Fast-growing Taipei suburb offers low-price, low-density homes

Property agents scout for customers at an intersection in Danshui, once a sleepy north coast town that has become a new model for urban development. Photo: Chris Stowers

A once laid-back coastal suburb of Taipei is sprouting high-rise housing complexes so fast that two dozen sales agents have hung signs over one particular 100-metre stretch.

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014, 3:02am

US treading carefully as row between Taipei and Manila escalates

Protesters shout anti-Philippine slogans in front of the Philippine trade office in Tapei on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Analysts expect Washington to tread cautiously in the row between two of its Asian allies over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard.

The United States was unlikely to play an active role in the dispute, said Professor Alexander Huang Chieh-cheng, of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taipei.

16 May 2013 - 9:03am 1 comment

US sanctions Taiwanese firm over North Korea shipments

The US Treasury yesterday set sanctions on a Taiwan company and its chief executive for their ties to an effort to supply arms-related equipment to North Korea. The Treasury named Trans Multi Mechanics of Taichung, Taiwan, and chief executive Tony Chang Wen-Fu as having sanctions imposed under laws aimed at freezing the assets of those designated "proliferators of weapons of mass destruction" and their supporters.

11 May 2013 - 2:56am

Taiwan’s ex-president transferred to prison hospital

Chen Shui-bian. Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s ailing former president Chen Shui-bian has been transferred to a prison hospital to continue serving his 20-year jail term for corruption, the justice ministry said on Friday.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:35pm

Taiwan President Ma to visit Vatican, Beijing grumbles

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope’s inauguration mass, officials said on Friday, prompting Beijing to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship.

15 Mar 2013 - 11:57pm

Beijing to lend Taiwan historical artefacts from Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum, is pictured through a fence in Beijing. More than 30 artifacts from the museum will be on loan. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan’s top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shopping is good but ensure it does not become paradise lost

Shoppers browse shoes in a store at the Shilin market in Taipei. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong enjoys a reputation around the world of being a "paradise for shopping" and I had my first taste of paradise in 2002, when the local dollar was stronger against the yuan.

Despite the more expensive currency, I remember a good shopping experience. I bought some clothes and cosmetics for my friends and parents on the mainland, and a laptop computer for myself.

3 Dec 2012 - 9:48am 6 comments

Taiwan workers throw eggs at police in protest over economy

About 4,000 people from more than 50 labour groups took part in the protest, organisers said. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese workers pelted police with eggs on Sunday as thousands took to the streets demanding the government change economic policies which they say favour big business.

“Up to 5,000 eggs were thrown to vent our anger,” Lin Tze-wen, the spokesman for the protest, said at the end of the march.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Workers pelt police with eggs in Taipei protest

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: EPA

Slogan-chanting workers threw eggs at riot police on Sunday as thousands took to Taipei’s streets amid drizzle to demand a pay rise and better protection of their rights.

Dozens of riot police in the square outside the presidential office were pelted. A small group of demonstrators briefly scuffled with officers, but there were no arrests.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Destination: Keelung

The Miaokou night market on Ren Third Road boasts more than 100 food stalls.

Overshadowed by mountains and its larger neighbour Taipei, Taiwan's northern port town of Keelung is also often overshadowed by rainclouds. The city centre is further darkened by wall-to-wall buildings that once drew sailors from around the world, until cargo ships started diverting to mainland China in the 1980s. A fish market still operates in the pre-dawn blackness.

25 Oct 2012 - 3:44pm

Arson suspected in fatal Taiwan hospital fire

Taiwan police arrested a patient at a hospital after a blaze tore through a hospital for seniors and mentally ill patients on Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 60.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan to build minesweepers to combat blockade threat

Navy soldiers salute in front of homemade missile boats during the inauguration ceremony at the Tsuoying naval base in southern Taiwan. Photo: AFP

Taiwan plans to spend US$1.2 billion on building six minesweepers as part of efforts to negate Beijing’s ability to blockade the island in a future conflict, a legislator said on Monday.

3 Sep 2012 - 6:08pm

Beijing, Taipei sign yuan clearing pact

The cross-strait pact is a step towards globalising the currency but may also prompt a transfer of yuan liquidity from Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

Beijing and Taipei signed a yuan clearing agreement yesterday, a move that analysts say will help globalise the use of the currency but create competition with Hong Kong.

Taiwan would allow interbank trading of the yuan, creating a new exchange rate for the currency, central bank governor Perng Fai-nan said yesterday.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:05am

Browsers brace for broadside of books

The opening of a new bookshop probably does not prompt people to read more. But the much touted arrival of a popular Taiwanese bookstore chain in Hong Kong is set to make a splash on the literary scene. Even before Eslite opened its door in the heart of a busy shopping district yesterday, local bookshops were already locked in a war of words over the impact this mega player will have.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Writing a new chapter in books

Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite hopes to pay off the hefty cost of opening its first Hong Kong branch within the year, while gearing up to move into the mainland market, its boss says.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm