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Panda gifted by China gives birth to second cub in Taiwan

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The unnamed cub weighs 186 grams after a five-hour labor by its mother Yuan Yuan

PANDA CUB. This handout photo taken on June 28, 2020 and received on June 29, 2020 shows a newborn baby panda at the Taipei Zoo in the Taiwan capital after the yet-unnamed-cub, weighing 186 grams, was born after a five-hour labor. Photo by Handout/Taipei Zoo/AFP

Pro-Beijing Taiwan mayor recalled in historic vote

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The recall vote is another blow for the opposition Kuomintang party, who favors warmer relations with mainland China

PRO-CHINA BET. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (with mic) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Hundreds of people, mostly students, were killed on June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square during the Chinese Communist Party's suppression of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms

A man wearing a face mask walks in front of Tiananmen during the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests, in Beijing on June 4, 2020. NOEL CELIS / AFP

China must 'coexist' with a democratic Taiwan, says Tsai

May 20, 2020 - 12:49 PM

In her speech during a deliberately stripped-down inauguration, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says, her country and China 'have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term '

This handout picture taken and released on May 20, 2020 by the Taiwan Presidential office shows Tsai Ing-wen (background C) being sworn in for her second term as Taiwan's President during her inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Voters handed Tsai a second term with a landslide win in January, a vocal rebuke of Beijing's ongoing campaign to isolate the island.  Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Taiwan angered by China military drills during virus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:14 PM

'As the world grapples with the severity of the COVID19 pandemic, China's military maneuvers around Taiwan have continued unabated," tweets Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

This handout picture taken and released by Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA) on March 24, 2020 shows a US-made F-16 fighter taking off during a drill at the Hualien Air Force Base in eastern Taiwan. Military tensions have risen between Taiwan and China despite the global coronavirus pandemic after Beijing conducted a series of military drills near the island. Handout / Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA) / AFP

Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Correctional facilities across Taiwan are taking part in the new scheme to manufacture cloth face masks and face mask protectors to supply their staff and the public

A mask-clad inmates poses with completed masks at a sewing workroom at the Taipei Prison in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan on March 10, 2020. More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority in China, though daily infections are now growing at a much faster pace abroad.

Taiwan hits out at China virus travel bans

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's foreign ministry says it is communicating with various governments to clarify that Taiwan 'is not part of the People's Republic of China'

NOT CHINA. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China says Taiwan separatists will 'stink for eternity'

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:41 PM

Newly-elected president Tsai Ing-wen draws the ire of Beijing for refusing to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of 'one China'

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) smiles at a rally with supporters outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020. President Tsai Ing-wen declared victory in Taiwan's election on January 11 as votes were being counted after an election battle dominated by the democratic island's fraught relationship with China.  Sam Yeh / AFP

Gray erupts in spot start as Alab survives OJ Mayo-led Fubon

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The win propels Alab Pilipinas to a 5-2 standing for the season heading to a two-game road trip

X FACTOR. Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Catch 'em all: Tens of thousands join Taiwan 'Pokemon Go' safari

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The four-day Pokemon Go Safari Zone in New Taipei City is expected to attract up to half a million fans of the cute fighting creatures

TAIWAN'S POKEMON SAFARI. Visitors pose with Pokemon character Pikachu during the opening day of the Pokemon Go Safari Zone at the New Taipei Metropolitan Park in New Taipei City on October 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Taiwan leader meets Solomons envoy to shore up ties over China

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Solomon Islands are among only 17 countries that maintain official ties with Taiwan, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vowed to review the relationship

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts Taiwan

Aug 08, 2019 - 6:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The quake struck at 5:28 am local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in northeastern Yilan county. High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

JOLTED. File photo of the Taipei skyline dominated by skyscraper Taipei 101 building. Photo by JomNicha/Shutterstock

Mighty Sports completes Jones Cup sweep for 2nd club title

Jul 21, 2019 - 7:20 PM

It's mission accomplished for Mighty Sports as the Philippine club pulls off a perfect 8-0 championship romp

THROWBACK. Former PBA player Joseph Yeo caps his Jones Cup stint with another stellar outing. Photo from SBP-Cignal

Virtual champ: Mighty bags Jones Cup title with Taipei rout

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Mighty Sports-Philippines stays unbeaten in 7 games to virtually clinch the 41st Jones Cup crown

Photo from SBP-Cignal

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Chinese Taipei Blue - Jones Cup 2019

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Bookmark this page for updates as Mighty Sports-Philippines tries to virtually clinch the crown against Chinese Taipei Blue on Saturday, July 20

U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

Taiwan leader plans U.S. stopover on diplomatic tour

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen plans to transit through the US when she visits 4 Caribbean diplomatic allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Populist China-friendly mayor to run for Taiwan president

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Han Kuo-yu, the mayor of Kaohsiung city, is among 5 candidates announced by the opposition Kuomintang party for its primary election

Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019.  Daniel Shih / AFP

China says US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan

May 31, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'The US recently often played the Taiwan card, in a vain attempt to use Taiwan to contain China. This is purely wishful thinking,' says a Chinese defense ministry spokesman

Taiwan president says U.S. trade deal would boost security

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the US and Taiwanese economies are 'complementary' and that a trade pact could provide a model for the Indo-Pacific region

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

Taiwan unveils new drone as tensions with China mount

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's navy shows off its new, long-range surveillance drone, the 'Rui Yuan' (Sharp Hawk), which officials say can fly for 12 hours and is now helping to monitor movements in the disputed strait between Taiwan and China

