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Philippines refuses to apologise as fisherman's body returns to Taiwan

A fishing trawler that was fired on by the Philippines' coastguard limped back to Taiwan yesterday, riddled with more than 50 bullet holes and carrying the body of a 65-year-old crew member.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 6:13am 50 comments

Philippines admits coastguard fired at Taiwanese fishing boat

The Philippines yesterday admitted that its coastguard fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat on Thursday, but said the action took place within its waters and that it had no idea it had killed one of the four crewmen on the boat.

11 May 2013 - 4:57am 15 comments

Killing of fisherman leads to inquiry call by Taiwan

Taipei expressed its "grave concern" to Manila yesterday after a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by armed men aboard a Philippine vessel. The incident in waters 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of Taiwan came as the Philippine navy intensified its patrols after Beijing reportedly sent one of its largest fishing fleets to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

10 May 2013 - 5:10am 1 comment

Questions over impartiality of judicial system in Taiwan

The recent acquittal of a former top aide of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on corruption charges has been widely criticised by the media and the public, with fresh concerns raised about the long disputed impartiality of the island's judicial system.

8 May 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Former cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin visits 'old friends' in Taiwan

The mainland's former top cross-strait negotiator Chen Yunlin arrived in Taipei yesterday for an eight-day visit, his first since retiring as head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) on April 26.

7 May 2013 - 11:13am

Taiwan, Japan begin talks on commission to regulate Diaoyus fishery

Taiwan and Japan started a closed-door meeting in Tokyo yesterday to discuss the formation of a fishing commission to address issues in disputed waters in the East China Sea.

2 May 2013 - 4:20am

Former Ma Ying-jeou aide Lin Yi-shih jailed for extortion

A former top aide of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced yesterday to seven years and four months in jail for using his position as a legislator to make illicit gains, and for failing to explain the sources of his wealth.

1 May 2013 - 5:07am 1 comment

Taiwan disappoints with slowing growth rate

Taiwan's economy expanded at a slower pace than economists estimated in the first quarter as a faltering global recovery hurt exports, increasing pressure on the central bank to extend an interest-rate pause to aid growth.

1 May 2013 - 3:46am

Taiwan's president rules out seeking independence

Reiterating that his mainland policy falls within the "framework of the Republic of China [Taiwan's official title] constitution", Ma said his administration maintains that the interests of the Taiwanese people must always come first. When it comes to handling cross-strait issues, his government would continue to address issues based on how easily they may be handled. Therefore, tackling economic issues would take priority in his cross-strait policy before turning to political issues.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:34am

DPP's Chiu Yi-ying's kick on justice minister's door causes political stir

While Chiu Yi-ying, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, could face a lawsuit, analysts said her action could best explain why Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been able to avoid becoming a lame duck, despite mounting criticism of his administration.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:04am