US Secretary of State emphasizes importance of supporting Taiwan among Pacific allies

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Feb. 19 at the Micronesia Presidents’ Summit, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, addressed leaders of five Pacific Island nations, and allies of Taiwan. Spe...

China pushes Pacific island countries to pivot away from Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is challenging Taiwan’s supremacy in the Pacific; one of the country’s last support strongholds. Australia’s ABC News reported last week that Ch...

Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Wednesday it would reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament...

Australian ruling party defeated in Parliament on refugees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling party has suffered a rare defeat in Parliament after the opposition joined minor parties and independent lawmakers in passing a bill that would give sick ...

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that the last child refugees held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru will soon the sent to the United States, ending the banishment of children under the ...

Caribbean and New York travel plans for Taiwan President are speculation: MOFA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Reports that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is planning to visit Taiwan’s Caribbean allies and stopping over in New York on the way later this year are purely speculation, t...

Tsai meets with Nauru president, thanks for continued support of Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Today, Republic of Nauru president Baron Divavesi Waqa began his four-day official visit to Taiwan and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, who thanked him for his country&rsq...

US defeated trying to rid references to reproductive health

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has faced overwhelming defeat in two attempts to eliminate references to "sexual and reproductive health" from U.N. General Assembly resolutions on preventing v...

Taiwan-Palau mutual visa waiver starts December 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Beginning Saturday, Taiwanese travelers to Palau and Palauans hoping to visit Taiwan no longer have to apply for a visa. The Pacific island country of Palau is one of Taiwan&...

Reciprocal visa waiver between Taiwan and Marshall Islands to start Nov. 19

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting next Monday, Nov. 19, Taiwanese and Marshallese people can travel to one another’s country without needing to apply for a visa, announced Tai...

Taiwan is not losing sleep over China-Pacific summit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is not worried about this month’s summit between China and the nations of the Pacific region, as the island’s six allies in the area will refuse to atte...

Independent says Australian gov't lost on its refugee stance

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A newly elected independent lawmaker says a tough policy toward asylum seekers is a major reason Australia's conservative government lost its parliamentary majority. ...

Taiwan highly-ranked as good place to live as an atheist: report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan alongside Belgium and the Netherlands have been named as the best places in the world to live as an atheist by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). ...

Australia aims to remove asylum seeker children from Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after languishing on the tiny Pacific ...

AIT Director lauds Taiwan's efforts to foster young talent from Pacific Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During Wednesday's closing ceremony for a Taiwan-U.S. training program aimed at fostering young talent, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Br...