More anti-COVID protests in China triggered by deadly fire

More anti-COVID protests in China triggered by deadly fire

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Protests against China’s restrictive COVID-19 measures appeared to roil in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region. Many protests could not be immediately confirmed, but in Shanghai, police used pepper spray to stop around 300 … Read more

Taiwan president resigns as party leader after election loss

Taiwan president resigns as party leader after election loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party following local election losses on Saturday in which voters chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island. Concerns about threats from rival China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, took a backseat to … Read more

Taiwan’s local elections billed as message for China and the world

Taiwan's local elections billed as message for China and the world

Polls opened in Taiwan on Saturday in local elections that President Tsai Ing-wen has framed as being about sending a message to the world about the island’s determination to defend its democracy in the face of China’s rising bellicosity. The local elections, for city mayors, county chiefs and local councilors, are ostensibly about domestic issues … Read more

Workers protest, beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory

Workers protest, beaten at virus-hit Chinese iPhone factory

BEIJING (AP) — Employees at the world’s biggest Apple iPhone factory were beaten and detained in protests over pay amid anti-virus controls, according to witnesses and videos on social media Wednesday, as tensions mount over Chinese efforts to combat a renewed rise in infections . Videos that said they were filmed at the factory in … Read more

China begins live ammunition drills near Taiwan after Pelosi visit

China begins live ammunition drills near Taiwan after Pelosi visit

The Chinese military began live ammunition drills near Taiwan on Thursday in a days-long apparent show of force after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island. The latest: Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said it activated its defense systems after China’s military-launched multiple ballistic missiles into Taipei’s northeast and southwest waters. “We condemn such … Read more

China claims ‘precision missile strikes’ in Taiwan Strait

China claims 'precision missile strikes' in Taiwan Strait

KEELUNG, Taiwan (AP) — China says it conducted “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday as part of military exercises that have raised tensions in the region to their highest level in decades. China earlier announced that military exercises by its navy, air force and other departments were underway in six zones surrounding … Read more

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on cross-Strait relations that could have further increased regional tensions. Pelosi, the first incumbent House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, … Read more

Pelosi Taiwan visit puts TSMC back in spotlight of US-China rivalry

Pelosi Taiwan visit puts TSMC back in spotlight of US-China rivalry

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the biggest contract chipmaker in the world. But it has been thrust in the middle of US-China geopolitical tensions. logo displayed on the screen. Rafael Henrique | Sopa Pictures | light rocket | Getty Images US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have left Taiwan but the visit has cast … Read more

European markets open to close, earnings, data

European markets open to close, earnings, data

LONDON — European stocks were fractionally lower on Wednesday, continuing the cautious regional trend this week. The pan-European Stoxx 600 slipped 0.2% in early trade, with autos falling 1.4% while tech stocks gained 1.1%. The mixed trade for European stocks comes after markets pulled back slightly on Tuesday, tracking risk-off sentiment globally as investors assess … Read more