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6.5-magnitude earthquake wobbles Taiwan’s northeastern coast

A strong earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, with residents reporting violent shaking in the capital Taipei but there were no immediate reports of widespread damage. Taiwan’s central weather bureau said the quake was of magnitude 6.5, the biggest on the island this year, while the US Geological Survey gave a lower figure of 6.2. […]

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China has until now flown 150 aircraft into Taiwan’s defence zone ahead island’s national day

China sent the largest number of warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence as the country scrambled its fighter jets to thwart incursions, ahead of the island’s national day on October 10. Monday’s incursion claimed 36 fighter jets, 12 H-6 nuclear-capable bombers including other planes crossed over into Taiwan’s airspace. Four jets entered at night bringing the […]

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China ‘bullies’ Taiwan by sending 24 warplanes into air defense zone

Taiwan accused China of  ‘bullying’ after Beijing sent 24 warplanes into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the third-largest incursion in the past two years of heightened tensions. PLA aircrafts, bombers, fighter jets, anti-submarines and early warning control planes entered Taiwan’s ADIZ in two groups – 19 planes and a second fleet of 5 jets. […]

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Nineteen Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan’s airspace

Taiwan claims a large incursion of Chinese military jets flying into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China’s air force near the island. […]

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Taiwan rolls out domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, president takes first dose

Taiwan rolled out a domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine for mass use, with President Tsai Ing-wen receiving her first dose at a Taipei hospital to demonstrate her confidence in the safety of the jab. Made by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp, the vaccine was given emergency approval by regulators in July using a shortcut that prompted fierce […]

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Taiwan steps up probe into train accident; seeks arrest warrant for construction site manager

Taiwan has sought an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck is believed to have caused a train accident in which at least 51 people died. The crash, Taiwan’s worst rail accident in seven decades, occurred after an express train hit a truck that had slid down an embankment next to the track from […]

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Taiwan: Nearly 50 killed as train crashes and derails in tunnel

At least fifty people were killed and dozens more were injured after a train carrying nearly 500 crashed and then derailed in a tunnel in Taiwan. The eight carriage train reportedly hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks at the tunnel’s mouth. Rescuers combed badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel to find survivors, […]

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Two Taiwanese Air Force F-5E jets drown in the Pacific Ocean after mid-air collision

A Taiwanese air force pilot has been killed and another is missing after their fighter jets disappeared in a suspected mid-air collision off the island’s southern coast, officials said. The two F-5E jets disappeared from radar at about 3pm some 2.6km off the coast of rural southern Pingtung County, the National Rescue Command Centre said. It […]

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‘Taiwan independence means war’: China toughens language towards Taiwan

China warned Taiwan of ‘war’ on Thursday after stepping up military activities near the island to respond to provocation and foreign interference. Taiwan, claimed by China as its territory, reported multiple Chinese fighter jets and bombers entering the island’s south-western air defence identification zone over the weekend. “The military activities carried out by the Chinese […]

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Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese warplanes

Taiwan reported a large incursion by Chinese warplanes for the second straight day. Taiwan’s defence ministry said eight Chinese bomber planes capable of carrying nuclear weapons, four fighter jets and one anti-submarine aircraft entered its self-declared south-western air defence identification zone on Saturday. On Sunday 12 fighters, two anti-submarine aircraft and a reconnaissance plane violated […]