Ma Ying-jeou's Vatican trip, which Beijing barely protested, a success

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Ma Ying-jeou (far right) in St Peter's Square ahead of the pope's inaugural mass. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's official visit this week to the Vatican, when he became the island's first leader to meet the pope and interacted with other foreign leaders, was hailed as a "fruitful" and "historic" trip by the island's media.

Friday, 22 March, 2013, 4:09am

Zhang Zhijun an unknown quantity in Taiwan

Zhang Zhijun.

Before being named deputy foreign minister in 2009, Zhang Zhijun spent most of his time as a relatively unknown official with the International Department of the Communist Party's Central Committee.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:12am

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou to attend pope's inauguration, irking Beijing

Ma Ying-jeou will attend Pope Francis' inauguration and boost ties. Photo: EPA

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou was due to leave for the Vatican last night to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis in a move that may stoke tensions with the mainland.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Taiwan has missile that can reach mainland, ex-defence chief says

Michael Tsai Ming-hsien

Michael Tsai, defence minister in the former government of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, wrote that the military successfully developed the missile back in 2008, The Liberty Times reported yesterday.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

A match made in [corrupt] heaven

Manny Ramirez

There is but one thing Manny Ramirez can do in life better than virtually anyone who ever lived and that is hit a baseball. Because of this singularly exceptional skill Ramirez has garnered over US$200 million in career earnings. 

17 Mar 2013 - 4:45am

DPP cries foul as court upholds senior members' jail term for land deal

Taiwan's main political opposition yesterday decried a high court's decision to uphold a lower court's sentencing of two of the party's most senior members, including a former top negotiator with the mainland, for a breach of trust in 2003 land deal.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:51am

Taiwan deputy defence chief laments military readiness in face of threats

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taiwan's military has warned that a lack of crisis awareness, a low birth rate and resource constraints could threaten security in the face of a growing threat from the mainland.

The deputy defence minister, Andrew Yang Nien-dzu, said yesterday there was still a long way to go before Taipei could establish "military confidence-building measures" with Beijing to avert that threat.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:44am

Call for referendum shows novice has learnt fast

Dr Jiang Yi-huah

Taiwan's new premier, Dr Jiang Yi-huah, appeared to have outsmarted the island's opposition parties earlier this month when he vowed to support a referendum to decide the fate of its controversial fourth nuclear power plant.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:34am

Taiwan urged to buy more advanced weapons

The Taiwanese military wants to beef up its firepower. Photo: AP

Taiwan needs to buy more advanced weapons and build up its defensive capabilities in the face of the mainland's continued military expansion, the island's military said yesterday.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:09am

Upgraded early warning aircraft arrive in Taiwan

Taiwan has received its final two upgraded early warning aircraft from the United States, a move expected to bolster the island’s air defence against rival Beijing, the air force said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, March 10, 2013

The authority and legitimacy of the 13 Taiwan deputies to the 12th National People's Congress was challenged at yesterday's open discussion panel by journalists from the mainland and Taiwan, including the official Xinhua news agency, Guangzhou-based newspaper New Express and Taipei's China News Agency. 

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Thousands call for scrapping of nuclear plants in Taiwan

Young women wave placards and shout slogans denouncing nuclear energy during the huge protest in Taipei yesterday. Photo: AP

Tens of thousands took part in a rally in Taipei yesterday calling on the government to heed the lesson of the Japanese atomic crisis and scrap the island's nuclear facilities.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Taiwanese protest against nuclear power plant

Taiwanese hold a slogan reading "Stop Nuclear Power Plant 4. Reject Dangerous Nukes" during a demonstration in Taipei on Saturday. Photo: AP

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested to demand that the government scrap a US$10 billion nuclear power plant that is nearly complete and slated to begin operating in two years.

Saturday’s protests were held in four cities. Many protesters chanted “We must not put the future of our children up for a vote.”

9 Mar 2013 - 7:25pm

US envoy to resume trade talks in Taiwan

President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan and the US will resume trade talks tomorrow after a five-year hiatus, building on a fresh high in relations late last year when Washington extended the waiving of visa requirements to cover island residents.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:37am

Taiwanese prosecutor indicted for covering up gambling

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian Chen Shui-bian (right) currently serving a 20-year jail term for multiple graft convictions. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese prosecutor was indicted on Friday on corruption charges for allegedly taking bribes to cover up gambling businesses, in the latest scandal to hit the island’s judiciary.


8 Mar 2013 - 2:43pm