Taiwan

US provocatively approves major arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 1 July 2017

Together with US sanctions on Chinese entities, the arms deal signals a more aggressive stance toward Beijing.

Former US ambassador advocates American military bases on Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2017

Bolton is among those militarist layers who regard conflict with China as inevitable.

Trump again threatens to tear up One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2017

China rejected Trump’s remarks declaring that the “One China” principle was the political foundation of China-US relations and was “non-negotiable.”

Taiwanese president meets senior Republicans, fuelling US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2017

To underline Beijing’s concerns about closer US ties with Taiwan, the Chinese navy sailed its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait.

China reproaches Trump over Taiwan stance

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned that US-China cooperation was “out of the question” if Trump interfered with the One China policy.

Trump threatens to overturn One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2016

By placing a question mark over US-China relations, Trump is recklessly compounding rising uncertainty in Asia and around the world, as well as the threat of war.

China warns Trump over Taiwan phone call

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2016

The People’s Daily condemned the phone call as “despicable” and accused Trump of violating the One China policy—the foundation of US-China relations.

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan: A provocation against China

By Peter Symonds, 6 December 2016

Trump’s policy in the Asia-Pacific of “peace through strength” is a strategy not of peace, but of war.

Trump’s talk with Taiwanese president heightens US tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2016

The phone conversation—the first between US and Taiwanese leaders since 1979—undermines decades of protocols based on Washington’s acceptance of the “One China” policy.

Taiwanese airline cabin crews strike

By Ben McGrath, 27 June 2016

The walk-out highlights the growing anger more broadly throughout the Taiwanese working class.

Earthquake in Taiwan leaves over 100 killed and missing

By Ben McGrath, 10 February 2016

The lack of earthquake safety measures contributed to the collapse of an apartment complex and the subsequent deaths.

Opposition candidate wins Taiwan’s presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2016

While Tsai is unlikely to move towards independence from China, her election will inevitably heighten tensions with Beijing.

US administration approves $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2015

The sale—the first in more than four years—provoked an angry reaction from China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province.

Chinese and Taiwanese presidents meet for the first time

By Ben McGrath, 11 November 2015

The meeting took place amid rising tensions produced by Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” against Beijing.

China’s Xi meets head of Taiwan’s Kuomintang

By Ben McGrath, 8 May 2015

Xi Jinping and Eric Chu met to discuss collaboration as Taiwan seeks to join international trade agreements and China’s AIIB.

Taiwanese local elections reveal widespread disillusionment with government

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2014

The KMT government suffered one of its worst defeats in recent elections, driven by declining social conditions.

Deadly gas explosion in Taiwanese city kills dozens

By Ben McGrath, 6 August 2014

Powerful blasts left deep craters throughout the city of Kaohsiung, destroying roads and homes and leaving thousands without electricity, water, or gas.