Political talks get closer after forum

Cross-strait talks are set to approach the so-called 'deep water zone' after complex political issues were raised for discussion for the first time in a recent partisan meeting in Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012, 12:00am

Reviving Taiwan A TALL ORDER

With the European debt crisis complicating the world economy, new Taiwanese Premier Sean Chen has no time to waste in steering the cabinet through wave upon wave of difficulties washing over the island.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Times change for veterans of the civil war

In the lead-up to today's presidential election in Taiwan, residents of villages long dedicated to former military personnel in Kaohsiung - the power base of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party - are keeping a low profile.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hu tells KMT's Lien '1992 consensus' crucial to ties

President Hu Jintao reiterated the importance of abiding by the so-called 1992 consensus for peaceful development of cross-strait relations when he met Kuomintang honorary chairman Lien Chan.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The futility of trying to please everyone

It is a fact of political life in free societies that governments can govern only with the consent, whether implied or explicit, of the governed. In democracies, that consent is regularly renewed, or not, at the ballot box. If renewed, the party in power soldiers on. If withheld, the opposition takes over.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing summit cements thaw in cross-strait ties

Hu vows priority on issue of Taiwan's WHO participation

Leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait yesterday held their first summit in more than 60 years, scoring a minor breakthrough on Taiwan's future participation in international bodies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO).

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Hu sees positive signs for cross-strait ties

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'.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Ma and Chen exchange fire over role of '1992 consensus'

Taiwanese president-elect Ma Ying-jeou and outgoing President Chen Shui-bian turned their first meeting since 2006 yesterday into a debate about whether a cross-strait understanding in 1992 can form the basis for reviving talks with the mainland.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

What they said ...

Yesterday's exchange about the 1992 consensus

Chen Shui-bian: 'There is no way [I can] accept such a term as 1992 consensus because there are three uncertainties about this: first, whether the 1992 consensus factually existed is uncertain; second, its exact content is uncertain; and third, its future development and possible change are uncertain.'

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Taiwan hopefuls outline plans for reconciliation

Candidates unveil tactics for managing cross-strait ties

Presidential candidates of Taiwan's two rival parties have drawn a rosy picture of how they would reconcile with the mainland and resolve thorny cross-strait issues.

12 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Embattled Chen tops newsmakers' list

Scandal-plagued Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has dominated the media on both sides of the Taiwan Strait during the past year, a City University survey has found.

Coming second on the list of the top 25 personalities was President Hu Jintao , followed by former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Official dashes Anson Chan's timetable hope

Government officials gave the cold shoulder yesterday to Anson Chan Fang On-sang's call for a universal suffrage timetable by July next year.

Lau Siu-kai, head of the Central Policy Unit, said it would be counterproductive if a deadline was imposed on the ongoing discussions within the Commission on Strategic Development.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

APEC stumbles at the start

AS STARTS go, this was a rocky one. The word 'consensus' has reverberated around this year's Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) meeting but when the delegates got their first chance to demonstrate that 18 divergent nations with 18 divergent agendas could be unified, success appeared illusory.

13 Nov 1994 - 12:00am