Lawrence Chung in Taipei [email protected]

Disgraced former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was released from jail at 3.30pm today after being granted a month's medical parole after spending more than six years in prison.  

The mainland's top negotiator with Taiwan underscored the need for continued progress in cross-strait links as he started an eight-day visit to the island yesterday.


Sean Lien, son of wealthy KMT honorary chairman Lien Chan; former chairman of the Taipei Smart Card Corp, the company that operates Easycards

Taiwan’s cooking oil supplier Chang Guann – caught up in a scandal after nearly 1,000 food makers, including restaurants, bakeries and food plants were found to have used “gutter oil” in products – has passed a government test of its recycled lard oil.


Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on local media today to stop speculating about an ongoing inquiry into alleged leaks of classified information to the mainland by a former senior negotiator.

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