Taiwan: News

22 Sep 2023

Indian Ocean

India bolsters Indian Ocean security with Oman base, Mauritius airstrip

Amid China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), India has operationalized a maritime support base in Oman's Duqm Port and is reportedly considering an air support facility in the north Agalega Islands of Mauritius.

18 Sep 2023


Taiwan detects 103 Chinese warplanes near island in 24 hours

The Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan expressed grave concerns on Monday over the increased military activity of China after it reportedly detected more than 100 Chinese warplanes around the island within a 24-hour period.

28 Aug 2023


Who's Terry Gou—Taiwanese presidential candidate advocating direct talks with China

Terry Gou—founder of Foxconn Technology Group—announced his candidacy for the post of Taiwan's president on Monday.

01 Aug 2023


China: 11 dead, dozens missing following Typhoon Doksuri

At least 11 people died and 27 others were reported missing as heavy rainfall continued to lash Beijing, China, for the fourth consecutive day, CCTV reported on Tuesday.

27 May 2023


Taipei claims Chinese aircraft carrier sailed through Taiwan Strait

The defense ministry of Taiwan claimed that the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday accompanied by two other ships.

20 May 2023


When in Taiwan, don't forget to buy these souvenirs

Right from its popular street food to traditional handmade offerings, there are so many things that Taiwan garners attention for.

19 Apr 2023


China preparing supersonic spy drone unit to target US: Report

A leaked assessment of the United States (US) military has revealed that China is planning to deploy a supersonic high-altitude spy drone to greatly increase its capacity to conduct surveillance activities, The Washington Post reported.

13 Apr 2023

Emmanuel Macron

China hails Emmanuel Macron amid criticism over his Taiwan remarks

Following a three-day visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that the European Union should distance itself from Chinese-American tensions over Taiwan.

10 Apr 2023


China deploys 11 warships, 59 aircraft toward Taiwan: Report

China reportedly deployed 11 warships and 59 warplanes toward Taiwan on the third day of its military drill, the latter's defense ministry said, as per AFP.

US warns China against 'spy' balloons, China calls reaction hysterical

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met Beijing's top diplomat Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

13 Feb 2023


Over 10 US balloons violated airspace since January 2022: China

China's Foreign Ministry on Monday claimed over 10 high-altitude balloons sent by the United States (US) violated its airspace since January 2022.

Second Chinese spy balloon spotted over Latin America: Pentagon

The United States (US) government reportedly spotted a second Chinese spy balloon in the skies over Latin America, CNN reported citing the Pentagon.

US: Pentagon tracking Chinese spy balloon surveilling nuclear weapons sites

A Chinese spy balloon is reportedly flying over the United States (US), surveilling its highly sensitive nuclear weapons sites, the Pentagon said on Thursday. It is currently being tracked as the Pentagon believes it doesn't pose a particularly dangerous intelligence threat.

01 Jan 2023

Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan offers China assistance in coping with fresh COVID-19 surge 

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic island is ready to help China cope with its fresh COVID-19 spike.

26 Dec 2022


China deploys 71 warplanes, 7 naval ships toward Taiwan: Report

China deployed seven ships and 71 warplanes toward Taiwan in a 24-hour display of power, the latter's defense ministry said on Monday.

10 Nov 2022

Xi Jinping

Be combat-ready to win wars: President Jinping tells Chinese Army

Invoking a threat to China's national security, President Xi Jinping ordered the military to maintain combat readiness and "prepare for war" at the Central Military Commission's joint operations command center in Beijing.

16 Oct 2022

Xi Jinping

Control over Hong Kong, determined on Taiwan: China President Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said that China had acquired total control over Hong Kong by transitioning it from disorder to governance.

04 Oct 2022

Travel And Tourism

Taiwan on your itinerary? Check-in at these 5 unique accommodations

Taiwan is famed for its scintillating nightlife, excellent gastronomy, stunning landscapes, and extensive shopping opportunities.

25 Sep 2022


This shape-shifting robot can split into pieces, snap back together

A miniature robot that has the ability to change its shape or split into tinier bits has the potential to redefine targeted drug delivery.

01 Sep 2022


In a first, Taiwan shoots down Chinese drone: Report

In a first such incident, the military forces of Taiwan shot down an unidentified drone that had entered its airspace near the Chinese coast on Thursday.

20 Aug 2022

US Government

21 Chinese warplanes, 5 naval ships tracked around Taiwan: Report

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has said that it tracked 21 warplanes and five naval ships of the Chinese military around the country on Friday.

09 Aug 2022


Taiwan accuses China of using drills to 'prepare for invasion'

Following days of massive Chinese war games, Taiwan's military held an artillery drill on Tuesday simulating defense against an attack, as Taipei alleged Beijing was preparing to invade the island.

