China ‘fully able’ to invade Taiwan by 2025, Taipei defense chief says amid worst tensions in 40 years
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 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.
Actor and wrestler John Cena recently apologized to China for saying Taiwan is the “first country” to watch “F9” in an interview with TVBS in early May.
Taiwan’s biggest Pokémon Go fan spent nearly half an hour turning off the excessive alarms caused by a glitch in the government’s earthquake alert system.
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.
A Filipino migrant worker is facing a hefty fine for breaking Taiwan’s strict COVID-19 quarantine rule for eight seconds.
What happened: The man, whose name was not revealed, was quarantined in a hotel on Nov. 13, according to the Huffington Post.
A Taiwanese Facebook user shared a story on how he bought his PlayStation 5 from a man who was forced to sell the gaming console after his wife found out it was not an air purifier.
Taiwan is keeping the 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition of daoliao, also known as “knife massage” or “knife therapy,” alive and well after arriving in the country around 80 years ago.
History: Chinese history suggests the art of knife massage has been around since 770 BC to 476 BC, Wu Wei-chuan, the chairwoman of the World Daoliao Association, told the Los Angeles Times.
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.
Young adults on the autism spectrum enjoyed a night for themselves at a club in Taipei on Sept. 26.
The event, inspired by those in Baltimore and London, was the first of its kind in Asia, drawing more than 100 attendees.
Taiwanese singer and actor Alien Huang has died at the age of 36 inside his apartment in Taipei on Wednesday.
The former host of “100% Entertainment,” who was born Huang Hong Sheng, was found unresponsive by his father at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 after he failed to reach his son on the telephone, according to Central News Agency via CNN.