Scuffles broke out in Taiwan?s parliament on Tuesday during a budget meeting for an infrastructure development plan. Members of both the ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party can be seen tackling each other to the ground, shoving and throwing water at each otherContinue reading...
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As Australia mulls the building of its biggest-ever export thermal coal mine, its biggest foreign buyers look set to reduce their consumption, driving down the price of Australian coal, and the profitability of its mines.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan together buy about 30% of the world?s exported thermal coal, including 70% of Australia?s export coal.
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The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China?s president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Donald Trump for potentially tense bilateral talks at next week?s G20 summit in Hamburg. But Trump?s pre-emptive strike could backfire badly.
Official confirmation of the arms sale, under consideration since January, coincided with Xi?s officiation at an ostentatious military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, celebrating China?s reunification with what until 1997 Beijing regarded as a ?renegade province? similar to Taiwan.
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Relations between the world?s two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the anniversary of Hong Kong?s return by unveiling sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and a major arms sale to Taiwan .
The US state department on Thursday gave the green light to a total of $1.4bn in arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island which China considers its own territory.
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The sale is the first of its kind since Donald Trump took office and will upset China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory
The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn, the first such deal with the self-governing island since Donald Trump took office.
The sale announced on Thursday will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
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Joint statement between President Juan Carlos Varela and Beijing says ?Taiwan is an inalienable part of China?s territory?
Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a huge victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.
Panama?s president, Juan Carlos Varela, announced the change ? which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan ? in a televised address, saying it represented the ?correct path for our country?.Continue reading...
Leaked email to Taiwanese staff says airline has been instructed by Beijing to follow One China policy
Emirates airline has waded into a decades-old diplomatic spat after ordering Taiwanese cabin crew to swap flag pins worn on their uniforms for Chinese ones, sparking anger and calls for boycott on social media.
The airline sent an email to staff saying Emirates was ?instructed by the Chinese government? to ?follow the One China policy?.Continue reading...
A landmark judgment reflects how quickly attitudes can change ? but usually thanks to campaigners who persist against the odds
The crowd in Taipei on Wednesday was not huge; a few hundred people. But the joy and relief on their faces radiated around the world. The constitutional court had just ruled in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, in Asia?s first such judgment. The legislature now has two years to amend the civil code, which defines marriage as occurring solely between a man and woman, or pass laws addressing the issue. If it does not, same sex-couples will be able to wed anyway.
The news was all the more welcome given its backdrop. Just last week, in Asia alone, a South Korean army captain was sentenced for having sex with other servicemen following what campaigners describe as a witch hunt by the military, while in Aceh, Indonesia, two men were caned publicly for consensual gay sex. It is a matter of weeks since reports emerged of a horrifying anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, involving well over a hundred men, some of whom are believed to have been killed.Continue reading...
Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March
A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.
The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China.
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Landmark ruling will mean country is first in Asia to allow gay couples to marry and cements reputation as beacon of liberalism
Taiwan is to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, after the island?s constitutional court ruled current laws defining unions as between a man and a woman are invalid.
Taiwan?s highest court, the council of grand justices, said barring gay couples from marrying violated ?the people?s freedom of marriage? and ?the people?s right to equality?.Continue reading...
Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament
Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.
Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
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Lam Wing-kee plans to open an offshoot of Causeway Bay Books in self-governed Taiwan as a ?symbol of resistance?
One of the five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by China in 2015 for running an independent bookstore selling politically sensitive books has vowed to reopen his shop in neighbouring democratic Taiwan.
Lam Wing-kee, 62, who was detained in China for eight months, told Japan?s Nikkei Asian Review that he planned to open Causeway Bay Books in self-governed Taiwan as a ?symbol of resistance?.
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Lee Ming-che has been detained by Beijing authorities amid a targeting of activists, dissidents and scholars based abroad
The wife of a Taiwanese human rights activist detained in China for over a month without charge has vowed to take her fight for justice to the US and European Union, urging them to pressure Beijing to release him.
It has now been 40 days since Lee Ching-yu?s ?partner, best friend and confidante? suddenly disappeared while travelling to visit friends in Guangzhou, southern China.
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Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, from Taiwan was trapped in a remote Nepal valley with his girlfriend but she died three days before rescuers found them
Two Taiwanese trekkers who went missing in a remote area of Nepal seven weeks ago have been found ? but only one survived the ordeal.
Liu Chen-chun, 19, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in the Dhading region of central Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite running out of food.
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Consumption attracts large fine and repeat offenders could be named and shamed under law that is first of its kind in Asia
Taiwan is set to become the first country in Asia to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, as increasing pet ownership across the continent has seen attitudes shift.
The revised Animal Protection Act imposes a fine of up to 250,000 Taiwan dollars (£6,500) for eating dog or cat meat, while the penalties for animal cruelty or slaughter were raised to up to two years in prison and fines of up to 2m Taiwan dollars (£52,000).Continue reading...