Taiwanese independence is a charging rhino that must be stopped, says China

NEW YORK – China’s foreign minister compared the drive for Taiwanese independence to a charging rhinoceros that must be stopped in its tracks, and blamed the United States for speeding it along. Mr Wang Yi said legislation under consideration by US lawmakers threatens the foundation of US-China ties. He said voices advocating the independence of […]

Biden is hinting at risky policy shift on Taiwan independence, analysts say

WASHINGTON – Overshadowed by US President Joe Biden’s headline-grabbing vow that American forces would defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack was his hint at possibly shifting US policy to support the island’s right to self-determination. Though the White House has taken pains to say Mr Biden’s most explicit statement yet about defending the Chinese-claimed island, […]

China lodges complaint after Biden says US forces would defend Taiwan in a Chinese invasion

BEIJING – The Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday that China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States, after US President Joe Biden said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. China reserves the right to take all necessary measures in response to activities that split the nation apart, […]

Selangor ruler says must respect rule of law, following clamour after Najib’s conviction

KUALA LUMPUR – The ruler of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, on Monday called on Malaysians to respect the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. He also expressed his support for the Malaysian king, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, who said on Sept 5 that the power to give a royal pardon cannot […]

China sanctions seven Taiwanese officials for ‘diehard’ support of independence

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China has sanctioned seven Taiwanese officials for supporting Taiwan independence, its state media reported on Tuesday (Aug 16). The sanctions come after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month, a move that China said had sent a wrong signal to pro-independence forces on the island. Democratically self-ruled Taiwan […]