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Taiwan vows counter-attack if Chinese forces enter its territory

Taiwan vows counter-attack if Chinese forces enter its territory

YIMOU LEE TAIWAN said it would exercise its right to self-defence and counter-attack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory, as Beijing increased military activities near the democratically governed island. Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own against the strong objections of the Taipei government, has held military exercises around the island this month in reaction to a visit to Taipei by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Taiwanese defence officials said China's "high intensity" military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing's intention to make the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides its "inner sea" would become the main…
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Taiwan rejects China’s ‘one country, two systems’ plan for the island

Taiwan rejects China’s ‘one country, two systems’ plan for the island

TAIWAN rejects the "one country, two systems" model proposed by Beijing in a white paper published this week, the self-ruled island's foreign ministry said on Thursday. Only Taiwan's people can decide its future, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told a news conference in Taipei, the capital. China was using U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei as an "excuse to create a new normality to intimidate Taiwan's people," Ou added. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Taiwanese foreign minister says China drills part of a game-plan for invasion

Taiwanese foreign minister says China drills part of a game-plan for invasion

SARAH WU and YIMOU LEE TAIWAN'S foreign minister said that China was using the military drills it launched in protest against U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit as a game-plan to prepare for an invasion of the self-ruled island. Joseph Wu, who offered no timetable for a possible invasion of Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its own, said Taiwan would not be intimidated even as the drills continued with China often breaching the unofficial median line down the Taiwan Strait. "China has used the drills in its military play-book to prepare for the invasion of Taiwan," Wu told…
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Analysis: With Taiwan drills, Xi tries to salvage Pelosi crisis

Analysis: With Taiwan drills, Xi tries to salvage Pelosi crisis

YEW LUN TIAN CHINESE President Xi Jinping may not have been able to stop Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, but he ordered his country's military to rehearse a much more aggressive step: a blockade crucial to taking the island by force, security experts say. China's military planners have long discussed a blockade of Taiwan, but until now most likely saw practising such a move as too provocative, security experts say. But after U.S. House Speaker Pelosi's visit, China's military for the first time fired missiles over Taipei, flew waves of drones over Taiwan's offshore islands, sailed warships across the median…
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Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

YIMOU LEE and SARAH WU CHINA deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan in its biggest drills in the Taiwan Strait, a day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island. China's military confirmed multiple firings of conventional missiles in waters off Taiwan as part of planned exercises in six zones set to run until noon on Sunday. It activated more than 100 planes, including fighter jets and bombers, and over 10 warships, state broadcaster CCTV said. Taiwan's defence ministry said it scrambled jets to warn away 22 Chinese…
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Pelosi lauds Taiwan, says China’s fury cannot stop visits by world leaders

Pelosi lauds Taiwan, says China’s fury cannot stop visits by world leaders

YIMOU LEE and SARAH WU U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after touting its democracy and pledging American solidarity during her brief visit, adding that Chinese anger cannot stop world leaders from travelling to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. China demonstrated its outrage over the highest-level U.S. visit to the island in 25 years with a burst of military activity in surrounding waters, summoning the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and halting several agricultural imports from Taiwan. Some of China's planned military exercises were to take place within Taiwan's 12 nautical mile sea and air territory, according…
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Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, voicing U.S. ‘solidarity’ as China fumes

Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, voicing U.S. ‘solidarity’ as China fumes

YIMOU LEE and SARAH WU U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said demonstrates American solidarity with the Chinese-claimed self-ruled island, but China condemned this first such visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi and the rest of her delegation disembarked from a U.S. Air Force transport plane at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei after the nighttime landing on a flight from Malaysia to begin a visit that risks pushing U.S.-Chinese relations to a new low. They were greeted by Taiwan's…
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Swiss set to match EU sanctions if China invades Taiwan – agency chief

Swiss set to match EU sanctions if China invades Taiwan – agency chief

THE head of the Swiss agency that implements economic sanctions expects the neutral country to adopt any punitive measures the European Union launches against China if it invades Taiwan, she said in a newspaper interview. China has been stepping up military activity around Taiwan seeking to pressure the democratically elected government there to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan's government says only the island's 23 million people can decide their future, and while it wants peace, it will defend itself if attacked. Asked by the Neue Zuercher Zeitung paper if Switzerland would adopt EU sanctions against China in that case, State Secretariat…
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Analysis: Despite Xi’s ‘fire’, call with Biden avoided Taiwan escalation

Analysis: Despite Xi’s ‘fire’, call with Biden avoided Taiwan escalation

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping managed largely to steer clear of escalatory rhetoric on Taiwan in a call, suggesting that neither side – preoccupied with economic woes at home – wants a fresh crisis across the Taiwan Strait. Xi's warning to Biden against "playing with fire" over Taiwan, though vivid, largely mirrored his remarks from the two leaders' video meeting in November. "The portion of the conversation on Taiwan was extremely similar to the last conversation. Xi's warnings did not escalate," said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States,…
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Taiwan tries hand at COVID diplomacy again with Somaliland vaccine gift

Taiwan tries hand at COVID diplomacy again with Somaliland vaccine gift

TAIWAN'S gift of 150,000 doses of its domestically developed Medigen COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said on Monday, part of the island's renewed pandemic diplomacy push. Taiwan has donated millions of face masks and other goods around the world in what the government has called the "Taiwan can help, Taiwan is helping" programme to show the island is a responsible member of the international community, despite being locked out of most global bodies because of China's objections. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said the vaccine doses, made by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp, arrived in…
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