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  1. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien distances self from president Ma Ying-jeou over student protests

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:15am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien calls on island's leader to learn from protest students Ambitious Sean Lien moves out ... the island's stagnant economy. Lien also criticised Ma for his attempts to oust legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng, an intra-party rival, portraying the move as a throwback to court intrigues ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TAIWAN

    Is Ma's Taiwan presidency going down the drain, or can complaints lead to repairs?

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 11:32am by Lawrence Chung

    ... was emblematic of its mismanagement. Local newspapers naturally picked up the story. That is how it landed on the desk of the island’s premier, Jiang Yi-huah, a Kuomintang ally of Ma’s. The premier ...

  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Taiwan President Ma launches charm offensive to protect remaining diplomatic ties

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 09:22am by Lawrence Chung

    ... with the country. But the Taiwanese foreign ministry admitted that the island needs to “re-examine its relations with its 22 diplomatic allies and make necessary adjustments in the allocation of diplomatic ...


    Taiwan's leader ramps up island's claim to disputed Diaoyu Islands

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com President Ma Ying-jeou and aides announce symbolic visits to island near Dioayus, as the leader answers criticism that he is too soft Taiwan ups the stakes on disputed islands Taiwan is taking a more aggressive approach to reinforcing its territorial claims to contested islands in the South China and East China seas, in a move ...

  5. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT AFFAIRS

    Ma Ying-jeou oversees Taiwanese show of force on Penghu Islands

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... travelled to the Penghu Islands yesterday to inspect the biggest live-fire military drills there in five years. The operation on the islands - located in the Taiwan Strait, about 150 kilometres from ... The military had not previously staged live-fire drills during the island's biggest annual war games since Ma, who opted for engagement with Beijing and cross-strait peace, took office ...

  6. News - China - TAIWAN

    Ma agrees to debate stalled cross-strait pact with DPP chief

    Posted Aug 27th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... pact Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has agreed to a debate with opposition leader Su Tseng-chang, hoping the move can end the controversy over whether the island should ratify a cross-strait trade pact signed more than two months ago . The development comes as mainland authorities are becoming increasingly impatient over the island's stalling over legislation for the pact, ...

  7. News - China - TAIWAN

    Ma Ying-jeou seeks to quiet doubts about Taiwan’s defence

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 04:30pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... confidence in the island's willingness to defend itself. Ma also used the occasion to rebut mainland media reports this week claiming that Washington "responded positively" when ... its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act, which requires the US to sell defensive arms to the island. "We believe this long-standing policy contributes to the maintenance of peace ...

  8. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou starts Caribbean tour in Haiti

    Posted Aug 14th 2013, 10:47am by AP

    ... for support to help improve the impoverished country’s agricultural sector. Haiti is one of 23 countries to recognise the self-governing island of Taiwan. Mainland China considers Taiwan part of its ...

  9. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT AFFAIRS

    Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... office. The island's ruling Kuomintang said yesterday - after a summit between President Xi Jinping , in the capacity of Communist Party chief, and KMT honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung ... and that it would bring "permanent harm" to the island's future development in the international community. "For [Taiwan's] political positioning, the DPP believes ...

  10. News - China - TAIWAN

    Unopposed Ma needs large turnout to 'solidify' power

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... still failed to win the support of many people. He also stressed the importance of party unity and said that close ties between the KMT and the island's government were needed to push ...




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