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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 4:41am


Zhang Zhijun, China's new Taiwan affairs head, outlines agenda

Beijing will step up efforts to promote comprehensive development of cross-strait ties, engage Taiwanese compatriots and find ways to speed up political dialogue with Taipei, the mainland's new point man on Taiwan affairs said yesterday.

Saturday, 23 March, 2013, 5:31am

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

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.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:09am

Zhang Zhijun an unknown quantity in Taiwan

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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