‘China has no plan to invade Taiwan,’ former CIA official says

The former senior intelligence officer argued that such actions would be impossible to miss To prepare for a military operation against Taiwan, the Chinese government would have to take certain steps that simply cannot be kept secret from the West - and there is currently no sign of them, former CIA official John Culver argued … Continue reading ‘China has no plan to invade Taiwan,’ former CIA official says

China sanctions Boeing, Raytheon CEOs over arms deal with Taiwan

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said this week that due to their involvement in Washington's latest arms sales to Taiwan, Beijing will impose sanctions on the chief executives of arms manufacturers Boeing Defense and Raytheon. The sanctions on Boeing CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon head Gregory Hayes are in response … Continue reading China sanctions Boeing, Raytheon CEOs over arms deal with Taiwan

China and Taiwan: The basics

Why do China and Taiwan have poor relations? China sees the self-ruled island as a part of its territory and insists it should be unified with the mainland, by force if necessary How is Taiwan governed? The island has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces Who recognises Taiwan? Only … Continue reading China and Taiwan: The basics

Taiwan fires live rounds at unidentified drones

Taiwan has fired warning shots at three unidentified drones that flew near its outlying islands. It is not clear who was flying the drones, but all three were seen flying back towards the Chinese mainland, said Taiwan's defence ministry. It comes as Taipei has over the past weeks complained of Chinese drones flying close to … Continue reading Taiwan fires live rounds at unidentified drones

One China Policy: The winners and losers

For decades, US presidents have had to grapple with a hugely sensitive tightrope known as the "One China" policy. Meziesblog explains what it consists in. What is the 'One China' policy? It is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China's position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, the US recognises and has formal … Continue reading One China Policy: The winners and losers

Eison Cai: Depression and mental health issues take center stage after Malaysian singer’s death

Taiwan-based Malaysian singer Eison Cai died after falling from a building in New Taipei City on Wednesday (Aug 17). He was 40. According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, which quoted the Luzhou Precinct of the New Taipei City Police Department, he fell from the Luzhou MRT station building at about 10am. Police said he died … Continue reading Eison Cai: Depression and mental health issues take center stage after Malaysian singer’s death

China kicks against US-Taiwan trade talks, military drills

China is resolutely opposed to trade talks between the U.S. and the Taiwan region under a so-called "U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade," the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday. The one-China principle is the prerequisite for China's Taiwan region to take part in overseas economic cooperation, the ministry's spokesperson Shu Jueting told a press briefing. … Continue reading China kicks against US-Taiwan trade talks, military drills

DO NOT OVERREACT: US warns China over ‘show of supremacy’ in Taiwan

The United States denounced China's missile launches in Japan's exclusive economic zone that were carried out as part of military exercises in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said on Thursday. On August 4, China launched multiple ballistic missiles into waters to the northeast … Continue reading DO NOT OVERREACT: US warns China over ‘show of supremacy’ in Taiwan

China to ‘re-educate’ Taiwan after invasion

A senior Chinese diplomat has warned that Beijing will “re-educate” the people of Taiwan after it has “reunited” the island with the mainland. Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to France, made the threat came after Nancy Pelosi, the US House of Representatives Speaker, arrived in Taipei for a controversial visit. Shortly after she left, Beijing launched four days of … Continue reading China to ‘re-educate’ Taiwan after invasion

India to play ‘Taiwan card’ if China resorts to violence

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that if China 'misbehaves' with India further, the government has the option to play the 'Taiwan card' and upgrade India's level of contact with the island that China claims as its own. Tharoor's reaction came as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded her visit to Taiwan amid strong reactions from … Continue reading India to play ‘Taiwan card’ if China resorts to violence

China threatens US over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

The Chinese government has condemned the trip of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in strong terms. A statement on Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Taiwan as “China’s region”. The government stressed that Pelosi’s trip was in disregard of China’s strong opposition and serious representations. China called it a … Continue reading China threatens US over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Will Pelosi's visit to Taiwan ignite war with China? After much speculation and threats from China, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, landed in Taiwan last night. She was received by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu at Taipei’s Songshan Airport. According to Flight Radar 24, 2.92 million users followed SPAR19 from … Continue reading