Taiwan activates defenses in response to China incursions

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations by 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part of Beijing’s strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy. The large-scale Chinese deployment came as Beijing increases preparations for a … Read more

Promising gene therapy delivers treatment directly to the brain

When Rylae-Ann Poulin was a year old, she didn’t crawl or babble like other kids her age. A rare genetic disorder kept her from even lifting her head. Her parents took turns holding her upright at night just so she could breathe comfortably and sleep. Then, months later, doctors delivered gene therapy directly to her … Read more

Promising gene therapy delivers treatment directly to the brain

When Rylae-Ann Poulin was a year old, she didn’t crawl or babble like other kids her age. A rare genetic disorder kept her from even lifting her head. Her parents took turns holding her upright at night just so she could breathe comfortably and sleep. Then, months later, doctors delivered gene therapy directly to her … Read more

US defense industry unprepared for a China fight, says report

WASHINGTON ― The US defense-industrial base is not ready for a battle over Taiwan, as it would run out of key long-range, precision-guided munitions in less than one week, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. US military aid to Ukraine has helped prevent a Russian victory against the … Read more

China rings in Year of Rabbit with most COVID rules lifted

BEIJING (AP) — People across China celebrated the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict “zero-COVID” policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China. Each year … Read more

The AP Interview: Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan has learned important lessons from Ukraine’s war that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if invaded, the self-ruled island’s top envoy to the US said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. Among the lessons: Do more to prepare military reservists and also civilians for … Read more

Taiwanese pray ‘just to be safe’ as Year of the Rabbit nears | Arts and Culture News

Taipei, Taiwan – Preparing for the Lunar New Year is a busy time for people like Ms. Lin, a 58-year-old who works near Taipei’s historic Longshan Temple. Many Taiwanese – and people of Chinese descent throughout the world – get their hair cut, buy new clothes, clean out the house, prepare for a family feast … Read more

Taiwanese pray ‘just to be safe’ as Year of the Rabbit nears | Arts and Culture News

Taipei, Taiwan – Preparing for the Lunar New Year is a busy time for people like Ms. Lin, a 58-year-old who works near Taipei’s historic Longshan Temple. Many Taiwanese – and people of Chinese descent throughout the world – get their hair cut, buy new clothes, clean out the house, prepare for a family feast … Read more

China turns on the charm – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Beijing wants to be friends again. Chinese diplomats are fanning out with a new softer message for international partners and adversaries alike. Gone is the aggressive “wolf warrior” rhetoric. In its place, a warmer tone and a promise of economic cooperation. Vice Premier Liu … Read more