April 21, 2001 |
Taiwanese attack helicopters, missile boats and tanks pounded targets during war games Friday, days before Washington decides whether it will sell the island advanced weapons. Holding the live-fire drills so close to U.S.-Taiwan arms sales talks--scheduled to begin Tuesday in Washington--risked adding more tension to America's fragile relationship with China. Ties have already been strained by the April 1 collision between a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet over the South China Sea.
March 8, 2001 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, in his first appearance before a congressional foreign relations committee, reiterated firm U.S. support for Israel and Taiwan on Wednesday but stopped short of embracing new policies advocated by some lawmakers.
February 9, 2001 |
China reacted sharply Thursday to rumors that former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui plans a trip to the United States, saying that any form of visit by Beijing's nemesis would gravely hurt Sino-American relations. Reports that Lee wants to visit the United States have swirled in Taiwan's media for weeks, but an aide and U.S. officials say they are not aware of any such plan. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said there was no indication that Lee planned to visit.
February 3, 2001 |
China is dispatching its top foreign policy official to Washington next month in an apparent bid to talk the Bush administration out of approving new weapons for Taiwan during its first months in office. Vice Premier Qian Qichen's visit has not been announced, but a senior administration official confirmed it this week in response to a Times query. Qian's trip will represent the first high-level contact between China and the new administration.
August 13, 2000 |
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has pulled out of a meeting today with members of Congress, a visit that the Clinton administration did not want to happen for fear of riling Chinese sensitivities to U.S.-Taiwan relations. Chen informed Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) on Saturday night that he was unable to attend, the U.S. congressman said in a staff statement issued in Washington.
August 11, 2000 |
Key House Republicans and Democrats, defying Clinton administration policy, plan to meet with newly elected President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan when he visits Los Angeles on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Rep.
July 12, 2000 |
Taiwan's new president, Chen Shui-bian, may have been elected as a reformer, but he isn't bringing a fresh broom to Washington. In fact, it turns out that Chen is going to do business here the same way his predecessor, Lee Teng-hui, did: by having his friends and financial backers pay large sums of money to a Washington lobbying firm.
April 18, 2000 |
Prominent congressional advocates of boosting Taiwan's defense denounced the Clinton administration's decision Monday to delay the sale of four destroyers equipped with sophisticated radar systems and other military hardware meant to help the island stave off threats from mainland China.
March 31, 2000 |
Taiwan is far more vulnerable to attack from China than is generally recognized because its isolated military has fallen behind technologically, according to a highly classified Pentagon report. The 40-page report details "a host of problems" with the Taiwanese military's ability to defend against planes, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, said a Clinton administration official familiar with it.
March 19, 2000 |
In the wake of Taiwan's dramatic presidential election, Asia specialists believe that the United States faces one overriding challenge: keeping all sides cool during the uncertain postelection period, as a new, untested leader assumes power on the island. "What's needed is a little bit of time for people to calm down, breathe normally and think through in an unemotional manner where things are going and the stakes that are involved," said Robert L.