Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ Sep 17, 2020 0 247 12345 AFPParisTaiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to force.Taiwan was “on the front line defending democracies from being taken over by the communist China” and needed help from other countries, he told the France 24 TV station.Wu said China “has been intensifying its military threat against Taiwan” in recent years and had stepped up military exercises in the region.More than 30 Chinese military planes have recently crossed into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, he said, describing this as “very threatening”.“We have been trying very hard in the last few years to beef up our own defence capabilities and at the same time we also want to let the international community understand that Taiwan as a democracy has been threatened by China, which is an authoritarian country which is trying to expand its influence,” the minister said.China views self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it -- by force if necessary. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 327 EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 686 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 706 Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state ST JOHN’S: Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past. The .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast AFP Mobile, US Sluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. The slow-moving .. US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers AFP Washington The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a .. UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM AFP London Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 ..