Australian ex-defense chief calls for freedom of navigation | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Former Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne called on “all nations” Tuesday for freedom to navigate the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, which he considers international waters. “We would encourage all nations to navigate international waters … because that is the purpose of international waters, not to be held by any particular nation,” Pyne said during an interview on the sidelines of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei. His statement was clearly a show of support for Washington’s Freedom of Navigation Program, in which…

Taiwan earthquake: Massive magnitude of 5.0 rocks islands locked in the Ring of Fire | World | News

According to reports, the quake hit the city of Hualien on the east coast. The earthquake struck the island at 12.05pm local time (5.05am BST). According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake hit a depth of 6km (3.7 miles). As of yet, there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused “mild shocks” throughout central Taiwan according to Taiwan News. Today’s latest quake comes 12 hours after the island was struck by an initial earthquake. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck in the same area on…

South China Sea: Donald Trump agrees $8 billion deal with taiwan in blow to China | World | News

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s nine-dash line, Beijing has looked to increase its control over the region. In order to halt that strategy, Trump has sanctioned patrols to pass through the waters and has now agreed a new warplane deal with Taiwan. The deal for the F-16 fighter jet is likely to increase tensions between Beijing and Washington as the two continue their trade war. In light of the current crisis in Hong Kong, the deal has been praised by US Republican Senator, Marco Rubio. Mr Rubio insisted that the…

Chinese threats will escalate: Taiwan militar…

A Chinese-controlled reef in the South China Sea. (By Associated Press) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following Chinese Navy maneuvers in the South China Sea this month, military threats will only increase during the months ahead, Taiwan’s top military think tank said Tuesday (August 13). With presidential and legislative elections scheduled for January 11, 2020, China is widely expected to repeat past practice of trying to intimidate Taiwanese voters into casting their ballots for pro-independence candidates. Beijing’s use of a mix of military threats and vocal propaganda…

Taiwan braces for typhoon hours after earthquake strikes

TAIPEI: A powerful typhoon will hit Taiwan later on Thursday (Aug 8), bringing the risk of landslides and high seas, weather forecasters said, hours after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the island. Typhoon Lekima, categorised at the strongest typhoon level by Taiwan’s weather bureau, was expected to approach off the island’s northeastern coast late on Thursday.  Advertisement Advertisement READ: 5.9 magnitude quake jolts Taiwan It was moving across the ocean in a north-northwesterly direction at 15kmh, weather officials said. Lekima was carrying maximum winds of 227kmh, as it approaches Taiwan, the weather…

US opposes Beijing’s ‘destabilizing… | Taiwan News

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at AUSMIN 2019, Aug. 4 (By Associated Press) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday (Aug. 4), U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper noted that China has in recent years displayed a “disturbing pattern of aggressive behavior” in the South China Sea. Esper emphasized that the U.S. is firmly opposed to Beijing’s destabilizing influence in the region. Esper, who was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, emphasized that…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Defense Makes Strong Claims To Taiwan And To East and South China Seas

The United States continues to conduct naval patrols in waters claimed by China. Last week, the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam sailed through the Taiwan Strait: the sixth such transit this year. The operation came as China issued an important policy document. China releases a strategic military review every four years, and the 2019 white paper is being given particular significance ahead of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1st. “China’s National Defense in the New Era” paints the People’s Liberation Army as a…

Taiwan holds missile exercise as Chinese military drills nearby

Taiwan’s military is firing off more than one hundred missiles in a series of live-fire exercises as the Chinese military drills nearby, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports. During the two-day drill that began on Monday, Taiwan’s military will launch 117 missiles, among which are 12 different weapon types with ranges far enough to clear the Taiwan Strait, a strategic waterway that is only 81 miles wide at its narrowest section. Forty-one missiles were fired off on Monday, CNA reports, citing Ministry of National Defense Deputy Chief of Staff Li Chao-ming.…