China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, sparks tsunami fears

A major 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit the southeastern area of ​​Taiwan, with two international weather bureaus issuing a tsunami warning. While no casualties have been reported, the tremors were felt in Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei more than 300km away. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake began at 2.44pm local time (4.44pm … Read more

Taiwan forces fire at drones flying over island near China

Taiwan’s military fired warning shots at drones from China flying over its outposts just off the Chinese coastline, underscoring heightened tensions and the self-ruled island’s resolve to respond to new provocations. Taiwan’s forces said in a statement that troops took the action on Tuesday after drones were found hovering over the Kinmen island group. Dadan, … Read more

Two US Navy warships transit through Taiwan Strait

Two United States warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the American navy said, the first such transit since China staged unprecedented military drills around the island. In a statement, the US Navy said the passage “demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” Beijing reacted furiously, staging days of air … Read more

Time Out ranks world’s coolest streets with Gertrude St, Melbourne second

If there was an Aussie city to best represent us on a global scale when it comes to having funky, vibrant and cool streets, it would have to be Melbourne. Well, that’s according to Time Out anyway, which ranked Gertrude Street in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy as the second coolest in the world. … Read more

Asia stocks up before Powell speech, China tech adds support

Asian markets rose Friday after a Wall Street rally ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell that is expected to reiterate his plan to ramp up interest rates to fight inflation. Adding to the strong buying sentiment were signs of progress in talks between US and Chinese regulators that could see tech … Read more

South China Sea: China’s aggression forces South-East Asian nations to retreat

Beijing has already won the South China Sea. The United States navy may be sailing its waters with impunity – but nobody else is. Constant harassment is forcing Southeast Asian nations to retreat from their own waters. And that’s leaving the West out on a limb. Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) director Gregory Poling says … Read more

China warns military drills surrounding Taiwan will become routine

China has indicated “military exercises and training activities” surrounding Taiwan will become routine until “reunification” takes place. Beijing was left fuming when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in early August. And another delegation of US politicians arrived in Taiwan on Sunday sparked more angry warnings from China, which views the self-governing island as … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers’ Taiwan trips keep riling China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan is high on the summer travel list for US members of Congress on their August recess this year, as US lawmakers make a point of asserting American support for the self-governed island despite objections from China. The payoff photos from this week’s five-member congressional visitlike that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi … Read more