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Taiwan: Country in East Asia
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. The island of Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometres (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanised population is concentrated. Taipei is the capital and largest metropolitan area. Other major cities include Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.7 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated states, and is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

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Taiwan leader rejects China's 'one country, two systems' offer

Taiwan's president rejected on Thursday a "one country, two systems" formula that Beijing has suggested could be used to unify the island and the mainland, saying such an arrangement had set Hong Kong..
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Taiwan vows to defend its sovereignty amid China pressure

President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Thursday to defend Taiwan's sovereignty, saying her government would defend freedom and democracy as Beijing ramps up pressure on the self-ruled island it considers a..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Taiwan

Oil drops 2% as trade war rumbles on and output swells [Video]Oil drops 2% as trade war rumbles on and output swells

Oil prices fell by 2% on Tuesday, weighed down by rising OPEC and Russian oil output as well as the protracted U.S.-China trade dispute that has dragged on the global economy. David Pollard reports.

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China calls Prague council's move to cancel pact a 'breach of faith'

China hit back on Wednesday at a decision by the Prague city council to cancel a partnership agreement with Beijing that would have required it to commit to the "one China" principle affirming that..
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Prague city council moves to axe partnership with Beijing

Prague city council voted on Monday to cancel a partnership agreement with Beijing after it failed to remove an article requiring it commit to the "one China" principle, which refers to China’s..
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Taiwan says China is an 'authoritarian' threat in the Pacific

Taiwan said on Monday China was practicing "authoritarian expansionism" in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched..
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Taiwan divers search for trapped fisherman after bridge collapse kills five

Rescuers in Taiwan searched on Wednesday for the last fisherman believed to have been crushed in his boat when a bridge collapsed into a harbor, killing at least five people, as questions were raised..
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Six crew still feared trapped in boats hours after Taiwan bridge collapse

Six fishermen were believed trapped in boats twelve hours after a bridge collapsed into a harbor in northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday, injuring 10 other people as it crushed several fishing boats.
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Taiwan bridge collapse crushes fishing boats, six crew feared trapped

A bridge collapsed into a harbor in northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday, injuring ten people as it crushed several fishing boats, with six crew feared trapped, authorities said.
Reuters - Published

Taiwan condemns China's 'dictatorship' on 70th anniversary of communist rule

Taiwan's government on Tuesday condemned China's "dictatorship" on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, saying the country was a threat to peace and trying to find excuses for..
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Singer attacked with paint at pro-Hong Kong democracy rally in Taiwan

Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho was attacked on Sunday by a masked man who threw red paint at her at a rally in Taiwan held in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
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'We shall never surrender': Sydney and Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

More than a thousand people have rallied through Sydney's streets in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
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China restores ties with Kiribati, site of space tracking station

China and the Pacific island state of Kiribati restored diplomatic ties on Friday after the former diplomatic ally of Taiwan abandoned Taipei.
Reuters - Published

Nauru backs Taiwan after two Pacific nations switch diplomatic ties to China

The tiny Pacific country of Nauru will retain long-standing ties with Taiwan, its president said on Thursday, a welcome boost for Taipei after two regional nations switched diplomatic relations to..
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Marshall Islands shows support for Taiwan after neighbors favor China

The Marshall Islands confirmed its diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Wednesday, a welcome show of support for President Tsai Ing-wen who has seen two other Pacific nations drop ties in favor of China in a..
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China sees Kiribati ties soon, no word on space tracking station

China will formally resume ties soon with Kiribati, the foreign ministry said on Monday, following the Pacific island state's decision to ditch relations with Taiwan.
Reuters - Published

China's Pacific influence grows as it signs up new friend in Solomon Islands

China and former Taiwan ally the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties on Saturday in a sign of Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific that has angered Washington, with a top Chinese diplomat..
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Kiribati says national interest behind cutting Taiwan ties in favor of China

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati acted in its best national interest when it severed ties with Taiwan and re-established diplomatic relations with China, the office of Kiribati's president said on..
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China, Solomon Islands establish ties as Taiwan's allies dwindle

China and the Solomon Islands signed an agreement on Saturday to establish diplomatic ties after the Pacific island nation ditched relations with Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a Chinese province and..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan says China lures Kiribati with airplanes after losing another ally

China offered airplanes and ferries to lure the Pacific island nation of Kiribati into switching diplomatic relations, Taiwan said on Friday, as the self-ruled island lost another ally to Chinese..
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Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, losing another ally amid Chinese pressure on the nations that have diplomatic relations with the self-ruled..
Reuters - Published

Tuvalu parliament picks new PM in potential blow for Taiwan

Newly installed lawmakers of the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, a potential blow for ally Taiwan, which had diplomatic ties to another Pacific island..
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Exclusive: Pence rebuffs Solomon Islands PM after nation cuts ties with Taiwan

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has declined to meet Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare after the nation cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China this week, a senior U.S. administration..
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Solomons to have 'unprecedented' development opportunities, China says

The Solomon Islands will have unprecedented development opportunities now that it has ditched ties with Taiwan in favor of China, Beijing said on Tuesday, a major victory for China in its campaign to..
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In a surprise move, Foxconn's Gou drops Taiwan's presidential bid

Terry Gou, founder of Apple supplier Foxconn , said on Monday he will not contest in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, in a surprise move amid rising tension with China.
Reuters - Published

Taiwan says China meddling with elections after Solomon Islands cuts ties

Taiwan accused China on Monday of trying to influence its presidential and legislative elections after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei.
Reuters - Published

Solomon Islands breaks ties with Taiwan after Chinese 'dollar diplomacy'

The Solomon Islands' government has cut official ties with Taiwan in a new blow to President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January amid rising tension with China.
Reuters - Published

Taiwan president condemns China's 'dollar diplomacy' as Solomon Islands switches allegiance to Beijing

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday condemned China's "dollar diplomacy" to squeeze the self-ruled island's international space after the Solomon Islands switched allegiance to Beijing.
Reuters - Published

Solomon Islands votes to cut ties with Taiwan amid China tension: official media

The Solomon Islands' government has voted to cut official ties with Taiwan, its official Central News Agency reported on Monday, as China puts pressure on countries that continue to maintain diplomatic..
Reuters - Published

Solomons task force recommends switch from Taiwan to Beijing

A Solomon Islands task force recommended to the government on Friday that the South Pacific archipelago sever its long-standing ties with Taiwan and normalize diplomatic relations with Beijing.
Reuters - Published

U.S. officials urge caution as Solomons considers cutting Taiwan link

U.S. officials have warned the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding promises and not to be pressed into cutting ties with Taiwan, in comments highlighting increasing big-power competition for..
Reuters - Published

Foxconn's Gou quits Taiwan's KMT, paving way for presidential bid

Terry Gou, the founder of Apple supplier Foxconn, quit Taiwan's main opposition party on Thursday, paving the way for a possible bid to stand in a presidential election as an independent, complicating..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan urges citizens to avoid Hong Kong and China after detention

Taiwan's ruling party on Wednesday urged citizens to avoid visiting Hong Kong after a person from Taiwan was detained in China on state security charges, as Hong Kong's protests add to already tense..
Reuters - Published

Tuvalu election puts Taiwan ties in play

The freshly elected lawmakers of the tiny Pacific country of Tuvalu are set to choose a prime minister against a backdrop of China's efforts to erode the region's traditional support for Taiwan.
Reuters - Published

Solomon Islands says 'business as usual' with Taiwan as it mulls diplomatic switch to China

Solomon Islands said on Monday that its diplomatic ties with Taiwan were stable, giving the assurance even as China woos the Pacific nation with a development fund if it switches alliance from Taipei..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan warns Solomon Islands of China 'debt trap' in diplomatic switch

Taiwan on Friday warned the Solomon Islands which intends to switch diplomatic ties to China that such a move had left some Pacific nations in a "debt trap".
Reuters - Published

Solomon Islands to sever ties with Taiwan, shift alliance to Beijing

The Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with Beijing, the leader of a high-level government team representing the South Pacific archipelago has said.
Reuters - Published

Beijing offers development fund if Solomon Islands breaks ties with Taiwan: government

China is offering to bankroll a development fund for the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific if it switches diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Beijing, a parliamentary committee in the small island nation..
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Activists urge Taiwan to join fight for Hong Kong democracy

Hong Kong activists urged Taiwan on Tuesday to help promote democracy in the Chinese-ruled city amid its worst political crisis in decades and called for a mass rally before the 70th anniversary of the..
Reuters - Published

Typhoon shuts businesses, forces flight cancellations in southern Taiwan

Taiwan braced for typhoon Bailu on Saturday, shutting businesses and schools as airlines canceled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island.
Reuters - Published

Flights canceled as Taiwan braces for typhoon

Taiwan braced for Typhoon Bailu on Friday, prompting cancellations of domestic flights amid warnings of floods and high seas on the island.
Reuters - Published

China's parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex..
Reuters - Published

State Dept approves possible $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan: Pentagon

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress.
Reuters - Published

Democratic and Republican lawmakers back $8 billion F-16 sale to Taiwan

Congress should move quickly with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan as the self-ruled island faces pressure from China's increased military presence in the region, leading U.S...
Reuters - Published

Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid China tension

Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Thursday amid rising military tensions with its giant neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and..
Reuters - Published

Coach, Givenchy in hot water over China T-shirt row

Chinese brand ambassadors of fashion labels from Coach to Givenchy have severed ties with the companies over products which they said violated China's sovereignty by identifying Hong Kong and Taiwan as..
Reuters - Published

Paid 'news': China using Taiwan media to win hearts and minds on island - sources

The articles on the website of the leading Taiwan newspaper were gushing about a new Chinese government program to lure Taiwanese entrepreneurs to the mainland.
Reuters - Published

China issues 'red alert' as super typhoon approaches mainland

China's weather bureau issued a red alert early on Friday as super typhoon Lekima approached Zhejiang province on the eastern coast, after forcing flight cancellations in Taiwan and shutting markets..
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