Politics of Taiwan

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.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 5:40am 1 comment

Different responses to Siew and Lien trips reveal Ma's thinking

Vincent Siew meets Xi Jinping in Boao on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwanese authorities reacted positively to a landmark meeting between the island's former vice-president, Vincent Siew Wan-chang, and new top mainland leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on Monday.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

Marriage of Ma's eldest daughter stirs security and privacy uproar

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AP

The low-key marriage of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's eldest daughter has caused a big stir on the island and sparked a heated debate over whether the children and close relatives of public figures have the right to protect their privacy.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

DPP's Su Tseng-chang says just Taipei and Tokyo must solve islands row

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang. Photo: AFP

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang wrapped up a controversial visit to Japan on Thursday that included meetings with several Japanese political heavyweights, including Nobuo Kishi, a member of the Japanese House of Councillors and brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:56am 3 comments

Daunting tasks await new Taiwanese premier Jiang Yi-huah

Premier Sean Chen faces the press after formally announcing his resignation. Chen has said he is stepping aside for health reasons. Photo: AFP

Critics are already questioning whether Jiang, 53, will be able to hold on to the post longer than his predecessor, Sean Chen, who submitted his resignation to Ma late last month for "health reasons" after heading the cabinet for a year.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:52am

No hope in Taiwan for future under President Ma Ying-jeou

President Ma Ying-jeou

Life was so miserable in Taiwan last year that many people have lost hope for the future, even though the island's government is forecasting economic growth of 3.8 per cent this year.

A fashion-magazine editor recently walked out of his job without even submitting his resignation, following yet another unreasonable demand from his budget-strapped boss.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

1992 consensus between Beijing and Taipei appears here to stay

Illustration: Henry Wong

When Su Chi, then the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council coined the term "1992 consensus" in 2000 few could have expected it to become the guiding principle for Beijing's own cross-strait policies.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Tsai Eng-meng lived up to his bulldog reputation with Next purchase

Taiwanese billionaire Tsai Eng-meng

Perhaps the best way to sum up Tsai Eng-meng's character is to call him, as a friend of his did, "a wilful bulldog with unyielding fighting spirit".

8 Dec 2012 - 6:32am

Beijing leaders need to understand Taiwanese feelings, expert says

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

The Communist Party's new leadership should ponder why more Taiwanese are unhappy despite the sweeteners Beijing has offered Taiwan under the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement, said the former head of a key Taipei-based cross-strait exchange body.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am 2 comments

DPP seeks to alter course in its ties with Beijing

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party formed a committee yesterday to chart a new direction for its ties with the mainland, a week after the leadership transition in Beijing.

But the new committee, headed by DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang, has been named the "China affairs committee" rather than the "cross-strait affairs committee".

22 Nov 2012 - 4:50am

Ma Ying-jeou cuts special allowances, but not his pay

Ma Ying-jeou said he never kept the allowance. Photo: Reuters

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday he would cut his annual special allowances by NT$10 million (HK$2.65 million) to stem criticism from opposition legislators.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Taiwan's Lin Join-sane named as top negotiator with mainland

Lin Join-sane

Taiwan named Lin Join-sane as its top negotiator with China, replacing Chiang Pin-kung, who oversaw the signing of 18 agreements as cross-strait relations reached their warmest in more than six decades.

28 Sep 2012 - 4:13am

Candidates in other race fight to be seen

With Taiwan's fiercely contested presidential election just days away and grabbing all the media attention, Taiwan's legislative elections - also being held on Saturday - have been largely ignored, despite candidates' efforts to increase their visibility.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwanese party seeks to become third force

Group changes tactics and cuts ties with DPP

The Taiwan Solidarity Union has decided to officially sever its link with the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and take a more moderate stance in the hope of becoming a third force on the island.

24 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Taiwan's political scene hots up

With presidential polls due in just a few weeks, the island's two main political parties are desperately seeking votes from a disenchanted electorate that is clearly anxious for change

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am