Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone
Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing's pressure on the self-ruled island. The Defense Ministry said Taiwan scrambled combat aircraft to “warn” the Chinese planes to leave. Sunday’s incursion included 18 fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Is China to blame for Solomon Islands unrest?
The Solomon Islands’ decision to switch its diplomatic allegiance from Taiwan to Beijing has been blamed for arson and looting in the national capital Honiara, where protesters are demanding the prime minister's resignation. Australian police, troops and diplomats are helping local police restore peace and order while trying to keep out of the domestic political dispute. The Solomon Islands are famous as a battleground of World War II, the pivotal Battle of Guadalcanal named after the country’ largest island where the restive capital Honiara is located.news.yahoo.com
Taiwan acknowledges room to improve in COVID-19 response
The task force in charge of Taiwan’s COVID-19 response has acknowledged that the island could have done better in fighting the disease, after 12 families who lost relatives to the pandemic filed a claim seeking financial compensation from the governmentwashingtonpost.com
Taiwan acknowledges room to improve in COVID-19 response
The task force in charge of Taiwan’s COVID-19 response has acknowledged that the island could have done better in fighting the disease, after 12 families who lost relatives to the pandemic filed a claim seeking financial compensation from the government.
Taiwan deploys advanced F-16V fighter jets amid China threat
Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its air force, as the self-ruled island steps up its defense capabilities in the face of continuing threats from China, which claims it as part of its territory. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen commissioned into service 64 upgraded F-16V fighter jets at an air force base in Chiayi on Thursday. The aircraft represent part of Taiwan's total 141 F-16 A/B jets, an older model from the 1990s that will be completely retrofitted by the end of 2023.news.yahoo.com
Honduran president arrives in Taiwan in surprise state visit
Outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández started a three-day surprise visit to Taiwan on Friday as the self-ruled island, which is also claimed by China, worries that the next president of the Central American nation may break off relations and switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing. Hernández and his wife will meet President Tsai Ing-wen as part of a celebration of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Honduras.news.yahoo.com
Satellite images show China built mock-ups of US warships
Satellite images show China has built mock-ups of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and destroyer in its northwestern desert, possibly as practice for a future naval clash as tensions rise between the nations. China has upgraded its military massively in recent years, and its capability and intentions are increasingly concerning to the United States as tensions rise over the South China Sea, Taiwan and military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific.news.yahoo.com
Nicaragua's Ortega thanks Russia for support, lashes out at US
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega thanks his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for his government's security assistance in "defending the sovereignty" of the country and lashes out at the United States for its "slander and infamy".news.yahoo.com
Democrats still trying to finalize deal on Biden's domestic agenda as he prepares for trip to Europe
President Biden heads to Europe Thursday for a series of meetings with world leaders. His trip includes a stop in Rome for the G20 Summit, where he will talk about his economic objectives on a global scale. Here at home, Democrats say they're nearing the finish line in negotiations over Mr. Biden's domestic agenda. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN with more.news.yahoo.com
Democrats continue to negotiate on Biden's Build Back Better bill before he heads to Europe
Moderates and progressives within the Democratic party continue to clash over certain provisions in President Biden's social spending bill and infrastructure plan. Party leaders hoped to reach a deal before the president heads to Europe tomorrow. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins "CBSN AM" to discuss the latest.news.yahoo.com
Democrats racing to reach deal infrastructure and budget bills as climate summit approaches
President Joe Biden is locked in final negotiations on his policy agenda as the global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland approaches. The president wants to tout his policies there, adding to the pressure on Democrats. Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN to talk more about the president's trip and negotiations on Capitol Hill.news.yahoo.com
Biden approval ratings hit new low as Democrats' spending fight drags on
President Biden's approval ratings have hit a new low as Congressional Democrats continue to negotiate the spending package. Meanwhile, Biden is visiting New Jersey and Virginia, where Democrats are fighting to hold on to the governor's mansion. Ed O'Keefe reportsnews.yahoo.com
China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden comments
China on Friday said there is “no room” for compromise or concessions over the issue of Taiwan, following a comment by U.S. President Joe Biden that the U.S. is committed to defending the island if it is attacked. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China’s longstanding claim that the island is its territory at a daily briefing after Biden made his comment a day before at a forum hosted by CNN. China has recently upped its threat to bring Taiwan under its control by force if necessary by flying warplanes near the island and rehearsing beach landings.news.yahoo.com
Taiwan-China tensions heighten as Taiwan rejects China’s forceful reunification plans
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to reject China’s attempts at reunification in a speech made during the country’s National Day this Sunday. Tsai’s speech came days after China flew record numbers of warplanes into its defense zone in a significant escalation of military tensions. Ramy Inocencio reports.news.yahoo.com
COVID at the UN: One topic, used to make many points
Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic was THE talking point at the United Nations General Assembly this week — serving as projection, promotional tool and proxy for other pressing issues put forward by world leaders in their signature annual addresses.
Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement
With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising China.
Semiconductor chipmaker TSMC says revenue up 16.7% as demand surges
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest contract producer of processor chips, says its revenue rose 16.7% in the latest quarter over a year earlier as the global economy rebounded from the coronavirus pandemic and demand surged.
