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China renames hundreds of Uighur villages

Hundreds of Uighur villages and towns have been renamed by Chinese authorities to remove religious or cultural references, with many replaced by names reflecting Communist party ideology, a report ...

Xi Jinping shifting blame to Washington

Foreign media have reported that during a meeting in April last year Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the US is attempting to provoke ...

The forced assimilation of Tibet

The situation in Tibet is complex and sensitive, with reports saying the Chinese government is attempting to assimilate Tibetan culture into the Han culture....

Hundreds rally for Hong Kong and democracy

Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Taipei yesterday, calling on people to unite to...

Contrasting Dong’s, Lai’s speeches

Over the past two weeks the contrast between China’s hostility and Taiwan’s peaceful approach has become clear once more for all to see. Beijing is raising tensions...

Inauguration boosts ties with Tibet

Saturday last week marked the 29th anniversary of the abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama. A news conference organized by the Human Rights Network for Taiwan and Tibet (HRNTT), addressed by Zeekyab Rinpoche, the abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, alongside Dolma and Tsering, highlighted ongoing concerns regarding the Panchen Lama’s disappearance at age six by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime, earning him the unwanted title of the world’s youngest political prisoner.

EDITORIAL: The spirit behind US Tibet bill

On Tuesday last week, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimously passed the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act, also known as the Resolve Tibet bill. The US House of R...

Significance of passage of Resolve Tibet bill

The passage of the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act, also known as the Resolve Tibet bill, by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Tuesday last week, to be sent to the ...

Protesters disrupt Chinese envoy’s speech

A group of Taiwanese-American and Tibetan-American students at Harvard University on Saturday disrupted Chinese Ambassador to the US Xie Feng’s (謝鋒) speech at the school, accusing him of being resp...

Tibetans maintain their heritage

More than 1,000 Tibetans, including monks, were arrested following peaceful protests against the construction of the Gangtuo Dam in China’s Sichuan Province. Some of the arrested Tibetans have been...

Ma’s out-of-touch vision of China

As former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) wrapped up his visit to the People’s Republic of China, he received his share of attention.Certainly, the trip must be seen within the full context of ...

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Chinese band crossed a lineThe Pingtung County Government’s independent music festival, the Taiwan Music Festival, began on Thursday and ended yesterday. One of the...

EDITORIAL: The far side of China

The 1969 British science fiction movie Journey to the Far Side of the Sun describes how an astronaut travels to a previously unknown planet, hidden on other side of the sun.

Erasing hate through karmic healing

For one afternoon, on Antioch’s main street and tranquil riverbank, the fragrance of burning incense was paired with the ...

MAC reports on Chinese intimidation

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) deployme...

FEATURE: Nation attempts to root out China’s spies

In November last year, a court heard accusations that two serving soldiers had accepted bribes from Chinese agents to record a video declaring their loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and...

MOFA welcomes joint EU-Canada statement on Strait

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday welcomed the EU-Canada Summit’s joint statement that stressed the importance of the Taiwan Strait.Taiwan would continue to work with Canada, ...

Xi launching military purge, MAC report says

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is launching a purge of the country’s military, a report on China released on Monday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said.Xi and other high-ranking g...

G7 urges ‘peaceful’ resolution in Strait

The G7 on Wednesday called for protecting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and support for the nation’s meaningful participation in international organizations, while the UK and Japan reite...

Lee Teng-hui listing sparks outcry

A Taiwanese organization based in Tokyo on Sunday lodged a protest against Japanese publisher Shueisha for categorizing former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) under “China” in its collection on Asian ...

Mining boom harms fragile Tibetan Plateau, report says

China’s booming electric vehicle (EV) industry is fueling a lithium rush in the Tibetan Plateau that risks damaging the troubled region’s fragile ecology and deepening rights violations, research p...

Bilingual education for Tibetans, Chinese-style

First-grade students, hands folded on their desks, watch a teacher write a brush-like stroke on a blackboard in their Tibetan alphabet. Outside, craggy mountains climb toward the brightest of blue ...

What US should do about Taiwan

After a recent visit to Beijing, Stanford University political scientist Oriana Skylar Mastro wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Monday last week, titled “This is what America is getting wrong...

Ex-ministry staff accused of spying on Tibetans indicted

A former Ministry of Culture civil servant accused of supplying information on Tibetans in Taiwan to the Chinese government has been indicted on national security charges, prosecutors said on Tuesd...

New Zealand in good headspace after visit with Dalai Lama on their day off

A first World Cup loss to hosts India has done little to dampen spirits in the New Zealand camp, with players soaking up the delights of Dharamsala and reveling in a visit to the Dalai Lama....

Accepting so-called ‘consensus’ giving up Taiwan: Lai

Accepting the so-called “1992 consensus” is equivalent to abandoning the sovereignty of Taiwan, Vice President and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate William Lai (賴清德) said w...

Peace in Strait key: UK, Swedish PMs

A strategic partnership signed by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Friday emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and ...

Two killed by avalanche in Tibet as 50 were climbing

Avalanches on Saturday struck high on the slopes of the Tibetan mountain Shishapangma as more than 50 climbers were making a push for the summit, killing an American and Nepalese mountaineer, China...

Taiwan News Quick Take

DIPLOMACYMa departs for summitFormer president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday departed for Singapore to attend the Asia Future Summit being held today and tomorrow, his...

Book review: Taiwanese recipes with a side of politics

In Taiwan’s English-speaking circles, quite a few people are familiar with the names Clarissa Wei (魏貝珊) and Ivy Chen (陳淑娥). California-born Wei has been writing about local food and other subjects ...

EDITORIAL: India is a partner worth pursuing

India has long been touted as one of the world’s top emerging economies, and was a BRIC nation — Brazil, Russia, India and China — when it formed in 2001, expanding to BRICS in 2010 with the additi...

Taiwan and the new ‘Great Game’

When Rudyard Kipling wrote the novel Kim in 1901, he popularized British intelligence officer Arthur Conolly’s phrase, “The Great Game.” The game was the 19th-century geopolitical struggle b...

Minister Wu returns from St Kitts and Nevis

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Wednesday returned from Saint Kitts and Nevis, where he attended the celebration of the nation’s 40th anniversary of independence and signed an agreem...

What Biden’s Xi remarks mean

During a news conference in Vietnam on Sept. 10, a reporter asked US President Joe Biden about the possibility of China invading Taiwan. Biden replied that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is too...

Education ban on Afghan girls is a worsening crisis

Two years after the Taliban banned girls from school beyond sixth grade, Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education. Now, the rights of Afghan women and chil...

China unlikely to launch invasion

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) domestic problem is essentially economic in nature. Unlike other market economies, which might collapse if faced with the deep and dangerous economic problems Chin...

Book review: Out of Taiwan

Two theses underlie this book and the views of its contributing writers. First, that Taiwan is essentially an indigenous society that has been colonized by settlers, the Chinese included. Second, that...