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    Taiwan said on Sunday that dozens of Chinese military aircraft intruded into its air defense zone. The island democracy's Ministry of National Defense said it scrambled combat patrol aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to drive away the intruders. Among the 27 Chinese aircraft detected was a Xi'an Y-20U aerial tanker, which Taiwan News reported was possibly the first time a Chinese refueling mission was conducted in Taiwan's air defense identification zone. The other aircraft reported by Taiwanese officials were 18 fighters jets and five nuclear-capable H-6 bombers. CHINA'S HOCKEY TEAM MAY NOT MEET STANDARDS TO COMPETE IN 2022 OLYMPICS President Xi Jinping of China held a three-day meeting over the weekend with the country's top officers to discuss how to strengthen the armed forces through talent cultivation, according to Reuters , which reported Xi made no mention of Taiwan but did stress the need to modernize the country's military in order to win wars. "It is necessary to make great efforts to strengthen scientific and technological literacy and improve...
    A bipartisan group of five members of Congress went to Taiwan to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen after serving food to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving, defying orders from China. Members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, served lunch to troops stationed in South Korea and threw a football around with them Thursday before heading to Taiwan. Since, the group has met with Ing-wen, who released a statement after their meeting. “Taiwan will continue to step up cooperation with the United States in order to uphold our shared values of freedom and democracy and to ensure peace and stability in the region,” Ing-wen said in a statement. Both Mace and Slotkin said previously that China had warned them not to go to Taiwan. Mace said China’s embassy demanded they cancel their trip. “When News broke of our visit to Taiwan, China’s embassy demanded we cancel the trip (we didn’t). We’ve had...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Friday morning in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm the United States’ “rock solid” support for the self-governing island. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and were planning to meet with senior leaders including Tsai, said the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. No further details were provided about their itinerary. The visit comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. “When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip,” Representative Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who is part of the delegation, wrote on Twitter. Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., are also part of the visiting delegation. “We are...
    President Biden will announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics over human rights abuses, according to a report published just hours after a virtual summit with Xi Jinping at the White House.   A diplomatic boycott typically means that Biden officials will not attend but US athletes will still compete.  The move would seek to balance the demands of human rights activists who want a full withdrawal due to China's abuse of its Uighur minority in the Xinjiang province and athletes who have trained for a lifetime to compete.  However, only fans from mainland China are allowed to attend the games this year, which will run Feb. 4-20, 2022.   The administration has not finalized the decision, according to the Washington Post, but a formal recommendation has been made to the president and he's expected to announce his decision before the end of the month.  The Olympics issue did not come up this week in Biden's nearly 3 and a half hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to an administration official. The official said that the two world...
    Republican lawmakers just back from a fact-finding mission to the Indo-Pacific region vowed to help protect Taiwan from increasing Chinese aggression. Sens. Mike Crapo, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, Tommy Tuberville, and Reps. Tony Gonzales and Jake Ellzey, all of whom are Republicans, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, along with various defense and diplomatic leaders in Taipei and Filipino and Indian leaders. At issue was the United States's long-standing stance of “strategic ambiguity” toward Taiwan, meant to give the White House options without a clear commitment. AFGHAN WAR VETS APPROACH VETERANS DAY WITH MIXED EMOTIONS “We did more listening to what their concerns are,” Tuberville said during a Monday presser with reporters, adding that the intent of the trip was to “listen to their plan.” The Alabama senator also noted that a war with China would not be beneficial to either side, despite its continued military advancements and aggression toward Taiwan. “We’re all tired of wars, we just got out of a 20-year war. We’re not looking for war, but we are looking to protect our friends. And Taiwan...
      President BidenJoe BidenUS bishops to weigh whether Biden should receive communion Congress barrels toward end-of-year pileup Biden taps former New Orleans mayor Landrieu to spearhead infrastructure MORE on Monday raised concerns about China's human rights record, specifically its treatment toward Uyghur Muslims and the people of Hong Kong, during an hours long meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The virtual meeting ran a gamut of topics, according to a White House readout of the call. The two men discussed " the complex nature of relations between our two countries and the importance of managing competition responsibly." They spoke about climate change, human rights, Taiwan and economic practices. "As in previous discussions, the two leaders covered areas where our interests align, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge," the White House said. "President Biden welcomed the opportunity to speak candidly and straightforwardly to President Xi about our intentions and priorities across a range of issues." The meeting lasted roughly four hours. Biden specifically brought up concerns with the China's behavior in the Xinjiang province, where administration officials have accused...
