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.

Monday, 17 June, 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

Taiwanese leader 'open to dialogue' with Beijing

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

An honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Wu Poh-hsiung, told Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday that the island's leader, Ma Ying-jeou, was open to cross-strait political dialogue through non-official channels, in what was seen as a goodwill gesture from Taipei.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang seeks referendum on nuclear power plant

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang seeks referendum on nuclear power plant

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang says it has completed work on a draft referendum motion that will ask the public to decide the fate of the island's controversial fourth nuclear power plant.

8 Mar 2013 - 4:01am

Memories of a haven for Nationalists

Former Rennie's Mill resident Chik Sung-wun surveys Tiu Keng Leng. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Chik Sung-wun's earliest memories of the high-rise town where he now lives are of a hill-fringed valley of squatter huts where Nationalist flags flew freely.

Then known as Rennie's Mill, now Tiu Keng Leng - a reference to the suicide of its former namesake - the valley was a refuge for Kuomintang soldiers who fled the mainland after losing the civil war to the Communists.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:48am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Kuomintang honorary chairman Wu Po-hsiung has refused to say whether he expects the mainland's Taiwan affairs director, Wang Yi, to be promoted.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

DPP reaches out to Beijing while trying to stay true to party faithful

Frank Hsieh with his wife Yu Fang-chih (left) as addresses Chinese media during a visit to Dongshan Island, Fujian province. Photo: AFP

Ever since President Ma Ying-jeou won re-election by defeating Tsai Ing-wen, the Democratic Progressive Party has been agonising over how to mend fences with Beijing so as to have a chance to regain power in Taiwan.

24 Oct 2012 - 5:09am

Disputed Chiang Kai-shek medal to go on sale in Hong Kong

Chuk Hong-ming holds the medal for sale. Photo: Sam Tsang

A medal said to have been presented to late Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek and to have been buried with him is set to go on sale in Hong Kong - even though the government in Taipei has said "it would be impossible for the medal to appear for auction outside Taiwan".

22 Aug 2012 - 4:32am

Panic at the top

As the 18th Communist Party congress fast approaches, the leadership in Beijing is trying to do everything possible to stimulate popular enthusiasm and public spirit. But nothing seems to be working. The Bo Xilai affair continues to haunt the process of the upcoming power transition.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Rohingya on agenda as Thein Sein visits Dhaka

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Education chief bids farewell to reporters

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ma delivers no surprises with cross-strait policy

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou struck a cautious note yesterday in delivering his cross-strait policy that promises little change, as he began his second term amid protests across the island.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ratings for Ma hit rock bottom

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou probably never thought that his popularity could plummet to a level comparable to disgraced predecessor Chen Shui-bian, currently in jail for corruption.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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CY Leung in Beijing to receive formal charter

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Differences set aside to focus on 'economic issues'

Taiwan's Vice-President-elect Wu Den-yih sidestepped the controversial 'one country, two areas' subject at his meeting with China's Vice-Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia yesterday, urging both sides to focus on economic issues first.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am