Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan charges alleged spy after outed by Chinese operative who defected to Australia

Taiwan authorities have charged an alleged Chinese spy and his wife with money laundering after they were identified by self-confessed Chinese intelligence operative Wang Liqiang who defected to Australia. Businessman Xiang Xin and his wife Gong Qing, both directors of the company Wang says employed him to run interference operations, were detained at Taiwan’s main […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China says carrier group exercising near Taiwan, drills will become regular

A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory. Taiwan has complained of an increase in Chinese military activity near it in recent months, as China steps up […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Train crash kills 48 in Taiwan’s deadliest rail tragedy for decades

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday after hitting a truck that had slid down a bank onto the track, killing at least 50 passengers and injuring 146 in the island’s worst rail disaster in seven decades. Images from the scene showed some carriages ripped apart by the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – US Palau envoy’s trip to Taiwan prompts ‘red line’ warning from China

Beijing has warned Washington not to cross its “red line” on Taiwan after a US envoy arrived on the island as part of a delegation from Palau, one of Taipei’s 15 remaining allies. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that “the Chinese side resolutely opposes any form of official contacts between US […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Japan and US defense chiefs affirm cooperation over Taiwan emergency

Japanese and US defense chiefs agreed during their recent meeting in Tokyo to closely cooperate in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan, Japanese government sources have said. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin brought up the issue when he held talks with Defense minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday, though there was no […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Li Keqiang says Taiwan’s politicians welcome for talks if they accept there is ‘one China’

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday reiterated that Beijing welcomed dialogue with any political parties from Taiwan, but only if the island accepted that there was only “one China”. His remarks, at the closing press conference of the annual legislative session in Beijing, come at a time of heightened tensions across the Taiwan Strait. Premier […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Top US commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027

China could invade Taiwan within the next six years, as Beijing accelerates its moves to supplant American military power in Asia, a top US commander said Tuesday. Democratic and self-ruled Taiwan lives under constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, whose leaders view the island as part of their territory and which they have vowed […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan, US creating partnership opportunities with Eswatini

Taiwan and the US are working with Eswatini to identify private sector opportunities to bolster the information technology industry in the Southern African country. The Taiwanese and US embassies in the Kingdom of Eswatini teamed up with the country’s government to host a virtual Partnership Opportunity Delegation in which Taiwanese and American business executives met […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China says Taiwan pineapple ban not about politics as war of words escalates

China on Monday denied accusations by Taiwan that a ban on pineapples from the island was about politics, saying it was purely a matter of biosecurity, in an escalating war of words that has added to existing tensions. China announced the ban last week, citing “harmful creatures” it said could come with the fruit, threatening […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Tension haunts tiny Taiwanese isles that live in fear of war with China

Tsai Li-chu recalls being a young mother on Taiwan’s Kinmen Island, when the shelling would start around 7pm most nights, launched from the People’s Republic of China just a few miles over the sea. “I remember having to run to the shelter with the kids, carrying the baby,” says Tsai, now a retired teacher in […]

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