Cross-Strait Relations

Beijing's top negotiator unruffled by threats of Taiwan protests

Chen Deming leads a trade delegation on an eight-day trip to Taiwanese cities. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing’s top negotiator with Taiwan said he was not worried about possible protests during his eight-day visit, which starts today, amid territorial tensions triggered by Beijing’s declaration of an air defence zone that overlaps the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, 4:42pm

Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite's Shanghai plans in doubt after censors order blackout

Eslite store in doubt after blackout

A well-publicised plan by Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite to open a branch in what is to become Shanghai's tallest building may have hit a snag as the mainland's propaganda department suddenly ordered a news blackout on the project.

21 Jun 2013 - 7:41am 5 comments

Beijing's 31 ways to win over Taiwan hearts and minds

Yu Zhengsheng (centre) joins other delegates at the fifth Straits Forum, where the initiatives were announced yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has unveiled a basket of initiatives to deepen economic, cultural and social exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, following a high-profile meeting last week between President Xi Jinping and Wu Poh-hsiung, the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Harmony between Beijing, Taiwan to continue, analysts say

President Xi Jinping meets Wu Poh-hsiung on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing will maintain its policy of peaceful interactions with Taipei, following a high-level meeting between leaders of the Communist Party and Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, analysts say.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am 1 comment

Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China

KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices.

14 Jun 2013 - 7:09am

Beijing and Taipei set to agree on service trade pact

Chen Deming, head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan and the mainland are expected to sign a service trade pact during a new round of talks later this month, which could help spur mainland investment on the island.

"Senior negotiators from the two sides will discuss, in a preparatory meeting in Taipei on Friday, details concerning the 9th cross-strait talks," a spokesman for Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation said.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:02am

Taiwan's KMT chief, and Xi Jinping set to discuss cross-strait ties in Beijing

Kuomintang honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

The honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Wu Poh-hsiung, would meet Communist Party general secretary President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday to discuss cross-strait relations, KMT officials said yesterday.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:03am

Taiwan calls for continued arms sales amid US-China summit

A US-made F-16 figther jet lands on a highway near southern Tainan city, Taiwan. Photo: AFP

During the meeting in California, the Chinese side had asked the US to end its arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory.

9 Jun 2013 - 4:15pm

Taiwan's Wu Ching-kuo says China 'understands' his IOC bid

Taiwanese boxing chief Wu Ching-kuo. Photo: AFP

The world boxing chief, who last week announced his candidacy to succeed IOC president Jacques Rogge, said he was confident that his long personal history with China would make this a case of "sport over politics".

29 May 2013 - 5:20am

Former cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin visits 'old friends' in Taiwan

Chen Yunlin in 2011. Photo: AFP

The mainland's former top cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin arrived in Taipei yesterday for an eight-day visit, his first since retiring as head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) on April 26.

7 May 2013 - 11:13am

CCTV can only air in Taiwan on reciprocal basis, says culture minister

Taiwan's culture minister Lung Ying-tai. Photo: SCMP

Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said the issue should be addressed in context of Taiwan’s television industry development and stressed the importance of reciprocity.

30 Apr 2013 - 1:09pm 3 comments

Taiwan's president rules out seeking independence

Ma Ying-jeou with a mural of the "Wang-Koo summit" yesterday. Photo: AFP

Reiterating that his mainland policy falls within the "framework of the Republic of China [Taiwan's official title] constitution", Ma said his administration maintains that the interests of the Taiwanese people must always come first. When it comes to handling cross-strait issues, his government would continue to address issues based on how easily they may be handled. Therefore, tackling economic issues would take priority in his cross-strait policy before turning to political issues.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:34am

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou says time not ripe for Beijing political talks

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday said the time was “not ripe” for political negotiations with Beijing, despite fast improving economic ties.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan looks into legality of its residents in mainland China public posts

Phoenix TV's Shally Wu is on Guangdong's CPPCC. Photo: Edmond So

Taiwan is examining the legality of its people holding public office on the mainland, its bitter rival before cross-strait reconciliation in 2008. Such public posts include those on the local and national committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), local people's congresses and as consultants and deputy chiefs of local administrations.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Beijing should consider redefining 'one China'

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AP

Apart from his "Chinese Dream", President Xi Jinping would appear to have a "Taiwanese Dream", too. In his February meeting with Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Xi expressed his wish to engage in political negotiation for peace and unity across the Taiwan Strait.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 1 comment