Breaking News: Kiribati switches recognition to China, Taiwan loses second Pacific ally in one week

[Last update at 17:00 p.m. Sept. 20] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has lost its second Pacific ally in a single week as Kiribati moves to switch recognition to China, leaving the island natio...

Debt-trap diplomacy: China secures Gold Ridge Mine in Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the break of diplomatic ties between the Solomon Islands and Taiwan on Sept. 16, it has come to light that China Railway Group Ltd. has signed a US$825 million d...

Kiribati turns towards China's embrace, ties with Taiwan tenuous

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the Solomon Islands’ decision to break ties with Taiwan on Monday (Sept. 16), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is concerned that Beijing is making a ...

Iran envoy: ‘All-out war’ to result if hit for Saudi attack

Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a d...

UNC-Duke program too positive on Islam, Trump officials say

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to adva...

Election of new Tuvalu PM stirs unease in Taiwan after break with Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The parliament of the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu on Thursday (Sept. 19) chose a new prime minister following the general election for parliament held on Sept. 9...

UN chief rejects claim he didn't condemn China over Muslims

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly rejecting claims by five human rights groups that he hasn't condemned the Chinese government's detention of more tha...

Taiwan remains committed to international community despite Beijing's pressure: Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chastising China for poaching Taiwan’s allies with what she described as “threats” and “enticements,” President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has pledge...

Pence snubs Solomon Islands PM after country cuts ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has scuttled a meeting slated for this month with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare after the latter's country severed ties wi...

NKorea says talks with US could take place in 'few weeks'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says diplomatic talks with the United States could resume in a "few weeks," but it will not consider abandoning its nuclear weapons unless external threats are fu...

The ‘new’ Taiwan beyond cross-strait relations

Beijing has been increasing pressure on Taiwan recently. From a move to ban individual travel permits for Chinese visitors to Taiwan to two large-scale military drills close to the Taiwan Strait, Chin...

[Taiwan Presidential Election] Tsai Ing-wen: "No recklessness or provocation in dealing with China"

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Election Tidbits about nominees and possible candidates:Tsai Ing-wen, Han Kuo-yu and Terry Gou. [ Last updated: (GMT+8) 21:28 Sept. 14, 2019 ] Tsai Ing-wen (Democrat...

China tries to lure Haiti away from Taiwan with interest-free loans

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the Solomon Islands consider switching ties from Taiwan to China, Beijing is targeting another of Taipei's 17 diplomatic allies, Haiti, with interest-free loans, re...

Why Trump shouldn't run the North Korea playbook on Iran

US President Donald Trump calls his administration's strategy for keeping nuclear weapons away from Iran and containing a nuclear North Korea "maximum pressure" - a tough-talking, sancti...

U.S. Vice President to discuss Taiwan ties with Solomon Islands leader

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the government of the Solomon Islands was meeting Friday (September 13) to discuss whether or not to switch ties from Taiwan to China, the subject was likely to come up...