Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang seeks referendum on nuclear power plant

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang seeks referendum on nuclear power plant

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang says it has completed work on a draft referendum motion that will ask the public to decide the fate of the island's controversial fourth nuclear power plant.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 4:01am

5.6-magnitude earthquake shakes buildings in Taiwan

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Taiwan’s capital Taipei on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

CCB eyes bigger Taiwanese bank stake

Zhang Jianguo, China Construction Bank president

Taiwan's financial regulator should relax the 5 per cent limit on mainland bank shareholdings in financial institutions on the island, China Construction Bank president Zhang Jianguo said yesterday.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Taiwan to raise daily quota for mainland group tourists to 5,000

Taiwan to raise daily quota for mainland group tourists to 5,000

Taiwan will increase the quota for mainland tourists allowed for group visits to the island from 4,000 to 5,000 a day from May, unconcerned by the problems caused by an influx of mainland tourists to Hong Kong, a tourism official said yesterday.

7 Mar 2013 - 5:15am

Taiwan's all-volunteer military could leave garrisons short

Taiwan Defence Minister Kao Hua-chu (centre) gave a briefing on the voluntary system. Photo: AFP

Kuomintang legislator Lin Yu-fang said the embarrassing situation was due mainly to Taiwan's introduction of an all-volunteer military, which had made it difficult to recruit servicemen for posting on Pratas Island and on Taiping Island, the largest in the Spratly archipelago.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:26am

Outgoing commerce minister won't say if he'll lead Taiwan talks

Chen Deming

Outgoing Commerce Minister Chen Deming would not confirm yesterday that he will take over as head of the mainland body responsible for negotiations with Taiwan in the upcoming leadership reshuffle.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:18am

DPP urges 'yes' vote to block nuclear plant

Su Tseng-chang. Photo: AFP

Taiwan's main opposition party has urged people to back a referendum on halting construction of a fourth nuclear power plant. "All people must stand up at this historic moment to demonstrate their will to vote for the establishment of a nuclear-free homeland," the head of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, Su Tseng-chang, said yesterday.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:17am

Short Sport, March 3, 2013

Wang Chien-ming threw six shutout innings. Photo: AP

Golf officials denied rumours of a malaria outbreak on the LPGA Tour yesterday after Natalie Gulbis and Pak Se-ri pulled out of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore due to illness and staff members also fell sick.

3 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Taiwan to stage live-fire exercise at Spratlys

Taiwan's coastguard will stage a live-fire exercise next month in disputed South China Sea islands, a move that could raise regional tensions. The drill will take place on Taiping Island between April 9 and 11 in the Spratlys, a sprawling group of islands claimed in whole or part by Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:38am

Xi's talk of cross-strait dream 'aimed at political talks'

Lien Chan (left) and Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's appeal for people across the Taiwan Strait to forge dreams together is being seen as a new approach by the party's new leadership to make the prospect of cross-strait political talks more accessible.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

'Major progress' in cross-strait ties accords with wishes of both sides: Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao meets with Lien Chan (centre), the visiting honorary chairman of the KMT, and his wife Lien Fangyu. Photo: Reuters

President Hu Jintao yesterday told the visiting honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, that cross-strait ties had made "major progress" since 2005. Analysts saw Hu's comment as an effort to cement his legacy as a key figure in the thawing of ties between the mainland and Taiwan before he is succeeded by Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping next month.

27 Feb 2013 - 8:18am

'Hsieh's Sina case shows lip service'

Frank Hsieh Chang-ting. Photo: AFP

People have been unable to access former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting's newly opened account on the mainland's popular Sina Weibo microblogging site since last Wednesday due to an "unknown reason", his office says.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

Xi vows to push for 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan

Lien Chan shakes hands with Xi Jinping in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping told the visiting honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, on Monday that his team would continue to build cross-strait ties and strive for "peaceful reunification" with the island.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:48am 2 comments

Top Taiwan official Lien Chan to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing

Lien Chan and his wife wave before leaving with a 30-strong delegation to Beijing. Photo: SCMP

Speculation is rife in Taiwan media that Xi, who is poised to become president in March, might propose strengthening co-operation between Taipei and Beijing in exploiting maritime resources in the disputed waters of the East China Sea and South China Sea.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

Taiwanese police arrest tomb raider

Police in Taiwan have arrested a suspected grave robber thought to have stolen gold jewellery worth more than half a million dollars from hundreds of tombs across the island, a report said on Saturday.

23 Feb 2013 - 5:56pm