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  • Sep 22, 2014
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New head of Taiwan ties, Chen Deming, says economy takes priority

The deepening of cross-strait economic co-operation and the push for political dialogue will be among the major priorities for the mainland's new top negotiator with Taiwan. Former commerce minister Chen Deming outlined his agenda yesterday after he was named head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (Arats), which represents the mainland in talks with Taiwan in the absence of formal ties.

Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 4:38am

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

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.

25 Apr 2013 - 11:12am

Fear of mainland China cultural influences political claptrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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