U.S. tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Asia Pacific Aug 17, 2019

U.S. tells Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan

The Trump administration has informed Congress it plans to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan in a move that will inflame already high tensions with China. Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration informally notified lawmakers of the proposed sale ...

Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid tension with China

Asia Pacific Aug 15, 2019

Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid tension with China

Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Thursday amid rising military tensions with its neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and has not renounced the use of force against it. President Tsai Ing-wen's Cabinet signed off ...

China waiting out Hong Kong protests, but backlash may come

Asia Pacific | ANALYSIS Aug 10, 2019

China waiting out Hong Kong protests, but backlash may come

Analysis China's central government has dismissed Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as clowns and criminals while bemoaning growing violence surrounding the monthslong demonstrations. That is partly out of concern that protesters' demands for expanded democracy could inspire like-minded officials and intellectuals on the mainland. Yet Beijing shows no ...

Asia Pacific Aug 8, 2019

6.0 Taiwan quake kills one and causes temporary blackout

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan on Thursday killed one woman and caused temporary power outages that affected over 10,000 homes, authorities said. Tremors were felt across the island, and high-rises in Taipei swayed as the quake struck off the northeastern coast at dawn, waking ...