20 Feb 2019

Facing an aggressive Beijing, Taiwan’s president issues a warning to the world

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has told CNN that her country is “faced with growing threats” from China, adding that that the main challenge is “whether our independent existence, security, prosperity and democracy can be maintained.” Tsai also warned other regional states to fear the rise of China: “If it’s Taiwan today, people

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19 Feb 2019

Google Earth accidentally reveals secret military sites

Google has accidentally revealed the locations of various secret Taiwanese military sites through an update of its 3D satellite imagery platform Google Earth. The update includes new 3D depictions of the Taiwanese cities Taipei and Taichung and the special municipalities New Taipei and Taoyuan. This allows users to see various Taiwanese military sites, including

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04 Jan 2019

Taiwan boosting cyberwar readiness to ‘strike back’

Taiwan is investing in cyberwar talent and capabilities amidst escalating tensions with mainland China. With its ministry of defense allocating several millions to universities and institutes for the developing of defense and asymmetric cyber-warfare capabilities, employees are being incentivized with salaries more than double the country’s average. Taiwan has accused

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20 Dec 2018

South China Sea and Taiwan among flashpoints for armed conflict in 2019, survey warns US policymakers

The South China Sea and Taiwan have made Council of Foreign Relations’ Centre for Preventative Action list of hotspots for potential armed conflict in 2019. While the issue of the South China Sea has been on the list before, it marks the first time that Taiwan has been included. North

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26 Nov 2018

Taiwan election: China is big winner as Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP party loses

China has been named as the winner in Taiwan’s recent local elections where the ruling Democratic Progressive Party lost to the opposition party that typically favors closer economic ties with mainland China. Tensions have escalated and calmed over various issues in the past years, and the ruling party had been

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31 Oct 2018

China will ‘take military action’ if Taiwan declares independence

Rhetoric remains heated between Taiwan and China and, in the latest instance, China has declared that it will take military action if Taiwan declares independence from China. The Chinese Defense Minister was quoted as saying that “The Taiwan issue is related to China’s sovereignty and touches upon China’s core interests…on

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21 Sep 2018

China accused of stepping up disinformation war on Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has accused China of mobilizing an army of trolls to spread fake news and manipulate public opinion on the island. Ministry investigators reportedly found “unequivocal evidence” of Chinese campaigns targeting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the President. In once named instance, a viral video about

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26 Jul 2018

US airlines comply at last minute with Beijing’s demand

United, Delta, and American Airlines all complied at the last minute with a demand from Beijing requiring them to scrub any mentions of Taiwan as a country, instead categorizing it as a province of China. The companies, long unwilling to make these changes, are now referring to Taiwan simply by

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