Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would be ‘ill-conceived’ and ‘reckless’
05 August 2022 | 7:11 am
We begin by looking at reactions to the US drone strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Also, papers lambast US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Taiwan for spurring tensions with China at a thorny time in geopolitics. Finally, French teenagers swap their phones for fishing rods (sort of) and discover the joys of fishing this summer!
President Tsai Ing-wen has met with a five-member delegation of US Congress which arrived on the island less than two weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
China's shelling of Taiwan's Kinmen and Matsu islands in 1958 and recent saber-rattling from Beijing have made preparing air raid shelters a key part of Taiwan's civil defense strategy. But as DW's Cherie Chan reports, not everyone thinks those shelters are adequate.
As China ramps up its fake news campaign, the Taiwanese are finding ways to fight back. They've formed unique alliances with their government and are working to restore public trust.
Just 5 km from China's coastline, the sheer scale of the threat Beijing poses to the self-ruling island can be sensed. DW reports from the region amid rising tensions and military maneuvers
Taiwan has beefed up its training of reservists since the Ukraine war started and is raising awareness about the value of civil defense. Experts say new programs can better prepare Taiwanese for potential crises.
A potential deal to supply weapons to Taiwan has been approved by the US State Department. It includes the sale of anti-ship and air-to-air missiles as well as a radar surveillance system.
In the wake of China's intense military exercises this month, the self-ruling island has been testing missiles. Could it defend itself in an attack from Beijing? DW's Zach Lee and Cherie Chan report.
Hundreds were trapped on mountain roads in Taiwan after an earthquake destroyed bridges, derailed trains, and topples buildings.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York.
Taiwan is a democracy with a strong human rights record and a high standard of living. But despite the country's economic strength and elected government, the island state struggles to receive international recognition.
Former top Taiwanese defense official Admiral Lee Hsi-ming told DW he is concerned that forces are not ready to fight off China, and that a new defense concept is needed.
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