Students vow to continue Taiwan parliament protest after deadline to meet demands ignored

Students continue to occupy Taiwan's legislature yesterday, but fear involvement by the opposition could dilute their message. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese students occupying the Legislative Yuan called on people across the island to join their protest after the ruling party failed to meet their deadline to drop a free-trade pact with the mainland.

Saturday, 22 March, 2014, 2:51am 11 comments

Taiwan to let investors trade in mainland China stocks via ETFs this year

Post offices in Taiwan began last month to handle yuan remittances to the mainland. Photo: EPA

Taiwan will launch an exchange-traded fund platform for investors to trade in stocks on mainland China’s exchanges this year, the chairman of Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission said in a statement to lawmakers on Wednesday.

12 Mar 2014 - 3:45pm

Taiwan develops ‘smart’ munitions against China

Taiwanese airforce crew load a missile on to an F-16 fighter jet in a drill at the Hualien air base. Taiwan’s air force may soon be armed with “smart” munitions. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday.

The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets.

21 Sep 2013 - 8:35pm

Hundreds gather in Taiwan to support gay marriage bill

Taiwan homosexuals and supporters attend a 120-table wedding banquet in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, on September 7, 2013.  Photo EPA

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organisers said

13 Sep 2013 - 6:22pm

Taiwanese president’s confidante granted bail

Lai Su-ju. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.

Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, went on trial on August 9 and was released on bail of T$15 million (US$500,000) late on Friday, said the Taipei district court.

24 Aug 2013 - 2:57pm

Taiwan’s army chief seeks to quit after abuse scandal

People, holding placards of a bleeding eye, take part in a demonstration in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei. Taiwan’s army chief is seeking to quit after the death of a young soldier. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s army chief is seeking to quit after the death of a young soldier who was apparently forced to exercise excessively sparked public outrage, officials said on Saturday.

It is the second time 61-year-old General Lee Hsiang-chou has tried to step down following the death of the young corporal in a case that has already led to the resignation of a defence minister.

10 Aug 2013 - 8:30pm

Taiwanese launch another protest over young conscript’s death

Protesters hold placards as they sit during an anti-military rally in front of Taiwan's presidential office in Taipei on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese took to the streets on Saturday in protest over the death of a young conscript who died from alleged abuse in the latest scandal to rock the island’s government.

3 Aug 2013 - 8:43pm

Soldier’s death hurting Taiwan’s plans to end conscription

Taiwanese protesters hold posters that read "Give the truth" next to portraits of Taiwan soldier Hung Chung-chiu who died in early July after being forced to perform a vigorous regime of calisthenics in sweltering heat on a base in suburban Taipei. Photo: AP

Anger over the death of a corporal who was allegedly abused by his officers has dealt a blow to Taiwan’s plans to end conscription which have already been hit by low recruitment.

The defence ministry plans to phase out its decades-old compulsory 12 months of service by the end of 2015, replacing it with four months of military training for men aged over 20.

27 Jul 2013 - 11:09am

Heavy rain forecast for Taiwan as typhoon nears

Local fishing boats take shelter at the Nanfangauo harbour in the east Ilan county as typhoon Soulik approaches the northern Taiwan on Friday. Photo: AP

Taiwan is alerting residents that an approaching typhoon is threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the island.

The Central Weather Bureau says Typhoon Soulik was at sea Friday morning about 450km southeast of northern Yilan county.

The typhoon weakened slightly overnight but still has winds of 173kph.

12 Jul 2013 - 11:36am

Shanghai lacks self-confidence in how it restricts news of Taiwan bookstore

Eslite Bookstore in Hong Kong

I like Taipei. The city may not be as modern and fashionable as Hong Kong or Shanghai, but it has something that the other two cities may have already lost. The thing is called culture.

24 Jun 2013 - 8:20am 3 comments

Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite's Shanghai plans in doubt after censors order blackout

Eslite store in doubt after blackout

A well-publicised plan by Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite to open a branch in what is to become Shanghai's tallest building may have hit a snag as the mainland's propaganda department suddenly ordered a news blackout on the project.

21 Jun 2013 - 7:41am 5 comments

Beijing's 31 ways to win over Taiwan hearts and minds

Yu Zhengsheng (centre) joins other delegates at the fifth Straits Forum, where the initiatives were announced yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has unveiled a basket of initiatives to deepen economic, cultural and social exchanges across the Taiwan Strait, following a high-profile meeting last week between President Xi Jinping and Wu Poh-hsiung, the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Taipei, Manila agree to prevent violence in fishing disputes

Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng's boat, the Kuang Ta Hsing No 28, is inspected by Taiwanese officers after arriving at Liuqiu port in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on May 11. Photo: AP

The agreement was reached during their first preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation held in Manila on Friday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late Saturday.

16 Jun 2013 - 1:48pm 1 comment

Harmony between Beijing, Taiwan to continue, analysts say

President Xi Jinping meets Wu Poh-hsiung on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing will maintain its policy of peaceful interactions with Taipei, following a high-level meeting between leaders of the Communist Party and Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, analysts say.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am 1 comment

Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China

KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices.

14 Jun 2013 - 7:09am