Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Jul 17, 2016

Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Two primitive straw canoes departed from Yonaguni Island on Sunday morning to reproduce a 75-km ocean voyage thought to have brought the first settlers to the Japanese archipelago about 30,000 years ago. The voyage has “started at last,” said lead researcher Yosuke Kaifu, head ...

Jul 7, 2016

Taiwan and Philippines brace for powerful Typhoon Nepartak

Taiwan canceled flights and ordered schools and offices to close Thursday as a powerful typhoon barreled toward the coast. In the Philippines, fishing boats were urged not to venture out to sea and commercial ships were warned of storm-force waves. Fast-moving Typhoon Nepartak was ...

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

Jul 5, 2016

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

A Taiwan Defense Ministry investigation found that several missteps and procedural violations led to the navy’s fatal missile launch Friday, determining the incident wasn’t intended to provoke China. Mistakes aboard the Jin-Jiang class patrol craft included the use of “war mode” on a weapons ...

Jul 1, 2016

Taiwan mistakenly fires 'carrier killer' missile toward China

A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile toward China on Friday, the navy said, amid deteriorating ties between the island and its once-bitter rival. The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometers (around 200 ...