Taiwan salvage teams extract mangled carriage from train crash tunnel
08 April 2021 | 6:49 am
Salvage teams in eastern Taiwan manage to remove most of the damaged carriages at the site of the worst train crash in recent decades. At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in Friday's crash, which sent a packed eight-car train hurtling into the sides of a narrow tunnel near the eastern coastal city of Hualien. The pulverised front car, where many of the fatalities took place, remains inside the tunnel.
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Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu granted an interview to FRANCE 24 from Taipei. He warned that the threat from China was "very serious" and that Taiwan needs to "be prepared" for possible Chinese military action, "whether it is an all-out invasion or a small skirmish with our military."
FRANCE 24 spoke to Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to France. He insisted Beijing was prioritising "peaceful reunification" with Taiwan, but said the Chinese authorities had "not ruled out the use of force" – not with the intention of targeting "the people of Taiwan", but rather to dissuade "separatists in Taiwan" and certain "foreign forces". The Chinese diplomat also said he was "sure" there would be no mass surge in Covid-19 cases during the Winter Olympics, which open in Beijing on February 4.
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Dozens of Chinese jets entered Taiwan's air defense zone, the island's officials said. Taiwan responded by scrambling its own fighter jets and activating missile defense systems.
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Former defense officials from the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited Taiwan. The delegation arrived amid fears Russia's Ukraine invasion could spark China's geopolitical ambitions for the island.
In a nonofficial visit to Taiwan, former US diplomat Mike Pompeo said Washington should take steps to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation. China described his comments as "nonsense."
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is being seen as a wake-up call by many people in Taiwan. China has long laid claim to the island nation, and some fear that Beijing could launch a similar attack.
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