2 US warships pass through Taiwan Strait ahead of crucial Trump-Xi meeting

Two US warships have sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait, just days ahead of Donald Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Argentina to discuss strained trade relations. Guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and the replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-OA-197) passed through the disputed waterway on Wednesday to show Washington’s commitment to […]

Taiwan voted to reject same-sex marriage in a surprise about-face that has changed the island both socially and politically

Alberto Buzzola/LightRocket via Getty Images Taiwan woke up on Sunday morning a very different island, following a series of political blows that dashed hopes of moving towards legalizing same-sex marriage. Last year, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, and set a two-year deadline for legalization. The move seemingly set Taiwan […]

US charges Chinese, Taiwan firms for stealing secrets from Micron

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has filed charges against a Taiwanese company, a Chinese PRC-backed company, and three Taiwanese nationals of economic espionage against Idaho-based semiconductor manufacturer Micron over the production of F32nm DRAM. Sessions also announced the creation of the China Initiative, led by Assistant Attorney General John Demers, […]

2 US warships pass through Taiwan Strait as ‘freedom of navigation’ feud with China escalates

Two US warships have reportedly passed through the Taiwan Strait, a move that will likely be viewed by Beijing as yet another escalation amid Washington’s ongoing operation to impose freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The USS Antietam, a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Curtis Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, traveled through […]

At least 17 dead, 120+ injured in catastrophic train derailment in Taiwan (VIDEO)

Published time: 21 Oct, 2018 11:37 Taiwanese authorities have confirmed that at least 17 people have been killed and more than 120 others injured after a high-speed train derailed in the north east of the country. The Puyuma Express derailed as it traveled between Shulin and Taitung shortly before 5pm local time on Sunday, according […]

3D gun advocate Cody Wilson accused of sex with minor is jailed in Texas after police say he fled to Taiwan

Defense Distributed via YouTube Cody Wilson was booked into a Houston jail early Sunday. He’s accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl and paying her $ 500 afterward. Wilson owns a Texas company that sells blueprints for 3D-printable guns. HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to […]

Cody Wilson reportedly trying to rent an apartment in Taiwan, per local media

Enlarge / Cody Wilson (right), the founder of Defense Distributed, spoke to reporters in Austin on August 28. (credit: Nathan Mattise) After skipping his flight back to the US in the wake of accusations of sexual assault against a minor, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson attempted to rent an apartment in Taipei this week, according […]

Judge orders Cody Wilson’s arrest, but he skipped his return flight from Taiwan

Enlarge / Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the “Liberator”, in his factory in Austin, Texas, on August 1, 2018. (credit: KELLY WEST/AFP/Getty Images) AUSTIN, Texas—On Wednesday morning, a county judge signed the arrest warrant for 3D-printed gun rights activist Cody Wilson, who is accused of sexually assaulting […]

US airlines have caved to China’s ‘Orwellian’ demands on Taiwan

Screenshot/ American Airlines American Airlines is the first major US carrier to change its description of Taiwan as a deadline imposed by China looms. US airlines had until July 25, Beijing time, to stop describing Taiwan as a country. Despite the White House calling China’s demands “Orwellian,” dozens of airlines around the world have complied […]

The Tasty Joys of Midnight Meals in Taiwan

It’s a godless hour and dripping wet in Keelung, a port city off the northern coast of Taiwan. But the narrow alleys are still jammed with people, elbow to elbow, jostling at the closet-size night market stalls to place their orders. Competing for their attention: steaming beef noodle soup, sizzling oyster pancakes, honey-sweet pearl milk […]