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China Warships Shadow U.S. and Allied Naval Groups in South China Sea | Source: Newsweek

China appears to have deployed military vessels to shadow American and British aircraft carrier formations in the South China Sea ahead of an intensive six-nation exercise, analysis of satellite imagery revealed. As the American and British carrier groups sailed into the South China Sea via the waters south of Taiwan, Chinese military flights in the Bashi Channel continued in alarming numbers, with 56 aircraft crossing into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone by midnight.

Source: Newsweek


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China vows to keep Taiwan out of Pacific Rim trade group | Source: Mail Online

Beijing said it will block Taiwan´s application to join a Pacific Rim trade initiative, citing as its reason the island’s refusal to concede that it is a part of China. Taiwan announced on Sept. 23 that it had applied join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a week after China submitted its own application to join.

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China condemns Britain for Taiwan Strait warship mission | Source: Reuters

Officers of the Indonesian Navy greet the crew of the visiting British Royal Navy ship HMS Richmond docked at Tanjung Priok harbour in Jakarta May 22, 2011.

China strongly condemned Britain for sailing a warship through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, saying it was behaviour that “harboured evil intentions” and that the Chinese military followed the vessel and warned it away. Relations between Beijing and London are already strained over a long list of issues, from trade to human rights.

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China blasts Taiwan’s bid to join CPTPP trade pact | Source: Asia Nikkei

China said it “strongly opposes” Taiwan’s bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a day after Taipei applied for membership in the 11-country trade bloc. Taiwan’s application to join the CPTPP is widely expected to irk Beijing, which views the democratically governed island as part of its territory and has not ruled out seizing it by force. Taiwan has been in close communication with Japan, which has played a critical role as leader in the trade pact after the U.S. withdrew from it in 2017.

Source: Asia Nikkei


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China calls on US to ‘stop official exchanges’ with Taiwan | Source: Anadolu Agency

China called on the US to “stop all official exchanges” with Taiwan amid reports that the US was “seriously considering” to rename Taiwan’s office in Washington. Beijing claims the island nation of Taiwan as a “breakaway province,” while Taipei insists it has been independent since 1949.

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China says US warship ‘trespassed’ into its territorial waters | Source: Anadolu Agency

China claimed a US guided-missile destroyer “trespassed” into its waters in the disputed South China Sea. The South China Sea is claimed by China and several other regional countries, and the continuing US naval operations in the Taiwan Strait, part of the disputed sea, have angered China. Beijing has refused to acknowledge the presence of the US in the region, dismissing it as “interference by an outsider.”

Source: Anadolu Agency


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Japan Ruling Party Lawmakers Back Taiwan Joining Trade Pact | Source: Bloomberg

Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling party backed Taiwan’s entry into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership during first-of-their-kind security talks with Taiwanese counterparts meant to counter China’s influence, in the latest effort by Tokyo to bolster the democratically ruled island. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized the LDP-DPP talks Friday, saying that Taiwan’s status “concerns the political foundation” of Beijing’s relationship with Tokyo.

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China warns Japan over plans for ‘2+2’ talks at party level with Taiwan | Source: The Week

In a sign of the wider worry among US allies about the rise of China, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is pushing for talks on security issues with the ruling party in Taiwan. The LDP team called on the government to deepen ties with Taiwan and prepare for the possibility of a Chinese invasion of the self-ruled island,” The Japan Times reported. Not surprisingly, the Chinese government stated its opposition to the planned dialogue between Japan and Taiwan.

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Taiwan government thanks Biden for restating US support | Source: RTI

Biden reaffirmed the United States’ backing for Taiwan in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday.

Taiwan’s Presidential Office and foreign ministry have thanked US President Joe Biden for restating Washington’s firm support of Taiwan. Biden says the United States has made a “commitment” to its partners, including Taiwan, and the situation in those countries is “not even comparable” to Afghanistan (from where US is leaving). Taiwan’s Presidential Office says recent arms sales to Taiwan have shown that US backing for Taiwan is still “rock solid”. 

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China urges Japan to rethink plans for ‘security talks’ with Taiwan’s DPP | Source: CGTN

China urged Japan to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and rethink plans for “security talks” regarding the Taiwan region. China urged the Japanese to not send the wrong signal to the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces in any form.

Source: CGTN


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