White House says it is in touch over Taiwan

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The Biden administration is in private communication over Chinese actions with regard to Taiwan, the White House said on Monday, after Taiwan's defense ministry reported that China's air force had sent aircraft into its air defense zone. "We are also in touch privately, conveying clear...
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Taiwan ‘cat warriors’ evade China’s jaws

A wolf and a cat are born on the same day. The wolf pup is much bigger, maybe a pound at birth. The kitten, closer to four ounces. But they roll and tumble, playmates if not friends. Time passes. Both grow. The wolf becomes 150 pounds. The cat, 10. The...

Taiwan sees upside from China power curbs if orders shift

TAIPEI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Taiwan may benefit from orders being shifted to the island if China's power curbs disrupt the country's exports, Taiwan Central Bank Governor Yang Chin-long said on Thursday. The world's second-largest economy is grappling with power cuts and electricity rationing after a collision of tight coal...

China's Xi warns of 'grim' Taiwan situation in letter to opposition

TAIPEI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The situation in the Taiwan Strait is "complex and grim", Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in a congratulatory letter on Sunday to the newly elected leader of Taiwan's main opposition party, who has pledged to renew talks with Beijing. Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) elected as their...

Why China (Probably) Won’t Go To War Over Taiwan’s Semiconductor Riches

In a recent column, I drew the parallels between the economic and geopolitical tensions entangling Japan in 1941 and the challenges facing China today. The storyline is cartoonishly simple. In 1941, Japan’s constricted access to a critical resource (oil) led them to launch military action in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (including Pearl Harbor). It also aligned with their expansionist pretensions (they were already in Manchuria and parts of the mainland by then). In 2021, China is feeling similarly constricted for a critical resource (semiconductors), and Beijing’s policy options for addressing this problem might seem to converge with its expansionary tendencies, and its long-term concerns over the status of Taiwan. Could taking over Taiwan also solve the semiconductor problem? China has tried for over two decades to achieve a degree of self-sufficiency in semiconductor technology, with very limited success. Meanwhile, Taiwan has become a dominant power in the global semiconductor industry. Something like 75% of the world’s integrated circuit manufacturing capacity is based there. When it comes to the most advanced fabrication technologies, Taiwan outshines even the U.S. today – for example, 92% of the world’s capacity for the manufacturing “nodes” of 10 nanometers and below is currently located in Taiwan.

China Threatens ‘Severe Measures’ in Taiwan Office Name Spat

China issued a warning to the US and Taiwan over discussions about changing a Taiwanese agency’s name. Representatives warned that it would be a violation of the One China Policy, and “severe measures” would be taken in response to the proposal. Financial Times reported that there is a “serious consideration”...

China enters Taiwan air defence zone a day after military budget boost

TAIPEI, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Taiwan's air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan's defence ministry said, the day after the island announced a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the threat from China. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained...

Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military jets flew into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by...

Malaysia's help needed to ease global chip shortage, Taiwan says

TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Malaysia's help is needed to resolve the global shortage of auto semiconductors, especially when it comes to packaging, a sector affected by the country's COVID-19 curbs, Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said. Taiwan, as a major chip producer, has been front and centre of efforts...

China says U.K. warship in Taiwan Strait shows "evil intentions"

Taipei — China bristled on Monday over Britain's decision to send a Royal Navy warship sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, saying the act "harbored evil intentions." China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has increased pressure on the small island in recent years to accept Beijing as its capital.