Taiwan Strait

Way too early to tell but so far, so good

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It may end in the number "13", and heaven forfend that we tempt fate, but can't you just feel the love as everyone gets back to work in a year off to a wonderful start?

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 4:20am

Students divided by Taiwan Strait have lot in common

Most admired among those born after 1990

Cultural exchanges and the internet have helped narrow differences between young people divided by the Taiwan Strait, but they remain far apart over political ideals, according to survey by a leading Taiwanese magazine.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:53am 2 comments

Taiwan salt festival celebrates one of life's essential elements

For nearly 60 years, one of Taiwan's signature government-invested companies packaged salt that was almost magically deposited for its use on the island's coastal plains. Water from the Taiwan Strait would intrude and recede, leaving enough dried salt behind to sell 200,000 tonnes per year.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The ancient seafarers of the Taiwan Strait

Today the 180km-wide Taiwan Strait bustles with cargo ships and passenger ferries round the clock. It has done so for a very long time.

Contact between the mainland and Taiwan goes back to the New Stone Age 5,000 years ago. That was when the first Chinese farmer-mariners crossed the channel from the Fuzhou Basin in search of new farmland.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Plan to boost cross-strait maritime links

Mainland shipping authorities yesterday unveiled a nine-point plan to boost direct maritime links with Taiwan.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Taiwanese official sceptical about rail link between Beijing and Taipei

In what could amount to wishful thinking, the mainland's top railway official has announced that his ministry is stepping up work on a cross-strait rail network that will eventually link Beijing with Taipei.

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

China: Fragile Superpower

China: Fragile Superpower

by Susan Shirk

Oxford University Press, HK$135

26 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Lunar liftoff significant, say analysts in Taiwan

Taiwanese authorities were silent on the orbiter's launch but the island's military experts say the launch is significant.

'It is a leap forward for the mainland as far as the space programme is concerned,' said Andrew Yang Nien-dzu, secretary general of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies in Taipei.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cross-strait challenge beckons swimmer

Veteran marathon swimmer Wang Han, the first Chinese to have swum across 12 major straits, is planning to challenge the Taiwan Strait.

The 50-year-old said he had long had his eyes on the 250km swim, a crossing that will be made more difficult by complex sea currents and the presence of sharks.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Key points in the 'leaked judgment'

Ching started contributing articles to the Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies in 2000 and received HK$300,000 in 'research fees' from it in 2004.

He suspected the true nature of the foundation in 2003 but continued to contribute articles despite knowing that it was a spy institution.

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Missiles only 7 minutes away, island's Defence Ministry says

The mainland will be able to attack Taiwan in about two years and could rain missiles down on the island in just seven minutes, Taiwan's Defence Ministry warned yesterday.

In its 2005 defence white paper, the ministry said the mainland would probably rely on a strategy of intimidation if an attack was launched before or during 2008.

30 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

'A virtuous cycle of co-operation'

This is the translation of the joint communique issued after the meeting between the Communist Party and the Kuomintang yesterday, based on a report issued by the official Xinhua news agency

The two sides across the Taiwan Strait have developed different social systems and adopted different ways of life on their respective paths over the past 56 years.

30 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

War games role for orbiting surveillance

China will for the first time use mainland-launched satellites in military exercises off the Taiwan Strait, the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po said yesterday.

Beijing was preparing its biggest drill yet near the Dongshan Islands off Fujian, the paper said, after earlier reporting that a military satellite and two civilian global-positioning satellites would take part in the war game.

13 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Politicians confident HK impact will be minor

Businesses and politicians in Hong Kong generally believe the SAR will not suffer much under the 'mini-three links' established between Taiwan and the two Fujian province cities Xiamen and Fuzhou.

Liberal Party leader, James Tien Pei-chun, who represents the General Chamber of Commerce in the Legislative Council, said yesterday that the impact would be insignificant.

2 Jan 2001 - 12:00am


Beijing has renewed its appeal for cross-strait air links with Taiwan, Xinhua says.

The move came as mainland officials indicated they would put pressure on Taipei to make political concessions if Taiwan wanted to join the WTO.

19 Nov 1999 - 12:00am