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# Taiwan

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# Up In The Air
Biden promises to defend Taiwan but refuses to confirm re-election bid in rare TV interview
The US president said it ‘remains to be seen’ if he will seek re-election.
# tensions
China says troops 'remain on high alert' as two US warships sail through Taiwan Strait
It is the first transit since China staged unprecedented military drills around the island following the visit of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
# Taiwan
US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan on heels of Pelosi visit
The five-member delegation is led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
# Taiwan
Taiwan holds another live-fire drill after China ends military exercises
China has repeated threats to bring the self-ruled democracy under control.
# Taiwan
Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion as it holds defence drill
China launched its largest-ever air and sea exercises around Taiwan last week.
# Taiwan
China launches fresh military drills around Taiwan
Taiwan is also due to begin its own live-fire drills tomorrow.
# Nancy Pelosi
China's largest-ever Taiwan military drills draw to a close
Beijing has raged at a trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
# tensions
China’s military drills appear to simulate attack, says Taiwan
China launched live-fire military drills following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan earlier this week.
China sanctions US House speaker Nancy Pelosi over Taiwan visit
The move came after the Chinese military staged military drills and fired missiles into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
# Tension
Missiles fired by China 'believed to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone'
China’s military drills were prompted by a visit to the island by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
# Taiwan
27 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan's air defence zone following Pelosi visit, Taipei says
China is gearing up for military exercises dangerously close to the island’s shores in retaliation for the visit.
# us china relations
Pelosi arrives in Taiwan in spite of China warnings that US will 'pay the price' for visit
The Democrat’s trip to Taipei is the highest-profile visit by an elected US official in 25 years.
# Tension
Why China said a visit from Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan is the US 'playing with fire'
China’s ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday that a visit would be “very much dangerous, very much provocative”.
# China
Biden warned by Xi not to 'play with fire' in Taiwan during tense call
The leaders of China and US agreed to hold their first in-person summit.
# Global Relations
Japan warns of rising global tension in wake of Russia-China military ties
The report calls Russia’s war on Ukraine a “serious violation of international law”.
# Courts
Student brings Department of Education to court over Leaving Cert Mandarin examination
The 15-year-old is challenging the requirement that examination answers must be in simplified Mandarin characters.
# tensions
China will 'not hesitate to start war' if Taiwan declares independence, Beijing warns US
China’s defence minister made the comments during his first face-to-face meeting with his US counterpart in Singapore.
# US
Biden says US would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan
A Chinese official referred to the Taiwan issue as a “purely internal affair for China”, in reaction to Biden’s remark.
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# Tzu-Pao Yang
Taiwan official urges Ireland to reopen representative office in Taipei amid 'new EU relationship'
Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have spiked to their highest level in years.
# United Nations
China insists Taiwan has no right to join United Nations
The US has ratcheted up tensions, calling for Taiwan to have greater involvement in the world body.
# Taiwan
Death toll from fire at Taiwan apartment building rises to 46
The 13-storey building caught fire early today in the city of Kaohsiung.
# tensions
Taiwan wants political status quo not China’s path, says president
Tsai Ing-wen also firmly rejected Chinese military coercion in a speech to mark the country’s National Day.
# tensions
China's Xi vows 'reunification' with Taiwan
Self-governed Taiwan, which has never formally declared independence, lives under the constant threat of invasion by China.
# tensions
Taiwan rebukes China over record fighter jet incursion
Beijing marked its National Day on Friday with its biggest aerial show of force against Taiwan to date.
# Typhoon Chanthu
Strong typhoon increases in force and heads towards Taiwan
The Philippine meteorological agency said Typhoon Chanthu could become a category 5 ‘super typhoon’.
# Taiwan
'I saw bodies all over the place': Truck owner questioned as Taiwan train disaster deaths rise to 51
The owner of the unmanned truck that caused the accident has been questioned.
# Taiwan
At least 48 people dead and dozens injured after train crashes in Taiwan
A passenger train reported collided with a truck which had crashed onto tracks from a cliff above.
# covid19
Taiwan marks 200 days without domestically transmitted coronavirus case
A domestic case was last reported on April 12.
# Ring of Fire
Partial solar eclipse wows stargazers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
It was known as a ‘ring of fire’ because the moon covered most, but not all, of the sun
# Censorship
Hong Kong bookseller defies Beijing orders and reopens bookshop in Taiwan
Lam Wing-kee was a bookseller from Hong Kong who disappeared and then reappeared in custody of mainland China’s authorities.
# Gigi Wu
'Bikini Climber' dies after falling into ravine in Taiwan
Gigi Wu became a social media star for taking selfies on top of mountains dressed in a bikini.
# speech
Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable' says President Xi Jinping
China still sees democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949.
# Taipei
5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan
The earthquake struck 104 kilometres off the coast of Hualien city.
# Taiwan
Taiwan investigating train crash that killed 18 and injured 187 people
Among those who died, the youngest was nine years old.
# cody wilson
Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns arrested in Taiwan
Austin Police Department announced on Wednesday that the 30-year-old is wanted for sexual assault.
# live fire drills
Taiwan set to simulate surprise Chinese 'invasion'
The live fire drills will take place in June.
# Taiwan
'We could hear his phone ringing' - Taiwanese rescuers brave leaning building collapse amid quake aftershocks
At least nine people died in Tuesday’s earthquake in the popular tourist city of Hualien.
# Rescue Efforts
Pictures: Search for survivors in precariously-tilted buildings after Taiwan earthquake
Tower blocks have partially collapsed and it is unclear how many people remain in these buildings.
# Trapped
Taiwan hotel collapses after 6.4-magnitude quake
Local media are reporting that a number of people are trapped inside.
# love is love
Taiwan to become first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage
“I’m leaping with joy like a bird,” one person said. Activists have fought for almost 30 years for gay marriage equality.