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Something to declare: A likely story

"London-Taipei services are operated through British Asia Airways" - current BA timetable.

Tokyo's old enemies unite over islands

Japanese disputes: Referendum embarrasses government while protests grow on territorial claims

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LAST RESORT Taipei

Lee offers China 'peace trip'

In a carefully pitched inauguration address, President Lee Teng- hui of Taiwan yesterday said he wanted to make a "journey of peace" to China, but he offered Peking no details about how he would improve relations.

Death escapes young lovers ... again

Death escapes young lovers ... again

Taiwan players weigh next move

After the stand-off: Peking loses face but Taipei realises that there is no short-term solution

Peking's foe triumphs in Taiwan poll

TERESA POOLE

China's 'bogeyman' Lee takes poll test

TERESA POOLE

Taiwan fans flames in the war of words

The war of words between Washington and Peking heated up further yesterday as senior US and Taiwan officials met to discuss a reported request from Taipei for billions of dollars worth of new weapons to strengthen its defences against the military threat from the mainland.

China warns US fleet off Taiwan waters

TERESA POOLE

LETTER : Taipei appeals for peace

Sir: Regarding your leading article, "Resisting the roar of the dragon" (12 March), it is absolutely untrue that President Lee Teng-hui is committed to independence which you mentioned in your article. President Lee Teng-hui has reiterated his stance against independence and appealed for peaceful solutions many times on different occasions.

Taiwan flirts with independence

War of words: China's warning shots bring breakaway to fore in election countdown
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What is the appeal of Twitch?

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

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Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

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