Asia Briefs: China warns of crisis with Taiwan's new govt

China warns of crisis with Taiwan's new govt

BEIJING • Taiwan's new government will be to blame for any crisis with China that erupts once it assumes office, Beijing said yesterday, heaping on the pressure ahead of the inauguration of a new president from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

Ms Tsai Ing-wen, who assumes office on May 20, has said she will maintain the status quo, but has never conceded to a key bilateral agreement referencing the "one China" principle, which has angered Beijing. Under the "1992 consensus" with the Nationalists, Taiwan and China agreed there is only one China, with each having its own interpretation.

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Thieves blast ATM in Malaysia with bombs

KOTA KINABALU • Thieves got away with about RM70,000 (S$24,000) after they blasted open an ATM at a bank in the small town of Membakut, about 100km from Kota Kinabalu, early yesterday morning.

The thieves used homemade explosives and crowbars to force open the ATM before fleeing with the money from the bank's premises.

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