Tag: China-Taiwan Tensions

China Sends Aircraft, Vessels Near Taiwan After President Tsai Writes to the Pope

Taiwan’s military detected four Chinese aircraft and three naval vessels near the island nation on Jan. 25, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, just two days after President Tsai Ing-wen wrote a letter to Pope Francis. The Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels were detected at around 6 a.m. (local time). Still, there was no trace of…


Taiwan Seeks to Boost Ties With Germany to Counter ‘Authoritarian Expansionism’

Taiwan’s president told German lawmakers on Tuesday that her nation seeks to boost ties with Germany to counter “authoritarian expansionism,” alluding to the security threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Tsai Ing-wen called on democratic countries to jointly uphold regional stability in the face of authoritarian expansion, citing the CCP’s large-scale military drills…


China Again Stages Combat Drills Around Taiwan: Over 50 Warplanes, 4 Naval Vessels Involved

Taiwan strongly condemned military combat drills held by China on Monday, the second such drills around the democratically-governed island in less than a month. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it had detected 57 Chinese aircraft and four naval vessels around Taiwan at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday, with 28 of those aircraft entering Taiwan’s air defense…


Former Australian PM Issues Warning to Beijing on Taiwan Issue

Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that a war over Taiwan will cripple China’s economy and make it suffer far more than Western countries. In a speech at the Hudson Institute on Dec. 7, Morrison warned of a “mutually assured destruction” if conflicts break out between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan Strait. “There…


Japan, Australia Sign Defense Pact Enabling Joint Measures During ‘Contingencies’

Japan and Australia have signed a joint security pact allowing them to consult on “contingencies” that threaten their national security interests amid growing concerns over China–Taiwan tensions. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese, signed a joint declaration (pdf) in Perth on Saturday, which is an updated version of a declaration…