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Washington (AFP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level. In an address to state leaders gathered in Washington, Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration would step up communication with state and local governments about dealing with China. “Don’t make separate individual deals and agreements with China that undermine...

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a stark message for the governors gathered in Washington this weekend: The Chinese government is watching them, and other state government officials, more closely than they think. Pompeo told some 44 governors at the National Governors Association winter meeting that they are being individually analyzed by at least one Chinese government-backed think-tank on how malleable they are, and how prone to cooperate with China. And he warned governors to...

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Earlier this month, the US Department of State released its report on President Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy, “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision.” The report, timed to coincide with the East Asia Summit and the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, both held in Bangkok, provides an overview of the Trump administration’s vision for the Indo-Pacific and of the policies it has adopted in pursuit of that vision. As can be discerned from the...

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A U.S. representative to the United Nations called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to directly engage with Taiwan, while Vice President-elect William Lai attended the Trump-hosted National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, as the world battles the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus. Taiwan also faced difficulties in repatriating its citizens from Wuhan. Beijing initially told Taipei it could not send charter planes to evacuate Taiwanese nationals, which several other countries have done, before allowing one...

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Washington, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te (賴清德) was invited to the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast in the United States because of his advocacy for freedom of religion and human rights, prominent Chinese American pastor Bob Fu (傅希秋) said Thursday. Speaking to reporters after the annual gathering of political and religious leaders in Washington D.C., Fu said that since Lai stepped down as Taiwan’s premier in January 2019, he has been deeply involved...

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… Led by Republican Michael McCaul and Democrat Eliot Engel, the U.S. lawmakers voiced their concerns in a letter over Taiwan’s exclusion from ICAO, which oversees aviation standards and practices. They pointed out that air travel often serves as a major factor in pandemics spread. Furthermore, the members urged ICAO to evaluate its decision to block social media accounts that raise concerns over Taiwan’s exclusion. The lawmakers said Taiwan has the 11th busiest airport in...

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Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The United States called on the World Health Organization (WHO) during a meeting Thursday to directly engage with Taiwan to better aid the global effort against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which has been declared a global health emergency. At an executive board meeting of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, Andrew Bremberg, permanent representative of the U.S. to the Office of the United Nations, said work needs to be done to...

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy conducted more freedom of navigation operations in 2019 than in any year since the U.S. began more aggressively challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea in 2015. The Navy conducted seven FONOPs in the South China Sea last year, according to records provided by U.S. Pacific Fleet. The FONOPs are designed to challenge China’s claim to maritime rights and dominion over several island chains in the region, which have...

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… During the first two days of his trip, Lai met with pro-Taiwan Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). On Tuesday, he delivered a speech at the inaugural meeting of the Religious Freedom Roundtable, where he was introduced by Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. Lai exolled the value his country places on freedom of religion and praised American missionaries for their contributions to Taiwanese society over...

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The Chinese government is working to make its military stronger, more efficient, and more technologically advanced to become a top-tier force within thirty years. With a budget that has soared over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) already ranks among the world’s leading militaries in areas including artificial intelligence and anti-ship ballistic missiles. Experts warn that as China’s military modernizes, it could become more assertive in the Asia-Pacific region by intensifying pressure on...