Taiwan ruling party says chief to meet China's Xi Jinping

Chinese President and Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will hold talks with the chairman of Taiwan`s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in Beijing next month, the KMT said on Friday, in what would be the first meeting between the heads of the two parties.

'China leaders to meet Taiwan ruling party chief'

Leaders of China`s Communist Party will meet the chairman of Taiwan`s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party early next month, state media said Friday, amid improving relations between the political foes.

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

One man died and another was hospitalised Monday after a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan.

China's military warns about corruption on key anniversar

The Chinese military`s official newspaper issued a warning on Friday that a country riven with corruption will only face national humiliation, as it marked the 120th anniversary of a treaty that handed over control of Taiwan to Japan.

Images show China building airstrip on contested reef: Report

Recent satellite images show China has begun building its first airstrip in contested territory in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and may be working on another, a leading defense publication reported on Thursday.

China warns Taiwan opposition as it names presidential candidate

China warned Taiwan`s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday to heed the lessons of the last time it was in power and not push for independence, as the party announced its candidate for next year`s presidential election.

Taiwan opposition reveals female presidential candidate

Taiwan could be on track for its first ever female leader after the island`s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will run for president.

Veterans to attend Taiwan military parade marking defeat of Japan

 Taiwan said Tuesday hundreds of veterans who participated in the bloody battles during the Second Sino-Japanese War will be invited to the island`s first military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Japan`s defeat in 1945.

Taiwanese activists rally to keep `Sunflower` spirit alive

 Taiwanese rallied Friday to mark the anniversary of the end of the "Sunflower Movement", which saw demonstrators occupy parliament for more than three weeks in a move that shook warming relations with Beijing.

US concerned over China ''using muscle'' in ''disputed'' South China Sea

US President Barack Obama has voiced concerns over China using "sheer size and muscle" to intimidate smaller nations in the row over the South China Sea.

China cementing reach in South China Sea with civilian infrastructure

China`s plans for islands it is creating in the South China Sea show for the first time the scale of civilian architecture it will extend across the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, experts say.

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

 Taiwan`s embattled President Ma Ying-jeou said ties with China are "back to normal" after major protests against a trade pact with Beijing last year, despite continued public unease over mainland influence.

Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought

Taiwan launched water rationing in some major cities on Wednesday as the island battled its worst drought in over a decade, following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years.

Taiwan Defence Minister apologises over chopper scandal

Taiwan`s Defence Minister apologised on Tuesday after a top Apache helicopter pilot sparked a scandal by giving friends and family an illegal tour of an army base, prompting an investigation into military discipline. 

Taiwan orders military discipline review after scandals

 Taiwan`s President Ma Ying-jeou has ordered a thorough review of military discipline after scandals that sparked a public outcry, his office said Monday.

China angered after US fighter jets land in Taiwan

 China`s Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Thursday after two US fighter jets landed in Taiwan, in a rare official contact between the militaries of the United States and the self-ruled democratic island.

Taiwan welcome to join AIIB under an "appropriate name": China

 In a surprise move, China today said it welcomed Taiwan's application to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank under an "appropriate name," a day after the cash-rich island, which China views as a rebel province, applied to join the Beijing-backed institution.

First China air force drills in `far offshore` Pacific

China`s air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing`s growing military reach.

Taiwan protesters pelt eggs over China flight route

Taiwanese demonstrators threw eggs and slippers to protest against China's launch of a controversial new flight route on Sunday, accusing the government of failing to stand up to Beijing.

Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing`s criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China`s massive reclamation activities" in the waters.