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Xi-Biden meeting lowered likelihood China will invade Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday (Nov. 15) reduced the chances that China will invade Taiwan, according to one ex...

US backs Pacific undersea internet cable amid China competition

SINGAPORE, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The United States is backing a new undersea internet cable connecting several Pacific islands, according to a plan for the project seen by Reuters, boosting Washington&#...

Ex-Singapore foreign minister calls Taiwan 'piece on chessboard' in US-China rivalry

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is “only a piece on the chessboard” in the U.S.-China relationship, and it will not determine war and peace, Singapore’s former Minister of Foreig...

Four Pacific Islands leaders arrive in Vanuatu amid political crisis

SYDNEY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Four Pacific Islands leaders arrived in Vanuatu on Tuesday to consider declaring a "neutral" position amid an intense contest between the United States and China, ...

US announces Taiwan weapons package worth up to $345 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States unveiled a Taiwan weapons aid package worth up to $345 million on Friday, a move likely to anger China even as the Biden administration declined to publicly pro...

US, China vie for allies amid growing tensions in Pacific

The US has increased its engagement with several Pacific Island nations in recent weeks amid growing competition with China. Washington signed a new bilateral defense cooperation agreement with Papua ...

Taiwan Strait: What to expect in 2023

The year 2022 has been a turbulent one for the Taiwan Strait, as China increases military pressure on Taipei following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit in August. At the time, China staged...

Pakistan: Will the appointment of new army chief end chaos?

Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir is Pakistan's incoming army chief after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed him to the post on Thursday. Munir, a former spymaster, takes reins of the army ...

EU faces uphill task beefing up defense ties with Asia

The EU's foreign and security policy chief, Josep Borrell, will not attend Asia's premier defense summit this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19, leaving the bloc at a possible disadv...

Taiwan’s semiconductors in the crosshairs amid US-China competition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has become important to both the U.S. and China as it has come to dominate the production of the world’s most advanced semiconductors. The chips being prod...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 year...

AP Explains: CFO of China's Huawei facing extradition to US

TORONTO (AP) — An extradition hearing begins Monday in a Vancouver courtroom for Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company's founder. Canada arrested Meng while she was changing p...

Marshall Islands could flip allegiance from Taiwan, US to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Diplomatic relations between the Marshall Islands and Taiwan and the U.S. are on the line after a general election commenced on Monday (Nov. 18). The Marshall Islands, ...