Liberal Democracy or Communist Totalitarianism: the battle for Taiwan's future has already begun

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Some have said that Chinese telecom companies may put private data at risk, not only Huawei, but any Chinese smartphone manufacturer. This is why Taiwan and other nations ...

Japan think tank sees obstacles ahead for China's Belt and Road

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The “National Institute for Defense Studies” (防衛研究所), a Japanese think tank, released the annual “2019 China Security Report” on Jan. 30, which dis...

EU cautions on mergers and acquisitions by Chinese firms

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - European Union members should be cautious about the threats to national security posed by Chinese state-run firms, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager repor...

Sri Lanka considers big China loan to repay foreign debts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A finance ministry official says Sri Lanka is considering a $300 million loan offer from the Bank of China as it prepares to repay foreign debts this year. ...

China plans to take Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045: Fmr Japan Air Force Commander

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In a recent interview, former Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Air Support Commander, Orita Kunio (織田邦男), offers a warning and a bleak outlook for the Indo-Pacific regio...

Afghanistan hosts Pakistan, China for wide-ranging talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan, Pakistan and China are meeting in the Afghan capital to discuss trade, development and ending the region's relentless conflicts. Shahussain Mur...

China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is embracing China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects. Despite wariness in...

Portugal fetes China, risking tension with Western allies

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly capturing control of the bloc's critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Euro...

IMF hit with dilemma as China leaves Pakistan in debt trap

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s Belt and Road initiative has caused many low and middle income countries, including Pakistan, Angola and Zambia, to fall into serious debt, forcing them to s...

U.S. to announce up to US$60b in regional aid at APEC summit: reports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to outline the U.S.’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in more detail and announce up to US$60 billion (NT$1.84 trillion) in regional...

China's rationale in rebranding its One Belt One Road initiative revealed 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - To counter China's growing geopolitical influence, U.S. government agencies have reportedly been asked to stop assisting Chinese propaganda by avoiding use of the Beijing-au...

Taiwan academic: China prepared for protracted trade war with U.S.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S.-China relations have hit an unprecedented low, with both sides continuing to gear up for what appears to be a prolonged trade war with no clear end in ...

US Senate passes legislation challenging China's BRI with bipartisan support

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Wednesday, Oct. 3 that would allocate US$60 billion to the establishment of an agency aimed at strategic investment in deve...

Is China going green by dumping brown on its BRI partners?

NEW DELHI (East Asia Forum) -- The environmental impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been fraught with contradictions. While there are efforts to finance and promote green ...

AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Monday he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his ...