Taiwan envoy hails U.S. ties after Trump inauguration

Jan 21, 2017

Taiwan envoy hails U.S. ties after Trump inauguration

The leader of a Taiwanese delegation that defied Chinese anger to attend U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration said Friday that U.S.-Taiwan ties are at a “historic high.” Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun, who headed the Taiwanese government between 2002 and 2005, led an 11-strong team ...

Jan 20, 2017

China warns Japan against interfering in Taiwan affairs

China warned Japan on Friday against interfering in Taiwan’s affairs following a media report saying Tokyo’s armed forces plan a tabletop exercise next week on the assumption that there will be a military clash between the Chinese mainland and the self-ruled island. “The Taiwan ...

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

Jan 15, 2017

Dangerous uncertainty surrounds Taiwan Strait

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The world’s most dangerous flash point got much more dangerous last Wednesday when China sent its lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan scrambled fighter jets in response. This is how accidental wars start: provocation and counter-provocation in an environment with too ...