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Taiwan Announces Live-Fire Exercises Following China Threats

The government of Taiwan announced Thursday that it would begin a live-fire military drill next week simulating an invasion to test a line of homemade launch rocket systems. Taiwan’s military would continue similar drills throughout the year to enhance combat readiness, the armed forces said.

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PLA General: Accepting Taiwan’s Independence a ‘War Crime’ if China Invades

Taiwanese people who recognize the sovereignty of their nation “would be classified as war criminals that must be punished if the Chinese mainland is forced to deal with the Taiwan question by force,” Lieutenant General He Lei of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) told reporters on Wednesday.

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China: Taiwan Election Results Show Young People Do Not Want Independence

Taiwan held the equivalent of a midterm election on Saturday. The results were brutally disappointing for President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) – so disappointing that Tsai almost immediately resigned as head of the party, although she remains president of Taiwan.

Five takeaways from Taiwan's vote results

China Objects After Taiwanese President Makes Historic NASA Visit

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen paid a visit to NASA’s fabled Johnson Space Center in Houston on Sunday, making her the first sitting president of Taiwan to visit an American government facility on U.S. soil. The Chinese were predictably outraged.

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Taiwan’s President Asks World: ‘Constrain China’

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen asked the world to help Taiwan “constrain China” in an interview with Agence-France Presse (AFP) on Monday, warning that the world’s “democracy, freedom and freedom to do business” were imperiled by the Communist Party. She repeated these warnings on Tuesday, prompting a stern rebuke from Beijing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (left) speaks before departing from Taoyuan airport on January 7, 2017

Disappearances, Mass Arrests as China Cracks Down on Taiwan and Hong Kong

China has evidently exceeded its tolerance for democracy along its fringes. There are reports this week that a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist mysteriously vanished during a visit to Macau, while the leaders of 2014’s democracy protests in Hong Kong have been politely arrested.

Police officers run toward protesters to try to disperse them outside the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding that China's central government stay out of a political dispute in the southern Chinese city after …

Taiwan to Build More Submarines to Protect Against China in South China Sea

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen announced Tuesday that she was approving a new plan for the island nation to build an indigenous submarine, following years of failing to get foreign nations to agree to sell submarines to the Taiwanese military for fear of upsetting the Chinese Communist Party.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves from a Duch-made Sea Tiger submarine at the Tsoying navy base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on March 21, 2017. Taiwan formally launched an ambitious project to build its own submarines as the island faces growing military threats from China as relations deteriorate. / AFP PHOTO …