A self-ruled democracy China claims as its own, Taiwan is up against a formidable campaign from Beijing.

US blasts ‘spiteful’ decision to freeze Taiwan out of WHO
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed the “spiteful” rejection of Taiwan’s bid to attend the World Health Organization’s annual meeting as an observer despite its success in tackling Covid-19. Beijing has insisted that Taiwan, a self-ruled island democracy that it claims as its own territory, be excluded from the World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body. It added that the previous inclusion of Taiwan should not count as a precedent, as the current Taiwanese government no longer recognized the one-China principle (under which both Taipei and Beijing agree there is only one China, but differ on how it is interpreted). “The United States condemns Taiwan’s exclusion from th
Pro-Trump ad mistakes Taiwanese airline for China’s
The latest pro-Trump TV ads aim to depict the leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as being a friend of China’s – except they get “China” wrong at one point.  The ad campaign, funded by America First Action, a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election, accuses Biden of supporting China’s rise at the expense of Americans. "Travel Ban." pic.twitter.com/mmPrj6FbIS — America First Ads (@AmericaFirstAds) May 1, 2020 In one part of the advertisement, the narrator claims that Biden “failed to support the China travel ban to stop the coronavirus,” while a China Airlines plane is shown taking off next to a darkened picture of the former vice president. China Airlines, h
Coronavirus patients are most contagious early on, study says
Most transmission of Covid-19 occurs at the very early stage of the disease or before the onset of symptoms, a study based on Taiwan’s contact tracing system has found. The research looked at the outcomes for 2,761 close contacts linked to Taiwan’s 100 confirmed cases of the disease, caused by a new coronavirus, up to March 18. Only 22 of those contacts were found to have contracted Covid-19, and all of them caught the disease from people who had not yet reached their sixth day of illness or had not even started to show symptoms. The findings – published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine on Friday – come as countries around the world are looking to
Could the pandemic trigger conflict in the South China Sea?
As the USS Barry, one of the US’ most advanced destroyers, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday last week, an officer on board posted a message on Facebook: “They don’t call us the Finest Forward Deployed Destroyer for nothing! Your Bulldogs always have the watch – together, we ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific!” Based in Yokosuka, Japan, the guided-missile destroyer was no stranger to the sensitive channel separating Taiwan and mainland China. In fact, this was its second passage this month through the 112-mile-wide waterway – defined as part of the South China Sea under international protocol. As the Covid-19 global health crisis continues to rage, infecting more than 3 million p
Coronavirus brings US and Taiwan closer together
As the relationship between Beijing and Washington has deteriorated during the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States has managed to use the crisis to shore up relations with Taiwan.  The tightening relationship has been met with strong disapproval from Beijing, and analysts said it would further strain cross-strait relations. The coronavirus pandemic has already strained the relationship between Taipei and Beijing, with the handling of the repatriation of Taiwanese people in the central mainland city of Wuhan being one of the most recent areas of contention. On Friday the de facto US embassy in Taiwan promised “more cooperation with Taiwan for years to come” in a move observers interpreted a
US-China ties to get complicated due to elections in Taiwan
Taiwan may face retaliation and increased pressure from Beijing after President Tsai Ing-wen’s landslide re-election victory, analysts said, adding uncertainty to the already tense relationship between China and the US. Tsai, from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won a record-breaking 8.2 million votes, or 57% of the total, in Taiwan’s election on Saturday against 5.5 million votes for her main opponent, Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, in what was widely seen as an endorsement of the Tsai administration’s tough stance against Beijing. Observers said Beijing was likely to further squeeze Taiwan – a self-ruled island that Beijing claims as part of its territory – in the
Taiwanese voters share election hopes
In the days before Taiwan voters go to the polls on January 11, 2020, to select their next president, the South China Morning Post interviewed people on the self-ruled island to learn more about what they hope for and expect from their next political leaders.