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2006-08-06 02:45:22

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan condemned China on Sunday after oil producer Chad switched diplomatic ties to Beijing from Taipei, forcing Premier Su Tseng-chang to scrap his plans to visit the African nation at the last minute. Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory since

2006-03-08 04:48:40

By Jonathan Landreth BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) - "Oscar honor brings joy to Chinese" read a front-page headline of Tuesday's China Daily, after "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee became what the state-run paper called "the glory of Chinese cinematic talent." But Lee's film about romance between two men -- which made him the first Asian to win the best director Oscar -- is not likely to screen in China, industry critics say, and has turned the Taiwan-born filmmaker into...

2006-03-08 02:31:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up hundreds of petitioners who converged on Beijing to air grievances during the ongoing session of China's parliament, rights group Amnesty International said. Police raided hostels in Beijing on the night of Tuesday last week and detained more than 400 people who had come from around the country, the group said in a statement seen on Wednesday. The group did not say what happened to those detained. In earlier round-ups, most have...

2006-03-07 05:08:50

By Ben Blanchard and Alice Hung BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's foreign minister sought on Tuesday to deflect concerns over the announcement of another double-digit rise in the military budget, saying the country had spent far less than the United States. The defense came as self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own and has threatened to recover by force, said that China has accumulated nearly 800 missiles capable of bombing the island for 10 hours, and warned the threat...

2006-03-03 21:23:56

TOKYO (Reuters) - Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, who on Monday scrapped guidelines on unification with China, is determined to draft a new constitution that better suits Taiwan's current situation, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Saturday. China has sharply criticized Chen's independence-minded stance, and his abandoning of a council and guidelines focused on ultimate reunification drew harsh warnings from Beijing. In an interview with the conservative Yomiuri conducted in...

2006-03-03 04:34:30

BEIJING (Reuters) - A top Chinese Communist Party leader vowed on Friday that Beijing would block any moves toward Taiwan independence but would work for a peaceful solution to the stand-off. Beijing claims sovereignty over the self-ruled island and its 23 million people and has threatened to use force if it formally declares independence. On Monday independence-leaning President Chen Shui-bian scrapped Taiwan's National Unification Council and its 15-year-old unification...

2006-02-27 05:12:47

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian scrapped on Monday a policy-making body on unification with China and 15-year-old symbolic guidelines on eventual unification, a move that has riled Beijing and alarmed Washington. While the move was almost certain to complicate reunion and fuel tensions, Chen said it did not mean Taiwan would push for formal independence. "Taiwan has no intention of changing the status quo and firmly opposes any use of non-peaceful...

2006-02-26 21:58:40

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is scheduled to meet his national security advisers later on Monday to scrap a council advising on eventual unification with China, in a move Beijing considered a "dangerous provocation." Chen, keen to shake off Beijing's claim of sovereignty over the island, said last week the National Unification Council and 15-year-old guidelines on unification were "absurd products of an absurd era" and should be scrapped. China and Taiwan split...

2006-02-25 22:17:29

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A former senior official of the Bush Administration will visit Taiwan in yet another effort by Washington to persuade President Chen Shui-bian to retain a policy council on unification with China, a local newspaper said. The United Daily News said former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage would meet Chen and spell out consequences of the controversial decision when he visits. It was not clear whether Armitage would arrive before February 28, when Chen...

2006-02-23 01:41:11

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's increasingly tough stand on China is testing the patience of the island's biggest ally and arms supplier, the United States. Washington was already frustrated by Taiwan's delay in approving an arms package, but Chen's latest needling of Beijing over its claim to the island has left it fuming. "Chen is pushing the envelope and forcing the United States to draw a line to show him where the limit is," said George Tsai,...