China has ‘destroyed’ tacit agreement on Taiwan Strait – minister

TAIPEI, Oct 5 (Reuters) – China has destroyed a tacit agreement on military movements in the Taiwan Strait by crossing an unofficial “median line” running down the waterway, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday. While acknowledging the end of the tacit understanding on the median line, Chiu told Taiwan’s parliament Taiwan would react if … Read more

Britain’s tax backdown bounces stocks and sterling

Britain scraps small part of tax plan; markets relieved Reserve Bank of Australia surprises with a small hike High VIX; Credit Suisse stock slide point to nerves beneath SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Asian stocks bounced on Tuesday after Britain scrapped bits of a controversial tax cut plan, tentatively improving global market sentiment and rallying … Read more

Flag raisings and burnings in Taiwan as some mark China’s national day

TAINAN/TAIWAN STRAIT, Taiwan, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Two small Taiwanese groups at far ends of the debate over relations with Beijing marked China’s national day on Saturday with flag raisings and flag burnings, very opposite responses at a time of rising tension over the Taiwan Strait. Oct. 1 marks when Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s … Read more

Harris denounces N.Korea’s ‘brutal dictatorship,’ missile test

US vice president holds talks with S.Korean president China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait on the agenda Trip comes a day after N.Korean missile tests Harris visits heavily armed Korean border PANMUNJOM, South Korea, Sept 29 (Reuters) – US Vice President Kamala Harris said North Korea is a country with a “brutal dictatorship”, an illegal … Read more

U.S. VP Harris condemns ‘disturbing’ Chinese actions in Japan speech

YOKOSUKA, Japan, Sept 28 (Reuters) – US Vice President Kamala Harris condemned “disturbing” actions by China in remarks to American sailors based in Japan, days after the administration pledged US forces would help defend Taiwan if it were attacked. “China is undermining key elements of the international rules-based order,” Harris said in prepared remarks during … Read more

Home to 28,000 U.S. troops, S.Korea unlikely to avoid a Taiwan conflict

US President Joe Biden has an ice cream as he greets the US troops during his visit to the Air Operations Center at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to register SEOUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Tensions over Taiwan have raised the … Read more

Pressing priority in Ukraine is to facilitate peace talks, China says

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the “crisis” in Ukraine, its foreign minister Wang Yi told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, adding that the pressing priority was to facilitate peace talks . “The fundamental … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov accuses Washington of ‘playing with fire’ around Taiwan

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States on Saturday of “playing with fire” around Taiwan while China said it will press on working for “peaceful reunification” with the democratically-governed island and pledged to take forceful steps to oppose any external interference, a … Read more

Stocks tumble, dollar soars and bonds plunge as recession fears grow

Dow poised to confirm bear market MSCI All-World index hits 2-year low Dollar reaches new two-decade high Sterling and gilts sell off after UK ‘mini-budget’ NEW YORK/LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – US and European stocks tumbled on Friday, the dollar scaled a 22-year high and bonds sold off again as fears grew that the central … Read more

Blinken tells China’s Wang peace in Taiwan Strait is vital

Register now for FREE unlimited access to register NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that the maintenance of peace and stability over Taiwan was vitally important, as the two met with tensions high over the Chinese-claimed island. Taiwan was the focus of … Read more