Investigators call for coastguard to face charges

Leila de Lima. Photo: EPA

Philippine investigators said yesterday they had recommended criminal charges be filed against coastguards involved in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:50am

Beijing and Taipei set to agree on service trade pact

Chen Deming, head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan and the mainland are expected to sign a service trade pact during a new round of talks later this month, which could help spur mainland investment on the island.

"Senior negotiators from the two sides will discuss, in a preparatory meeting in Taipei on Friday, details concerning the 9th cross-strait talks," a spokesman for Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation said.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:02am

To get rich, poor states must ignore the Washington rule book

Playing catch-up

The line of latitude at 20 degrees north neatly bisects East Asia. Skirting Thailand's northern border, and passing eastward between the Philippines and Taiwan, it divides the region into two distinct economic zones.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:49am 12 comments

Taiwan calls for continued arms sales amid US-China summit

A US-made F-16 figther jet lands on a highway near southern Tainan city, Taiwan. Photo: AFP

During the meeting in California, the Chinese side had asked the US to end its arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory.

9 Jun 2013 - 4:15pm

Taiwan deploys rocket system on island against amphibious landing

The weapon, called Ray Ting 2000 or "Thunder 2000", went into service for the first time on Matsu island and could reach Fujian province across the Taiwan Strait, said the United Evening News citing sources.

6 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

Taiwan's president seeks re-election to KMT's top job

Ma Ying-jeou is likely to remain a major political force. Photo: AFP

The Taiwanese president, Ma Ying-jeou, is seeking re-election as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, in what pundits view as a move to keep him from losing political authority before his current presidential term ends in 2016.

6 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

Return of Chen Shui-bian a dilemma for opposition party in Taiwan

Chen Shui-bian, seen crawling to the funeral house of his late mother-in-law last year, attempted suicide on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

A decision to reinstate Chen may prove to be too difficult to make for the pro-independence party, given that any misstep could intensify the rift in the party between pro- and anti-Chen forces and affect its chances in next year's local government polls and the 2016 presidential election.

5 Jun 2013 - 3:52am

Taiwan says former president Chen Shui-bian attempted suicide with towel

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian in 2012. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s imprisoned former president Chen Shui-bian tried to kill himself but was stopped by guards, the Justice Ministry said on Monday.

A ministry statement said Chen used a towel to try to kill himself on Sunday night in a bathroom at Taichung prison in central Taiwan. It did not elaborate on how the towel was employed.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Two dead, 21 hurt as earthquake rocks central Taiwan

An official at the seismology centre in Taipei points to a chart after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in the city. Photo: AFP

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 1.43pm at a depth of just 10 kilometres. It was the island's strongest this year and was felt in Hong Kong and some parts of the southern coast of the mainland, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said. The US Geological Survey put its strength at 6.2.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Taiwan food vendors must certify they don't use banned chemical

Bubble tea is one of the drinks affected by the scare. Photo: EPA

Food vendors in Taiwan using processed starch must display safety certificates from today as part of efforts to contain a snowballing food scare that has damaged the image of one of the island's best-known delicacies.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:20am 1 comment

Teams begin parallel investigation into shooting of Taiwanese fisherman

Taiwan State Prosecutor Lin Yeng-lian outside the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila yesterday. Photo: AFP

Taiwan and the Philippines exchanged teams of investigators yesterday in a bid to settle a diplomatic row over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard.

28 May 2013 - 4:19am

Shenzhen 'official' in sexual harassment case reaches settlement with Taiwan waiter

The exterior of the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: SCMP

The accused man, identified by Taiwanese media as Li Pingshan, deputy secretary for Guangdong city’s Longgang district, was said to have molested a male waiter at a Taipei hotel.

22 May 2013 - 5:14pm

Philippine envoys face sack over 'rogue' offer to Taipei

Antonio Basilio is said to have exceeded his brief. Photo: Reuters

The pair tried to negotiate a deal with their Taiwanese counterparts in which the Philippine government would apologise for the May 9 incident in which one fisherman died. But the offer backfired and spiralled into a major diplomatic incident when Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou rejected it and imposed economic penalties.

22 May 2013 - 1:07pm 12 comments

Ma must act now to remedy crisis management skills

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou is in danger of losing credibility with the people if he is unable to show he can handle crises. Photo: Reuters

Faced with external and internal problems, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou cancelled a long-planned event on Monday, marking the first anniversary of his second inauguration.

22 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Taipei releases satellite record of fishing boat route, refuting Manila’s claim

Chen Ming-tang, deputy minister of Taiwan's Justice Ministry, holds a picture showing a bullet found in the fishing vessel after it was attacked by Philippine coastguards during a press conference in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Taiwan on Tuesday released a satellite record of the route of a fishing boat fired on by Philippine coastguards, flatly rejecting Manila’s allegations that the boat intruded into Philippine waters.

The killing of crew member Hung Shih-cheng, 65, sparked outrage in Taiwan, which has announced a series of economic sanctions against the Philippines.

21 May 2013 - 6:08pm 6 comments