Taiwan chip maker TSMC to invest $100B to grow capacity
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2005, file photo the logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is displayed during a third quarter press conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Major Taiwan computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years in expanding its manufacturing capacity and supporting research and development, the company said Thursday. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)TAIPEI – Major Taiwan computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years in expanding its manufacturing capacity and supporting research and development, the company said Thursday. Last week, Intel announced plans to pour $20 billion into expanding production, building two new factories in Arizona. TSMC operates a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Camas, Washington, and design centers in San Jose, California, and Austin, Texas.
China protests over Japan, US statement on human rights
Zhao on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, said China has protested to the United States and Japan over a joint statement it said maliciously attacked its foreign policy and seriously interfered in Chinas internal affairs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING – China has protested to the United States and Japan over a joint statement it said “maliciously attacked” its foreign policy and seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the statement. The China-Japan statement expressed concern over threats to Taiwan, Beijing’s human rights violations in Xinjiang, its activities in the South China Sea and “unilateral action that seeks to change the status quo” over Japan-controlled East China Sea islands that China also claims. The statement “maliciously attacked China’s foreign policy, seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs and tried to harm China’s interests," Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.
Asian shares trade mixed on recovery hopes, yield worries
Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, cheered by the imminent passage of the U.S. stimulus package, although that optimism was tempered by worries about inflation and the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)TOKYO – Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, cheered by the imminent passage of the U.S. stimulus package, although that optimism was tempered by worries about inflation and the coronavirus pandemic. “And this recognition of recovery in March itself will work as a source for more confidence,” he said. AdThe vaccine rollouts in the U.S. and Europe will also help instill confidence in future growth, he added. Smaller company stocks, which have led the market higher this year, notched more gains.
EXPLAINER: What's happened so far at China's annual congress
BEIJING – Midway through its annual session, China’s ceremonial parliament is focusing on boosting the economy, building self-reliance in technology and further squeezing room for political opposition in Hong Kong. SETTING AN ACHEIVABLE GROWTH TARGETThe party set a growth target of “over 6%”, as the world’s second-largest economy shrugs off the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. AdBEEFING UP THE MILITARYThe government announced a 6.8% rise in military spending to 1.4 trillion yuan ($217 billion), continuing a tradition of roughly tracking the economic growth target. WHAT'S NEXTThe annual session, which has been reduced from two weeks to one because of the pandemic, finishes on Thursday. Li will give the premier's annual news conference after the congress closes.
China tells Biden to reverse 'dangerous practice' on Taiwan
AdWang defended proposed changes in Hong Kong that will tighten Beijing's control by reducing the role of its public in government. The changes announced Friday follow the arrest of 47 pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong under a national security law imposed last year following months of anti-government protests. The proposal would give a pro-Beijing committee a bigger role in picking Hong Kong legislators. That would be a marked reduction of democracy and Western-style civil liberties in Hong Kong. “No one cares more about the development of democracy in Hong Kong than the central government,” Wang said.
China urges US to lift trade restrictions, stop interference
Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the U.S. Monday to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING – China's top diplomat called Monday for new U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. Ad“We know that the new U.S. administration is reviewing and assessing its foreign policy," Wang told diplomats, scholars and journalists at the Lanting Forum. As is standard in Chinese foreign policy, Wang put the onus for improving relations squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. and offered no direct proposals for major breakthroughs, even while encouraging increased dialogue. Wang said China has “no intention to challenge or replace the United States" and is ready to peacefully coexist and seek common development.
Serena tops Halep at Australian Open, sets up Osaka showdown
United States' Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Romania's Simona Halep during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – Serena Williams was not pleased with the way her play suddenly was slipping in the Australian Open quarterfinals. That was her most recent Grand Slam title. 24 on Saturday, she could end up needing to have beaten each of the top three players in the rankings: Halep, Osaka and, perhaps in the final, No. AdAt 35, Hsieh used her tricky, two-handed shots off both sides to become the oldest woman in the professional era to make her Grand Slam quarterfinal debut.
Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson
This combination photo shows, from left, Janet Jackson performing at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 8, 2018, from left, Justin Timberlake performing during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018 and Britney Spears performing during her concert in Taipei, Taiwan on June 13, 2017. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – In a lengthy social media post, Justin Timberlake says that he wants to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson “because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. AdFans called out Timberlake for contributing to Spears' very public breakdown and controlling the narrative about the end of their relationship. More backlash hit Timberlake as social media began to recall the wardrobe malfunction with Jackson that caused a national controversy at the 2004 Super Bowl. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports,” Timberlake wrote.
Biden in call with China's Xi raises human rights, trade
Joe Biden on Wednesday held his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing's crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. Biden also pressed Xi on Hong Kong, human rights abuses against Uighur and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province, and its actions toward Taiwan. Both are expected to play key roles in helping shape China trade policy. AdBiden played host to then-Chinese vice president Xi during his 2012 visit to the United States. On Thursday, China’s state broadcaster said Xi told Biden: “You’ve said America’s greatest feature is possibility.