cross-strait relations - updates

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Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The drill comes after President Tsai Ing-wen last month warned against what she called Beijing's 'military expansion'

LIVE-FIRE DRILL. A tank attends during an annual drill at the a military base in the eastern city of Hualien on January 30, 2018. Mandy Cheng/AFP

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China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence – Xi

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Xi warns that China has 'the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form'

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017.  Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

After decades of siding with Taiwan Panama now recognizes that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory

China warns Taiwan over independence after Trump call

Dec 14, 2016 - 2:31 PM

Beijing s stance of opposing and blocking Taiwan independence splittism is firm and unmovable Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan says

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

After Trump row, China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan leader

Dec 07, 2016 - 1:11 PM

UPDATED China urges Washington to block Taiwan s president from passing through the US after reports said she may stop in New York for talks with Donald Trump s team

In this file photo, Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan calls for renewed talks with China

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing wen calls for a resumption of talks with China and pledges that anything can be on the table for discussion

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai oversees first war games

Aug 25, 2016 - 2:48 PM

The war games in the southern county of Pingtung the first of Tsai s presidency are part of an annual military exercise which simulates incoming attacks from China the biggest threat to Taiwan s security

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during the annual Han Guang life-fire drill in southern Pingtung on August 25, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

Chinese official defends protest-hit visit to Taiwan

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Sha Hailin a standing committee member of Shanghai s Communist Party is in Taipei the highest level mainlander to visit since ties worsened under Taiwan s new government

Shanghai official Sha Hailin speaks during a press conference after the Taipei-Shanghai Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, August 23, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Taiwan ex-leader warns new government over China ties

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Ma Ying jeou: I sincerely hope that the new administration will have the required wisdom and courage to maintain the peaceful and prosperous status quo

OLD AND NEW. Taiwan's outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou (L) and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (R) wave as they prepare for Tsai's presidential inauguration at the Presidential Office building in Taipei, Taiwan, May 20, 2016. Taipei Photojournalists Association/Handout/EPA

China holds landing drills ahead of Taiwan swearing-in

May 18, 2016 - 1:44 PM

China s military has staged at least 3 landing exercises in the country s southeast this month

In this file photo, Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, March 15, 2016. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

China threats, popular hopes pour pressure on Taiwan's Tsai

May 17, 2016 - 2:08 PM

When Tsai Ing wen takes office as Taiwan s president May 20 she steps onto a tightrope between voter dreams of national pride and a Beijing that wants the island on a short leash

This picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaking during a press conference in Taipei.  Sam Yeh/AFP

Beijing 'tightens screws' on Taiwan's new president

May 06, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Analyst: Beijing wants to teach Tsai a lesson The incidents are intentional and send a very clear message that it is tightening the screws

This photograph taken on January 16, 2016 shows Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen gesturing following her win in the presidential elections in Taipei. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's president-elect says democracy at heart of China ties

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Tsai Ing wen who will take office on May 20 as the island s first female president repeated her vow to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the mainland

In this file photo, Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, March 15, 2016. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Taiwan's KMT picks China-friendly leader after election loss

Mar 27, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Despite being ousted as the KMT s presidential candidate last October for her conservative views Hung Hsiu chu is elected to steer the embattled party

In this file photo, Hung Hsiu-chu speaks to supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, October 17, 2015. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan military conducts drills amid China tension

Jan 27, 2016 - 2:11 PM

The drills are the first since Tsai Ing wen of the China skeptic Democratic Progressive Party DPP swept to victory in the elections earlier this month

Taiwan Navy officers stand guard on a Naval warships during a military naval drill in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 27, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

China state media warn Taiwan president-elect against 'hypocrisy'

Jan 18, 2016 - 2:30 PM

She has a responsibility to keep the peaceful development of cross Straits relations on track

LEADING WOMAN. Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (L) waves to supporters after winning the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan, January 16, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

Taiwan-China ties at crossroads as vote looms

Jan 12, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The vote comes after 8 years of rapprochement between the two bitterly opposed sides

People, holding the flag of Taiwan's ruling party KMT, take part in a march to support KMT's presidential candidate, KMT Chairman Eric Chu, in Taipei, Taiwan, January 9, 2016. David Chang/EPA

Historic Ma-Xi summit heavy on rhetoric but schism remains

Nov 08, 2015 - 1:17 PM

The summit between the presidents of China and Taiwan promise warmer ties and was loaded with historic symbolism as both men sought to secure their legacy – but there are few concrete results in their bid to mend decades of estrangement

HISTORIC HANDSHAKE. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (L) before their meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Taiwan says China summit 'first step' to normalizing ties

Nov 05, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Taiwanese President Ma Ying jeou hails the meeting as for the welfare of the next generation

MEETING SOON. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (R) will be the first meeting of the leaders of the two sides since 1949. Xi photo by Mark Ralston/AFP; Ma photo by EPA

China, Taiwan leaders to hold historic meeting

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED The surprise meeting follows a gradual warming of relations with Beijing since Taiwan s President Ma Ying jeou of the China friendly Kuomintang KMT came to power in 2008

