Asia Gambian President Adama Barrow told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that his country's previous ties with self-ruled Taiwan had been a "huge mistake", and he thanked China for all the help it had given subsequently, China said. 06 Sep 2018 07:27PM Bookmark BEIJING: Gambian President Adama Barrow told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that his country's previous ties with self-ruled Taiwan had been a "huge mistake", and he thanked China for all the help it had given subsequently, China said.China resumed ties with Gambia in 2016, after it ended formal relations with Taiwan, claimed by China as a wayward province with no right to diplomatic relations.Two other African countries have since followed suit, São Tomé and Príncipe and Burkina Faso.China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan's remaining allies - now down to just 17, most of them poor countries in the Pacific and Central America - as it seeks to limit the democratic island's … [Read more...] about Gambia president tells China previous Taiwan ties a ‘huge mistake’
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If there’s anything China and Taiwan can agree on, it’s that the contested scattered islands in the South China Sea are Chinese territory. But while China flexes its muscles to assert authority over the islands, making the maritime region into a geo-strategic hotspot, Taiwan has no such ambitions. When the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in July 2016 in favor of the Philippines against China’s claims, the Office of Taiwan’s president rejected the verdict in terms similar to Beijing. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The court found that China has no “historical right” based on its so-called nine-dash line map that encompasses nearly 90% of the South China Sea, including most of the maritime region’s islands. China responded by saying it would not abide by the ruling, which it hasn’t judging by its recent moves to militarize the various features it claims in the area. Taiwan, … [Read more...] about Why China and Taiwan agree on the South China Sea
While the media continue to focus on developments from the recent summit between Pyongyang and Seoul and the upcoming meeting between Pyongyang and Washington, Beijing has taken advantage of the diversion to increase pressure on Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a highly-charged speech before the National People’s Congress, warned that Beijing was ready to fight its enemies in a “bloody battle” to regain its past glory and preserve its empire. Subsequently, an editorial in the Global Times, a state-owned but unofficial outlet for ideas that Beijing wishes to float for reaction, said China must prepare for a “direct military clash in the Taiwan Straits”. These are not just words. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In fact, Taiwan is indeed beginning to openly discuss full independence. It is noteworthy that Xi has stated that resolution of the issue of Taiwan cannot be left to the future. In recent weeks, … [Read more...] about China threatens Taiwan, but how far will Beijing go?
China has lived with Taiwan just miles off its shores as an existential threat to the ruling communist party for years, but lately rhetoric has heated up and China’s military has become more powerful. A cyberwarfare expert told Business Insider that China would likely kick off a fight to take Taiwan by attacking the US with a devastating cyber attack. This model follows how Russia took over Crimea in 2014, and most top military experts look at it as the future of warfare. China’s has long lived with what it considers an existential threat just a few miles off its shores, the breakaway province of Taiwan, a democratically ruled island whose very existence scares China’s ruling communist party to its core. But with President Donald Trump’s friendly approach to the island, and a new, pro-independence government in power in Taipei, China has been seen flexing its military muscle and talking … [Read more...] about Why a future fight between China and Taiwan might open with a devastating blow to a US city
Hong Kong’s Tsui Wah and Taiwan’s Wu Pao Chun are coming to Singapore. Tsui Wah Facebook page and Wu Pao Chun Facebook page It’s only March but 2018 is already turning out to be an exciting one for Singapore foodies. Just last Friday (Mar 9), Jumbo Group announced it would be bringing the enormously popular Tsui Wah brand from Hong Kong to Singapore. But aside from Tsui Wah, other famous food names from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China have also made their way (or are making their way) to our shores in 2018. If food is always at the top of your itinerary when travelling to these ethnic Chinese destinations, you’ll soon be spoilt for choice. Here’s a look at 5 Chinese and Taiwan food names that you can finally explore without having to leave Singapore: Coming soon: Wu Pao Chun There are often long queues outside Taiwanese baker Wu Pao Chun’s stores. The 48-year-old gained fame when he won the prestigious Bakery World Cup in Paris back in 2010. One of the … [Read more...] about Singapore is getting its own Tsui Wah and Wu Pao Chun – here are 5 food brands from China and Taiwan to watch out for in 2018