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Ben Blanchard
For Ben Blanchard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 31, 2022
Taiwan shoots at Chinese drone after president warns of 'strong countermeasures'
Footage of at least two drone missions showing Taiwanese soldiers at their posts, and in one case throwing rocks at a drone, have circulated widely on Chinese social media.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 28, 2022
Taiwan opposition defends 'brave' China outreach after controversial visit
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said the visit was wrong and that opposition parties should recognize that China is "the instigator of the destruction of peace in the Taiwan Strait."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 22, 2022
Taiwan touts 'democracy chips' in meeting with Indiana governor
Gov. Eric Holcomb was making the third trip to Taiwan this month by a U.S. delegation after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited briefly, infuriating China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 3, 2022
Supply chains snarl Taiwan tech firms as some strive to meet demand
Companies are reporting a strong market for products, especially in automotives and high-end computing, but difficulty in securing inputs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 9, 2022
Taiwan studies Ukraine war for own battle strategy with China
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has championed the idea of "asymmetric warfare," as has been seen in Ukraine, to make its forces more mobile and hard to attack.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 23, 2022
Taiwan casts wary eye at China amid Ukraine crisis
While Taipei is always on alert, there have been no unusual maneuvers by Chinese forces in recent days, officials say.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 14, 2022
Inside Taiwan's brutal navy frogman bootcamp
Of the group of 31 who started the 10 week course, only 15 finished, with the closing week at the sprawling Zuoying navy base in southern Taiwan being the last test.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 13, 2021
Taiwan threat assessment says Chinese invasion would be very difficult
A full invasion with troops landed and ports and airports seized would be very difficult to achieve due to problems in landing and supplying troops, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 26, 2021
Model soldiers and secret bunkers: Taiwan's front line with China
At the height of the Cold War, Kinmen saw the last wartime battles between China and Taiwan. Now locals are encouraging tourism.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 5, 2021
Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert to 'over the top' China
Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese air force planes in the southern and southwestern part of its air defense zone over a four day period beginning on Friday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 18, 2021
Taiwan mobilizes diplomats to seek out COVID-19 shots
The effort has become more urgent since a sudden rise in domestic cases hit the island, which has vaccinated less than 1% of its population.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 8, 2021
China sends more jets as Taiwan says it will fight to the end if there's war
The democratic self-governed island has complained of repeated military activities by Beijing in recent months.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 11, 2020
How China is trying to subdue Taiwan with 'gray-zone' warfare
Beijing is conducting waves of threatening forays from the air while ratcheting up pressure tactics to erode Taiwan's will to resist, say current and former Taiwan military officers.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 29, 2020
China-U.S. tensions raise Taiwan conflict fears
Both Beijing and Taipei have held extensive military exercises in recent weeks.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 28, 2019
Amid crises, Xi Jinping seems set to uphold Communist Party rule at secretive China conclave
China's Communist Party leaders Monday kicked off their most important meeting this year, with President Xi Jinping expected to champion the Chinese model of governance while fighting protracted economic and political crises at home and abroad.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 18, 2019
U.S. may call out China on rights at U.N. gathering of leaders
The United States is considering how it will confront China during next week's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations over its detention of 1 million Muslims in a remote region, at a time when some diplomats warn that U.S. leadership in global institutions is waning and China's influence is growing.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jun 16, 2019
How Hong Kong protests and Beijing pressure forced Carrie Lam to cave on extradition bill
With an escalating U.S. trade war, a faltering economy and tensions in the South China Sea vexing her bosses in Beijing, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam appeared in no mood to compromise on a planned extradition law at recent meetings, according to foreign envoys and business people who met with her.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 11, 2019
China struggles to ease concerns over 'Belt and Road' initiative as summit looms
China is struggling to ease worries about President Xi Jinping's signature plan to build a new Silk Road as it readies for a major summit in late April, especially among Western nations wary about debt, transparency and Chinese influence.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Feb 27, 2019
Simmering tension with Taiwan means China defense budget likely to defy slowing economy
A slowing economy is unlikely to crimp China's 2019 defense budget growth, as Beijing earmarks more spending for modernization and big-ticket items like stealth jets, and focuses on Taiwan after a stern New Year's speech from President Xi Jinping.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Feb 28, 2018
China's military flexes muscles for domestic objective: more funding
With stealth jets entering service, leaked pictures of new high-tech naval artillery and proud reports of maneuvers that "dare to shine the sword," China's armed forces are putting on a show of power as they lobby for greater defense spending.

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