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Taiwan: Fire engulfs 13-storey tower in Kaohsiung killing at least 46 people

At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more seriously injured in a fire at a 13-storey tower block in southern Taiwan, officials say. A residential and commercial building in the city of Kaohsiung caught fire in the early hours of Thursday morning, the local fire department said. It took firefighters more than four […]

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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 invades Taiwan’s air defence zone with 38 military planes

Taiwan reported 38 Chinese military planes flying into its air defence zone on Friday, the largest incursion by China till date. The defence ministry said the jets, including nuclear-capable bombers, entered the area in two waves. Taiwan responded by scrambling its jets and deploying missile systems. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but […]

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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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Taiwan applies to join Asia-Pacific trade pact days after China submitted its application

Taiwan applied to join a key Asia-Pacific pact just days after China submitted its application. The states have a complicated relationship. Taiwan considers itself as an independent nation, but China regards it as a breakaway province. On Thursday, Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator John Deng told reporters that if China joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for […]

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Super Typhoon Chanthu makes landfall in the Philippines with 260kph windspeed before heading to Taiwan

Super Typhoon Chanthu made landfall in the far northern Philippines on Saturday, bringing destructive winds and heavy rain to the archipelago. Typhoon Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, was one of the strongest storms this year, with sustained winds of 260 kph before landfall. It is expected to move toward nearby Taiwan later on […]

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Vietnam and Taiwan brace for twin tropical storms

Vietnam and Taiwan are bracing for twin tropical storms which are expected to make landfall over the coming days, with typhoon Chanthu strengthening into a Super Typhoon in the past 24 hours. Taiwan has issued a sea warning on Friday for Super Typhoon Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, which is currently expected to […]

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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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China expresses ‘opposition and condemnation’ after US warship transits through Taiwan Strait

China protested the passage of a US Navy warship and coastguard through the waters between China and Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by Beijing. A statement by China’s defence ministry on Saturday called the move provocative and said it showed the United States is the biggest threat to peace and stability and creator of security […]

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Taiwan kills 154 high-value smuggled cats imported from mainland China

Taiwanese officials euthanized more than 150 valuable cats illegally imported from mainland China, sparking outrage from the general public. The Taiwanese Coast Guard intercepted a Fishing boat in the Taiwan Strait, and on board they found 62 cages with 154 felines, which included the Russian blue breeds, ragdoll, Persian American Shorthair and British shorthair. The […]

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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’s tech giants Foxconn and TSMC order 10 million doses of Pfizer jabs for government distribution

Two Taiwanese firms are buying 10 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine worth $352 million to donate to the government for distribution. Foxconn, the firm that makes devices for Apple, and chip giant TSMC brokered the agreements from Germany’s BioNTech. The self-ruled island territory for months has been working to buy vaccines but it has […]