Taiwan's ex-president’s prison term extended

Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian (right). Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, jailed for corruption in 2009, has had his prison term extended by 18 months to 20 years due to a further bribery conviction.

Saturday, 23 February, 2013, 2:11pm

Taiwan media speculate on Beijing's picks for cross-strait relations

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

With the mainland's cabinet reshuffle taking place next month, Taiwanese media have begun speculating on who Beijing will appoint as its top officials responsible for cross-strait affairs. Speculation is rife that Yu Zhengsheng , a member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, and Commerce Minister Chen Deming are two officials being considered for cross-strait posts.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:08am

Taiwan ex-premier Frank Hsieh's microblog blocked after comment

Frank Hsieh Chang-ting. Photo: AFP

Less than a day after former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting verified his account on Sina Weibo, access to it was inexplicably blocked. Hsieh started his microblog on February 9 and upgraded to an authenticated account on Tuesday.

21 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Beijing visit by Japanese envoy gives chance to repair ties

Shinsuke Sugiyama (second left) arrives in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

A senior Japanese diplomat arrived in Beijing yesterday for talks aimed at mending strained ties, a day after a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel patrolled within one kilometre of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Tensions over the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, remain high, with vessels from the mainland, Taiwan and Japan all sailing in waters around them. 

20 Feb 2013 - 5:18am

High hopes as Jiang Yi-huah grabs the premier's reins in Taiwan

Jiang Yi-huah (right) receives the official seal from Sean Chen (left) and Wu Den-yih. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's new premier, Jiang Yi-huah, was officially sworn in on Monday, becoming the island's third most powerful man and a potential frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election. Analysts said his appointment was a blow to the chances of Vice-President Wu Den-yih and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu Li-luan, also seen as possible Kuomintang candidates for president.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:14am

Taiwan to tackle resentment caused by influx of mainland tourists

Mainland tourists watch the guards during a visit to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. Photo: NYT

Taiwan's government says it will formulate comprehensive measures to ensure that the increasing number of mainland visitors does not become a source of public grievance - as it has in Hong Kong. With the mainland now replacing Japan as the biggest source of visitors to Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council, the island's top mainland policy planning body, said it had worked with relevant agencies to draft measures to address the issue.

16 Feb 2013 - 1:46pm 2 comments

Weakness of yen likely to affect Korea and Taiwan

When Japan's currency falls the effect is felt across Asia. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese yen's persistent fall against the US dollar since November 2012 means that this development has "upgraded" itself from being a mere flash in the pan to something much more.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Rights group urges release of Chen Shui-bian from prison

Chen Shui-bian. Photo: EPA

A US-based human-rights group expressed grave concerns over the reportedly deteriorating health of Taiwan's former president, Chen Shui-bian, who is serving an 18-year sentence for corruption. In an open letter to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, the president of the Formosan Association for Human Rights urged the island's leader to release Chen, who is being treated at a top-tier hospital in Taipei for various ailments.

14 Feb 2013 - 5:38am 1 comment

Taiwan media shake-up gets its wires crossed

Taiwan media shake-up gets its wires crossed

Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO), formerly the island's top publicity organ, faded into history nine months ago along with its widely praised media services function, which the diplomatically isolated island used to raise its profile.

13 Feb 2013 - 5:42am 1 comment

Who said it?

Instant Wan Sze-tang (right)

I think Hong Kong is the most stressed city in Asia … Everybody is always talking about money

Instant Wan Sze-tang, creator of "real escape game" Freeing HK


When it comes to Taiwan's military capabilities, there seems to be a puzzling sense of complacency in Taipei

U.S. Senator John Cornyn


13 Feb 2013 - 3:44am

Beijing and Taipei plan exchange of government officials

Offshore yuan trading started in Taiwan yesterday. Photo: EPA

The two sides would also not rule out the possibility of issuing travel permits and granting each other's representatives something similar to the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by foreign diplomats, a senior Taiwanese official said yesterday, but that would be the next step for discussion after the establishment of the offices.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

Taiwan's envoy to US defends 'shield' of strategic ambiguity

King Pu-tsung

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou startled friends and rivals by making his closest adviser "ambassador" to the United States on a mission to prove that the island is still a key ally.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Fears over new Taiwanese minister's lack of economic experience

Taiwanese premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese premier-designate Jiang Yi-huah plans to name an economics expert and a former deputy transport minister as key members of his cabinet to help rejuvenate the island's sagging economy.

5 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Taiwan deploys US-made advanced early warning radar

Taiwan has put into service a US-made billion-dollar early warning radar system capable of giving more than six minutes’ warning of a mainland missile attack, a senior officer said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan under fire over executions

President Ma Ying-jeou faces a dilemma. Photo: Bloomberg

Taiwan's executions of six prisoners in December has prompted fresh criticism of the island's president, Ma Ying-jeou, and his government from international and domestic human-rights groups.

3 Feb 2013 - 12:58pm 1 comment