Taiwan’s president on Thursday rebuked China over a ban on individual permits for its visitors to the self-ruled island, saying the move aimed to manipulate coming presidential elections, amid heightened tension with the giant neighbor.
China will stop issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan to people in 47 mainland cities from Aug. 1, its culture and tourism ministry said on Wednesday, citing the state of ties with the self-ruled island, but gave no details.
Hong Kong police have fired tear gas at an unauthorised protest involving thousands of demonstrators.
China’s defense ministry warned on Wednesday that it was ready for war if there was a move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.
India has successfully launched its second lunar mission a week after it halted the scheduled blast-off due to a technical snag.
China says will cut ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan
US companies vulnerable to sanctions include tank engine maker Honeywell and private jets maker Gulfstream.
Tens of thousands rallied in Hong Kong on Sunday driven by deep-seated anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill which has revived fears of Beijing attempting to erode freedoms in the former British colony.
Hong Kong: Carrie Lam says extradition bill is 'dead' but will not withdraw it. Leader calls legislation ‘total failure’ but will not give in to demands for formal withdrawal.