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China ‘fully able’ to invade Taiwan by 2025, Taipei defense chief says amid worst tensions in 40 years

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Taiwanese defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng believes China will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025, noting that current tensions are the “toughest” he has seen in over four decades.

Driving the news: Chiu made the assessment at a parliamentary meeting Wednesday, days after Beijing sent 150 warplanes to the self-governed island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The area is international airspace but Taipei considers it a buffer, according to AP News.

Taiwan’s national flag anthem plays during badminton medal ceremony in historic Tokyo Games moment

Taiwan’s national flag anthem was played during the awarding ceremony for badminton at the Tokyo Games on Saturday in what may be considered a historic moment for both Taiwan and the Olympics.

The national flag anthem: The song, which dates back to the 1930s, blasted through the stadium’s speakers as Taiwanese duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin watched the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag rise in the medal ceremony, according to Taiwan News.

Woman Has Meltdown on Train After Being Asked to Wear Mask Properly in Taiwan

A woman was filmed having a meltdown after being asked by passengers to wear a mask properly while riding a train in Taiwan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unidentified woman reportedly rode the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train from New Taipei City’s Banqiao District to Taoyuan’s Zhongli District bound for Taichung on Sunday without a mask, according to Taiwan News.

Taiwanese Military to Highlight Same-Sex Marriages at Annual Mass Wedding

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The Taiwanese military will highlight the wedding of two female soldiers and their female civilian partners at its annual mass wedding on Friday.

Chen Ying-xuan and Lee Ying-ying, and Wang Yi and Meng Youmei’s participation at this year’s mass wedding will become the Taiwanese military’s first-ever ceremony for same-sex couples, according to The Guardian. The military weddings will be held a day before the annual LGBTQ+ parade in Taipei.