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Taiwan's Top Court Just Issued a Milestone Gay Ruling

It recognizes same-sex marriage

(Newser) - In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a years-long campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies, per the AP . In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current... More »

First Asian Country to Ban Dog, Cat Meat

Taiwan's legislature passes the measure

(Newser) - A big win for animal rights activists—and a bigger win for dogs and cats—in Taiwan. With the legislature's approval of an amendment to the country's Animal Protection Act, Taiwan appears on track to become the first country in Asia to ban the possession, sale, purchase, and... More »

Boss Walks Woman Down Aisle When Dad Refuses

He was 'very supportive' of gay wedding ceremony

(Newser) - Jennifer and Sam share the same blood type and birth date, down to the year, but that's not what makes them a perfect match. In a video posted to YouTube by Jennifer's employer, HSBC Bank—pointed out by Mashable —the Taiwanese couple explain they make each other... More »

Trump Talks to Xi, Grants 'One China' Request

President pledges to keep long-standing policy

(Newser) - A day after offering belated Chinese New Year greetings , President Trump gave Beijing something more substantial: his assurances that he respects America's long-standing "one China" policy and plans to adhere to it. Trump had his first conversation with China's President Xi Jinping late Thursday and the White... More »

Vet Couldn't Bear to Kill Them, but Couldn't Bear Not To

Taiwanese veterinarian kills herself with animal euthanasia drug; a year later, a law

(Newser) - The BBC notes that Chien Chih-cheng may have been "in the wrong job at the wrong time." That might be debatable, but what isn't is the fact that the Taiwanese veterinarian and animal lover met an awful fate last May when she killed herself, using the drug... More »

Foxconn Considers $7B US Plant

Taiwanese company says it could create 50K jobs

(Newser) - The Taiwanese company that assembles Apple's iPhones and other electronics is considering investing $7 billion in a US factory to produce display panels that would create as many as 50,000 jobs. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou discussed the potential expansion Sunday during a company meeting in Taiwan, the AP... More »

China Wants This Guy Kept Out of Inauguration

Says ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, rest of Taiwan delegation should be barred from event

(Newser) - A tense political triangle just got even stickier in advance of Donald Trump's inauguration. China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the US shouldn't allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend Friday's ceremony, Reuters reports. This request was passed to both the Trump transition team and to President Obama'... More »

Trump Signals Policy Shifts on Russia, China

He's keeping sanctions, but maybe not for long

(Newser) - Donald Trump dropped some big hints about changes to US policy on its biggest world rivals in a Wall Street Journal interview released Friday evening. On Russia, Trump said he is planning to keep the latest American sanctions in place "at least for a period of time," but... More »

Texas Gov Gave Taiwan's President a 'Humiliating' Gift

It was a clock, which symbolizes end of life to Taiwanese

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott managed to not only slight China by meeting Taiwan's president on Sunday, he managed to step in it with Taiwan's president, too, reports Mashable . During the meeting, Tsai Ing-wen gave Abbott a vase, and Abbott in turn presented her with a clock decorated with... More »

Ted Cruz Irks China, Meets Taiwan Leader

Move comes amid tense relations after Trump phone call

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has joined his rival-turned-ally Donald Trump in tweaking China . The Texas senator met with Taiwan's president Sunday when she stopped in Houston on her way to Central America, reports the AP . Cruz made a point to show that he was defying the wishes of China in doing... More »

China 'Seriously Concerned' About Latest Trump Comments

They are serious about 'One China'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is getting pilloried for a number of comments made during his extensive interview on Fox News Sunday, among them his view on intelligence briefings and his "massive landslide victory ... in the Electoral College" (the latter not so much, historically speaking .) But not all the response is... More »

GOP Elder Statesman Was Behind Trump's Taiwan Call

It was Bob Dole

(Newser) - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen initiated the phone call with Donald Trump , but Bob Dole was the architect. As a lobbyist for law firm Alston & Bird—to which the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US paid $140,000 from May to October—the former Republican senator worked... More »

Trump Steps Up Criticism of China

Insiders say Taiwan call was part of the plan

(Newser) - The Donald Trump phone conversation that led to an official complaint from Beijing was a calculated move, not an innocent congratulatory call or a blunder made by a man with no knowledge of foreign policy, insiders tell the Washington Post . Instead, the provocative conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was... More »

Dilbert Creator: How Trump's Taiwan Call Makes 'Perfect Sense'

Scott Adams explains the 'Master Persuader' move

(Newser) - The mainstream media is reporting Donald Trump's phone call with the President of Taiwan as a bad move, something sure to anger China and "exactly the sort of thing that leads to nuclear annihilation," writes Scott Adams on his blog . But remember, this same mainstream media doesn'... More »

China Lodges Complaint Over Trump Taiwan Call

This could be a 'wake-up call for Beijing'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has broken with 37 years of US diplomatic policy on Taiwan —and China is fuming. Beijing lodged an official diplomatic protest Saturday over Trump's phone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, which is believed to be the first time in 37 years that a US president... More »

Trump Just Broke With 37 Years of US Diplomatic Policy

And China really isn't going to like it

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China, the AP reports. It is highly unusual, perhaps unprecedented, for a US president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island the US broke diplomatic ties... More »

Gay Marriage Taboo Is About to Fall in Asia

Taiwan poised to be first Asian country to allow it

(Newser) - Despite recent gains for the LGBT community in the US and Europe, same-sex marriage remains banned throughout Asia. But that could soon change. Three bills in the works in Taiwan— under the leadership of its first female head of state, who expressed support for same-sex marriage just last month—would... More »

Taiwanese Missile Travels Third of Way to China, Kills 1

It hit a fishing boat 46 miles away

(Newser) - In an accident that is unlikely to do anything good for China-Taiwan relations, a Taiwanese naval ship docked in the southern city of Kaohsiung mistakenly fired a supersonic missile toward China during a training exercise Friday, killing one. Officials say the missile—built to destroy ships—traveled almost a third... More »

Courtroom Shocker: Man Hears Sentence, Kills Himself

US man living in Taiwan had just been handed 4-year sentence on drug conviction

(Newser) - A despondent reaction in a Taiwanese courtroom Thursday morning left a 41-year-old American dead. After he was handed a four-year sentence on a drug conviction, Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself, the Washington Post reports. Per the Taipei Times , a judge had just informed Marhanka of his punishment for growing pot... More »

Taiwan President 'Extreme' Because She's Single: China Op-Ed

Tsai Ing-wen also labeled 'emotional,' 'erratic' in 'chauvinistic' Xinhua opinion piece

(Newser) - Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in Friday as Taiwan's first female president, and she's already been labeled "extreme" by the news agency for China's Communist Party—in large part because she's not married, the Guardian reports. The Xinhua-run International Herald Leader ran an opinion piece accusing... More »

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