Different responses to Siew and Lien trips reveal Ma's thinking

Vincent Siew meets Xi Jinping in Boao on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwanese authorities reacted positively to a landmark meeting between the island's former vice-president, Vincent Siew Wan-chang, and new top mainland leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on Monday.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 5:03am

Growth forecast to rise in emerging Asia

Pork prices could rise on the mainland this year, adding to what the ADB says are growing regional inflationary pressures. Photo: Reuters

Growth in developing Asia will accelerate this year, thanks to a recovery in the mainland's economy and robust expansion in Southeast Asia, but governments should ward off capital inflows to avoid stoking inflation, the Asian Development Bank says.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:27am

Xi offers an economic 'olive branch' to Taiwan

President Xi Jinping meets former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew (fourth from left) on the sidelines of the Boao Forum, where he voiced willingness to allow Taiwan to play a larger role on the regional economic stage. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has shown a willingness to allow Taipei a bigger role on the regional economic stage in a further sign of warming cross-strait relations. A mainland spokesman described the latest position as a goodwill gesture from President Xi Jinping during his meeting with former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew Wan-chang yesterday on the sidelines of the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Taiwan plans to expand pier in disputed islands

The runway built by Taiwan on Taiping Island, largest of the Spratly Islands. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration has budgeted NT$19 million (US$640,000) to evaluate the project, which is part of its efforts to boost defence capabilities in the disputed area this year.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:55pm 1 comment

China frees Tibetan activist and jails Guangdong cult member

Qiangba Puncog, Tibet Vice Party Secretary, and Padma Choling, Chairman of Tibet's People's Congress, during the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 8, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

ICBC whips out wallet as Taiwan rules ease

Zhang Jianguo, president of China Construction Bank

Taiwan's SinoPac Financial Holdings will sell 20 per cent of its banking unit to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), it said yesterday. SinoPac will issue 1.8 billion shares to ICBC in a private placement, making ICBC a strategic investor in the Taiwanese lender.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:28am

Taiwan permits 20pc mainland Chinese stake in banks

Taiwan will let mainland lenders own up to 20 per cent of some financial institutions, raising the limit on ownership as cross-strait economic integration deepens.

2 Apr 2013 - 7:02am

'Shocked' Ma apologises for close aide's bribery scandal

Lai Su-ju

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou apologised yesterday over a close aide's implication in a bribery scandal linked to a massive building project in Taipei.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:22am

Graft probe of close aide deals blow to Ma's credibility

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese prosecutors are investigating claims of corruption involving a close aide of President Ma Ying-jeou. That deals a blow to the credibility of Ma, who has vowed repeatedly since taking office in 2008, to keep his government free of graft.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Taiwan quietly forging ahead in human rights protection

Forging ahead

For over four decades after the Allied victors in the second world war allowed Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese government to reclaim Taiwan from Japan, the generalissimo's Kuomintang maintained a ruthless Leninist-style dictatorship over the island.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:18am

Strong quake rocks centre of Taiwan, is felt in Fujian

Schoolchildren brace themselves after a magnitude 6.1 quake struck Nantou in Taiwan yesterday. It was felt as far away as Shanghai and Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

A strong earthquake rocked central Taiwan yesterday, killing at least one person and injuring 86 others as shockwaves damaged buildings and sent panicked residents rushing for shelter.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 1 comment

Strong Taiwan quake kills one, injures 86

Kuo Kai-wen, director of Seismology Centre, at the central Weather Bureau in Taipei, discussing the earthquake which rocked the city on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

A strong earthquake killed one person and injured at least 86 others in Taiwan on Wednesday as violent shock waves damaged buildings and triggered a blaze, emergency officials said.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:08am

Taiwan to test defences with live-fire drill in strait

David Lo, spokesman of Taiwan's Defense Ministry. Photo: AFP

Taiwan unveiled plans for its biggest live-fire military exercise since 2008, aimed at reviewing the island's defence capability against a simulated mainland invasion.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Marriage of Ma's eldest daughter stirs security and privacy uproar

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AP

The low-key marriage of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's eldest daughter has caused a big stir on the island and sparked a heated debate over whether the children and close relatives of public figures have the right to protect their privacy.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Zhang Zhijun, China's new Taiwan affairs head, outlines agenda

Zhang Zhijun. Photo: AFP

Beijing will step up efforts to promote comprehensive development of cross-strait ties, engage Taiwanese compatriots and find ways to speed up political dialogue with Taipei, the mainland's new point man on Taiwan affairs said yesterday.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:31am