Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen quits as ruling party chief after poor performance in local polls

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stepped down from the post of ruling party chief on Saturday (November 26) after her party’s poor performance in Taiwan’s local elections. The president had projected local elections as being about showing defiance to China. The approach failed to resonate with the voters. Latest reports said that main opposition party, the Kuomintang […]

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Amid rising China tensions, Taiwan kicks off local midterm elections

Millions of Taiwanese are ready to cast their votes as local midterm elections begin on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen framing this as a message to the world about the island’s determination to maintain its democracy amid escalating military tensions with China. For the local elections of mayors and chiefs, COVID-19 and crime are two […]

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Taiwan conducts raids in crackdown on alleged vote-buying with Chinese funds

On the suspicion that they were purchasing votes for China in Saturday’s island-wide election, Taiwanese authorities conducted searches and interrogated a number of individuals. As per a report from Taiwan’s semi-official Central News Agency, police officials used warrants obtained under the Anti-Infiltration Act, which was approved in late 2019 and prohibits “foreign hostile forces” from […]

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China attacking Taiwan would be ‘strategic mistake’: top US general

The senior general at the Pentagon issued a warning on Wednesday, saying that any Chinese strike on Taiwan would be a ‘strategic mistake’ on par with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  As per US connectt Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley, “I think it would be unwise, it would be a political, geopolitical, a strategic mistake, similar to […]

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Joe Biden says China has no ‘imminent’ plans to invade Taiwan

United States President Joe Biden said on Monday (November 14) that China has no “imminent” plans to invade Taiwan. Biden’s remarks came after the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.  The world was eagerly watching Biden-Xi’s first in-person talks since 2017 which happened on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Both leaders discussed […]

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‘Let Taiwan still be the Taiwan of the Taiwanese people,’ says President Tsai

In a ferocious pre-election rebuke to China, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen declared on Saturday that her life’s work was to ensure that the island continued to belong to its people and that Taiwan’s existence was a provocation to no one.  Taiwan’s local elections on November 26 occur one month after Chinese President Xi Jinping won […]

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G20 summit: Joe Biden to meet Xi Jinping in Bali amid escalating tensions over trade, Taiwan

The White House announced on Thursday (November 10) that United States President Joe Biden will meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia on November 14.  The meeting will take place amid escalating tensions in the Taiwan strait as some political analysts have speculated that a conflict between […]

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Taiwan: National Palace Museum admits breaking artefacts worth over $70 million

At least three Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing dynasty (1644-1911) artefacts have been broken in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, in the past 18 months. This included a bowl, a teacup and a plate broken in three separate incidents which the museum has recently admitted following questioning from a Taiwan legislator.  On Friday, the […]

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Over 120,000 take part in Taiwan pride march, the first after pandemic

Tens of thousands braved downpours in Taiwan on Saturday to celebrate as the island staged its first LGBTQ Pride rally since fully reopening its border. Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning LGBTQ rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to legalise marriage equality in 2019. Its capital Taipei […]

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Are tensions over Taiwan likely to rise? What to expect from Xi Jinping’s next five years in power?

China’s Xi Jinping secured a third leadership term, which certainly will have several implications in the political spectrum, especially in terms of the simmering Taiwan issue.  Xi introduced a top governing body stacked with loyalists and emerged with even more power over the ruling Communist Party after the five-year congress. He has solidified his place […]

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