     President BidenJoe BidenUS bishops to weigh whether Biden should receive communion Congress barrels toward end-of-year pileup Biden taps former New Orleans mayor Landrieu to spearhead infrastructure MORE will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. and China need to build “commonsense guardrails” of communication to ensure the competition between both countries does not veer into conflict during their virtual meeting on Monday evening, a senior administration official said.Biden is expected to raise concerns with China’s behavior on an array of issues while also discussing areas of potential cooperation during his first face-to-face meeting with the Chinese leader since taking office.The meeting, which will be conducted virtually, is expected to stretch several hours. Officials have lowered expectations for the meeting since it was officially scheduled on Friday, saying it is not expected to yield specific deliverables. “This meeting is about our ongoing efforts to responsibly manage the competition, not about agreeing to a specific deliverable or outcome,” a senior administration official told reporters Sunday.The official said that Biden asked for the meeting with Xi to “make clear our intentions and our priorities to avoid...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned allied nations would be prepared to 'take action' if China attacks Taiwan, after back and forth messaging out of the White House.   'There are many countries both in the region and beyond that would see any unilateral action to use force to disrupt the status quo as a significant threat to peace and security,' Blinken said at the New York Times Dealbook conference Wednesday, first reported by Bloomberg. 'And they too, would take action in the event that happened.' Blinken was responding to a question asking for the extent of the US' commitment to Taiwan. The island nation is self-governing but China, which considers it to be part of their territory, is fast encroaching.  State Sec. Antony Blinken The secretary did not go so far as to say the US would deploy its own military in the conflict.  Last month, the White House walked back Biden's most recent commitment to Taiwan.  'Yes,' Biden responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. 'We have a commitment to that.'  Biden's statement was at...
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday hinted at an in-person visit to the Southeast Asian region as the United States looks to counter the growing Chinese influence in that sphere of the world. 'I want you all to hear directly from me the importance the United States places on our relationship with ASEAN. You can expect me to be showing up,' he told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders in a virtual address from the White House. 'You can expect me personally showing up and reaching out to you.'  He emphasized the U.S. commitment to the alliance, calling it 'essential' to the 'regional architecture of the Indo-Pacific' and a 'lynchpin' to security in 'our shared region.'   Biden didn't mention China by name but stressed the shared 'security' the leaders participating in the summit, which China was not a part of, shared.  The meeting came amid Chinese threats to Taiwan and tensions rising between Beijing and Washington as China pushed a record-breaking number of warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone earlier this month. 'Our partnership is essential to maintain free and open Indo Pacific,...
    Taiwan’s top military official said Thursday that Taipei will not start a kinetic war with China as tensions in the region intensify after Beijing recently launched record numbers of military aircraft towards the island. Chiu Kuo-cheng said Taiwan "absolutely will not start a war," according to Reuters. China’s recent aggression near the island has some international observers wondering if Beijing is planning an invasion. Few believe war is imminent, but the sheer size of these Chinese sorties has many concerned that there could be a miscalculation that spills over into a larger conflict and possibly include the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and Australia.  China claims Taiwan as its own, and controlling the island is a key component of Beijing’s political and military thinking. Leader Xi Jinping on the weekend again emphasized "reunification of the nation must be realized, and will definitely be realized" — a goal made more realistic with massive improvements to China’s armed forces over the last two decades. Taiwan has recently announced new investments into its military. President Tsai Ing-wen said the money is intended to "demonstrate...
