Taiwan considers shipping water from mainland as ties improve

Empty bungalows on Kinmen, a Taiwan-held island off China's southeast coast. Photo: EPA

Officials on a Taiwan-controlled island group said on Sunday they are considering importing water from the mainland in yet another sign of warming relations.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Chinese officials board Taiwan frigate for the first time

Mainland government officials yesterday boarded a Taiwanese coastguard frigate for the first time, in a rare joint search and rescue drill involving hundreds of crew members, Taiwan coast guards said.

31 Aug 2012 - 9:32am

Island of Quemoy mulls Taiwan's first casinos

Quemoy is considering building Taiwan's first casinos, which could draw millions of gamblers from the mainland and transform the island county that has long been the frontline in cross-strait tensions.

13 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Military lets Quemoy lower its guard for strait swim

Taiwan's military had removed anti-tank barricades along the coastline of Quemoy to facilitate a cross-strait swimming competition, but they would be put back shortly afterwards, the island's Defence Ministry said yesterday.

'It is very important to place those barricades back after the swimming,' Major General Yu Sy-tue, a military spokesman, said.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Joint effort sought to stamp out cross-strait crime

Taiwan and the mainland will look at ways to set up a joint crime-fighting system to stamp out cross-strait criminal activity, according to Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng.

She said the two sides wanted to eradicate cross-strait crime and the mainland would hold talks with Taiwan on the issue.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Taiwan eases travel to strait islets for mainland tourists

Taiwan has further relaxed travel restrictions on mainland tourists by allowing them to enter the islands of Quemoy and Matsu with landing visas, another effect of warming cross-strait relations.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Ma to make peace overture to Beijing from site of last battle

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to make a peace overture to the mainland during a visit to the military stronghold of Quemoy today.

The message of peace will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of Quemoy, one of the defining moments in cross-strait relations.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

TB couple to pay high price for trip

A Taiwanese couple with tuberculosis who sparked a health scare across the Taiwan Strait will have to foot a huge bill for defying a ban and flying to the mainland via Hong Kong.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Conjugal visits

During the cold war, Quemoy was Taiwan's island fortress against mainland China. It is so close to Xiamen , Fujian province , that one of Taiwan's most popular urban legends is that Taiwanese frogmen based on the island used to swim to Xiamen on drunken dares, bringing back movie ticket stubs as proof of their perilous journey.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Brief history of the 'mini-links'

January 2001 Taiwan introduces the 'mini-three links' policy to allow direct trade, transport and postal links between two former defence outposts -Quemoy and Matsu - and the southern mainland cities of Xiamen and Fuzhou .

2002 Taiwan allows religious groups to use 'mini-three links' for pilgrimage activities.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

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29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Labour of love

The infamous 'Red House', the former pleasure palace of smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing, is getting a new lease of life as a job training centre for migrant workers in the southern city of Xiamen.

Last week, workers were repairing the front gate and door of the seven-storey faux-brick building ahead of the grand opening on May 1, chosen because of International Labour Day.

30 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

In Fujian, fears are raised on trade links

People in Fujian were watching the results closely - and Chen Shui-bian's victory caused some to voice fears about their economic prospects.

Taxi driver Li Xiaoying blamed Mr Chen for delays in establishing true direct trade and transport links, and claimed Friday's assassination attempt on the incumbent was part of a conspiracy to win votes.

21 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Sparkling rockets symbolise surreal politics

Two months ago, the mainland fired rockets into the sky less than 5km from the island of Quemoy, which is controlled by Taiwan.

The display was not a show of force but merely fireworks to greet the Lunar New Year since Quemoy, also known as Kinmen, lacked the funds for its own pyrotechnic show.

19 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Octogenarian watches Quemoy 'usurper' on TV

The Taiwanese frontline island of Quemoy has shot from obscurity as a symbol of co-operation between Beijing and Taipei.

Troubled cross-strait relations ensured international attention on the first legal crossing from Taiwanese territory to the mainland in more than 50 years.

13 Feb 2001 - 12:00am