Beijing has been "surprised" by the poor performance of Russian military forces as well as the tough resistance coming from the entire Ukrainian society, CIA head Bill Burns says.
China carried out military exercises around Taiwan a day earlier as a delegation of US lawmakers reached the island for a visit that Beijing termed a “deliberate provocative action.”
The handbook issued by Taiwan's military details how to find bomb shelters via smartphone apps, water and food supplies, as well as tips for preparing emergency first aid kits.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said that military conflict is not the answer as the Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about the complete unification of "the motherland" - an aspiration that Taiwan rejects.
Taiwan voted on four referendums, including reimposing a ban on US pork in a contentious referendum that tested trade ties with Washington as the island seeks to expand its international presence.
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.
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.
Beijing can use its "internet army to launch wired and wireless attacks against global internet, which would initially paralyse our air defence, command of sea and counterattack abilities," Taiwan's Defence Ministry says in new assessment.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who was seeking a second four-year term, pitched herself as a defender of Taiwan's liberal values against the increasingly authoritarian shadow cast by Beijing under President Xi Jinping.
Taiwan to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, which will set the course for the democratic island's ties with its neighbour China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.
Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organisations opposed to the move approved most of a government-sponsored bill.
The island's Beijing-friendly KMT party said it could sign a peace deal with China if it wins a presidential election next year.
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