Political Status of Taiwan

Taiwan executes 6 in 1st executions since last year

Photo taken on Dec. 13, 2012 shows the night scenery of Taipei. Photo:Xinhua

Taiwan has executed six murderers, the island’s first use of the death penalty in nearly two years.

A Justice Ministry statement says the executions were carried out late Friday, a day after minister Tseng Yung-fu signed the death warrants.

Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 3:05pm

State media warn Beijing will take action after Japanese arrests on Diaoyus

Protesters outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

China's state media issued a stark warning to Japan yesterday over interfering in the Diaoyus, with a Communist Party mouthpiece saying Beijing is prepared to take action to defend its sovereignty over the disputed islands.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:25am

US regional presence acts as a needed counterweight to China

Fresh from his Asia tour, American deputy defence secretary Ashton Carter recently outlined at the Asia Society in New York the contours of the US "rebalance strategy" in the Asia-Pacific region.

15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am

PLA denies adopting tough approach

The Chinese military denies it has adopted a tough approach in handling territorial disputes over the South China Sea, saying its recent moves in the disputed waters were intended to safeguard national interests.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Navy ready for greater role in global missions

The Chinese navy must prepare itself for new challenges and accept a greater role in international peace-keeping missions as the nation's power and influence expand in global affairs, a senior naval officer said yesterday.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New islands spat unlikely to escalate

The latest flare-up between Beijing and Tokyo over the disputed islands in the East China Sea was unlikely to develop into a full-blown diplomatic crisis despite media hype, mainland scholars on China-Japan affairs say.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Navy to launch live-fire drill in disputed waters

The Chinese navy will launch a six-day military drill today in disputed waters of the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, amid mounting tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over the Diaoyu Islands.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing needs to flex its muscles

The recent dispute over the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands for the Japanese) has been very illustrative of China's weakness. Historically, China was the target of repeated Japanese aggression. Many lives were lost in the fight against brutal Japanese invaders.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwan stops Japan bid to board boat

Taiwan's coastguard has blocked an attempt by its Japanese counterpart to board a Taiwanese fishing boat sailing near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, in the latest protest over competing sovereignty claims to the chain.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Dalai Lama visit triggers Chinese boycott threat

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Think tank warns on strength of US, Japan

A mainland think tank has issued hawkish reports on the US and Japanese militaries, warning China of possible American interference in South China Sea disputes and Japan's preparations for any confrontation over the Diaoyu Islands.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing needs to flex its muscles

I am writing concerning the international issue about the Chinese-Filipino diplomatic conflict about the sovereignty of the Scarborough Shoal - Huangyan Island for Chinese.

I believe the two countries' relationship will carry on getting worse if the Filipinos are not willing to comply with Beijing's requests and leave the disputed territory.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sea row 'chance to foster new ties'

Tensions in the South China Sea could provide a chance to forge co-operation across the Taiwan Strait, but political trust between Taipei and Beijing should be a pre-condition, say defence experts from the mainland and Taiwan.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Quick approval for new Beijing envoy

In a major step towards defusing the tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines has rushed the confirmation of its ambassador to China.

The powerful bicameral congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) took all of one day, May 30, to approve Sonia Brady's (pictured) appointment, made by the president's office last week.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Taipei 'well aware' of PLA airport just minutes away

Taiwan's military said yesterday it was aware of a new airport being built by the People's Liberation Army in nearby Fujian province and would take action to ensure the island's safety.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am