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Taiwan's main opposition DPP warming to Beijing

A flurry of mainland visits by prominent members of Taiwan's main political opposition group this month reflects what some analysts say is a softening of the pro-independence party's anti-Beijing stance.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 4:23am

Taiwan's DPP reopens its mainland affairs office

A decision by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party to reinstate its 'China affairs department' has been seen as an important step for the pro-independence party to try to reach out to the mainland.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lee Teng-hui deftly handles mainland student

Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui has proven himself to be a veteran politician still able to handle fiery queries shot at him.

In a recent 20-minute debate with a mainland student over the status of Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands, the pro-independence leader showed the student that an 89-year-old politician could still handle questions in a gentlemanly manner.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Caution on Su's plan for 'China affairs' unit

A plan by the next chairman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, Su Tseng-chang, to reinstate its China affairs department is being watched closely on both sides of the strait.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bad Girls (Film)

Ella Chen Chia-hwa of Taiwanese pop trio S.H.E. (the 'E' being Ella) is as famous for her music as her fiery personality.

Bad Girls is Ella's first leading role, and it does little more than ride the wave of her off-screen fame.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

KMT nomination race likely to be heated

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang is being tipped to face internal power struggles as ambitious party aspirants position themselves to fight for the party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

The potential struggles started becoming apparent soon after President Ma Ying-jeou of the KMT was elected in January to a second four-year term.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ella Chen's big bad letdown

Ella Chen Chia-hwa of Taiwanese pop trio S.H.E. (the 'E' being Ella) has carved out a successful career as much for her music as her fiery personality. Bad Girls is Ella's first leading role, and it does little more than ride the wave of her off-screen fame.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fractious five-way race for DPP chairmanship

The fight for the chairmanship of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party has heated up, with an unprecedented five party heavyweights registering for the race.

The election for the pro-independence party's top post is scheduled for May 27.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwanese auteurs Chang and Hou make time for fans at film premiere

Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang Ai-chia and director Hou Hsiao-hsien were in hot demand at the Tuesday premiere of their new film, 10+10, at the Cultural Centre's Grand Theatre.

Photographers and fans vied for a chance to see Chang, who's also a director, and Hou, a pioneer in Taiwan's new wave cinema scene.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Two lottery winners express their gratitude towards God with an Avatar DVD; an old woman doggedly runs her little grocery despite the proliferation of convenience stores; a new singer makes her debut on television in 1968. These are just some of the threads in the Taiwanese omnibus movie, 10+10.

19 Feb 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

DPP power struggle looms after Tsai's departure

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party yesterday accepted the resignation of its chairwoman, Dr Tsai Ing-wen, following her defeat in Saturday's presidential election.

Analysts said her resignation, to take effect on March 1, was likely to trigger fierce power struggles within the party, with old guards and young turks fighting for the top post.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tsai quits and tells faithful: I'm sorry

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Dr Tsai Ing-wen apologised to her supporters last night and resigned her chairmanship of the party after failing to topple the Kuomintang's Ma Ying-jeou in the presidential election.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Reports on 'regional leader' reflect concern

Mainland media offered timely reports on the election of Taiwan's 'regional leader' yesterday - with analysts saying the coverage reflected mainlanders' concerns about the future of cross-strait ties and their interest in Taiwanese-style democracy.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Can I cast a ballot before I die?

Mainland media and internet users stepped up their reporting and comments on Taiwan this week in the run-up to today's presidential poll.

State media commented favourably on incumbent 'regional leader' Ma Ying-jeou while denouncing his main rival, Dr Tsai Ing-wen.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am