Beijing's former representative to Fiji says Chinese diplomats under great pressure

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A former Chinese representative to Fiji, Chen Yonglin (陳用林), said Tuesday (Oct. 20) that Chinese diplomats are under great pressure to defend Beijing's global image as...

Nagorno-Karabakh's record growth in ruins

If it were internationally recognized as a country, Nagorno-Karabakh would have one of the smallest economies in the world. With GDP at just $713 million (€603 million)in 2019, it ranks lower tha...

New Caledonia to vote on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, will choose whether they want independence from France in a referendum that marks a milestone in a thre...

New Zealand Super Rugby plans include Australia matches

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Super Rugby matches between Australian and New Zealand teams may return in 2021, if the nations can agree on a format and if pandemic border restrictions allow. ...

All Blacks coach backs Australia's Super Rugby teams

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Ian Foster has strongly backed Australian involvement in any new Super Rugby competition created next year or after the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

China claims Taiwan pays off influencers to misinterpret controversial Kiribati photo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The photo of a Chinese diplomat walking on the backs of Kiribati men has sparked controversy, but China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) has defende...

Photo of Chinese ambassador walking on backs of Kiribati people sparks debate

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The photo of a Chinese ambassador walking on the backs of people lying in a row in Kiribati, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China last year, has spar...

'Recent US-Australian joint statement significant for Taiwan': Academic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At an annual political meeting between American and Australian foreign affairs and defense personnel, officials made a joint statement on Tuesday (July 28) highlighting Ta...

New Zealand should open up for Taiwanese travelers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A New Zealand economist has urged the government to open its borders to Taiwan, which poses a mitigated risk of coronavirus transmission. Eric Crampton, chief economist...

NZ plans to cut South Africa, Argentina from Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is pushing for a new Super Rugby competition that would exclude South Africa and Argentina but include a Pacific Islands team and an undetermined number of A...

Taiwan, US hold video conference on Pacific region epidemic prevention

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Thursday (June 4) that Taiwan and the U.S. held an online dialogue on epidemic prevention assistance in the Pacific in ...

Palau considers establishing safe travel bubble with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Palau is currently considering establishing a safe travel circle with Taiwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said on Wednesday (May 13). ...

Isolated by oceans: Hawaii, other islands tamp down virus

HONOLULU (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. ...

Beaumont heads into 2nd term with rugby 'at a crossroads'

Confronting and managing an unprecedented financial crisis. Uniting the northern and southern hemispheres in one global calendar. Maintaining the growth of the women’s and sevens games. ...

WHO official says coronavirus pandemic in Asia 'far from over'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Dr. Takeshi Kasai, World Health Organization (WHO) regional director of the Western Pacific, warned Tuesday (March 31) that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in As...