in 2020 as Xi Jinping aims to achieve his ‘centenary goal’ | World | News

The new year will see the deadline for China’s “centenary goal” as 2021 will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CCP). In December the Taiwanese defence ministry reported “irregular” patrols by People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in the western side of the strait this year had become “routine”. The ministry said the island’s forces had “effectively monitored the situations and movements around the Taiwan Strait by means of its air and naval mechanisms to ensure national security and regional stability”. But, Li Kexin,…

Think tank warns of potential US-China clash over Taiwan

A crisis between the US and China over Taiwan could affect US interests next year, according to a survey released by a US think tank on Wednesday, although it said it was not very likely. In the annual Preventive Priorities Survey released by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action (CPA), US foreign policy experts assessed the likelihood and effect of 30 potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate next year. The CPA then categorized the scenarios under three tiers — high, moderate and low —…

How China could use its 2 aircraft carriers to cut off Taiwan

China’s newest aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its other flat top to block foreign forces from coming to Taiwan’s aid in the event of a conflict, experts say. The Shandong, which was commissioned on Tuesday, could work with sister ship Liaoning to cut off Taiwan or head to the South China Sea to give Beijing an advantage there. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China’s new aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its sister ship to form a dual-carrier battle group to cut off…

Taiwan a concern for U.S. in potential 2020 conflict with China: poll | Politics | Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) A crisis between the United States and China over Taiwan has been listed as one contingency that could affect U.S. interests in 2020, according to a survey released by an American think tank Wednesday, although it said such a conflict was not very likely. In the annual Preventive Priorities Survey released by the New York-based the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action (CPA), American foreign policy experts assessed the likelihood and impact of 30 potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate next year. The…