TAIPEI (Reuters) - China must use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect its democratic values, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, ahead of a major speech about the island by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.China has heaped pressure on Tsai since she took office in 2016, cutting off dialogue, whittling down Taiwan's few remaining diplomatic allies and forcing foreign airlines to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites.gi China fears Tsai wishes to push for Taiwan's formal independence, though Tsai says she wants to maintain the status quo, and has regularly sent military aircraft and ships to circle the island on drills.Taiwan is gearing up for presidential elections in a year's time. Tsai's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party suffered stinging losses to the China-friendly Kuomintang in mayoral and local elections in November.In a new year's address at the presidential office in Taipei, Tsai said the two sides of the … [Read more...] about Taiwan tells China to use peaceful means to resolve differences
Updated 8:21 pm CST, Monday, December 31, 2018 Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during the New Year press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during the New Year press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Photo: Chiang Ying-ying, AP Photo: Chiang Ying-ying, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during the New Year press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during the New Year press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Photo: Chiang Ying-ying, AP Taiwan's Tsai says … [Read more...] about Taiwan’s Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule
Taiwan will suspend online visa application incentives for Vietnamese citizens following the absconding of 152 Vietnamese in the country. Four Vietnamese women detained in the Taiwanese police station (Source: CNA) Several companies in Ho Chi Minh City on December 28 announced that they were informed by Taiwanese partners about the suspension of online visa application incentives for Vietnamese citizens. A representative from TST Tourist Company said that tourists who have been given visas under the programme would also be further questioned about their reasons to travel at the immigration in Taiwan. The questioning will also apply for Vietnamese visitors with European or Japanese visas. "Vietnamese citizens who ask for visas to Taiwan will have to follow the previous procedures while online services are suspended," the company said. "Only those who have valid visas to the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea can still get an online visa to Taiwan. … [Read more...] about Taiwan tightens visa rules for Vietnamese
Vietnam staged a huge comeback victory, defeating Taiwan 4-1 at an AFC 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament encounter in Hanoi on Thursday, keeping hope alive that the Vietnamese might advance to the next stage in the event. Vietnam's coach Nguyen Huu Thang, in his debut match with the national team, and his men were unfazed when Wu Chun Ching scored the opening goal just seven minutes into the game. Veteran striker Cong Vinh netted an equalizing shot in the eighth minute and followed-up with a second goal in stoppage-time. Nguyen Van Toan, an Arsenal academy-trained striker, scored in both the 29th and 42nd minute to earn the Golden Stars a glorious victory. Coach Thang said the 4-1 win matters less than how the team were shaped after the first game under his regime. “We still have defense weaknesses which led to the opening goal by Taiwan,” he said. “My goal is to build a powerful team, not strong individuals.” Vietnam now have seven points after five … [Read more...] about Sports Vietnam beat Taiwan to revive hope in World Cup qualifying campaign Look out, 2019!
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will kick off a year of sensitive anniversaries with a major speech on Wednesday by President Xi Jinping on Taiwan, China's most sensitive issue.In 2019 China will celebrate 70 years since Communist China's founding. Anniversaries are always touchy events in China, where maintaining stability is the ruling Communist Party's overwhelming priority.gi Next year brings at least six that could unsettle the party, from June's 30 years since the bloody Tiananmen crackdown to October's 70 years since Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic at the end of an even bloodier civil war.But it will be self-ruled Taiwan, proudly democratic and claimed by China as its own, that will be the focus of Xi's first important, pre-announced public event of the year.State news agency Xinhua said on Monday that Xi will give a major speech in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on the 40th anniversary of a key policy statement that led to a thaw in relations with … [Read more...] about China to kick off year of sensitive anniversaries with major speech on Taiwan