Posts tagged as Taiwan

Chinese ambassador incensed after Taiwan representative speaks in Lithuanian parliament

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Chinese Ambassador Shen Zhifei has asked an explanation from Lithuania about a recent speech of Taiwan’s representative at the country’s parliament. Andy Chin, the head of Taiwan’s mission in the Baltic states, was invited to the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, to take part in a discussion on the coronavirus last Thursday. Ambassador Shen Zhifei met with Juozas Bernatonis, the chairman of the parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs, to discuss it on…

Lithuania’s support for Taiwan draws ire from Beijing

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Lithuanian foreign minister’s call to invite Taiwan to next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) drew condemnation from the Chinese government. Beijing, which threatens to regain control of the island, says Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organisation’s governing forum is out of the question. Meanwhile, Taipei’s representatives welcomed Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius’ position, saying political disagreements should be put aside for the sake of preserving lives. China: this…

Taiwan donates 100,000 facemasks to Lithuania

Friday, April 10, 2020

Taiwan will send 100,000 facemasks to Lithuania next week, MP Gintaras Steponavičius said on Thursday. “I received official confirmation today that Taiwan is providing assistance to Lithuania in fighting the […] pandemic. Next Monday, [the masks] will be in Europe and will reach Lithuania via the logistics chain,” MP Gintaras Steponavicius told BNS. Steponavičius is the chairman of the Lithuania-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group. It turned to the Taiwanese government for…

US sends warship through Taiwan Strait days after island reelects separatist leader

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The U.S. Navy has sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait for the first time this year, less than a week after a separatist president was reelected the island’s chief executive. The Yokosuka-based guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh sailed through the strait on Thursday, demonstrating “the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley said Monday. He called the transit “routine.” In response, Chinese Foreign…

U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing. Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States…

US-China relations deteriorating fast over flashpoint issues

By Simon Tisdall on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China’s expanding efforts to impose its will on neighbours through diplomatic, commercial and military pressure – the so-called Xi doctrine – have drawn the sharpest riposte to date from the Trump administration, with Taiwan once again the main flashpoint in a sea of accelerating Sino-American rivalry. Following recent verbal clashes over US “freedom of navigation” patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, officials in Washington say they plan to send…

China again flies bombers around Taiwan

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bombers and fighter jets from China’s air force conducted encirclement drills around Taiwan on Friday, the latest round of increasingly frequent military manoeuvres near the self-ruled island that Taipei has denounced as intimidation. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, and its hostility towards the island has grown since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. In the past year, Beijing has stepped up…

Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week, the defence ministry said on Tuesday amid growing tensions with China. Over the past year or so, China has ramped up military drills around self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island. China claims Taiwan as its sacred…

China Conducts War Games, and Taiwan Is the Target

By Austin Ramzy on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

China carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its state news media reported, an exercise intended to show the growing strength of its navy and deliver a message to self-governed Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. The war games were the first in the Taiwan Strait since 2016, Chinese state television reported. They were held in a two-square-mile area that includes two islets off the…