Author: Ben Blanchard

TAIPEI – Taiwan raised concerns over the growing threat posed by the Chinese military after a series of warplanes conducted drills near the island in collaboration with China’s Shandong aircraft carrier in the Pacific. The Taiwanese defense minister reported that the Shandong had also passed near the Philippines en route to the exercises. As the Chinese military exercises unfolded, a NATO summit in Washington highlighted China’s role in supporting Russia’s actions in Ukraine and its ongoing challenges to European security. The draft communique from the summit underscored China’s significant involvement in global conflicts and raised alarms about the country’s impact…

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TAIPEI – Democracy is not a crime, according to Taiwan President Lai Ching-te, who emphasized that autocracy is the true “evil.” Lai’s statement comes in response to China’s recent threat to impose the death penalty for “diehard” Taiwan independence separatists. China’s aggression towards Taiwan, which it considers as its own territory, has intensified since Lai took office last month. Describing Lai as a “separatist,” China even conducted war games shortly after his inauguration. In a further attempt to pressure Taiwan, China issued new legal guidelines on Friday to punish those who support the island’s formal independence. However, Chinese courts have…

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TAIPEI – Taiwan’s defense minister assured the public on Tuesday that they are closely monitoring the situation after pictures surfaced online of a Chinese nuclear submarine in the Taiwan Strait near Taiwanese fishermen. The Taiwan Strait, a narrow division between Taiwan and China, has been a hotbed of tensions with Chinese military presence reported daily by Taiwan. Beijing’s efforts to assert its dominance over the island have sparked concerns among Taiwanese officials. Media outlets in Taiwan published images of the surfaced Jin-class ballistic missile submarine, believed to be armed with nuclear capabilities, captured by local fishermen at dawn on Tuesday.…

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