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  • 2 US Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait

    10/22/2018 3:47:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    abc ^ | Oct 22, 2018, 4:05 PM ET | Luis Martinez
    “USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait Transit on Oct. 22, in accordance with international law,” said Cmdr. Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he added. “The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.” A similar transit by two U.S. destroyers occurred in July, the first time the Navy had carried out a mission like that in more than a year.
  • Train Derails in Taiwan — Killing 22 People and Injuring 171

    10/21/2018 8:17:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    KTLA ^ | 10/21/2018
    The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan’s southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50 p.m., the Taiwan central government said in a statement. The National Fire Agency cited the Cabinet spokesman’s office as saying 22 people were killed and 171 injured. .... “Their train car turned over. They were crushed, so they died right away,” Chen said. Soldiers have been removing bodies to identify them, he added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work. Photos from the scene just south of the city of...
  • Taiwan accuses Beijing of trying to make it ‘irrelevant’ with Vatican deal

    10/04/2018 2:04:12 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    South China Morning Post ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | Reuters
    The Vatican is Taiwan’s last remaining diplomatic ally in Europe. The self-ruled island has formal relations with 16 other countries, many of them small, less-developed nations in Central America and the Pacific. “Communist China remains committed to making the Taiwan people irrelevant to the United Nations and to excluding Taiwan from playing a meaningful role both in the United Nations family and in the international communities." Matthew Lee, Taiwan’s envoy to the Vatican, made the dig in a speech during a reception marking Taiwan’s national day that was attended by Vatican officials, including several directly involved in the negotiations with...
  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • China – not North Korea – is our biggest threat to peace, South Koreans say

    10/03/2018 2:02:22 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 3 Oct 2018 | Lee Jeong Ho
    China is the country presenting the biggest barrier to peace on the Korean peninsula, surpassing North Korea for the first time, according to a new poll of South Korean citizens. China “does not want inter-Korean reunification”, according to 91 per cent of respondents, compared with 90, 88 and 53 per cent for Japan, Russia and the United States respectively. In the survey, released on Tuesday by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University, 46 per cent of respondents viewed China as “the most threatening country to peace on the Korean peninsula”, a dramatic increase from...
  • Feinstein Plays Unbilled Role in Taiwan Dispute

    09/24/2018 4:27:38 PM PDT · by ptsal · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 22-March-1996 | Edwin chen
    WASHINGTON — Over the years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has come to view herself as a China hand. And now, amid mounting tensions between China and Taiwan, the California Democrat is increasingly asserting herself behind the scenes as a would-be peacemaker. In the process, Feinstein is playing on a rare set of personal relationships that she has nurtured with the three men now at the center of the standoff: the presidents of China, Taiwan and the United States. To each, Feinstein has been dispensing strong and unequivocal advice. "I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese," Feinstein...
  • Chinese control of South China Sea ‘short of war’ is complete

    09/24/2018 2:58:27 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 59 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/24/18 | USA Features
    In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in June, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that Bejing “cannot lose even one inch of the territory” in the South China Sea. That’s about as plain a warning as one gets: China will defend, militarily, it’s outsized claims in a body of water through which one-third of all global trade passes. The U.S. would have little difficulty in taking out militarily significant targets on any of the islands in question. But that’s not really the point. Through the construction of these artificial islands-turned-military bases, China acted brazenly but in a calculated...
  • Cody Wilson, gun entrepreneur accused of sex with minor, left US for Taiwan, officials say

    09/20/2018 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2018 | Samual Chamberlain
    Cody Wilson, the owner of a company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant accusing him of sex with an underage girl, has left the U.S. and was last known to be in Taiwan, investigators in Texas said Wednesday.Austin Police Cmdr. Troy Officer told reporters that the department was working with national and international law enforcement to locate Wilson, whom Officer said missed a scheduled return flight to the U.S.Officer said it was unclear why Wilson went to Taiwan, but he added that a friend of the 16-year-old alleged victim told Wilson that he was...
  • The Cost of Defending Taiwan

    09/16/2018 10:28:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 14, 2018 | Malcolm Davis
    Taiwan is a country under siege as it faces the prospect of eventual reunification with China, on China’s terms, and potentially as soon as 2021—the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • US recalls diplomats from countries that abandoned Taiwan for China

    09/08/2018 2:59:00 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 21 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/8/18 | USA Features
    Analysis: As the Trump administration continues to express greater support for Taiwan, China is exerting more effort in peeling away as many of Taiwan’s remaining 17 allies as it can, as a way to further isolate the island. Moving into regions so close, geographically and politically, to Washington is akin to the Soviet Union moving into traditional U.S. zones of influence in the Caribbean (Cuba) and Latin America during the Cold War.
  • Taiwan to make English an official second language next year: Premier Lai

    08/27/2018 11:12:06 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2018/08/27 12:22 | Huang Tzu-ti
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will adopt a top-down approach to promoting bilingualism centered on Chinese and English as soon as next year in a bid to boost international competitiveness, said Premier William Lai (賴清德). In an interview with UDN, Lai remarked that the government is heeding public calls to help improve English proficiency for the people of Taiwan, citing a proposition regarding the issue jointly submitted by some members of the Academia Sinica to President Tsai Ing-wen. During his stint as the Mayor of Tainan City, Lai spent a decade implementing English as the second official language for the...
  • not forsaken but Esteemed[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/21/2018 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I have not forsaken you, even now you stand in my courts beside me as I in all My majesty release my justice and blessings . You see you are on display in my courts as one wise and esteemed for you know IAM and in the precipise of this revelation all of creation stands before The living God awaiting My desire for I AM All in All and this is who you know to be True and Faithfull as Creator Lord and God . Yahweh is My name and there is nothing before I AM. Therfore fear not oh...
  • Edward Lin Will Serve 6 Years for Mishandling Classified Information, Not Reporting Foreign Contacts

