Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan is ready to have ‘meaningful’ talks with China as equals as long as they are willing to put aside confrontation.  File photograph: EPA

China has rebuffed the latest offer of talks from Taiwan, saying the government was engaging in a “cheap trick” and provocation by seeking confrontati(...)

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen:  said China was trying to isolate and demoralise Taiwan, and force it to accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

In a surprise move, billionaire Terry Gou has opted out of the upcoming Taiwan presidential race, a call that could help unite the Beijing-friendly Ku(...)

 A woman and children harvesting  groundnuts in Malawi. More than 50%  of the country’s  18 million people live below the poverty line, making it the fourth poorest country in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Corruption, poverty and the economy are at the forefront of citizens’ minds ahead of Malawi’s “three-horse race” elections set to take place next week(...)

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, in Taipei on Friday. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rain(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 2nd 2019.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/EPA

President Xi Jinping ratcheted up the pressure on Taiwan’s pro-self-rule government on Wednesday, asserting China’s right to use military force agains(...)

A same-sex marriage supporter adjusts the wedding veil of his friend, in front of an ad for  a wedding firm,  after a marriage equality referendum was lost, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on November 25th. Photograph:  Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has suffered punishing losses in local elections in a boost for the China-friendly opposition, whil(...)

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen watches a live-fire drill in Magong on May 25th. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

Officials in self-ruled Taiwan have requested details about China’s arrest of Taiwanese human-rights activist Lee Ming-che on a state subversion charg(...)

Hong Kong politician Joshua Wong: says an assault on him and fellow rights activist Nathan Law at Hong Kong’s airport was a co-ordinated attack by pro-Beijing elements. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong says an assault on him and fellow rights activist Nathan Law at the territory’s airport was a co-ordinated(...)

The People’s Republic of China flag and the US Stars and Stripes fly on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during a visit by then Chinese president Hu Jintao in 2011. Photograph: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

After criticism by US president-elect Donald Trump of China’s policy towards self-ruled Taiwan, Chinese media have called for a harder approach to its(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaking during a “USA Thank You” tour event in Cincinatti on Thursday and  Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Trump spoke on Friday with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. Photograph: AP

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after US president-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with president Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan. Beijing blam(...)

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