06 Aug 2022


Taiwan's top defense official found dead amid growing China-Taiwan tensions

The deputy head of the Taiwan Defense Ministry's research and development unit, Ou Yang Li-hsing, was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, Central News Agency reported.

05 Aug 2022

Nancy Pelosi

Will sanction Pelosi over Taiwan visit: China's warning to US

China will be sanctioning United States (US) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her visit to Taiwan this week, the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

05 Aug 2022

Nancy Pelosi

China using my Taiwan visit as excuse for drills: Pelosi

Speaking in Japan during the last leg of her Asia tour, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that China is using her visit to Taiwan as an "excuse" to conduct military drills near the island.

03 Aug 2022

Nancy Pelosi

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi visit: China imposes sanctions on Taiwan

China imposed severe sanctions on the import of fruits and seafood from Taiwan and halted sand supplies to the island on Wednesday following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

03 Aug 2022

Nancy Pelosi

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses Taiwan Parliament; China enraged

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed Taiwan's parliament on Wednesday, and met with its President Tsai Ing-wen and human rights activists.

02 Aug 2022


US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reaches Taiwan amid China's warnings

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly landed in Taiwan late on Tuesday evening as part of her Asia tour, amid repeated "warnings" against her visit from China.

16 Jul 2022


Forget pineapple, Pizza Hut Taiwan just mixed mango with cheese

Pizza Hut Taiwan's latest menu item, the Durian Mango Cheese Pizza, has divided the internet.

23 May 2022

Joe Biden

China contemplating attack on Taiwan, leaked audio clip suggests

China may be planning an attack on Taiwan, an audio clip leaked by a human rights activist suggests so, as per an HT report.

23 May 2022

Joe Biden

US will defend Taiwan from Chinese invasion: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden on Monday said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan from China if the latter invaded the self-ruled island nation.

Taiwan's President confirms presence of US military trainers on island

A small number of United States troops are present in Taiwan for training purposes, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has confirmed.

23 Jul 2021


Typhoon to bring heavy rains to Taiwan, China over weekend

A typhoon is forecast to bring heavy rains to Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, days after the worst flooding on record in a central province caused at least 33 deaths.

13 Jun 2021

US Senate

US earmarks billions for chip production as COVID-19 hits Taiwan

The US Senate passed the Endless Frontier Act, funneling billions to bolster local chip manufacturing and technology sectors. The legislation aims to keep the US competitive with China, which is also pumping billions into its semiconductor research and manufacturing.

15 May 2021


#NewsBytes Explainer: The real reasons behind the global chip shortage

Today, manufacturing industries around the world are braving an acute shortage of chips essential for practically every modern equipment.

04 Apr 2021


TSMC's silicon wafer price hike could affect Apple's iPhone 13

Apple's longstanding primary source for silicon, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), was expected to hike prices by 15% for its silicon wafers when the auto industry was facing a chip crunch.

03 Apr 2021

Train Accident

Taiwan prosecutors probe train crash that killed 51

Prosecutors in Taiwan said on Saturday that they have questioned the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto a rail track and caused the country's worst train disaster in decades that killed 51 people and injured 146, though no charges have been filed.

02 Apr 2021

Train Accident

Taiwan train derails in tunnel, reportedly killing 36 people

A passenger train carrying an estimated 350 people derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday morning, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, the authorities said, marking the island's deadliest rail accident in decades.

24 Mar 2021


Here's why Intel's Foundry Services is a brilliant strategic gambit

It's no secret that Intel is in dire straits after being bested by AMD and recently losing its chip contract for Apple's Mac range. It will now focus on making chips for other companies.

30 Sep 2020

Vivo Mobiles

Vivo X50e 5G, with Snapdragon 765G chipset, goes official

As the latest addition to its X50 line-up, Vivo has launched the X50e 5G in Taiwan. The handset joins the X50, X50 5G, X50 Pro, X50 Pro+ and X50 Lite models that are available in various regions.

23 Sep 2020


Chinese soldiers seen crying on way to Indian border

A viral video showing crying soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has given quite the opportunity to Taiwanese media to mock China.

19 Aug 2020

New Zealand

Unable to fly, travelers hop on flights to reach nowhere

With the coronavirus pandemic putting brakes on flying worldwide, frequent fliers are trying different styles to satisfy their "wanderlust".

13 Aug 2019


HTC teases launch of a new smartphone: Details here

HTC is all set to make a comeback in the Indian smartphone market with its new handset.

Hundreds of same-sex couples get married in Taiwan: Details here

Taiwan, which made history by becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage last week, held another proud moment for the queer community this week.