MEETING SOON. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (R) will be the first meeting of the leaders of the two sides since 1949. Xi photo by Mark Ralston/AFP; Ma photo by EPA

China to remove visa requirements for Taiwanese – Xinhua

Jun 14, 2015 - 1:50 PM

As part of the reform the passport like document previously used for the entry permit of Taiwanese will be replaced with a card allowing automatic entry

BORDER CONTROL. Two immigration officers standby at the Taipei Airport on July 01, 2008. Sam Yeh/AFP

China's Xi warns against Taiwan independence – Xinhua

May 04, 2015 - 5:13 PM

But both sides stress there is a single China a key concept for Beijing which is constantly wary of the potential for Taiwan eventually to go its own way and declare independence

MEETING IN BEIJING. A handout photo released by Taiwan's ruling party the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT), shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R), in his capacity as secretary-general of the Chinese Communist Party, meet with KMT Chairman Eric Chu (L) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 4, 2015. KMT/EPA

Taiwan rejected as founding member of AIIB – Beijing

Apr 13, 2015 - 3:34 PM

China official: We are willing to continue to listen to the opinions of various parties to appropriately handle the issue of Taiwan s participation in the AIIB

Cars pass the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Taipei, Taiwan, 31 March 2015. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan president says China ties 'back to normal' after protests

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Ma Ying jeou: What we re working hard on at the present stage is exchanging liaison offices on each side There is some progress

In this file photo, Taiwan's president Ma Ying-Jeou addresses a press conference at a hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 26 January 2014. Stringer/EPA

China postpones Taiwan flight routes after row: Taipei

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The opening of the routes would be delayed pending further negotiations Taiwan s civil aeronautics body says

Taiwan names new China affairs chief after spy row

Feb 16, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Deputy defense minister Andrew Hsia succeeds Wang Yu chi as the chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council

In this file photo, Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council minister Wang Yu-Chi speaks in a press conference in Taipei on January 2014. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Taiwan's China affairs minister quits over espionage row

Feb 10, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Taiwan s China affairs minister Wang Yu chi resigns after prosecutors decide not to indict a former deputy whom he had accused of spying for Beijing

In this file photo, Taiwan Mainland Affair's Council minister Wang Yu-Chi speaks in a press conference in Taipei on January 2014. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Taiwan cabinet resigns after massive polls defeat

Dec 01, 2014 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED The Beijing friendly Kuomintang KMT had their power slashed across Taiwan at the key polls November 29 with Premier Jiang Yi huah quitting hours after the disastrous result

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou cast his ballot at polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Pool/AFP

China policy in question after Taiwan polls landslide

Nov 30, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Beijing still claims Taiwan as part of its territory even after their split at the end of the civil war in 1949

POLLS OPEN. Local residents line up for their ID checking before vote at a polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's APEC envoy plays down disputes with China

Nov 03, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Former vice president Vincent Siew says ties with the mainland are on the right track from a long term perspective

In this file photo, Taiwan's former vice president Vincent Siew listens during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Taipei on October 1, 2013. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan, China to resume talks on goods trade pact

Sep 07, 2014 - 9:37 PM

The three day talks will reopen Wednesday September 10 after being delayed about five months

A container truck (bottom L) drives along a pier at Taiwan's northern Taipei Port which lies south of the Tamshui River, in the Bali district of New Taipei City on October 8, 2012. Mandy Chen/AFP

China sends 'special envoy' to Taiwan over APEC summit

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Taiwan confirms that a special envoy from China delivered a letter inviting Taiwan to an APEC summit in Beijing

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

Jun 26, 2014 - 9:18 AM

The four day visit by Zhang Zhijun director of the Taiwan Affairs Office is a further sign of warming ties between the former bitter rivals

LANDMARK MEET. China's top Taiwan policy maker Zhang Zhijun (L) shakes hand with Taiwan's top China poilcy maker Wang Yu-chi (R), at the Taoyuan International Airport hotel outside Taipei, Taiwan, 25 June 2014. Jameson Wu/EPA

Taiwan, China sign meteorology, quake info pacts

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:10 PM

Under the deals penned China and Taiwan which are both prone to natural disasters will share seismic data in a bid to better safeguard against devastating quakes

China and Taiwan hold historic talks

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:38 AM

The meeting in the Chinese city of Nanjing is the fruit of years of efforts to normalize relations and will be the highest level interaction since their split in 1949 at the end of a civil war

HISTORIC MEETING. Taiwanese official Wang Yu-chi (L), who is in charge of the islands China policy, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun from the Taiwan Affairs office (R) at the start of their meeting in Nanjing on February 11, 2014 . Mark Ralston/AFP

Taiwan minister set for historic visit to China

Jan 28, 2014 - 3:18 PM

The meeting in Nanjing in China s eastern Jiangsu province symbolizes persistent efforts to normalize relations in recent years after a decades long freeze

TO CHINA. Wang Yu-chi, minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on January 28, 2014. Sam Yeh/AFP

Beijing on cross-strait relations: Waiting for the melon to drop

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:22 AM

In Beijing a favorable combination of institutional integration political consolidation and leadership expertise is enabling China s leaders to manage cross strait relations with confidence and patience