A navy serviceman stands guard next to an indigenously-made Rui Yuan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during a military exercise at the Pingtung Air Force Base in southern Taiwan on January 24, 2019.  SAM YEH / AFP

PH men's poomsae trio bags silver in World Championships

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Jean Pierre Sabido, Glenn Lava and Ernesto Guzman Jr deliver for the country in Day 1 of the worlds

WINNER. Jean Pierre Sabido, Glenn Lava and Ernesto Guzman Jr impress in the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. (Screenshot from Youtube/Moe Sports)

Taiwan navy gets two new warships as China tensions grow

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vows the island would not 'concede one step' in defending itself

TURNOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (left) poses with a model of one of the island's new frigates during a ceremony to commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates from the US into the Taiwan Navy, in the southern port of Kaohsiung on November 8, 2018. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

China 'seriously challenging' peace, says Taiwan president

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'As Taiwan is on the frontline of the Western Pacific, we are naturally subject to tremendous pressure,' says President Tsai Ing-wen in speech marking Taiwan's National Day

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

'We solemnly condemn the irresponsible news reports,' says Taiwan

TAIWAN FLAG. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific lists Taiwan as part of China

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Even United States carriers are expected to change their listings of Taiwan, despite a White House statement in May that called China's demands 'Orwellian nonsense'

TAIWAN CONTROVERSY. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Jones Cup: Matt Nieto game-winner sinks Chinese Taipei-Blue

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles stay in the running for a podium finish with a 5-2 record

GAME HERO. Matt Nieto beats the buzzer to lead Ateneo’s upset of the host team. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters go into service amid China tensions

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:44 PM

In a move likely to rile Beijing, Taiwan commissioned 29 US-made Apache AH-64E, also known as the 'tank killer'

Ateneo turns heads at Jones Cup debut, routs Chinese Taipei

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The Blue Eagles blast the host team by 23 points in the international club tournament

Thirdy Ravena. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

AirAsia now flies from Clark to Taipei

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Taipei route from Clark is scheduled Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

INTERNATIONAL. AirAsia now flies thrice a week to Taipei, Taiwan from Clark International Airport. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

June Mar Fajardo proves worth with another masterful Gilas showing

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:59 PM

'The Kraken' leads the Philippines with 22 points in a 22-point demolition of Chinese Taipei

FLEXING HIS MUSCLES. June Mar Fajardo submits his best game in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform to date. Photo from FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas frustrates Chinese Taipei in World Cup Qualifiers

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

(UPDATED) The Filipinos improve to a 4-1 record in Group B and hand the Taiwanese their 4th loss in 5 games

CONSISTENT. Jayson Castro delivers once again for Gilas Pilipinas with another double-digit output. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Familiarity key in Gilas-Chinese Taipei rematch

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The Filipinos, although already assured of a spot in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers, are seeking to upset the Taiwanese in front of their home crowd

SPOILER. Gilas Pilipinas seeks to upset the home crown in Chinese Taipei when it faces the Taiwanese squad on Friday, June 29. File photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Chinese Taipei - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will face the Taiwanese squad on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

Romeo returns to international play as Gilas lineup vs Chinese Taipei revealed

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Terrence Romeo's comeback provides a major offensive boost for the national side that's missing guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas

COMEBACK. Terrence Romeo suits up for the national team for the first time in a long while. File photo from FIBA

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

15-man Gilas pool arrives in Chinese Taipei as World Cup qualifiers resumes

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The Nationals seek to reassert their mastery over the Taiwanese squad, which they defeated in the first window

BACKCOURT DUO. Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo lead Gilas Pilipinas' backcourt. Photo from FIBA

U.S. unveils 'milestone' new de facto embassy in Taiwan

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Donald Trump's administration is moving to strengthen ties with Taiwan in the face of China's diplomatic moves and military threats

EMBASSY. Journalists tour the new office complex of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) during a dedication ceremony in Taipei on June 12, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 8, 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Live-fire drills begins with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold – by force if necessary

LIVE DRILL. A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang drill at the Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

'May the force be with you' in Taiwan's presidential office

May 04, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The island's Vice President Chen Chien-jen and fans dressed as a motley crew of intergalactic characters chant "May the force be with you" in homage to the George Lucas space drama as part of events held around the world on May the fourth

MAY THE 4TH. This handout picture taken and released by the Taiwan Presidential Office on May 4, 2018 shows Star Wars fans posing for photographs at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

Taiwan to stage live-fire drill simulating China 'invasion'

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Taiwan's 5-day drill, codenamed 'Han Kuang,' which means 'Han Glory,' will start from June 4

This undated photo taken in April 2018 shows J15 fighter jets on China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, during a drill at sea. A flotilla of Chinese naval vessels held a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported early April 23, 2018, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy in disputed waters that have riled neighbours. AFP

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Why Azkals fans shouldn't panic about the losses in Taiwan

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The national team is beaten by Chinese Taipei and Timor Leste – a deep breath is needed

SECOND PLACE. The Azkals absorbed losses but still finished second in the Chinese Taipei Football Association International Tournament . From Azkals Facebook

Fajardo silences doubters with gem of a game for Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says he talked to June Mar Fajardo about not starting the game and the 6-foot-10 behemoth told him he was perfectly fine to be part of the second unit

DOMINANT. June Mar Fajardo of Gilas sent Chinese-Taipei's Quincy Davis III into early foul trouble. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas claims win No. 2 in World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 27, 2017 - 9:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Gilas makes it 2-0 to land in a tie with fellow unbeaten squad Australia in Group B of the Fiba World Cup Asia Qualifier

TOPSCORER. Jason Castro led Gilas in scoring with 20 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler