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Taiwan: Country in East Asia
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a country in East Asia. Neighbouring countries include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the northwest, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. The main 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 as well as the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. Other major cities include New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.57 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated countries, and is the most populous country and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

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Xi touts China's sovereignty on war anniversary [Video]

Xi touts China's sovereignty on war anniversary

Amid growing contention over the democratically-ruled island of Taiwan,Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:27Published
The hotel inspired by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea [Video]

The hotel inspired by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Guests at this luxury hotel in Taiwan can take in the sights of the aquarium with which it shares its infrastructure.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published
U.S. approves $1.8 billion Taiwan arms sale [Video]

U.S. approves $1.8 billion Taiwan arms sale

China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the United States' approval of a potential $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan would have a major impact on Sino-U.S. ties, and China will make the necessary..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:20Published
'Something close' to genocide in China's Xinjiang: WH [Video]

'Something close' to genocide in China's Xinjiang: WH

Robert O'Brien, the U.S. national security adviser, on Friday during an online event said that China was perpetrating 'something close to' a genocide with its treatment of Muslims in its Xinjiang..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published
Taiwan to strengthen defences as China tensions escalate [Video]

Taiwan to strengthen defences as China tensions escalate

In speech marking island’s National Day, President Tsai Ing-wen also called for dialogue with China.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:55Published
Would you take a “flight to nowhere”? These passengers have by enjoying a roundtrip above Taiwan [Video]

Would you take a “flight to nowhere”? These passengers have by enjoying a roundtrip above Taiwan

After flying over a Japanese island and around Taiwan twice; passengers land at the same airport from where they took off giving them a different reason to fly. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:55Published
World leaders wish Trumps well [Video]

World leaders wish Trumps well

[NFA] Domestic and world leaders, rivals and allies alike, have lined up to send their good wishes to Donald and Melania Trump after they tested positive for COVID-19. Though some were a little less..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:37Published
Watch: Massive anti-China protest outside Chinese Consulate in Toronto [Video]

Watch: Massive anti-China protest outside Chinese Consulate in Toronto

A massive anti-China protest was held outside the Chinese Consulate in Canada's Toronto. The protest was organised on the 71st National Day of People's Republic of China. Members of Hong Kong, Tibetan,..

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 01:48Published
Taiwan’s plant hunters race to protect biodiversity [Video]

Taiwan’s plant hunters race to protect biodiversity

Researchers in Taiwan are trying to collect as many rare species as they can before they are lost to climate change and human encroachment. Francesca Lynagh reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 03:03Published
China conducts more exercises near Taiwan as US official visits [Video]

China conducts more exercises near Taiwan as US official visits

China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own, says combat drills are to defend its 'sovereignty'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:00Published
Families urge China to release their relatives [Video]

Families urge China to release their relatives

A group of Hong Kong families on Saturday demanded the urgent return of their activist relatives detained last month by mainland Chinese authorities as they tried to flee the city by boat to Taiwan...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:46Published
Girl lifted in air after getting tangled in large kite in Taiwan [Video]

Girl lifted in air after getting tangled in large kite in Taiwan

A three-year-old became entangled in a large kite during a festival in Taiwan.She was swept into the air in the northern city of Hsinchu but was notinjured, her parents confirmed.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:36Published

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Taiwan to set up office to help people fleeing Hong Kong

Taiwan said on Thursday it will set up a dedicated office to help those thinking of fleeing Chinese-ruled Hong Kong as Beijing tightens its grip on the former British colony.
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Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan again, stoking tensions

Chinese air force aircraft approached Taiwan on Thursday for the fifth time in 10 days, before being warned away by Taiwanese fighters, the island's air force said, in a further ratcheting up of..
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China tells U.S. to stop interfering in its affairs, work to repair relations

China's top diplomat told his U.S. counterpart that Washington needed to respect Beijing's positions on key issues, halt its interference in issues such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang and work to..
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Taiwan warns off intruding Chinese aircraft for fourth time in nine days

Taiwan jets on Wednesday again had to warn off Chinese air force aircraft that approached the island, Taiwan's military said, the fourth such encounter in nine days as China steps up its activity near..
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Taiwan to ease virus border controls to let in some business people

Taiwan will from the start of next week ease border controls put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and will allow in business travellers from some lower-risk countries, though they will..
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Taiwan jets 'drive away' intruding Chinese fighter plane, third intrusion in days

Taiwan air force jets "drove away" a Chinese fighter plane that briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Tuesday, the defence ministry said, reporting the third intrusion in a week.
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Taiwan Black Lives Matter protest gets indigenous twist

Hundreds packed into a park in central Taipei on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest, with a group of indigenous Taiwanese given prominent billing to draw attention to discrimination against the..
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China condemns 'provocative' U.S. military flight over Taiwan

China on Thursday condemned the U.S. military for the "provocative" flight of one of its aircraft over Chinese-claimed Taiwan, saying the move infringed upon China's sovereignty and contravened..
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Taiwan scrambles to ready for influx from Hong Kong protests

Taiwan is gearing up to welcome Hong Kong people fleeing their city as China tightens its grip, but the island has little experience of handling refugees and is scrambling to prepare and to keep out..
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Czech Senate speaker to visit Taiwan in trip that could irk China

The speaker of the Czech upper house of parliament is to travel to Taiwan with a trade mission at the end of August, potentially further souring his country's relations with China which regards the..
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Defeated China-friendly Taiwan mayor says he won't contest loss

A high-profile, China-friendly Taiwan mayor who lost a recall election last week said on Tuesday he would not contest the vote in the courts, smoothing the way for an election for his replacement.
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Taiwan warns off Chinese fighters which approached island

Taiwan's air force warned off several Chinese fighter jets that briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone to its southwest on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.
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Taiwan to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Taiwan will further ease its restrictions related to control of the coronavirus, the government said on Sunday, as the island has kept the pandemic well in hand with only 6 active cases and no local..
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Taiwan opposition seeks distance from China after poll defeat

Taiwan's main opposition party moved to distance itself from China after one of its most senior officials lost a highly charged recall election, as attitudes harden towards Beijing on the democratic..
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City speaker jumps to death after Taiwan mayor recall vote

The speaker of the city council in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung jumped to his death late on Saturday after the mayor lost a highly-charged recall vote, casting a deep pall over what was an already..
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Taiwan massage parlour struggles as coronavirus cripples tourism

With Taiwan's borders closed to tourists as part of coronavirus controls, the staff at Taipei's Dynasty massage parlour have little to do all day but pace the floors, the number of clients collapsing..
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U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait on Tiananmen anniversary

A U.S. warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the U.S. and Taiwanese militaries said, on the same day as the 31st anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy..
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Carnival Corp's Princess Cruises on Thursday extended the suspension of some of its voyages in Australia, Canada and Taiwan as cruise ports around the world remain shut due to the coronavirus crisis.
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Taiwan calls on China to apologise for Tiananmen crackdown, Beijing cries 'nonsense'

Taiwan called on China on Wednesday to apologise for the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, a call dismissed as "nonsense" by China's foreign ministry.
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Taiwan recall vote stirs acrimony, brings new problems for KMT

A recall vote for a high-profile mayor is stirring political acrimony in Taiwan, with accusations of voter intimidation and official interference, and could bring new problems for the main opposition..
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Taiwan says its people won't choose dictatorship

Taiwan's people will neither choose dictatorship nor bow to violence, the government said on Friday, after a senior Chinese general said Beijing reserved the right to use force to prevent the..
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Taiwan president visits bookshop to show solidarity with Hong Kongers

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday visited a bookshop that has become a symbol of resistance to perceived Chinese encroachments on Hong Kong's liberties, vowing to give help to the city's citizens..
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Attack on Taiwan an option to stop independence, top China general says

China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country's most senior generals said on Friday, a rhetorical escalation between China and the..
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China says non-peaceful action on Taiwan is last resort

China will use all means to prevent pro-independence forces separating Taiwan from China but non-peaceful action against the Chinese-claimed island is a last resort, the ruling Communist Party's third..
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Top Chinese general says need to keep military option for Taiwan

China needs to keep both peaceful and military options to resolve the "Taiwan issue", a top Chinese general said on Friday.
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China says wants 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan

The head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday that "one country, two systems" and "peaceful reunification" is the best way to bring China and Taiwan together.
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Taiwan pledges help for fleeing Hong Kongers, riles China

Taiwan promised on Thursday to settle Hong Kongers who flee the Chinese-ruled city for political reasons, offering help from employment to counselling, and prompting angry condemnation from Beijing as..
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Premier Li: China always opposes external interference on Taiwan

China always opposes external interference when it comes to the issue of Chinese-claimed Taiwan, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday as his annual news conference.
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Taiwan eyes further U.S. arms purchases with new anti-ship missile

Taiwan plans to buy land-based Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles as part of its military modernisation efforts, its defence ministry said on Thursday, the latest purchase from the United States to..
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From settlement to counselling, Taiwan promises help for fleeing Hong Kongers

Taiwan on Thursday promised to settle Hong Kongers who flee the Chinese-ruled city due to political reasons, offering help from employment to counselling as China pushes new security legislation that..
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Taiwan president pledges humanitarian relief for Hong Kongers

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday pledged to draw up a plan to give humanitarian relief to people involved in pro-democracy protests in Taiwan's most concrete intervention since a renewal..
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Taiwan considers revoking Hong Kong's special status on law fears

China's planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, President Tsai Ing-wen said, a move that could anger Beijing and make it harder for Hong..
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Taiwan promises 'necessary assistance' to Hong Kong's people

Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with "necessary assistance", President Tsai Ing-wen said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese ruled territory against newly proposed national..
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China diplomat says U.S. should not challenge China's red line on Taiwan

The United States should not challenge China's red line on Chinese-claimed Taiwan, the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.
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China drops word 'peaceful' in latest push for Taiwan 'reunification'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left out the word "peaceful" on Friday in referring to Beijing's desire to "reunify" with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, an apparent policy shift that comes as ties with Taipei..
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Taiwan urges China to start dialogue with Hong Kong people

Taiwan urged China on Friday to "sincerely start a dialogue" with people in Hong Kong after China proposed new national security legislation for the former British colony.
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China to encourage Taiwan's people to promote 'reunification'

China will encourage the people of Taiwan to join it in opposing the island's independence and promoting China's "reunification", Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, a move likely to worsen..
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Taiwan urges China not to lead Hong Kong into 'bigger turmoil'

Taiwan's government urged China on Friday not to lead Hong Kong into "bigger turmoil" due to wrong policy decisions, after China proposed new national security legislation for the former British..
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U.S. to sell Taiwan $180 million of torpedoes, angering China

The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims..
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China complains to U.S. about planned Taiwan arms sale

China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had lodged "solemn representations" with the United States to complain about a planned U.S. sale of advanced torpedoes to Chinese-claimed Taiwan.
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China says Pompeo's congratulations to Taiwan seriously damaged relations

China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seriously damaged the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and China-U.S. relations by making a congratulatory..
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Taiwan president rejects Beijing rule; China says 'reunification' inevitable

Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its "one country, two systems" offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China's sovereignty claims and likely..
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China's Taiwan affairs office says reunification is natural trend

"Reunification" of Taiwan with the mainland is the natural trend of history and efforts to seek independence for the island are a dead-end, China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday.
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Taiwan president rejects Chinese rule, calls for talks to coexist

Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its "one country, two systems" offer of autonomy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, in a strong rejection of China's sovereignty claim, but..
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Taiwan president says wants talks with China, but not 'one country, two systems'

Taiwan wants dialogue with China but cannot accept its proposal for "one country, two systems", President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday after being inagurated for her second and final term in office.
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China protests at support of U.S. and others for Taiwan at WHO

The Chinese envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday denounced the support shown by the United States and others to Taiwan during its annual ministerial assembly and said that was..
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U.S. praises Taiwan's coronavirus response, hails 'shared vision'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday congratulated Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen on her recent re-election, praised its response to the coronavirus crisis and called Taiwan, claimed by..
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After WHO setback, Taiwan president to press for global participation

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Taiwan tells U.S. it is complying with North Korea sanctions

Taiwan is complying with international sanctions against North Korea, a senior Taiwanese security official told the United States' deputy representative for North Korea on Tuesday, having previously..
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