Anti-Secession Law


As Ma Ying-jeou approaches the end of his first term as president of Taiwan, he is credited with not rocking the boat in the Taiwan Strait.

Thursday, 12 January, 2012, 12:00am

Ultimate deal

Taiwan's presidential election on January 14 is turning into a tight race between the incumbent, Ma Ying-jeou, and Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, with independent James Soong Chu-yu unlikely to win but likely to receive enough votes to threaten Ma's re-election.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Trickle-down effects of a cross-strait thaw

With one month to go before Taiwanese president-elect Ma Ying-jeou is sworn in, change is in the air across the Taiwan Strait.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Taiwan will be watching for any shifts in policy

Taiwan will be keeping a close eye on the Communist Party's 17th National Congress to see whether the mainland's ruling party will adopt any policy guidelines detrimental to the island.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Conflict with Taiwan unlikely in the short term, say analysts

Cross-strait military conflict is unlikely in the near term despite the mainland's rapid arms build-up and growing pro-independence sentiment in Taiwan, analysts say.

The latest moves by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to bolster the pro-independence cause have seriously irritated Beijing, which has warned time and again it will not let the island split away from it.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Ban on Taiwanese media sites eased

Taipei under pressure to allow in People's Daily, Xinhua

A move by Beijing to partially lift restrictions on mainland access to the websites of two pro-reunification Taiwanese media websites could encourage Taipei to consider reissuing press passes to People's Daily and Xinhua reporters, a Taiwanese official said.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Bar-owners' tactics deserve red card

As enjoyable as the World Cup has been so far - despite a slow start and some dreadful refereeing decisions - it has been disappointing to see the way bars in Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai have chosen to boost their profits during the tournament. One night, two drinks cost $100, three nights later, they cost $150. Inflation, I guess.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Status quo will not change, says policy chief

Joseph Wu says decision to scrap unification body not linked to independence

Taiwan has no intention of changing the cross-strait status quo, despite the mainland's long-standing military threat and diplomatic suppression, according to the head of the island's top mainland policy planning body.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Cross-strait director lashes at Taipei

A senior mainland official in charge of Taiwan affairs yesterday lambasted the island's government for 'sparing no effort in obstructing the cross-strait relations from moving ahead'.

13 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Bomb, blockade and attack plan

If Taiwan declared independence, the mainland would carry out bombings, blockades and attacks with troops to stop it, yesterday's edition of the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao quoted a mainland military expert as saying.

It said the unnamed National Defence University professor made the remarks at a lecture in Shenzhen on Monday.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Beijing rules out retaliation over Taipei's ban on reporters

The central government's Taiwan Affairs Office says the mainland is not considering a tit-for-tat response after the island suspended the press passes of reporters from Xinhua and the People's Daily.

Office spokesman Li Weiyi urged Taipei to reverse its ban yesterday and said the mainland remained committed to promoting cross-strait exchanges.

14 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Taiwan kicks out People's Daily and Xinhua reporters

Move called retaliation for passage of Anti-Secession Law

Taiwanese authorities yesterday suspended reporters from Xinhua and the People's Daily from working on the island, in their first concrete retaliation against Beijing's Anti-Secession Law.

11 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Missions to argue Taipei's case

Taipei will send delegations to the United States, Japan and the European Union next month to counter Beijing's efforts to seek international understanding of its Anti-Secession Law.

31 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

KMT visits open diplomatic door

Beijing's passage of the Anti-Secession Law aimed at Taiwan has undoubtedly raised tensions across the strait. The estimated half a million demonstrators at Saturday's march in Taipei against the law, as well as the heated response in mainland official media, are ample demonstration of that.

29 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Mainland interpreting subtle messages from Taipei's protest march

Taiwan's fury over the mainland's Anti-Secession Law reached boiling point in Taipei on Saturday when hundreds of thousands rallied against the legislation.

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and his family members joined the march, breaking a long tradition on the island of sitting presidents not taking part in political demonstrations.

28 Mar 2005 - 12:00am