Taiwan’s president infuriates China: Time to accept we are ‘an independent country already’

Taiwan’s president infuriates China: Time to accept we are ‘an independent country already’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2020 China needs to respect the reality that Taiwan is an independent nation, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday. “We don’t have a need to declare ourselves an independent state,” Tsai told the BBC. “We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China, Taiwan.” […]

‘Bonded by our shared political, economic, and international values’: Pompeo on Taiwan election

‘Bonded by our shared political, economic, and international values’: Pompeo on Taiwan election

FPI / January 11, 2020 The United States congratulates Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election in Taiwan’s presidential election. We also congratulate Taiwan for once again demonstrating the strength of its robust democratic system, which — coupled with a free market economy and a vibrant civil society — makes it a model for the Indo-Pacific […]

‘Bones ground to powder,’ Xi warns; Hong Kong protesters don Xi masks

‘Bones ground to powder,’ Xi warns; Hong Kong protesters don Xi masks

by WorldTribune Staff, October 14, 2019 Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping issued a stark warning when it comes to “territorial integrity,” one of the communist state’s “core interests.” “Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Xi as […]

On eve of Chinese Communists’ 70th year in power, Hong Kong activist warns Taiwan

On eve of Chinese Communists’ 70th year in power, Hong Kong activist warns Taiwan

by WorldTribune Staff, September 30, 2019 Those who believe in Communist China’s “one country, two systems” framework for Hong Kong, Macau and even Taiwan are either spies for the communists or merely naïve, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist said. Andy Chan Ho-tin used the term “Chinazi” to describe China and urged Taiwan to side with […]

Fear in Taipei: Violent suppression in Hong Kong could precipitate Chinese attack

Fear in Taipei: Violent suppression in Hong Kong could precipitate Chinese attack

FPI / September 5, 2019 By Richard Fisher, Geostrategy-Direct.com TAIPEI — During a meeting here on Aug. 26, a source close to the leadership of the government of Taiwan told Geostrategy-Direct of fears that a violent Chinese government crackdown on months-long protests in Hong Kong could also lead to a Chinese decision to attack Taiwan. […]

Trump greenlights F-16Vs for Taiwan; China threatens ‘countermeasures’

Trump greenlights F-16Vs for Taiwan; China threatens ‘countermeasures’

FPI / August 23, 2019 By Richard Fisher, Geostrategy-Direct.com On Aug. 15, the Trump administration informally told the U.S. Congress that it had approved the $8 billion sale of Lockheed-Martin F-16V fighters to Taiwan, that now requires Congressional approval to proceed. Taiwan has been seeking upgraded and more capable F-16s since 1997, in the wake […]

China vs China: Taiwan’s asylum offer to protesters infuriates Beijing

China vs China: Taiwan’s asylum offer to protesters infuriates Beijing

by WorldTribune Staff, August 19, 2019 China has warned Taiwan against interfering in its affairs after the Taiwanese government offered asylum to pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Taiwan is a self-ruled island which China considers its own territory under its “One China Principle”. Taiwan’s offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of […]

In first defense white paper in years, China targets U.S. Pacific Command, Taiwan

In first defense white paper in years, China targets U.S. Pacific Command, Taiwan

FPI / August 2, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com In the first defense white paper it has released in several years, China identifies the United States as its main adversary, warns that it is set to use military force against Taiwan and says that developing space weapons is among its vital strategic interests. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) […]

South Korea-Japan animosity risks strategic alliance

South Korea-Japan animosity risks strategic alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― Korean and Japanese relations have plunged to their lowest depths since the Korean War, and there’s apparently no reconciliation in sight. The governments in Seoul and Tokyo are engaged in a game of dare and double-dare in which each tries to out-threaten the other with hurtful measures […]

U.S. sale of M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks seen helping Taiwan repel PLA invasion

U.S. sale of M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks seen helping Taiwan repel PLA invasion

FPI / July 12, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com By Richard Fisher As part of a $2 billion weapons sales package, the U.S. Congress has been notified about the sale to Taiwan of 108 General Dynamics M1A2 “Abrams” main battle tanks. In service with the U.S. Army since 1980, the M1A2 is the latest version, armed with a […]

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