Republic of China

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.

Friday, 14 December, 2012, 3:59am

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

State media warn Beijing will take action after Japanese arrests on Diaoyus

Protesters outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

China's state media issued a stark warning to Japan yesterday over interfering in the Diaoyus, with a Communist Party mouthpiece saying Beijing is prepared to take action to defend its sovereignty over the disputed islands.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:25am

End China's state-led sports system

End China's state-led sports system

The London Olympics have just ended and the memory of Chinese athletes giving their all to win honours is still fresh in our minds. Who can forget Liu Xiang's heart-wrenching fall in the hurdles event?

16 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

Cross-strait operation smashes prostitution rings

Taiwan and the mainland have jointly busted two people-trafficking rings that sent mainland women to the island as prostitutes.

The operation took place simultaneously in northern Taiwan and Fujian province on Monday, the mainland's Ministry of Public Security said yesterday. Police arrested 50 suspects and freed 21 mainland women.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Taipei, Beijing to boost investment protection

Taiwan and the mainland are to sign a crucial agreement tomorrow to protect the investments of mainland-based Taiwanese businessmen.

The cross-strait investment-protection pact, long-sought by Taiwanese business people, will likely be inked during the eighth round of high-level talks set to begin in Taipei on Wednesday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

To get rich isn't glorious, it's downright dangerous

Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping is supposed to have said that 'to get rich is glorious'.

But in China today, glory comes as an extremely unwelcome adjunct to great wealth.

Entrepreneurs who appear towards the top of the Hurun Report's China rich list have an unfortunate tendency to come a cropper soon afterwards.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Out with the 'China cult'

China deserves congratulations: such a sprawling complicated country managed to publish its growth numbers for the second quarter on Friday, a mere 13 days after the end of the quarter. It's a performance on par with tiny sophisticated Singapore and far ahead of the pack of older, richer countries - such as the US, Japan or Germany - which have yet to reveal their economic performances.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Publisher rejects bias

The director of the National Education Services Centre, which published a booklet to be used for national education in schools, says calls to ban it are nothing more than political suppression and censorship.

14 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

Mainland car dealers fall up to 7.5pc

Hong Kong shares of major car dealers dropped yesterday after mainland officials played down reports that more incentives to boost the market were in the pipeline.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Manufacturing shrinks, with PMI at 7-month low

The country's manufacturing activity further deteriorated this month, prompting analysts to believe the government will launch stimulatory measures, such as fast-tracking investment projects.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bursting for change

The scandalous downfall of Bo Xilai, the ambitious politburo member, once again made clear one of the fundamental faults of the Chinese political system: the absolute monopoly of power under one-party rule. Bo's ouster has triggered the most serious crisis within the Communist Party since 1989 and sparked a public outcry for political reform that is gathering momentum.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Dalai Lama visit triggers Chinese boycott threat

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Developers shrug off easing denial

Shares of mainland developers fell yesterday but recovered later despite a denial by the central government that it would ease its property policy.

On Tuesday evening, the National Development and Reform Commission denied media reports that quoted an unnamed NDRC official as saying loosening the property policy could be an option to rescue the beleaguered market.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am