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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Taiwan 'needs to rethink' foreign policy after Gambia exit

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 05:30pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com African nation's shock decision to cut ties with island seen as sign Taipei relying too much on Beijing's goodwill to help ... after the Gambia became the first country in nearly six years to cut ties with the island, local analysts said yesterday. It took Taipei until yesterday to finally announce the end of bilateral ...

  2. I'll quit if corruption claims stick, says Chen

    Posted Jun 21st 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Representative Karan Bhatia was the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in six years, indicating the scrapping of the National Unification Council and the transit spat had not damaged US-Taiwan ... decision to scrap the National Unification Council or the row over where he would stop over in the US en route to Latin America had harmed ties with the United States. The scrapping of the council, ...

  3. News - China - TAIWAN

    Beijing's top Taiwan man Zhang Zhijun visits island for first time

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:51pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... to address the nation's policy concerning Taiwan, local observers said. Relations between the two former rivals, once bitter after the end of the civil war in 1949, have sharply improved since ... to sign 21 economic cooperation agreements in the last six years. But the March protest, dubbed the Sunflower Movement, derailed the momentum. Thousands of students filled the streets, with more ...

  4. News - China - ANALYSIS

    With two years left, is Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou in danger of becoming lame duck?

    Posted May 20th 2014, 03:56am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Is Ma in danger of becoming lame duck president? Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou marks six years since taking office today with his ... from March 18 in protest over the pact, which they said would threaten jobs on the island and the nation's democracy. Ma is due to deliver a speech at a university in Taichung to mark ...

  5. Law needed before treasures will be lent

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... return,' Chou Kung-hsin, director of Taipei's National Palace Museum, said yesterday. Her comment came ahead of a six-day visit to Beijing and Shanghai, beginning on Saturday, to discuss ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan says mainland must guarantee return Taiwan says it will be happy to lend some of its 650,000 national treasures for exhibition on the mainland- under one ...

  6. Chen loses court challenge on 'top secret' documents

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... in two visits to interview Mr Chen in the president's office in 2006. Mr Chen later claimed the receipts and records covered six diplomatic missions that were meant to be classified in the interests of national security. He demanded that the documents be returned. Mr Chen filed a lawsuit in December to try to block proceedings against his wife on the grounds that the documents used ...

  7. Taiwanese cabinet backs relaxed rules for mainland spouses

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung, Minnie Chan

    ... of Taiwanese people. Under the revisions, which still need the legislature's approval, mainland spouses will be able to get Taiwanese identity cards after living on the island for six years rather ... six years before they are entitled to employment. A restriction disallowing mainland spouses from inheriting up to NT$2 million (HK$465,400) from their Taiwanese relatives will also ...

  8. Apologies put Chen on familiar ground

    Posted May 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Another newspaper, the United Daily News, wrote that Mr Chen's performance during the past six years was marked by 'fallen integrity, poor policies and national divide'. It said Mr ... the president of Taiwan in 2000, he vowed to introduce reforms and clean governance on an island tired of the corrupt Kuomintang administration. But six years after coming to power, Chen Shui-bian has ...

  9. Tourists forced to skip visit to mausoleums of KMT leaders

    Posted Jul 06th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... delegation led by China National Tourism Administration director Shao Qiwei, arrived in Taiwan on Friday via nine charter flights from six mainland airlines. The tourists were instead taken to what ... and his delegation later headed to a high-class restaurant at the National Palace Museum where he was the guest of honour at a luncheon hosted by former KMT chairman Lien Chan. 'The visits ...

  10. Chen signs the death certificate for council

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Reactions from the US, which was caught off guard by Mr Chen's proposal in January to scrap the National Unification Council, were unexpectedly mild. Officials and analysts said this was due ... functioning' in an attempt to play down the impact. 'The National Unification Council will cease functioning and the budget no longer be appropriated,' Mr Chen declared, adding the 'the ...




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