Matsu Islands

Taiwan deploys rocket system on island against amphibious landing

The weapon, called Ray Ting 2000 or "Thunder 2000", went into service for the first time on Matsu island and could reach Fujian province across the Taiwan Strait, said the United Evening News citing sources.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 3:50am

Casino project is not a sure bet

On July 7, when both sides of the Taiwan Strait commemorated the 75th anniversary of Chinese and Japanese troops clashing in the Marco Polo bridge incident outside Beijing, Taiwan's tiny outlying island of Matsu held a referendum to decide whether to approve construction of a casino resort.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Islanders vote to allow Taiwan's first casino

Residents of the Matsu islands voted in favour yesterday of opening Taiwan's first legal casino.

Nearly 60 per cent of Matsu residents, a total of 1,795, voted 'yes' in a referendum.

A total of 1,341 voted against the move and 28 cast invalid votes, according to Yang Sui-sheng, head of Matsu county, local media reported.

8 Jul 2012 - 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

First mainland group uses Taiwan mini-link

The first mainland tour groups to visit Taiwan via the so-called 'mini-link' arrived in Quemoy and Matsu yesterday.

Taking advantage of the opening of the mini-link for mainlanders to visit the main island of Taiwan, about 300 tourists in 10 groups arrived at the two former defence outposts for visits to Taiwan of up to nine days.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Taiwan plans more war games

Taiwan will stage 43 war games, including 26 large joint exercises this year to strengthen its combat readiness in the face of what it says is a growing military threat from the mainland.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am


ON A CLEAR day, the mountains of Fujian are easily seen from Nangan, one of several islands that make up Taiwan's Lienchiang county. But at other times, the more noticeable feature is a dark trail of rubbish that washes from the mainland across the strait and on to its shores.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Weapons depot explodes on Taiwan-held island

An ammunition depot on Taiwan's defensive outpost of Matsu exploded last night, leaving two officers missing Taiwanese media and defence officials said.

About 70 servicemen were evacuated from their camp on the frontline island, just off the coast of Fujian province .

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


The New Party suggests that taekwondo events for the 2008 Olympic Games be held in Taiwan

It will set up a service centre for Taiwanese businessmen that will stay in frequent contact with a similar body to be established by the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO)

It will gather and share information on East China Sea sovereignty issues with the TAO

13 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Strait open for pilgrimage

A group of 45 Taiwanese pilgrims arrived at Meizhou Island off Fujian province to pay homage to a deity after Taiwan authorities eased decades-old cross-strait shipping restrictions.

The group, in six fishing boats, left Taiwan's Yilan county on Saturday afternoon for a 20-hour journey to Meizhou, believed to be the birthplace of Matsu, Goddess of the Sea.

17 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Injured officer 'shot fisherman'

Hopes that the mainland would approve the early return of an injured Taiwanese marine policeman were dashed yesterday when Beijing accused the officer of shooting a Chinese fisherman.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Islanders flee frontline

TAIWAN has begun evacuating the inhabitants of three frontline islands just 18.5 kilometres from where the PLA begins new exercises tomorrow.

Chen Tsui-tsai, Governor of Quemoy, said only 16 of the initial 50 to 60 residents on Wuchiu remained, the rest had left for the main island of Taiwan.

17 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Old frontline warriors immune to shell shock

Despite the sound of shelling heard from frontline Quemoy island, its inhabitants have a blunt motto: 'Wo men bu pa' - we are not afraid.

Everyone says it - from fishwives in the market to its convivial county leader, Chen Shui-tsai.

14 Mar 1996 - 12:00am