    China harbours ambitions of a 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan, the country's leader Xi Jinping said ahead of the island's National Day of celebration on Sunday. The president's renewed call for the island to be integrated into China comes amid a rise in aggressive threats and provocative military action over Taiwanese airspace in recent days. Mr Xi was speaking at an official celebration in Beijing's Great Hall of the People that focused largely on the need for the ruling Communist Party to continue to lead China as the country rises in power and influence. 'Reunification of the nation must be realised, and will definitely be realised,' he warned. 'Reunification through a peaceful manner is the most in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots.' The celebration was in honour of the 110th anniversary of the Chinese revolution in 1911 leading to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and establishment of the Republic of China led by Sun Yat-sen. October 10 is celebrated in Taiwan as National Day and Mr Xi's address highlighted aspirations for a unified future,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday vowed to pursue "reunification" with Taiwan by peaceful means in a speech commemorating the 110th anniversary of the revolution that ended the country's last imperial dynasty.Speaking in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi said the biggest obstacle to the reunification of China was the "Taiwan independence" force. "Those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland and seek to split the country will come to no good," Xi said.Xi said he wanted to see peaceful reunification occur under a one country two systems policy, similar to that used in Hong Kong. This system is generally opposed by Taiwan.Xi's speech comes amid rising military tensions in the Taiwan Strait. The President added the Taiwan issue is one of internal affairs for China and "allows no interference from outside."Read More "People should not underestimate Chinese people's determination to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The task of complete reunification of China must be achieved, and it will definitely be achieved," he said.This is a developing story, more to come.
    TAIWAN is developing a missile that can strike back at China as fears mount Beijing is preparing an invasion. The Yun Feng is able to hit major Chinese cities including - the capital Beijing - and news of its development comes as China’s President Xi Jinping warned Taiwan it was “playing with fire”. 4 Tension has been mounting over Taiwan as China flew 149 warplanes close to the island over three days in a massive show of force. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to reunify it with the mainland, by force if necessary. In recent years Beijing has been developing an array of terrifying hypersonic missiles, many of them primed to blast Taiwan in the event of war. But Taiwan has been fighting back, reportedly testing its own weapons capable of addressing the balance of firepower. The Yun Feng – or Cloud Peak - missile will a range of up to 1200 miles, the Center for Strategic and International Studies says. Most read in The US SunMANIAC UNMASKED? Live updates as Zodiac Killer mystery 'solved'...
    President Joe Biden assured reporters that Chinese President Xi Jinping would respect the “Taiwan agreement” after a phone call with the leader in September. Tensions between China and Taiwan have increased recently as China ramped up incursions of Taiwan’s defense zone, with a record 52 warships entering the zone on Monday. Biden said he had “spoken with Xi about Taiwan” and “we agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement.” China will not recognize Taiwanese sovereignty, rather maintaining strictly non-diplomatic relations with the island, Reuters reported. As tensions mount between China and Taiwan, U.S. President Joe Biden said that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement https://t.co/zlhgnpgKcp pic.twitter.com/rzK4f18Skt — Reuters (@Reuters) October 6, 2021 Premier Su Tseng-chang said Tuesday that Taiwan “must be on alert” as China becomes “more over the top.” President Tsai Ing-wen warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the island’s democracy falls to Beijing. “We made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” Biden...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said that China is probably looking to move on Hong Kong and Taiwan because President Joe Biden not holding China accountable on the origins of COVID-19 and the withdrawal from Afghanistan have “put them in a situation where they have a position of strength.” And predicted that China will undercut any financial leverage the U.S. has against the Taliban. Malliotakis said, “I’m not sure that Beijing has much respect for the president, and that is definitely a problem. First, you saw them unleash a virus on the world and the president refuses to hold them accountable, to demand the origins be fully and thoroughly investigated to determine that it came from the Wuhan lab, then he re-enters the Paris Accord, which gives China and India an upper hand and doesn’t require them to be on a level playing field as America. And now, they’ve been watching everything that’s happened in Afghanistan, this hasty, disastrous withdrawal, and I’m sure they’re thinking about taking steps with regards to...
