Taiwan reports first case of H7N9, in man arriving from Suzhou

A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a poster showing how to avoid the H7N9 avian influenza virus. Photo: AFP

Taiwan yesterday confirmed an H7N9 bird flu infection in a Taiwanese traveller from Suzhou - the first time the killer virus has spread from the mainland. The 53-year-old man, who is in critical condition, tested positive after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai on April 9, the island's Centre for Disease Control said. He had not been in contact with birds and poultry.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 11:12am

Fear of mainland China cultural influences political claptrap

Su Tseng-chang. Photo: AFP

A talent show for singers produced by mainland-based Hunan Satellite Television recently caused a sensation on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. I Am a Singer was so popular that several Taiwanese cable news channels devoted most, if not all, of their air time - originally meant for newscasts - to broadcasting the show's finale on April 12.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

China news round-up: Earthquake victims mourned, activists crackdown widened

A displaced resident sits in a makeshift tent in Taiping, Sichuan, April 21, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Yaan EarthquakeThe New Yorker - Letter from China The legacy of the 2008 earthquake changed the way many Chinese talk about government accountability, charity, and citizenship.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boost for yuan trade as Taiwan eases bank rules

When the rules take effect, SinoPac Bank says it will apply to local regulators to allow a 20 per cent investment from mainland giant Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Taiwan's commercial banks and their mainland counterparts will start using each other to grow their yuan business once a new relaxation of investment rules takes effect.

22 Apr 2013 - 2:58am

Taiwan looks into legality of its residents in mainland China public posts

Phoenix TV's Shally Wu is on Guangdong's CPPCC. Photo: Edmond So

Taiwan is examining the legality of its people holding public office on the mainland, its bitter rival before cross-strait reconciliation in 2008. Such public posts include those on the local and national committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), local people's congresses and as consultants and deputy chiefs of local administrations.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

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

China news round-up: Premier calls for bigger social safety net, Huawei expands in Europe

Li Keqiang speaks at an economics seminar in Beijing, April 12, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

PoliticsSouthern Metropolis Daily* Li Keqiang calls for an expansion of the social safety net.Radio Free AsiaConcerns over dam projects in Tibet.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ma Ying-jeou oversees Taiwanese show of force on Penghu Islands

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou speaks during annual war games on Penghu, the main island in the group of the same name, in which soldiers repelled a simulated attack by mainland forces. Photo: Reuters

Wearing a combat helmet and bulletproof vest, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou travelled to the Penghu Islands yesterday to inspect the biggest live-fire military drills there in five years.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:29am

First live-fire drill in five years as part of Taiwan's Han Kuang exercises

A live-fire drill in Hsinchu county last year. Photo: AFP

Taiwan has begun its largest military exercises since 2008, which will today see a live-fire drill on Penghu Island in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. The drill will review the armed forces' ability to defend Taiwan against a simulated attack by mainland forces.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Taipei to allow more mainland Chinese travellers

Taiwan will allow the number of solo travellers from the mainland to rise to 2,000 a day by the end of next month. Photo: Felix Wong

Taiwan will let in more independent travellers from the mainland as attractions ranging from diving to dental work push the headcount near a legal limit of 1,000 arrivals per day.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Beijing should consider redefining 'one China'

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

Apart from his "Chinese Dream", President Xi Jinping would appear to have a "Taiwanese Dream", too. In his February meeting with Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Xi expressed his wish to engage in political negotiation for peace and unity across the Taiwan Strait.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 1 comment

Mainland Chinese travel boom is a mixed blessing for Taiwan

The number of mainland tourists visiting Taiwan rose by almost half last year, and during national holidays they often pack out second-tier hotels in Taipei. Photo: Felix Wong

Taiwan's once-quiet travel industry is embracing a steady increase in tourist arrivals from the mainland, but faces new strains from the growing influx of visitors, who threaten to overrun the island's prized landmarks.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:24am 3 comments

Taiwanese politician offers to help Chinese activist whose daughter is barred from school

Taiwan politician Hung Chih-kun sharing his DPP membership card on Weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A high-ranking member of the Taiwanese opposition Democratic Progressive Party has taken up the cause of a mainland activist's 10 year-old daughter - who has been barred from attending school.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan would 'expel' mainland trawlers under Japan fishing deal

A Taiwan coast guard vessel joins a drill held near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's fishery authorities say they would kick out mainland trawlers caught in areas covered under a new Taipei-Tokyo fishing-rights accord reached on Wednesday.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:15am 48 comments

China news round-up: activist wants Bo Xilai exiled, netizens react to graft trial

Bo Xilai at the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 11, 2012. Photo: AP

Politics and CrimeTea Leaf Nation

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am