Republic of China

New policy still fluid

Foreign nationals working on the mainland are now required to pay social security tax, but there is still confusion over the interpretation and implementation of the new policy, which became effective last October.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

Territorial claims set out in map of South China Sea

Mainland authorities will publish a map of the South China Sea this year to strengthen their claim to the disputed region.

The map is part of a national campaign involving a dozen ministries and the Communist Party's publicity department to help raise public awareness of the country's territories and safeguard its sovereignty in disputed areas.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Booby traps

It is fitting that you can form the word 'trap' out of transparency. As the debate about the need for transparency in China's military build-up continues along its fairly predictable path, there is one interesting wrinkle that is often forgotten - that the PLA is trying to become an asymmetric power.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwanese seek talks on Fujian zone plan

Taiwan has called on the mainland to discuss a Fujian-based special economic zone under the provisions of the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

The move is an attempt to ease a row over whether Beijing is using the zone as a trap to turn Taiwan into one of its special administrative regions.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Letters

Doubts over rare earths restrictions

I refer to the report ('Rare earths firm's shares rise after WTO complaints', March 15).

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Seeking the correct mix

Getting the right talent is one of the most important things for the future growth of a company.

Ask any HR specialist and he will agree that hiring the correct mix of experienced people sets the company on the growth path.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing moots joint government plan on island

Beijing hopes to explore the possibility of peaceful cross-strait unification by founding a joint government with Taiwan on southeastern Fujian's underdeveloped Pingtan Island, but the Mainland Affairs Office in Taipei and experts from the island doubt the feasibility of such a move.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

DPP officer on mainland visit for cross-strait forum

A spokesman for Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party has left for the mainland to attend a cross-strait seminar, in what Taiwanese media have described as an ice-breaking visit.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Defence spending rises by double digits again

China's defence spending will rise by 11.2 per cent this year, the latest in a long string of double-digit increases amid growing regional concern over Beijing's robust military build-up.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Survival rules in the Party State

Whether you are entering the Chinese market or have been there for a long time, there can be no let-up in the attention you pay to the government. Government relations will always be significant, must be cultivated continuously and can never be taken for granted.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We're going to sort through all this stuff and figure out what the next course of action will be

New York City mayoral contender John Liu, whose treasurer has been charged with fraud

During my term as the acting chair, the party will not stop its reforms

Chen Chu, the mayor of Kaohsiung, after a changeover ceremony in Taiwan's opposition DPP

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland firms take a bright view of future

Mainland companies are the most confident in Asia when considering the shape of their country's economy, according to a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Taipei pledges to transform economy

As home to some of the world's biggest technology manufacturing companies, Taiwan plays a vital role in the global supply chain.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'Little Taiwan' move to lure island workers

Beijing has vowed to transform Fujian's underdeveloped Pingtan Island into a 'Little Taiwan' by inviting Taiwanese to join its management team, as well as allowing the circulation of Taiwanese currency and income tax reductions for those working there.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing strengthens pledge to aid EU

China is ready to play a bigger role in resolving the European sovereign debt crisis, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am