Taiwan Legislative Yuan approves budget for 66 F-16V fighter jets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan on Friday (November 22) approved the NT$247.23 billion (US$8.1 billion) budget to procure 66 F-16V jets from the United States. The passage of ...

Taiwan urges signing of MOU with US to combat disinformation

Taiwan's deputy National Security Council (NSC) chief on Tuesday called on the United States to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his country as part of a joint effort to combat disinf...

The ‘new’ Taiwan beyond cross-strait relations

Beijing has been increasing pressure on Taiwan recently. From a move to ban individual travel permits for Chinese visitors to Taiwan to two large-scale military drills close to the Taiwan Strait, Chin...

MOFA says Taiwan 'not for sale' in response to White House petition to buy Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a petition calling for the U.S. to purchase Taiwan surfaced on Tuesday (Aug. 27) on the White House's petition website, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA...

US may invest in new Australia port capable of housing warships

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The U.S. military is considering spending US$211 million (around NT$6.6 billion) on construction in Darwin, Australia, according to the annual defense bill, the Marine Cor...

US Treasury Department assistant secretary visits Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. acting assistant secretary responsible for international markets, Mitchell Silk, is on a two-day visit to Taiwan from Wednesday (July 17). The acting assistant...

Taiwan mayor talks Indo-Pacific strategy at Washington DC event

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In a speech given at Washington D.C.’s Wilson Center on July 10, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) broached the topics of security in the Indo-Pacific region and th...

US Sec.of State Pompeo mentions Taiwan on Kiribati’s Independence Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Kiribati, a Pacific island state with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, on its Independence Day (July 12) through an a...

South Korea supports US Indo-Pacific strategy amid growing Chinese dominance

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – South Korea President Moon Jae-in (文在寅) announced a new era of collaboration between his country and the U.S. in the South China Sea, which is expected to reinforce the ca...

With China’s swift rise as naval power, Australia needs to rethink how it defends itself

CANBERRA (The Conversation) -- Visiting Wellington in April 1996, I fell into conversation with a very wise and experienced New Zealand government official. We talked about the still-unfolding Taiwan ...

Senior US official confirms arms sales to Taiwan will normalize

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A senior U.S. Pentagon official said on Wednesday (June 26) that Washington is moving toward a normalized arms sales relationship with Taiwan, amid reports the Trump admin...

Taiwan urged to beware of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A scholar has urged Taiwan's government to be wary of increased Chinese influence in the South Pacific as Beijing adjusts its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according...

Taiwan can count on U.S.' commitment to a shared future: AIT director

Taipei (CNA) -- Taiwan can count on the United States' "unwavering commitment to our future together," while China is cause for concern, Brent Christensen, director of the American Insti...

Wall Street Journal sows uncertainty over US arms deal to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Wall Street Journal is sowing doubt about the possibility of U.S. President Donald Trump meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 Summit in Osaka, pr...

After China tariffs, Trump should recognize Taiwan, the Pentagon likely agrees

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Trump administration is turning up the pressure on China, with a not-so-subtle threat that if Chinese leader Xi Jinping refuses to meet with Trump during the upcoming ...