All posts tagged: Taiwan

Is Russia proving today how China can win Taiwan tomorrow?

Is Russia proving today how China can win Taiwan tomorrow?

[ad_1] The term “useful idiot” was first coined in the Cold War to describe unwitting supporters of the Soviet Union. Since then the phrase has morphed into other areas of everyday life, but is still largely rooted in the fields of politics and international confrontation.  China is learning all sorts of useful stuff from the war in Ukraine about how far to push against established international norms; how to inoculate one’s country from a global backlash against bad behaviour and how to drive a wedge between one’s adversaries.  All this has come at virtually no cost to Beijing as the Kremlin has copped most of the flak. So, as he casts a hungry eye at Taiwan, does Xi Jinping see Vladimir Putin as a very useful idiot indeed? In this episode of Defence in Depth, Dominic Nicholls, The Telegraph’s associate editor, explains how, by invading Ukraine, Putin has shown his Chinese counterpart where the edges of Western tolerance for aggression lie. Watch Dominic’s video analysis above. Find more episodes of Defence in Depth on The …

China’s Xi celebrates warm Hungary ties on last stop of Europe visit

China’s Xi celebrates warm Hungary ties on last stop of Europe visit

[ad_1] Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Hungary Thursday seeking a “new journey” with Beijing’s closest European Union ally amid Beijing’s divisions with the West over the Ukraine war and global trade. Issued on: 09/05/2024 – 03:32Modified: 09/05/2024 – 12:15 3 min The state visit to Hungary is the last leg of Xi’s European tour, his first to the continent since 2019. In recent years, the Central European country of 9.6 million people has attracted a flood of major Chinese projects, mostly related to the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries. Hungarian President Tamas Sulyok warmly received Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan with military honours in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Budapest on Thursday morning.   The Chinese leader arrived in the Hungarian capital on Wednesday night after wrapping up his visit to Serbia, and later attended a state dinner with Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Budapest was decked out with Chinese flags and placed under tight security, while Tibetan flags were hidden from sight.  In an op-ed published in Hungary’s pro-government Magyar Nemzet …

Taiwan Says Its Military Is Ready for China Moves Around New President’s Inaugural

Taiwan Says Its Military Is Ready for China Moves Around New President’s Inaugural

[ad_1] TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s military is prepared for any moves China may make around the time President-elect Lai Ching-te takes office later this month, the island’s deputy defence minister said on Wednesday. China, which views democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has a strong dislike of Lai, believing him to be a dangerous separatist, whose repeated offers of talks it has rejected, including one this month. Lai, like current President Tsai Ing-wen, rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims; both say only the island’s people can decide their future. Lai, now vice president, will be inaugurated on May 20. “Before and after May 20, our nation’s military will uphold all combat readiness requirements and pay close attention to the damaging of regional peace and stability by the other side,” Deputy Defence Minister Po Horng-huei told reporters. Chinese military activities in and around the Taiwan Strait are destabilising for the whole Indo-Pacific region, Po added in the comments made to reporters at parliament. China’s defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Photos You …

Two emperors on the edge of two wars  – POLITICO

Two emperors on the edge of two wars  – POLITICO

[ad_1] Xi has repeatedly called Putin his best friend. He has also repeatedly refused to do anything to stop Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and supplied dual-use military technologies, weapon-building components and satellite imagery, warns the U.S., to Russia.  In a recent interview with POLITICO, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith highlighted Beijing’s support for Moscow, saying that China could not proclaim to be neutral in the conflict any more. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also described Chinese assistance as “[helping] Moscow to inflict more death and destruction on Ukraine.” Talking, not talking In Paris, Macron will provide Xi with his “analysis of developments in the conflict, and [will] convey Ukrainian positions,” the same Elysée official said. The French president “will also raise concerns about the activities of certain Chinese companies that could be directly involved in or contribute significantly to the Russian war effort.” There’s plenty of room for the two leaders to talk past each other.  “It’s going to be a mismatch of expectations,” said Abigaël Vasselier, head of foreign relations at MERICS, …

Taiwan Will Have Trump’s Support if He Wins, Ex-Appointee Says

Taiwan Will Have Trump’s Support if He Wins, Ex-Appointee Says

[ad_1] TAIPEI (Reuters) – A former U.S. ambassador appointed by Donald Trump said on Saturday he believed the former president would again support Taiwan if he wins back the White House. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory despite Taipei’s objections, received strong backing from Trump’s 2017-2021 administration, including arms sales, which have continued under the government of President Joe Biden. Trump spoke to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016 shortly after he won the election, prompting anger in Beijing – as the United States does not officially recognise Taiwan’s government – and glee in Taipei. James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters in Taipei that Trump was not an isolationist but was trying to get U.S. allies to take their own defence more seriously. “I believe that President Trump will be supportive of Taiwan when he becomes president. He was in his first term,” said Gilmore, visiting Taipei to speak at the Taiwanese think tank the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation. Trump, the presumptive …

