Taiwan official leading missile production found dead in hotel

TAIPEI (AFP) – A top official involved in Taiwan’s missile production died of heart problems Saturday (Aug 6), according to the army-owned institute where he worked . Mr Ouyang Li-hsing was vice-president of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology and had travelled to the south of the island for business, Taiwan’s Central News […]

Taiwan faces urgent fighter pilot shortage as China tests defences

TAIPEI (BLOOMBERG) – If any war were to break out between the US and China, one trigger may be the increasingly frequent fighter-jet encounters near Taiwan. Almost every day, Taiwanese fighter pilots hop in their American-made F-16s to intercept Chinese warplanes screaming past their territory. The encounters probe the island’s defences and force pilots on […]

Taiwan’s ‘parliamentary diplomacy’ is ideal option under China’s watchful eye

TAIPEI – After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several Taiwanese lawmakers went on so-called “parliamentary diplomacy” trips last month to the United States and Europe. Such networking trips occurred quite regularly before the pandemic and legislators seemed eager to resume the tradition. They met with their counterparts in the US, Poland, Slovakia […]

Taiwan touts new air force advanced training jet’s abilities

TAITUNG, TAIWAN (REUTERS) – Taiwan’s air force showed off its new locally designed and made jet trainer on Wednesday (July 6), touting the more advanced, combat-capable abilities of the aircraft that will replace ageing and accident-prone existing equipment. Taiwan’s armed forces are mostly equipped by the United States, but President Tsai Ing-wen has made development […]