US Defense Secretary Austin says Washington seeks no "new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China’s longstanding claim that the island is indivisible from the mainland at a daily briefing after Biden made his comment a day before.
President Biden made a bold remark, saying the US will defend Taiwan, a largely unrecognised country established by anti-communist Chinese dissidents, if ever China invaded it.
Taiwan defence ministry’s warning comes a week after China mounted four consecutive days of record air force incursions into the Taiwanese air defence zone.
Addressing a National Day rally on Sunday, President Tsai Ing-wen says she hope for an easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait but stresses there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure from China.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory and opposes any international engagement with the island that suggest a separate status, such as WHO membership and meetings with foreign government officials.
Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derails after hitting a truck, killing at least 51 passengers and injuring 146 others, officials say.
As the curtain closes on his tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo has cynically pursued a strategy of provocation to undermine the incoming Biden administration.
While the United States, like most countries, has no official relations with Taiwan, the Donald Trump administration has ramped up backing for the island country, with arms sales and laws to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China.
A taxi driver died from COVID-19 in Taiwan, officials say marking first such death on island and fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that IMF says could damage global growth.
Taiwan's termination of relations with the Solomon Islands comes after the pacific nation's decision to switch diplomatic recognition to China. Taipei is accusing Beijing of using "dollar diplomacy" to buy off its few remaining allies.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has insisted her country won't accept a 'one country, two systems' policy favoured by China.
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