Officials canceled over 160 flights, closed schools and shut down financial markets ahead of the powerful storm. Several highways were shut down for fear of floods and landslides and railway links were also set to be cut in the afternoon.
Gou’s withdrawal gives the two candidates from the main parties a clearer run in the election. Tsai leads with 49% of support, compared with 42% for Han, according to a survey released by TVBS last week.
Tsai Ing-wen's delegation is going to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on a 12-day trip. The island nations are among the few that recognize Taiwan instead of China.
Tsai Ing-wen, who faces re-election in January, has repeatedly called for international support to defend Taiwan's democracy in the face of Chinese threats. She last went to the United States in March, stopping over in Hawaii at the end of a Pacific tour.
Local media reported more than 100 flights were being canceled and almost 20,000 passengers affected on the first three days of the strike, which began Thursday afternoon after negotiations broke down.
The Defence Ministry says that it has submitted a letter of request for 108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor missiles, 409 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 250 Stinger man-portable air defence systems.
The United States is “playing with fire” with its support for self-ruled Taiwan, China said on Thursday. China’s comments come ahead of a meeting between Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe and acting U.S. defence secretary Patrick Shanahan. Already locked in an escalating trade war, the two countries are also at odds over a series of […]
China, which claims Taiwan as its own sacred territory, has a thriving gay scene in major cities, but there has been little sign that the ruling Communist Party will legalise same sex marriage, despite activists pushing for it.