    Bill Clinton took two trips with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein - including one on the pedophile's private jet - that have not been previously disclosed. A new podcast reveals that the former President flew on Epstein's jet, which was dubbed the 'Lolita Express', in February 2005 while visiting Japan, Taiwan and China. Clinton also flew on a private jet owned by billionaire Ron Burkle with Maxwell as a passenger during a trip to India in November 2003. That visit was part of Clinton's work with the Clinton Foundation, his philanthropic initiative, to lower the cost of AIDS drugs. According to journalist Vicky Ward, Maxwell was part of the official Clinton party and even stayed at the same hotel as him. Ward reveals the details in her new podcast 'Chasing Ghislaine', which is available from Thursday on Audible Originals. A new podcast reveals that Bill Clinton flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet in February 2005 while visiting Japan, Taiwan and China. Pictured together in 1993   This is Jeffrey Epstein's infamous 'Lolita Express' - a private Boeing 727 airliner...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) pushed for the United States to sign a trade agreement with China and publicly back Australia’s stand against China. Kennedy stated, “I can tell you with respect to China, it’s also true with Iran and Russia, weakness invites the wolves. If he wants to get President Xi’s attention in China, President Biden should do two things immediately: Number one, he should negotiate and sign a trade agreement with Taiwan. Whoa, that will get China’s attention. And number two, he needs to publicly back Australia. Australia has tried to stand up to China. China is boycotting all Australian goods, and Australia sends a lot of its exports to China. We need to come to the aid of Australia. And we need to speak loudly and clearly and tell the European Union we expect their help.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has accused China of interfering in Taiwan's Pfizer-BioNTech deal. Thomson Reuters Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said China interfered with the island's Pfizer-BioNTech deal. Taiwan, once touted as a COVID-19 safe haven, is currently contending with a wave of cases. Tsai has resisted pressure to buy vaccines from China, choosing to deal directly with manufacturers. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In a party meeting on Wednesday, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen blamed China for interfering in the island's deal with BioNTech — the manufacturers of the Pfizer COVID-19 shot — to acquire vaccines. "We almost completed signing the contract with the German manufacturer, but it was delayed because China interfered," Tsai said. Taiwan is an island separated from China by the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese government has claimed Taiwan is a renegade province that remains part of its territory, but the Taiwanese view the island as an independently ruled state with its own government and military. According to a report from the Guardian, Pfizer-BioNTech has a deal with China-based pharmaceutical giant Fosun. The agreement...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will form its first travel bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, the government said on Wednesday. Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention, but has kept its borders largely shut, and the bubble marks a small return to normality. Taiwan currently has only 29 active cases being treated in hospitals. Palau, one of only 15 countries to officially recognise the Chinese-claimed island's government, and whose president plans to visit Taiwan, has reported zero cases. "I'm glad to announce the official launch of the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble," Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters, calling the move a demonstration of "firm friendship" between the two. The travel bubble will start in April, with two flights a week carrying 110 tourists each from Taiwan to Palau. Travellers must present negative coronavirus tests and join tour groups, in which they will be asked to follow social-distancing rules such as only visiting designated sites and hotels. Taiwan will also take tourists travelling in groups from Palau. Wu...
    Joe Biden had his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. The two leaders spoke Wednesday just hours after Biden announced plans for a Pentagon task force to review U.S. national security strategy in China and after the new U.S. president announced he was levying sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime following this month’s coup in the southeast Asian country. A White House statement said Biden raised concerns about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair economic practices.” Biden also pressed Xi on Hong Kong, human rights abuses against Uighur and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province, and its actions toward Taiwan. “I told him I will work with China when it benefits the American people,” Biden posted on Twitter after the call. China’s state broadcaster CCTV struck a mostly positive tone about the conversation, saying Xi acknowledged the two sides had their differences, and those differences should be managed, but urged overall cooperation. CCTV said Xi pushed back...
    By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press Joe Biden had his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing's crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. The two leaders spoke Wednesday just hours after Biden announced plans for a Pentagon task force to review U.S. national security strategy in China and after the new U.S. president announced he was levying sanctions against Myanmar's military regime following this month's coup in the southeast Asian country. A White House statement said Biden raised concerns about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair economic practices." Biden also pressed Xi on Hong Kong, human rights abuses against Uighur and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province, and its actions toward Taiwan. “I told him I will work with China when it benefits the American people," Biden posted on Twitter after the call. China’s state broadcaster CCTV struck a mostly positive tone about the conversation, saying Xi acknowledged the two sides had their differences, and those differences should be managed, but urged overall cooperation. CCTV said...
    VIDEO2:3402:34What a Biden administration could mean for U.S.-Taiwan relations: AnalystSquawk Box Asia The incoming Biden administration could struggle in managing its relationship with Taiwan — a precarious issue that has contributed to worsening U.S.-China relations, an expert on political risk said on Tuesday. President Donald Trump broke with decades of U.S. foreign policy by moving his country closer to Taiwan over the last four years — angering Beijing which considers the democratic and self-ruled island a runaway province that must one day be reunited with the mainland. The Chinese Communist Party has never governed Taiwan. "The Biden administration is certainly going to struggle with the conduct of relations with Taiwan," Ross Feingold, director of business development at security advisory firm SafePro Group, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "Over the past four years, the Trump administration has taken many steps to really engage with Taiwan in the same way that United States would engage with other foreign countries even if they're still not using the terminology or having formal diplomatic relations," he said.VIDEO2:5302:53Pompeo is laying 'landmines' in U.S.-China relations, says Kevin...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan hopes to continue its close cooperation with the United States, the island's de facto U.S. ambassador told Antony Blinken, a longtime confidant of President-elect Joe Biden, as Taiwan moves to shore up ties with the new administration. Claimed by China but democratically ruled, Taiwan enjoyed unprecedented support from President Donald Trump's government, including stepped-up arms sales and visits of top officials to Taipei. Biden's election has caused some unease in Taiwan. Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's representative in Washington and close to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, spoke to Blinken by telephone to convey Taiwan's congratulations to Biden, Hsiao said on Twitter on Saturday. "Appreciated bipartisan support for U.S. relations with Taiwan and hope to continue close cooperation with the U.S. in coming years," she added. Tsai met Blinken in 2015 at the State Department when he was deputy secretary of state and she was the presidential candidate for Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). On that trip, Tsai also became the first Taiwanese presidential candidate to visit the White House, meeting Evan Medeiros, President Barack Obama's senior director for...
    The next US administration should strengthen military and economic ties with Taiwan and raise the cost of any Chinese invasion even as it presses Taipei to bolster its own security, according to a blueprint on Taiwan policy released Wednesday by a prominent Washington think tank. Spurred in part by Beijing’s heavy-handedness, there is rare agreement across the US political spectrum about distrusting China and supporting Taiwan, which should make policy advances easier, the report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies contends. “China imposed national security legislation on Hong Kong, denying its people of the freedoms that they were guaranteed,” said Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at CSIS and an author of the report, “Toward a Stronger US-Taiwan Relationship”. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. “And there’s growing concern that Taiwan could be Beijing’s next target.” As the US presidential election nears – Election Day is November 3, and early voting has already begun in many states – rumours have swirled in China policy...
    China has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile to its coastal areas near Taiwan to 'prepare for a possible invasion' of the island, a report has revealed. Beijing's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been stepping up militarisation in the regions of Fujian and Zhejiang by placing its top-secret DF-17 missile in the area, according to South China Morning Post, citing an anonymous military source. A Chinese state-run newspaper has branded the report as 'merely speculation'. But it immediately asserted that Beijing's DF-17 was 'impossible to be intercepted' and could 'effectively deter Taiwan secessionists'.  China has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile to its southeast borders near Taiwan to 'prepare for a possible invasion' of the island, a report has revealed. FILE: Military vehicles carrying the DF-17 hypersonic missiles roll past the Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 The news comes as the Chinese military has been boasting about its combat capabilities and ramping live-fire drills amid rising tensions between China and self-ruled Taiwan. Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march during a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the...
    The president of Taiwan praised the relationship between her country and Washington in the face of mounting threats from China, just days after Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the highest ranking US official to visit the island nation in four decades. “As effective our military is, we cannot stand alone without support from the community of like-minded democracies. I am proud that the relationship between Taiwan and the US has never been closer,” President Tsai Ing-Wen said during a video presentation to the Hudson Institute think tank on Wednesday. She noted that a Taiwanese representative has arrived in Washington and looks forward to working more closely with the US. “In my second term, I will continue our cooperation with the US. Foremost amongst my priorities is to establish a constructive security relationship built on the clear understanding of our shared interests in the region,” Tsai said. The Chinese Communist Party condemned Azar’s visit to Taiwan, which it considers a rogue Chinese province, and flew jet fighters into the Taiwan Strait shortly before the health secretary met with...
