Taiwan premier Sean Chen's resignation seen as a bonus for Ma

Taiwan premier Sean Chen

Taiwanese Premier Sean Chen has resigned in a move analysts say should help salvage the sagging popularity of the island's leader, Ma Ying-jeou, amid lingering economic woes and growing public disillusion with his government.

Saturday, 2 February, 2013, 3:47am

Taiwan’s vice premier Jiang to be premier

Sean Chen (left) and Jiang Yih-huah. Photos: EPA

Taiwan’s vice premier Jiang Yih-huah will replace premier Sean Chen, the presidential office said in statement issued late on Thursday, as part of a cabinet reshuffle that could see a new central bank chief.

Central bank chief Perng Fai-nan wants to retire as part of the reshuffle, two lawmakers told a Taiwanese television station on Thursday.

1 Feb 2013 - 11:37am

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou urged to pursue higher level military exchanges

Former Taiwan defence minister Wu Shih-wen at the Kwang Hwa Information and Cultural Centre in Wan Chai. Photo: Edward Wong

Beijing and Taipei should work together to establish a cross-strait military co-operation mechanism in a bid to defend territory in the East and South China seas, retired generals from Taiwan and the mainland have urged.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Fujian to spend 326 billion yuan on projects to boost ties with Taiwan

The mainland's first undersea highway tunnel in Xiamen, a key base for many companies from Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

The sum is to be spent on 368 major projects, including 150 new developments, the Fujian government said on its website. Sectors to be invested in include agriculture, irrigation, transport infrastructure, energy, urban projects, environment and services.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Yuan trade to start in Taiwan in weeks

Taiwan's yuan trading will begin as early as the Lunar New Year.

The central bank has appointed Bank of China's Taipei branch to clear yuan transactions in Taiwan, in the latest step to strengthen economic ties between the mainland and the island.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

China extradites Taiwan suspect in Chen shooting

Taiwanese former president Chen Shui-bian. Photo: AP

A fugitive accused of modifying a gun and making the bullets used to shoot and injure Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian in 2004 was extradited to the island from China on Friday.

25 Jan 2013 - 6:46pm

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou would consider cultural pact with Beijing

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Bloomberg

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou would consider cultural agreements with the mainland, an official said yesterday, triggering an angry response from the island's opposition parties.

Lin Join-sane, chairman of the quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, became the first Taiwanese official to raise the possibility of a culture deal and said the view reflected that of Ma.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Taiwan gay couple 'lose faith' and drop marriage case

Chen Ching-hsueh (left) and his partner Kao Chih-wei call for same-sex marriage rights outside a court in Taipei in January. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese gay couple said on Wednesday they have decided to withdraw a controversial case against the government for refusing to register their marriage.

Chen Ching-hsueh and his partner Kao Chih-wei filed a complaint with the Taipei Administrative Court in 2011 against a government agency that turned them away when they tried to register their marriage.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, January 20, 2013

The Beijing municipal government has invited residents to comment on draft pollution-control regulations in the wake of the capital's severe smog last week. 

20 Jan 2013 - 3:40am

Mainland to return Chen Shui-bian shooting suspect to Taiwan

Chen Shui-bian is treated for his bullet wound in 2004. Photo: Reuters

The mainland is expected to soon return a Taiwanese suspect involved in the controversial election-eve shooting of then Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian in 2004.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:14am

Taiwanese institutions forgo lavish New Year banquets

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Bloomberg

Abalone and roast duck will be off the menu at the banquet thrown by Taiwan's military before the Lunar New Year holiday, with boxed meals served instead.

Also gone will be the generous prizes and top musical performances that were a feature of the event, held to thank entry-level servicemen for their hard work over the past year.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Taiwan gears up for military drills to counter any mainland threat

Taiwanese soldiers fire a self-propelled Howitzer cannon during an annual defensive drill in Hsinchu last year. Photo: AP

Taiwan would stage 62 military drills and mobilisation exercises this year to strengthen its defensive capabilities in the face of a growing military threat from the mainland, the island's defence ministry said yesterday.

The exercises, including war games, troop and civilian mobilisations and electronic simulations, will start next month.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Protesters vent their fury at Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang (centre) chants slogans along with other party members in Taipei yesterday, during the largest anti-government rally since Ma Ying-jeou's re-election last May. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese yesterday took to the streets, demanding a cabinet reshuffle to improve what they described as their "unbearably miserable life", brought on by the government's failure to lift the island's sagging economy.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Taiwan considers shipping water from mainland as ties improve

Empty bungalows on Kinmen, a Taiwan-held island off China's southeast coast. Photo: EPA

Officials on a Taiwan-controlled island group said on Sunday they are considering importing water from the mainland in yet another sign of warming relations.

The move would mark another significant step forward in the improvement of ties, since the fortified Kinmen island group was a flashpoint during the cold war and was shelled from the mainland at one point.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

DPP expects thousands to rally against Ma Ying-jeou

President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Bloomberg

Taiwan's opposition party expects 100,000 people to turn out today to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou and call on him to reshuffle his cabinet.

In particular, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party is demanding the resignation of Premier Sean Chen, who they blame for the weakness of the island's economy.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:21am