News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox


Seeking Taiwan independence is a dead end, says China

This month, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved sales of weapons requested by Taiwan, including tanks and Stinger missiles estimated to be worth about $2.2 billion.

Jul 24, 2019, 12:06 PM IST

Taiwan president wins ruling party's nomination for 2020 election

Tsai beat her former premier, William Lai, in a national tally for the party`s primary race, Cho Jung-Tai, chairman of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, told reporters.

Jun 13, 2019, 12:02 PM IST

China signals won't follow Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage

China, which claims Taiwan as its own sacred territory, has a thriving gay scene in major cities, but there has been little sign that the ruling Communist Party will legalise same sex marriage.

May 29, 2019, 11:06 AM IST

Taiwan celebrates Asia's first same-sex marriages as couples tie knot

More than 360 same-sex couples married on Friday, according to government data, after years of heated debate over marriage equality that has divided the self-ruled and democratic island.

May 24, 2019, 14:17 PM IST

In first for Asia, Taiwan parliament endorses same-sex marriage

Despite heavy rain, some demonstrators outside parliament in Taipei, the capital, embraced tearfully while others hailed the vote with chants of "Asia`s first," and "Way to go, Taiwan!"

May 17, 2019, 11:57 AM IST

Taiwan president says island not intimidated by Chinese military drills

China`s People`s Liberation Army said its warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft had conducted "necessary drills" around Taiwan on Monday, though it described them as routine. 

Apr 16, 2019, 09:45 AM IST

China destroys 30,000 world maps for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh, Taiwan as part of its territory

Customs officials in China have destroyed 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of its territory, according to a media report. 

Mar 26, 2019, 12:02 PM IST

US Navy ships pass through strategic Taiwan Strait, riling China

The US Navy`s passage through the Taiwan Strait also came just days before a summit between Trump and North Korea`s Kim Jong Un.

Feb 26, 2019, 10:11 AM IST

Taiwan unveils Asia's first draft law on same-sex marriage

Premier Su Tseng-chang said the bill respected the referendum results, although activists had said a separate law for gay marriage was discriminatory.

Feb 21, 2019, 12:16 PM IST

US warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

The move will likely be viewed in Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump`s government amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.

Jan 25, 2019, 10:36 AM IST

Taiwan says it won't bow to pressure amid China tension

Beijing has stepped up pressure on Taiwan since Tsai, from the pro-independence ruling party, took office in 2016.

Jan 17, 2019, 09:57 AM IST

China warns India, US against transferring submarine technology to Taiwan

Beijing has issued a statement warning the US and India against transferring technology to Taiwan for producing submarines.  

Jan 14, 2019, 17:05 PM IST

US urges China to stop coercing Taiwan

Over the last two years, the US has approved several pro-Taiwan laws to encourage more exchanges between officials of the two countries.

Jan 10, 2019, 15:27 PM IST

Taiwan train crash kills 18, injures 168 in deadliest rail tragedy in decades

Eighteen people died and 168 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday

Oct 21, 2018, 20:24 PM IST

Taiwan train accident kills at least 17, injures 126

The accident took place on Sunday afternoon in Yilan County near the coast, with several carriages overturned on a railway popular among tourists.

Oct 21, 2018, 17:58 PM IST

An island country of 12,000 stands up to China, demands apology for envoy's 'bullying'

Following protocol, Nauru's President Baron Waqa refused to let China's envoy speak before PM of Tuvalu at the  Pacific Islands Forum. He later described him as "very insolent" and a "bully".

Sep 06, 2018, 11:11 AM IST

Miss Deaf Asia wants to go to Italy, walk at world fashion show

Coming from a small town in Madhya Pradesh, Deshna Jain became Miss India Deaf 2018 and represented the country at international platforms.

Jul 18, 2018, 15:05 PM IST

Taiwan becomes Chinese Taipei for Air India, China welcomes move

 Air India's spokesperson said it followed the procedure as advised by the Ministry of External Affairs in updating its website with respect to changing name of Taiwan.

Jul 05, 2018, 18:20 PM IST

China says not scared after reported US bomber trip over South China Sea

Two aircraft reportedly flew within the vicinity of the Spratly Islands, where China has reclaimed land and built runways and other facilities on disputed reefs and small islands.

Jun 06, 2018, 15:08 PM IST

Australia criticises China pressure for Qantas to change website on Taiwan

China has put pressure on international airline companies to not refer to Taiwan as a sovereign country. 

Jun 05, 2018, 13:57 PM IST