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  1. Scouting trip by mainland tycoons points to Taiwan property boom

    Posted Apr 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Nine mainland property tycoons have arrived in Taiwan for a four-day visit, fuelling expectations of a 100 per cent growth in property transactions this year. The tycoons, led by Liu Changle, chairman of the Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television group, who a ...

  2. Ma likely to keep to the status quo

    Posted May 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Ma Ying-jeou will be speaking to multiple audiences today when he gives a speech following his inauguration to a second four-year term as Taiwan's president. Beijing will be looking for signs he is ready to move on to political dialogue following the island's engagement with the mainland on economic policy in his first term. ...

  3. US picks veteran to head de facto Taiwan embassy

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com The United States has named a career diplomat well versed in cross-strait and Hong Kong affairs to head its de facto embassy in Taiwan. The appointment of Christopher Marut was welcomed by the government of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday. But it raised eyebrows in the island's pro-independence camp, which suspected ...

  4. Ma secures twin legislative wins

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com President Ma Ying-jeou's administration has legalised two controversial bills to lift a long-time ban on certain US beef products and enact capital gains tax on share investments. Ma's victory in an extraordinary legislative session yesterday is expected to boost his political fortunes, as he faces questions over his ...

  5. Culture minister calls for forum with Beijing

    Posted May 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan's first minister of culture, Lung Ying-tai, has called for a forward-looking cultural forum with Beijing, saying discussions were required before the two sides can consider signing any cultural co-operation pact. Announcing her policy agenda in Taipei yesterday, the former essayist and cultural critic said she ...

  6. Taiwan culture minister sinks teeth into job

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Former essayist Lung Ying-tai kicked off her first day as Taiwanese culture minister yesterday by vowing to set up a system that would cultivate cultural officials able to resist political influence. 'Cultural policies should never serve political purposes,' the island's first culture minister said. Lung, a former ...

  7. Beijing and Shanghai get Taiwan green light

    Posted May 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan says it will allow 500 individual mainland tourists from Beijing and Shanghai to visit the island every day, starting next month, in a further sign of warming cross-strait ties. The new measure, expected to be implemented before the end of next month, would not only help increase the number of visitors to Taiwan, but would also give ...

  8. Peace treaty with Beijing would need vote, Ma says

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has told the island's voters that a referendum would have to be held before any peace treaty was signed with the mainland. Ma, who is seeking re-election in January, said yesterday that his peace treaty proposal would have to be backed by public support- one of three conditions before Taiwan ...

  9. Ma looks to Sean Chen's finance ability

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has named a financial expert as the head of his cabinet, in the hope of steering the island through economic uncertainty brought on by the European debt crisis. Sean Chen, 62, the outgoing vice-premier known for his strong financial expertise, would replace Wu Den-yih as premier, effective from ...

  10. Solo mainland tourist numbers disappoint

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Wang Tsung-wei, a cab driver in Taipei, has yet to give a ride to a single mainland tourist, despite expectations of a surge of visitors after a ban on individual travellers was lifted on June 28. 'The government said our business would increase when it allowed solo mainland tourists to visit, but where are they?' Wang ...




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