On the Road for a Modern Pilgrimage

On the Road for a Modern Pilgrimage

[ad_1] In Taiwan, it has been the season for Mazu, the most widely venerated of folk deities that many people here turn to for solace, guidance and good fortune. This year, the country’s two major pilgrimages for Mazu attracted record numbers of participants. Many of them are younger Taiwanese who are drawn to keeping alive the old traditions. [ad_2] Source link

Taiwan detects dozens of Chinese aircraft and five naval ships around island

Taiwan detects dozens of Chinese aircraft and five naval ships around island

[ad_1] Taiwan’s defence ministry said Friday it had detected 26 Chinese aircraft and five naval vessels around the self-ruled island in the previous 24 hours.  Issued on: 03/05/2024 – 09:33 1 min The sorties come weeks before the May 20 inauguration of new Taiwan president Lai Ching-te, who China regards as a dangerous separatist.  A statement from the defence ministry said 17 of the aircraft “crossed the median line and entered Taiwan’s northern and central ADIZ (air defence identification zone).” The line bisects the Taiwan Strait, a narrow 180-kilometre (110-mile) waterway separating the island from mainland China. Beijing, which does not recognise the line, claims democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Under the administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, tensions between Beijing and Taipei have ramped up, as she and her government reject China’s claim to the island.  Her deputy, Vice President Lai, won the island’s January presidential election despite warnings from Beijing that he would cause “war and …

First Bosch-powered electric bikes enter Taiwan thanks to Tern

First Bosch-powered electric bikes enter Taiwan thanks to Tern

[ad_1] It feels like e-bikes powered by Bosch’s popular mid-drive electric motors have been around in just about every market for as long as many of us can remember. But there are still major markets getting their first taste of the highly-engineered drivetrains. Bosch’s mid-drive motors are now entering Taiwan, rolling in on Tern’s Vektron and Quick Haul e-bikes. While Tern’s mastery of the Western e-bike markets has led many to assume they are a North American or European brand, the company is actually based in Taiwan. Their Bosch-powered e-bikes carry an esteemed international reputation for quality and longevity, but so far the company’s domestic market has only had access to its folding and non-electric bikes (I’ve often drooled over the Tern BYB, which offers a design that looks like if Brompton ratched up the style knob several clicks). Now Tern is launching the Vektron and Quick Haul e-bikes in Taiwan, and in doing so, is bringing the first Bosch-powered electric bikes to the island. “Taiwan is the global epicenter for quality bicycles and the …

Why Taiwan wants to remove its Chiang Kai-shek statues

Why Taiwan wants to remove its Chiang Kai-shek statues

[ad_1] WHY DOES THE DPP WANT TO REMOVE HIS STATUES? The DPP does not consider Taiwan as part of China. When the party won the presidency in 2000, it launched a series of educational reforms to remove Chinese history from high school textbooks.  The DPP considers Mr Chiang a dictator and his regime a foreign one. It believes his statues should not be in public because they represent symbols of dictatorship and authoritarianism. Under his leadership, there was no freedom of speech.  In 1947, the arrest of a cigarette vendor in Taipei led to large-scale protests by the native Taiwanese against Chiang’s government.  Following the protests, thousands, including students, lawyers and doctors, were executed. It is estimated that up to 28,000 people lost their lives in the turmoil.  During the subsequent years of the “White Terror” period, Mr Chiang’s government ruled Taiwan under martial law, which ended only in the mid-1980s.  In 2018, the DPP established a transitional justice committee to investigate Mr Chiang’s rule. Among its recommendations was a recommendation to remove Chiang statues …

Xi Jinping’s vast gold war chest could let him take Taiwan without a fight

Xi Jinping’s vast gold war chest could let him take Taiwan without a fight

[ad_1] Xi Jinping has benefited in many ways from Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, not least in his single most important personal goal: to go down in history as the Chinese leader who annexed Taiwan in defiance of the West.  Xi has seen what Western sanctions on a brutal aggressor amount to. He has spent the last two years sanction-proofing the Chinese economy by all means possible, doubling down on transactional relationships with his cronies in the so-called ‘Global South’, securing massive supplies of oil and gas and – most recently – buying up gold on a scale that is astonishing even by Chinese standards. How should the West understand his tactical purposes in all of this, and more importantly, what is the strategic context? First, let’s consider the gold. In the last 17 months alone, China’s declared gold reserves have soared by 17pc to nearly 73 million troy ounces, currently worth $170bn (£135bn). There are other indications of additional large-scale purchases off-grid as well. Concurrently, China’s foreign exchange reserves have been built up to their …