    08/20/2018 10:39:29 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | June 2, 2017 7:45 PM • Updated: June 5, 2017 1:54 PM | Sam LaGrone
    NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy officer who pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information and not reporting foreign contacts will serve 6 years of confinement and will be dismissed from the Navy, a military judge ruled in a Friday sentencing hearing. Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin, 40, was sentenced to a nine-year sentence with the last three years suspended as part of a pre-trial agreement with the government. Along with a 646-day credit for time served in pre-trial confinement, Lin could be released from the brig in about four years. He pleaded guilty last month to mishandling classified information, not...
  • Ackuretta Launches New 3D Printing Ceramic Resin

    08/19/2018 9:54:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    All 3DP ^ | August 18, 2018 | Hanna Watkin
    Ackuretta, the manufacturer of high-precision prosumer grade Digital Light Processing 3D printers based in Taipei, Taiwan, announced the addition of a new ceramic resin to its Qura resin line. For anyone wanting to create ceramic 3D prints, choosing the right material is mandatory. There’s now a new contender to this market too, the Ackuretta ceramic resin. The new resin from the Digital Light Processing 3D printer manufacturer is part of its Qura resin line. The company is describing its new material as an “advanced” and “pioneering” ceramic resin. Ackuretta explains in a press release: “While traditionally ceramic parts required expensive...
  • Made in Taiwan - Freddy Lim

    08/17/2018 9:17:17 AM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Your Welcome ^ | August 15 2016 | Michael Malice
    On this episode of “YOUR WELCOME”, Michael Malice sits down at the Taiwanese embassy with politician, death metal singer and independence activist Freddy Lim. Lim is frontman of Chthonic, as well as cofounder of the New Power Party and currently serves in the Taiwanese parliament.
  • China’s bullying of Taiwan highlights its helplessness against the drift of Taiwanese society

    08/10/2018 12:59:44 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 30 July, 2018, 5:02pm | J. Michael Cole
    The election of Tsai Ing-wen of the Taiwan-centric Democratic Progressive Party in January 2016 marked the end of a phase in cross-strait relations when Beijing still believed in the possibility of winning the hearts and minds of the Taiwanese through “goodwill” and economic incentives. Since then, Beijing has embraced a strategy that seeks to corner, isolate and punish Taiwan for its intransigence on the unification question. Although many would ascribe that change in attitude to the 2016 elections and blame the Tsai administration’s refusal to acknowledge the so-called “1992 consensus” for the souring relations, this reckoning actually occurred earlier –...
  • Taiwan to aid businesses transferring production bases as US-China trade conflict escalates: MOEA

    08/05/2018 7:25:09 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 5 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2018/08/02 | Huang Tzu-ti
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalating, Taiwan will adopt a two-pronged approach to assist affected industries, including efforts to ensure a smooth transfer of their production lines from China back to Taiwan or southward, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Thursday. As the U.S. is set to hit US$200 billion-worth of imports from China with a hike in tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent, Shen remarked that Taiwanese businesses whose end market is the U.S. are most likely to bear the brunt of the impact, such as internet and telecommunication...
  • State Department's Request to Send Marines to Taiwan Irks China

    07/05/2018 4:44:05 AM PDT · by Freeport · 18 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 3 Jul 2018 | Gina Harkins
    A Chinese official is warning the U.S. to "exercise caution" following a report that the State Department wants to send a small team of Marines to guard a diplomatic facility in Taiwan. The State Department requested that a Marine Security Guard detachment be dispatched to the American Institute in Taiwan, a de facto embassy in Taipei City, CNN reported Friday. The news prompted a swift response from a Chinese foreign ministry official, who reminded Americans of the "one-China policy" meant to prevent the U.S. from having direct diplomatic or military exchanges with Taiwan. "[Those] are the political preconditions for...
  • Exclusive: State Department risks China's ire with request for US Marines in Taiwan

    07/01/2018 9:01:37 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2018 | Ryan Browne
    The State Department has requested that US Marines be sent to Taiwan to help safeguard America's de facto embassy there, two US officials tell CNN, prompting China to urge the US to "exercise caution." *snip* If the request is granted, it will be the first time in nearly 40 years that US Marines will be guarding a diplomatic post in Taiwan.
  • Foxconn tells the story Trump wants US to hear: Project is good news counterpoint to Harley

    06/27/2018 9:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 28, 2018 | Patti Waldmeir in Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin
    When Foxconn breaks ground on Thursday on a $10bn LCD manufacturing complex in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump will be there to claim credit for securing the Taiwanese group’s promise to deliver 13,000 jobs. But while Mr Trump helps Foxconn celebrate in Racine county, Wisconsin — a key swing district that helped him win the presidency in 2016 — just up the road at Harley-Davidson, executives will be figuring out who will lose their jobs, after the company said it must offshore production to battle retaliatory EU trade tariffs. That landed Harley in the presidential doghouse. In a series of early...