China denies meddling in Taiwan midterms; Pro-Beijing KMT registered strong gains

China denies meddling in Taiwan midterms; Pro-Beijing KMT registered strong gains

by WorldTribune Staff, November 30, 2018 China is denying a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that concluded Chinese hackers likely meddled in Taiwan’s midterm elections in which pro-China candidates overwhelmed the party of pro-U.S. President Tsai Ing-wen. “Taiwan has always been a primary target of malicious cyber operations, especially from actors aligned with the […]

Taiwan’s ‘nightmare scenario’: Think tank weighs post-2020 contingencies

Taiwan’s ‘nightmare scenario’: Think tank weighs post-2020 contingencies

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China is preparing for an invasion of Taiwan “from a 360 degree perspective” which includes a “Fifth Column” of pro-China supporters living on the self-ruled island who would back a Chinese invasion force in the post-2020 timeframe, analysts say. “It is thinkable if you think about the specific situation of […]

Taiwan to increase defense spending amid China pressure

Taiwan to increase defense spending amid China pressure

by WorldTribune Staff, October 11, 2018 President Tsai Ing-wen on Oct. 10 said her government will boost defense spending and vowed that Taiwan will not “submit or yield” to China’s ongoing pressure to assert sovereignty over the self-ruled island. “At this time, China’s intimidation and diplomatic pressure not only hurts relations between both sides, but […]

Vatican’s deal with Beijing could end Taiwan’s ties with its last European ally

Vatican’s deal with Beijing could end Taiwan’s ties with its last European ally

by WorldTribune Staff, September 16, 2018 A deal between the Vatican and China, which would grant China the right to nominate future bishops, would likely end the diplomatic relationship between the Holy See and Taiwan that began in 1942. Reports of the pending agreement come amid other reports of the suppression of religious expression throughout […]

Taiwan president in L.A.: ‘No one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence’

Taiwan president in L.A.: ‘No one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 13, 2018 China’s ongoing efforts to erase references to Taiwan as an independent nation will not succeed, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said in Los Angeles on Aug. 12. Beijing has formally protested her U.S. stopovers on a trip to Latin America. “In going abroad, the whole world can see Taiwan; they […]

U.S. warships answer China with pass through Taiwan Strait

U.S. warships answer China with pass through Taiwan Strait

by WorldTribune Staff, July 9, 2018 The United States on July 7 sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait in a move that follows a series of Chinese military drills around Taiwan that have stoked tensions between Beijing and Taipei. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin and […]

On same day as summit U.S. rattled China, dedicated massive new Taipei compound

On same day as summit U.S. rattled China, dedicated massive new Taipei compound

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The largest U.S. diplomatic compound in all of Asia opened this month in a country with whom Washington does not even have an official diplomatic relationship. On June 12, when the world was transfixed on the Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit in Singapore, a major ceremony was taking place in Taiwan’s capital […]

Trump hits communist China’s policy requirement on U.S. airlines as ‘Orwellian nonsense’

Trump hits communist China’s policy requirement on U.S. airlines as ‘Orwellian nonsense’

by WorldTribune Staff, May 6, 2018 The White House blasted demands by China that U.S. airlines must change references to Taiwan on their websites to indicate Taiwan is part of China. President Donald Trump “ran against political correctness in the United States” and as president he will “stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the […]

Nightmares in Beijing as U.S. picks up pace of its pivot to Taiwan

Nightmares in Beijing as U.S. picks up pace of its pivot to Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Washington-Taipei interaction, the most taboo issue in U.S.-China relations for the past five decades, is now entering a new stage. The U.S. is breaking some of the most crucial norms of diplomacy and security by vigorously rekindling a strategic partnership with Taiwan, the island democracy that is under existential threat […]

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