UN rights panel finds climate change can be cause for asylum

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights panel has ruled for the first time that people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum, even as it dismissed an individual plaintiff's c...

Foreign minister ends 5-day visit to Central American allies: MOFA

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Friday concluded a five-day visit to Guatemala and Honduras, reaffirming Taiwan's ties with two of its Central American diplomatic allies,...

China's Xi meets Kiribati leader after switch from Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded Kiribati on Monday for “standing on the right side of history” during his first meeting with the Pacific island nation's leader since it severed ties...

Revelers around the world usher in the new decade

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. ...

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, ju...

Taiwan watches closely as opposition tries to oust pro-China Kiribatian president

TAIPEI (Taiwan) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has hinted the country remains open to mending its relationship with Kiribati, which switched ties to China in September. T...

Taiwan to put US$2 million in health fund for Pacific nations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will put US$2 million (NT$61 million) in a special fund to improve healthcare and living conditions in the Pacific islands, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said...

US urged to send cabinet officials to Taiwan as China poaches allies

A former senior advisor to the Trump administration on Friday urged the White House to send a cabinet official to Taiwan whenever Beijing succeeds in poaching a diplomatic ally from Taipei. Christi...

Tuvalu spurns China bid to build artificial islands, sticks with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Pacific island ally Tuvalu on Thursday (Nov. 21) announced that it has rejected an offer by Communist China to build artificial islands, which presumably woul...

Taiwan to establish digital center in Tuvalu to bolster ties

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan plans to build a digital center in Tuvalu following a trip last week to the Oceanic nation by the Taiwanese Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉). Hsu visi...

US, Taiwan delegates visit St. Lucia in milestone collaboration

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A U.S.-Taiwan delegation is visiting Saint Lucia to promote private sector investment in the first such collaboration between Washington and Taipei. The U.S. embassy in...

Taiwan’s ally Haiti on brink of collapse

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An opinion piece run by The New York Times on Monday (Nov. 4) shed light on the dire situation caused by political turmoil in Haiti, an ally of Taiwan, and urged the world...

Taiwan deputy foreign minister to visit Tuvalu after government change

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) will travel to Tuvalu next week and meet with its new prime minister, Kausea Natano, after fears the Pacific island ally might ...

US House committee passes TAIPEI Act, members call for recognition of Taiwan as country

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act (TAIPEI Act) on Wednesday (Oct...

US envoy nominee promises support for Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Roxanne Cabral, the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Marshall Islands and current representative to Panama, promised on Tuesday (Oct. 29) to protect Taiwan and its Pacif...