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Taiwanese lawmakers throw pig guts, punches at each other on parliament floor

Lawmakers in Taiwan got into a fist fight and threw pig guts at each other on Friday over a soon-to-be enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef. Premier Su Tseng-chang was due to give a policy report to lawmakers on Friday morning about the pork policy when opposition party lawmakers from […]

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Taiwan launches programme to domestically build submarines amid China tensions

Taiwan on Tuesday officially began work on its first domestically produced submarine in an effort to beef up its coastal defences against an invasion from China. Taiwan’s new programme will see the island build eight new diesel-powered attack submarines, which will substantially rejuvenate its fleet of two World War II-era vessels and two Dutch-made submarines […]

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Taiwan grounds 140 US-made F-16 fighter jets after one jet goes missing

Taiwan grounded its entire fleet of US made F16 fighter jets for safety checks after one went missing during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. The air force said a single-seat F16 flown by a 44-year-old pilot disappeared from radar at an altitude of some 6,000 feet two minutes after taking off from Hualien air […]

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Chinese president Xi Jinping asks troops to ‘prepare for war’

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has called on troops to “put all minds and energy on preparing for war” in a visit to a military base in the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, according to state news agency Xinhua. During an inspection of the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, Xinhua said […]

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37 Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan Strait median line that separates Taiwan and China

Taiwan has accused China of purposefully inflaming tensions in East Asia, after Chinese warplanes crossed the sensitive median line across the narrow strait that separates the mainland and the self-governing island almost 40 times on Friday and Saturday. The repeated incursions came from multiple directions and involved a combination of sophisticated fighter jets and heavy bombers. “What […]

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China conducts military exercises as US envoy visits Taiwan

China says it was conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to “protect its sovereignty” as a top US official was visiting Taiwan. The live-fire drills take place as relations between Beijing and Washington sour and the US shores up its support of Taiwan. China regards self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province. Keith Krach is […]

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3-year-old girl gets latched on flying kite in Taiwan; rescued safely after floating up in the air

A three-year-old girl in Taiwan who was taking part in a kite festival on Sunday in the seaside town of Nanlioao was caught up by a giant, long-tailed orange kite. After getting caught in the strings of the kite, it lifted her several meters into the air. A video of the scene showed her twisting […]

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China arrests 10 people heading to Taiwan from Hong Kong after intercepting their boat

Chinese officials have arrested at least 10 people after intercepting a boat believed to be heading to Taiwan from Hong Kong. China’s coastguard said the arrests were made on Sunday morning off the southern province of Guangdong, near Hong Kong. Hong Kong media reports said those on board the vessel were trying to reach Taiwan […]

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US finalizes sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan amid escalating tensions with China

A massive weapons deal to Taiwan will include 66 American-made F-16 fighter jets, making it the biggest sale to Taiwan in recent years. The Trump administration one year ago gave the green light to an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan that started the sale that is all but certain to anger […]

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Tesla car smashes into overturned truck in Taiwan, triggering debate on autopilot mode

A Tesla Model 3 recently crashed into an overturned truck on a highway in Taiwan on Monday. CCTV cameras captured the car failing to stop and ramming into the overturned truck o the road. The incident has triggered a debate on social media on the safety of its autopilot mode after the video went viral. […]

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Beijing will “never tolerate” Taiwan’s separation from China

Beijing will “never tolerate” Taiwan’s separation from China, a spokesman at the mainland’s top Taiwan body said Wednesday, after President Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated for a second term. China considers the democratic, self-governing island as part of its territory, and has repeatedly advocated for its eventual reunification with the mainland — using military force if […]

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New Zealand backs Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization

New Zealand’s foreign minister has said the country has to stand up for itself after China warned its call for Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization (WHO) could damage bilateral ties. Taiwan, with the strong support of the United States, has stepped up its lobbying to be allowed to take part as an observer […]