    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen praised the island nation’s relationship with the United States under the Trump administration, saying that the two nations have “never been closer.” Tsai made the remarks during a speech she gave to the Hudson Institute on Wednesday, in which she highlighted the increasing threat that China poses to Taiwan. “Taiwan has become a full-fledged democracy. Our 23 million people have the right to determine our own futures, which is antithesis to the position Beijing has taken,” Tsai said. “Consequently, we must ensure that cross-strait interactions do not jeopardize our freedoms, democracy, and way of life. The people of Taiwan expect nothing less from their democratically elected government.” “Upholding these principles requires us to be able to defend Taiwan against coercive actions,” Tsai continued. “It entails backing up our words with actions. And this is precisely what I have in mind as I preside over the current round of capacity building of our military. I am pleased that working together with our legislature last year, we unveiled our largest ever defense budget, reaching 2.3% of our GDP....
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen Monday morning, marking the most prominent meeting between the two nations in decades, The Hill reported. The visit “demonstrates the robust U.S.-Taiwan partnership on global health and health security, one of the many aspects of our comprehensive friendship,” Azar said, according to CNN. “We consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world.” Azar said the meeting was to discuss “three overarching themes:” Taiwan’s successful response to COVID-19, reaffirming the nation’s strong ties to the United States and Taiwan’s role as an emerging leader in global health, The Hill reported. (RELATED: Trump Administration Approves Arms Sale To Taiwan) Taiwan, an island nation of 23 million people off China’s eastern coast, has recorded only 480 coronavirus cases and seven deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University database. China, which does not recognize Taiwan as its own country and blocked the nation from becoming more involved with the World Health Organization after its warnings about the coronavirus were ignored, condemned...
    Any coronavirus vaccine developed in the United States would be shared with the international community only after the needs of Americans have been met, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Monday during his visit to Taiwan, the Independent reported. “Our first priority, of course, is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States,” Azar said. “But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on.” President Donald Trump has vowed to have a vaccine ready before the end of this year, even though such a process normally takes years rather than months, News 18 reported. Trump critics are worried that the administration will “declare success” on a vaccine ahead of the November elections and bring one to market before it has been properly determined to be safe and effective, thus endangering the public, according to the Indpendent. Azar already has...
    By JOHNSON LAI, Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the Presidential Office Building that said she looked for “even more breakthroughs and fruits of cooperation“ in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues to “jointly contribute to the sustained peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region.” Azar praised Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 and said its success was a tribute to the "open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” “It's a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from President Trump to Taiwan," Azar said. Azar is due to hold consultations with health officials and deliver a speech later in the day. Beijing has protested Azar’s visit as a betrayal of U.S. commitments not to have official contact with the island that China claims as its own territory and...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the Presidential Office Building that said she looked for “even more breakthroughs and fruits of cooperation“ in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues to “jointly contribute to the sustained peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region.” Azar praised Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 and said its success was a tribute to the “open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” “It’s a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from President Trump to Taiwan,” Azar said. Azar is due to hold consultations with health officials and deliver a speech later in the day. Beijing has protested Azar’s visit as a betrayal of U.S. commitments not to have official contact with the island that China claims as its own territory and...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)Alex Azar, the United States Health and Human Services secretary, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Monday, the highest-level meeting between Washington and the self-ruled island in decades.The visit has been condemned by Beijing, which regards Taiwan as Chinese territory, and comes amid an all-time low in US-China relations.Azar arrived in Taiwan Sunday, where he and his team were given coronavirus tests and were seen wearing face masks. The group was met by members of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the director general of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and the director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy. Speaking Monday, Azar said his trip "demonstrates the robust US-Taiwan partnership on global health and health security, one of many aspects of our comprehensive friendship.""We consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world," he added.Read More"There are three overarching themes for this trip. The first is to recognize Taiwan as an open and democratic society, executing a highly successful and...
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