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Taiwan-China relations since 1949

As tensions spike between mainland Taiwan-China, here are key dates in decades of fraught relations: Taiwan-China relations - 1949 separation Mao Zedong's communists take power in Beijing in October 1949 after defeating Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists in a civil war. The...

China-Taiwan Conflict: Taiwan leader says island will not bow to China

Taiwan will not bow to pressure by Beijing and will defend its democratic way of life, President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday on China-Taiwan Conflict, following a spike in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence zone. Self-governed Taiwan's 23...

Biden criticises China’s ‘coercive’ actions across Taiwan Strait

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday criticised Beijing's "coercive" actions across the Taiwan Strait in an address to a summit of Asia-Pacific nations also attended by China's premier. Tensions have soared as Beijing steps up air incursions near Taiwan, a...

Wuhan Marathon postponed after China Covid-19 surge

The Wuhan Marathon, which had been due to take place Sunday, has been postponed at short notice as worries increase over a coronavirus resurgence in China ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. China reported 26 new domestic Covid-19 cases...

China passes law to reduce pressure on children from homework

China passed a law Saturday to limit the pressure on children from homework and after-school tutoring, state media said, as the country reforms its ultra-competitive education system. The government has imposed several rules in recent months aimed at combating activities...

Resolve Myanmar crisis or risk it becoming Asean’s first failed state, Syed Hamid tells regional leaders ahead of weekend summit

KUALA LUMPUR -- Strong and decisive leadership decisions, and calls for an immediate cessation of violence must be top priorities for Asean leaders meeting in Jakarta this weekend, or they risk seeing Myanmar relegated to the region's first failed...

China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China's export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the coronavirus outbreak that had brought activity to a near halt. Electronics and textile exports such...

Regional powers to pressure Myanmar junta over deadly crackdown

Myanmar's junta will face regional pressure Tuesday to end a deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters, after some Southeast Asian powers broke diplomatic traditions and delivered unusually harsh rebukes. Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc...

Canada to get vaccines from India, Trudeau confirms

India -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that his country could receive Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in India, though discussions in that regard remain in progress. During the course of a media interaction in Ottawa on Friday, Trudeau said,...

Has China bitten off more than it can chew?

India -- I have argued before that in advancing its territorial claims, China uses carefully calibrated tactics. Each move it makes may not be threatening enough to invite a significant military response, but several incremental actions cumulatively lead to...
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