• US Unveils New Rules for Government Contacts with Taiwan (2021-04-09)
    (Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) The State Department on Friday unveiled new rules for U.S. government contacts with Taiwan that are likely to anger China but appear to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted by the Trump administration. 
  • 11 PLA Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ: Defense Ministry (2021-04-09)
    (CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Elizabeth Hsu) Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday for a seventh consecutive day, a continuation of maneuvers that Taiwan sees as provocations. 
  • KMT Chair Says No Plans to Change Party Emblem (2021-04-09)
    (CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting, Hsieh Chia-chen, and Matthew Mazzetta) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said Friday that the party will not change its official emblem, after the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) suggested the party alter the symbol due to its high degree of similarity with the national emblem. The recent debate on the issue dates back to January, when the Legislature passed a resolution requiring the MOI to evaluate the feasibility of changing the national emblem, which is based on that of the KMT. 
  • US Sanctions Chinese Computer Makers in Widening Tech Fight (2021-04-09)
    (Associated Press, By Joe McDonald) China’s government on Friday criticized the Biden administration’s curbs on access to U.S. technology for its supercomputer developers and said sanctions “only strengthen China’s determination” to invent its own. 
  • No TSMC Chips in China Arms: MOEA (2021-04-09)
    (Taipei Times, By Angelica Oung) A report in yesterday’s Washington Post alleged that a Chinese company named Phytium Technology Co (飛騰) used chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), along with US software, in advanced Chinese military systems. 
  • China Drills Deep in Disputed South China Sea (2021-04-08)
    (Reuters) China has drilled deep in the South China Sea to retrieve sediment core from the seabed, state media reported on Thursday, amid tensions over disputed waters with rival claimants Taiwan and the Philippines, as well as with the United States.
  • China Says U.S. to Blame for Tensions Over Taiwan (2021-04-08)
    (Reuters) Beijing blamed the United States on Thursday for tensions over Taiwan after a U.S. warship sailed close to the Chinese-claimed island, asking rhetorically whether China would sail in the Gulf of Mexico as a “show of strength”.
  • Alleged Chinese Spies Indicted in Taiwan for Money Laundering (2021-04-08)
    (CNA, By Hsiao Po-wen and Matthew Mazzetta) Two executives from a Hong Kong company, who have been prevented from leaving Taiwan since they were accused in 2019 of conspiring with Chinese intelligence, were indicted on charges of money laundering Thursday by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
  • China Warns Japan to not Follow Suit After US Sanctions over Xinjiang, Hong Kong (2021-04-06)
    (SCMP, By Eduardo Baptista) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan against sanctioning China over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, ahead of a high-level meeting between Tokyo and Washington.
  • Military to Hold Emergency Jet Landing Drill on Pingtung Highway (2021-04-04)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan is scheduled to stage a series of emergency landings and takeoffs of its fighter jets, in its southernmost municipality in July, as part of this year's Han Kuang military exercises, sources told CNA Sunday.
  • Japan’s PM Aims to Calm China-Taiwan Tension on US Visit (2021-04-04)
    (Associated Press, By Mari Yamaguchi) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Sunday said Taiwan’s peace and stability is key to the region and that Japan will cooperate with the United States to calm rising tensions between China and Taiwan.
  • U.S. Navy Makes Fourth Transit Through Taiwan Strait Under Biden (2021-04-07)
    (CNA, By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh) A U.S. Navy destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the fourth by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed office in January. 
  • PLA Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ for Fifth Consecutive Day in April (2021-04-07)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh and Chung Yu-chen) A total of 15 Chinese military aircraft, including 12 fighter jets, entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, the fifth consecutive day on which such intrusions have occurred in April. 
  • Taiwan Says May Shoot Down Chinese Drones in South China Sea (2021-04-07)
    (Reuters, By Yimou Lee) Taiwan has spotted Chinese drones circling the Taipei-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea and may shoot them down if they stray too close, a government minister said on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically increase tensions with Beijing. 
  • Hong Kong Activists Plead Guilty to Joining Democracy Rally (2021-04-07)
    (Associated Press) Three veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including well-known publisher Jimmy Lai, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in an unauthorized rally that led to violence between police and participants. 
  • Chinese Military Vessels Detected Near Taiwan Missile Test Areas (2021-04-07)
    (CNA, By Lu Tai-cheng and Teng Pei-ju) Two Chinese military vessels have been detected near Orchid Island since Tuesday as Taiwan began a three-day missile test Wednesday in the area. The military-run National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) announced in March that it would hold two missile tests at Jioupeng Military Base in Pingtung County, from April 7 to 9 and April 13 to 16. 
  • With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea (2021-04-03)
    (New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Jason Gutierrez) Not long ago, China asserted its claims on the South China Sea by building and fortifying artificial islands in waters also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. Its strategy now is to reinforce those outposts by swarming the disputed waters with vessels, effectively defying the other countries to expel them. 
  • China Says Carrier Group Exercising Near Taiwan, Drills Will Become Regular (2021-04-05)
    (Reuters) A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory. 
  • 10 Chinese Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-04-05)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) A total of 10 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, including bombers and fighter jets, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report later that day. 
  • Philippines Turns Up Heat on China Over Boats Massing in South China Sea (2021-04-05)
    (Reuters, By Neil Jerome Morales) Aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday criticised China for what they called territorial incursions by hundreds of its vessels, which his legal counsel warned could damage ties and lead to “unwanted hostilities”. 
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