04 May 2019


Taiwan: Man eats AirPod 'accidentally', finds it working inside stomach

A few days back, we reported about an iPhone that worked perfectly well after being bitten by a shark.

11 Apr 2019


Doctors discover four live bees inside Taiwanese woman's eye

Dubbed as the "world's first" such incident, doctors at the Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan were horrified when they found four live bees inside a 29-year-old woman's eyes.

Nokia X71, with punch hole display, launched at Rs. 26,500

Expanding its portfolio of Nokia smartphones, brand-licensee HMD Global has launched the X71 model at a price tag of TWD 11,900 (approximately Rs. 26,500) in Taiwan.

02 Apr 2019

Nokia 6

Nokia X71 aka Nokia 6.2's specifications leaked ahead of launch

As the latest addition to its portfolio of Nokia smartphones, brand-licensee HMD Global will launch the X71 model in Taiwan on April 2.

23 Feb 2019

Hong Kong

Video shows pilot taking a nap while flying Boeing 747

In an incident of major violation of rules, a pilot of China Airlines (the national carrier of Taiwan) was found sleeping in the cockpit while flying a Boeing 747.

22 Jan 2019


Taiwanese 'Bikini Climber' freezes to death after falling into gorge

In a tragic incident, a social media adventure star was found frozen to death at National Park in Taiwan yesterday.

03 Jan 2019

Xi Jinping

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen rejects Xi Jinping's call for unification

Taiwan's leader has rejected the Chinese president's call for unification under a "one country, two systems" approach.

26 Dec 2018


Taiwan: 152 Vietnamese tourists 'disappear' during holiday; search is on

Taiwanese authorities have commenced a search for 152 Vietnamese tourists who arrived with tourist visas last week, and have since gone missing.

22 Aug 2018


Creepy or Cute? Internet can't stop talking about puppy-shaped desserts

Internet is a divided space: it can't decide whether these desserts are creepy or cute.

06 Jul 2018


India justifies Air India changing Taiwan to "Chinese Taipei"

A day after Air India, on Beijing's demand, made a change on its website to refer to Taiwan as "Chinese Taipei", the Indian government has justified its action.

Taiwan' is now 'Chinese Taipei' on Air India website

National carrier Air India changed the name of Taiwan to Chinese Taipei on its website, following instructions from the government.

05 Jul 2018


Air India follows other airlines to call Taiwan 'Chinese Taipei'

Prodded by Beijing, and following on the footsteps of several major airlines, Air India has now modified its website to show Taiwan as "Taipei, Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, Chinese Taipei".

07 Feb 2018


Two dead in powerful Taiwan quake, 150 missing

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan's tourist city of Hualien just before midnight, leaving at least two dead, 200 injured and buildings and roads damaged.

01 Oct 2017


Apple investigating splitting open of iPhone 8 Pluses

Apple is currently investigating reports of its iPhone 8 Plus splitting open, the reasons for which remain unclear.

31 Aug 2017

Reliance Jio

JioPhone may get delivered in these places, first

If you have pre-booked a JioPhone, this news is going to go either way for you.

30 Jun 2017

Donald Trump

US' planned $1.4bn arms sale to Taiwan irks China

The US is planning to sell around $1.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, the first such sale under the Trump administration.

17 Jun 2017


Japanese start-up makes papers from stones, and not trees

Tablets made of stone were one of the earliest tools used for writing before invention of paper.

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize gay marriage

In a landmark judgement, judges from Taiwan's highest court ruled in favour of gay marriage, making the small island nation the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

29 Apr 2017

Donald Trump

US-China bonhomie: Trump rejects Taiwanese president's suggestion of phone call

US President Donald Trump has rejected Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's suggestion that the two leaders speak again on the phone.

27 Apr 2017


Missing Taiwanese trekker found alive after 47 days in Himalayas

Liang Sheng Yuehm, a 21-year-old Taiwanese trekker has been rescued, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing in the Himalayas.

03 Nov 2016

Hong Kong

Toy gun smuggling case re-opens in China

Almost an year after 20-year-old Liu Dawei was convicted on a weapons smuggling charge for owning replica guns, the Fujian High People's Court had started reviewing his family's appeal.

15 Sep 2016

Pacific Ocean

Typhoon Meranti hits China after sweeping Taiwan

Super typhoon Meranti lost some strength before reaching the city of Xiamen in China, in the early hours of Thursday.

08 Aug 2016


Gogoro partners with Bosch to bring its scooters to Europe

Taiwan-based start-up Gogoro teamed up with a subsidiary of Bosch, called Coup, marking its entry into Europe.