“We will not give China the pretext to create conflict. We will not provoke disputes and we will be restrained, yet that does not mean we will not counteract,” Tsai said.


Reacting to Beijing's criticism, Katrin Budde of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) said, "We were surprised that other countries were dictating where we should travel." She noted that Germany's parliament would decide where its members were allowed to travel. Willsch, too, addressed Beijing's intensified saber rattling, which has taken on new importance in light of Russia's February 24 invasion of Ukraine. "This is not the way we understand international politics," he said, calling military threats against neighbors "unacceptable."

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Russia’s losing war in Ukraine is also a major strategic setback for China


Beijing considers the self-ruled island of Taiwan a wayward province it has vowed to bring under control, by force if necessary. Taiwan rejects China's sovereignty claims, saying only its people can decide their future, and vows to defend itself if attacked.


“Anything that dilutes America’s focus on helping Taiwan to defend itself is a really bad idea,” Sen. Dan Sullivan said.


Prosecutors allege several Marshall Island lawmakers, unidentified in the charge sheet, voted for the bills after receiving bribes ranging from US$7,000 to $22,000 (£6,100 to £19,000). The pair were detained in Thailand in 2020 and extradited to the US last week. "Yan and Zhou's bribes blatantly flouted the sovereignty of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and its legislature," said US Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York. The Marshall Islands, a chain of islands located between Hawaii and Australia, gained independence in 1979 after being under US administration for four decades.


Footage circulating online Tuesday showed workers wearing top-to-bottom protective gear preventing residents of apartment buildings from exiting through locked lobby doors


Apple told suppliers that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as being made either in "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei"