China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

May 18, 2016

China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration

China is staging joint war games featuring mock beach landing, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan, just days before the inauguration of the self-governing island’s new independence-leaning president. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday the air, land and sea drills ...

China, Taiwan add tourists to their squabbles

May 16, 2016

China, Taiwan add tourists to their squabbles

China and Taiwan have added tourism to their bones of contention since the pro-independence opposition swept to power in January elections, trading accusations about who is to blame for a decline in Chinese visitors to the self-ruled island. China has made no secret of ...

Beijing tightens screws on Taiwan's new president

May 8, 2016

Beijing tightens screws on Taiwan's new president

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When Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan’s president later this month, she will end a period of unprecedented rapprochement with rival Beijing — and China is already ramping up the pressure on her new government. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is traditionally pro-independence and refuses to ...

May 3, 2016

Japan regrets Taiwanese decision to patrol Okinotorishima-based EEZ

Japan expressed regret over Taiwan’s decision to dispatch government vessels to patrol Japan’s self-declared exclusive economic zone around tiny Okinotorishima Island, the southernmost point of Japanese territory, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokeswoman, Eleanor Wang, said that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed ...