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China Is Furious About Bill Congress Approved Unanimously

State-run media says Taiwan bill could trigger war

(Newser) - A bill awaiting President Trump's signature has angered China so much that the state-run China Daily warns it could trigger war over the island Beijing still considers a renegade province. The Taiwan Travel Act , which passed the Senate with unanimous consent Thursday and earlier passed the House without opposition,... More »

After Quake, at Least 40 Trapped in Sliding Building

At least 6 died in early morning Taiwan quake

(Newser) - Rescuers were working Wednesday to try to reach people who were trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 88 are missing in the quake, the AP reports. Video footage and photos... More »

Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Buildings Tilted

So far, 2 are dead and more than 100 injured

(Newser) - A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said. The Central News Agency reports that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district, had caved in and people were believed to be trapped... More »

Taiwan's New Passports Had One Big Problem

They used a photo of Dulles airport in DC, not one in Taiwan; official resigns

(Newser) - An official in Taiwan has stepped down from her post after what looks to be a multimillion-dollar mistake involving hundreds of thousands of passports. Focus Taiwan reports that Agnes Chen, the chief of the country's Bureau of Consular Affairs, resigned Wednesday after it was discovered the nation's new... More »

Taiwan: Rescued US Sailors Are Telling Tall Tales

Government says Taiwanese fishing crew didn't try to kill Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava

(Newser) - If you're attempting to keep up with the story of two American women who were rescued after five months at sea, but whose tale keeps taking weird turns, there's an update. The government of Taiwan says that, no, the Taiwanese fishing crew that spotted the women afloat last... More »

2 Lawmakers Try to Curb Trump's Ability to Start a War

Democrats worried about his rhetoric against North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have not traded public threats of late, but it's still been a busy week in terms of North Korean developments. Defense chief James Mattis visited the DMZ, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sees a potential ally in India, and two Democratic lawmakers aim... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

'Wrong Move': China Blasts $1.4B US-Taiwan Arms Deal

The timing is key

(Newser) - The State Department announced Thursday that the US has reached a $1.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan; a source tells CNN it includes the sale of advanced missiles and torpedoes and technical support for early warning radar. Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said Friday it is "sincerely grateful"... More »

One of Taiwan's Major Allies Just Switched Sides

Panama switches recognition to Beijing

(Newser) - Panama switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China on Tuesday, dealing a major victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory. In Panama, President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change, which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan, saying in a... More »

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 »

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