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  1. US commitment a relief for Taiwanese leaders

    Posted Jan 21st 2011, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... A verbal commitment to Taiwan from US President Barack Obama at Wednesday's White House media conference came as a big relief to the island's government, which has faced strong criticism from the pro-independence camp for leaning too far towards ...

  2. Security chief flayed over Ma office intruder

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese legislators are demanding the resignation of the island's security chief after a lapse at the Presidential Office last month in which a woman sneaked past guards and wandered inside the building for half an hour before being stopped. The incident was a huge embarrassment for the authorities. President Ma Ying-jeou's spokesman, Wang ...

  3. Taiwan softens its defence policy in new sign of warming ties

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan would drop the terms 'active defence' and 'pre-emptive strike' from its defence policy, the island's military said yesterday in yet another sign of fast-improving cross-strait relations. 'Pre-emptive strike' and 'active defence' - meaning Taiwan would attack key mainland military bases first if armed ...

  4. Taiwanese alarmed at increase

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan's military sector expressed concern over the growth in the mainland's defence spending, saying it would increase the cross-strait imbalance. 'The [14.9] per cent budget growth is relatively large in the face of a global downturn that has also affected the mainland,' Taiwan's Defence Ministry said. It said the international ...

  5. Taiwan's justice chief sees HK as role model

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan hopes to emulate Hong Kong in fighting corruption and improve an image tarnished by a massive corruption case centred on the island's former leader, Chen Shui-bian, according to Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng. 'In terms of success in fighting corruption, Hong Kong is always mentioned,' Ms Wang said. 'So is Singapore. I hope ...

  6. Hu sees positive signs for cross-strait ties

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Renewed call for early resumption of talks President Hu Jintao has renewed his call for an early resumption of cross-strait talks based on the '1992 consensus'. 'It has been a solemn promise for the Kuomintang and the Communist Party to achieve cross-strait peaceful development,' Mr Hu said yesterday in a meeting with the KMT's ...

  7. KMT urges boycott of referendums, including its own

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang has called on voters to boycott two referendums to be held alongside this month's legislative elections, including one that the KMT initiated. 'We have made a painful decision today and appeal to our voters to refuse to receive the referendum voting papers,' KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said ...

  8. Anti-Chen group to form political party for Taiwan election

    Posted Nov 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan's Red Troop is back - in the form of a political party pledged to keep up the pressure on the graft-tainted government of President Chen Shui-bian. Key figures in the failed campaign to bring down Mr Chen are turning their one-off drive into a more constant movement by forming the Home Party, whose Chinese pronunciation sounds like 'hung ...

  9. Hu's cross-strait policy lacks new meaning, says DPP

    Posted Oct 16th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... into negotiations with Taiwan to reach a peace agreement, but also warned the island against formally declaring independence. DPP spokesman Lai I-chung said: 'The one country, two systems ...

  10. Outrage as Taiwanese companies lose 'China'

    Posted Feb 13th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Chen ignores protests against adopting 'our most beautiful and powerful name' Taiwan has formally dropped 'China' from the titles of the government-run post office and a petroleum company, despite opposition from the US. The move, made ...




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