Ma Ying-jeou

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien distances self from president Ma Ying-jeou over student protests

Sean Lien announces his mayoral bid in Taipei. Photo: CNA

The government of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou should heed lessons from the student movement against a services trade pact with Beijing, says the eldest son of Lien Chan.

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014, 4:01am

Is Ma's Taiwan presidency going down the drain, or can complaints lead to repairs?

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

There’s been much talk in Taipei lately about whether the Ma Ying-jeou presidency is circling the drain. Perhaps it’s fitting then to use the saga of a broken urinal as a guide for how to get his administration back on track.

14 Jan 2014 - 3:27pm

Taiwan President Ma launches charm offensive to protect remaining diplomatic ties

A handout photograph made available by the Taiwanese Military News Agency on 13 December 2013 shows President Ma Ying-jeou posing inside an Apache helicopter at the Kuijen Airbase in Tainan County on December 13, 2013. Photo: EPA

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is hoping to protect some of the few diplomatic relationships Taipei has left with a whirlwind trip to Africa and Central America later this month.

Still reeling from the Gambia’s decision to break off diplomatic ties in November, Ma has announced an eight-day swing through Burkina Faso, Sao Tome and Principe and Honduras beginning on January 23.

8 Jan 2014 - 9:22am

Ma agrees to debate stalled cross-strait pact with DPP chief

DPP chief Su Tseng-chang and Ma Ying-jeou. Photos: AFP

Zhang Zhijun, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office under the mainland's State Council, recently said he was fully aware of certain concerns within the island over the accord, but warned that should the pact legislation be blocked, cross-strait relations "would more or less be affected".

27 Aug 2013 - 4:59am

Ma Ying-jeou seeks to quiet doubts about Taiwan’s defence

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou delivers a wreath during his visit to Quemoy on the 55th anniversary of an artillery battle. Photo: CNA

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou travelled to the defence outpost of Quemoy to boost the military's morale yesterday, as the United States reaffirmed its commitment to sell arms to Taiwan.

24 Aug 2013 - 7:49am

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou starts Caribbean tour in Haiti

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou (centre) arrives in Port-au-Prince and is welcomed by his Haitian counterpart Michel Martelly. Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and Haiti’s President Michel Martelly celebrated the official start of construction on Tuesday on a new Supreme Court building to replace the one destroyed in the Haitian capital in a devastating January 2010 earthquake.

14 Aug 2013 - 10:47am

Beijing bites lip over Taiwan President Ma's US stopover

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is greeted by New York University president John Sexton during a visit to the city on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou wrapped up his low-key but diplomatically significant stopover in New York and headed for Paraguay and the Caribbean yesterday, without having triggered any protest from rival Beijing.

14 Aug 2013 - 10:57am 1 comment

Confidante of Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou indicted for graft

Lai Su-ju. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president was indicted on Thursday on corruption charges, a prosecutor said.

Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was charged with soliciting a NT$10 million (HK$2.6 million) bribe, of which she already received NT$1 million, to help facilitate a massive construction project in the capital, the prosecutor said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Unopposed Ma needs large turnout to 'solidify' power

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Reuters

Ma is running unopposed, after the withdrawal of his sole opponent earlier this month. But he has nonetheless seen his popularity falter in local opinion polls, a reflection of feelings about his administration's performance, in particular its ability to tackle Taiwan's struggling economy.

19 Jul 2013 - 5:19am

Ma Ying-jeou's hard-fought services trade pact with mainland not a done deal

Lin Join-sane

The sweeping services trade agreement signed by Beijing and Taipei last month risks being sent back to the negotiating table if Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou cannot overcome stiff resistance in the legislature.

10 Jul 2013 - 3:43am

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

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 president seeks re-election to KMT's top job

Ma Ying-jeou is likely to remain a major political force. Photo: AFP

The Taiwanese president, Ma Ying-jeou, is seeking re-election as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, in what pundits view as a move to keep him from losing political authority before his current presidential term ends in 2016.

6 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

Philippine envoys face sack over 'rogue' offer to Taipei

Antonio Basilio is said to have exceeded his brief. Photo: Reuters

The pair tried to negotiate a deal with their Taiwanese counterparts in which the Philippine government would apologise for the May 9 incident in which one fisherman died. But the offer backfired and spiralled into a major diplomatic incident when Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou rejected it and imposed economic penalties.

22 May 2013 - 1:07pm 12 comments

Ma must act now to remedy crisis management skills

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou is in danger of losing credibility with the people if he is unable to show he can handle crises. Photo: Reuters

Faced with external and internal problems, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou cancelled a long-planned event on Monday, marking the first anniversary of his second inauguration.

22 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment