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As US-China tensions heat up, Taiwan’s firms pivot to India

India’s giant market, inexpensive skilled workforce and generous tax breaks aren’t the only things drawing investment from Taiwanese firms.

29 Jul 2020 - 11:02AM

India’s giant market, inexpensive skilled workforce and generous tax breaks aren’t the only things drawing investment from Taiwanese firms.

As US-China tensions heat up, Taiwan’s firms pivot to India
Is Taiwan the answer for firms leaving Hong Kong? It’s complicated

As Beijing tightens its grip on the city, the self-ruled island offers a similar culture and cheaper labour – but barriers include scarcity of finance-sector talent and a lack of clarity over incentives.

27 Jun 2020 - 4:16PM

As Beijing tightens its grip on the city, the self-ruled island offers a similar culture and cheaper labour – but barriers include scarcity of finance-sector talent and a lack of clarity over incentives.

Is Taiwan the answer for firms leaving Hong Kong? It’s complicated
Coronavirus, China-US trade war spark surge of Taiwanese investments onshore

Tax breaks in Taiwan, trade war tariffs and supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic are making China increasingly unappealing for Taiwanese firms.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:51AM

Tax breaks in Taiwan, trade war tariffs and supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic are making China increasingly unappealing for Taiwanese firms.

Coronavirus, China-US trade war spark surge of Taiwanese investments onshore
Hotel bookings down, but camping holds up in Taiwan – afraid of tight spaces indoors, Taiwanese head for the great outdoors

Hotels in Taiwan are empty, but campgrounds on the island are packed as people staycation their fears away – from hillside retreats that are close to nature, to tents pitched in an office building in downtown Kaohsiung.

7 May 2020 - 7:35PM

Hotels in Taiwan are empty, but campgrounds on the island are packed as people staycation their fears away – from hillside retreats that are close to nature, to tents pitched in an office building in downtown Kaohsiung.

Hotel bookings down, but camping holds up in Taiwan – afraid of tight spaces indoors, Taiwanese head for the great outdoors
Coronavirus: Taiwan upbeat on 2020 growth as electronic exports jump, island stays lockdown free

Taiwanese export orders unexpectedly increased by 4.3 per cent in March from a year earlier, fuelling government optimism about economic growth in 2020.

22 Apr 2020 - 6:30PM

Taiwanese export orders unexpectedly increased by 4.3 per cent in March from a year earlier, fuelling government optimism about economic growth in 2020.

Coronavirus: Taiwan upbeat on 2020 growth as electronic exports jump, island stays lockdown free
Coronavirus: most US firms in Taiwan feeling pinch from Covid-19 despite reputation as economic ‘bright spot’

More than three quarters of US companies in Taiwan say they are feeling the impact of the coronavirus on their business, says the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

16 Apr 2020 - 2:30PM

More than three quarters of US companies in Taiwan say they are feeling the impact of the coronavirus on their business, says the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

Coronavirus: most US firms in Taiwan feeling pinch from Covid-19 despite reputation as economic ‘bright spot’
Taipei in Taiwan rivals Japan for cherry blossom viewing, with stunning rural beauty and accessibility

The cherry blossoms are out, and despite the coronavirus, crowds are gathering to photograph them and enjoy the views. This is not Japan, however, but Taipei, Taiwan, where the trees have beautiful rural backdrops and are easy to reach.

17 Mar 2020 - 2:13PM

The cherry blossoms are out, and despite the coronavirus, crowds are gathering to photograph them and enjoy the views. This is not Japan, however, but Taipei, Taiwan, where the trees have beautiful rural backdrops and are easy to reach.

Taipei in Taiwan rivals Japan for cherry blossom viewing, with stunning rural beauty and accessibility
Coronavirus: US firms expect outbreak to hit Taiwan economy, with China trade war fears also lingering

American companies in Taiwan are worried about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the local economy and are also concerned about the US-China trade war.

7 Mar 2020 - 3:15PM

American companies in Taiwan are worried about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the local economy and are also concerned about the US-China trade war.

Coronavirus: US firms expect outbreak to hit Taiwan economy, with China trade war fears also lingering
Coronavirus: Taiwan’s tourism industry crumbles as virus fears add to mainland China travel restrictions

Taiwan’s tourism sector is suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, despite a small number of confirmed cases on the self-ruled island, the government and insiders say.

29 Feb 2020 - 2:11PM

Taiwan’s tourism sector is suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, despite a small number of confirmed cases on the self-ruled island, the government and insiders say.

Coronavirus: Taiwan’s tourism industry crumbles as virus fears add to mainland China travel restrictions
Mechanics and macchiatos: coffee shops infiltrate street of car repair workshops in Taipei, Taiwan

Cafe culture is taking over Chifeng Street in Taipei, Taiwan, which for the past half-century has been dominated by car repair shops. But can the coffee shops and mechanics survive side by side?

14 Jan 2020 - 10:38AM

Cafe culture is taking over Chifeng Street in Taipei, Taiwan, which for the past half-century has been dominated by car repair shops. But can the coffee shops and mechanics survive side by side?

Mechanics and macchiatos: coffee shops infiltrate street of car repair workshops in Taipei, Taiwan
Trade war pushing Taiwanese firms back home, with reshoring raising island’s GDP growth rate

Island government has approved 156 new investment projects this year, many relocating from China or opting to add capacity in Taiwan to avoid US tariffs.

7 Dec 2019 - 10:09PM

Island government has approved 156 new investment projects this year, many relocating from China or opting to add capacity in Taiwan to avoid US tariffs.

Trade war pushing Taiwanese firms back home, with reshoring raising island’s GDP growth rate
Taiwan the big winner from Japan-South Korea trade row, as tourists spurn traditional hotspots

Tourism operators in Taiwan are reporting a big jump in the number of South Korean and Japanese visitors to the island as a result of tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

19 Nov 2019 - 7:29AM

Tourism operators in Taiwan are reporting a big jump in the number of South Korean and Japanese visitors to the island as a result of tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

Taiwan the big winner from Japan-South Korea trade row, as tourists spurn traditional hotspots
Risking China backlash, Taiwan and Britain push ahead with free trade talks

Taiwan and Britain are pushing ahead with trade talks despite the risk of backlash from China.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:26AM

Taiwan and Britain are pushing ahead with trade talks despite the risk of backlash from China.

Risking China backlash, Taiwan and Britain push ahead with free trade talks
Inside Taiwan’s love hotels, great for cheap sex seekers and big spenders, with little middle ground

Love hotels lurk in most East Asian cities but in Taiwan the market stands out for having almost no mid-priced hotels – you either get a cheap plain room or a pricey ultra-private stay in themed quarters with names like ‘Fast Climax’.

25 Sep 2019 - 8:05AM

Love hotels lurk in most East Asian cities but in Taiwan the market stands out for having almost no mid-priced hotels – you either get a cheap plain room or a pricey ultra-private stay in themed quarters with names like ‘Fast Climax’.

Inside Taiwan’s love hotels, great for cheap sex seekers and big spenders, with little middle ground
The Taipei cat cafe that’s been winning over city’s dog lovers for 20 years, and its feline stars

In a place where the only cats most people see are the stray ones at markets or prowling rooftops, Genki Cat Café’s 26 felines have helped make the animal more widely accepted.

4 Sep 2019 - 4:10PM

In a place where the only cats most people see are the stray ones at markets or prowling rooftops, Genki Cat Café’s 26 felines have helped make the animal more widely accepted.

The Taipei cat cafe that’s been winning over city’s dog lovers for 20 years, and its feline stars
A bridge to the past in Taiwan: Guanxi, quiet retreat of century-old town houses, tea, and Hakka food

Slow down, sleep in, walk around, or read, says the laid-back owner of a book exchange in Guanxi, a rural township built on tea. There’s a museum to the drink, century-old town houses to admire, and stay in, and Hakka food galore.

31 Jul 2019 - 12:17PM

Slow down, sleep in, walk around, or read, says the laid-back owner of a book exchange in Guanxi, a rural township built on tea. There’s a museum to the drink, century-old town houses to admire, and stay in, and Hakka food galore.

A bridge to the past in Taiwan: Guanxi, quiet retreat of century-old town houses, tea, and Hakka food
National Palace Museum in Taipei has a rival in Forbidden City Museum – the backpacker’s choice

Little-known Forbidden City Museum in suburban Luzhou houses more than 10,000 relics from Beijing’s imperial palace. Visitors can get a personalised tour of the intimate space from its owner and curator.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:45AM

Little-known Forbidden City Museum in suburban Luzhou houses more than 10,000 relics from Beijing’s imperial palace. Visitors can get a personalised tour of the intimate space from its owner and curator.

National Palace Museum in Taipei has a rival in Forbidden City Museum – the backpacker’s choice
Trade war: why next US tariffs on China could halve Taiwan’s growth

The next round of tariffs that could take effect in July would include electronic products assembled in China, which could hit Taiwanese firms hard.

17 May 2019 - 5:08PM

The next round of tariffs that could take effect in July would include electronic products assembled in China, which could hit Taiwanese firms hard.

Trade war: why next US tariffs on China could halve Taiwan’s growth
US-China trade war damages export powerhouse Taiwan’s growth prospects, as global demand softens

Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019, making the island vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:47AM

Exports cover 77 per cent of Taiwan’s GDP, an estimated US$595 billion in 2019, making the island vulnerable to global demand shifts offshore.

US-China trade war damages export powerhouse Taiwan’s growth prospects, as global demand softens
Taiwan is finally luring companies back from China after more than 15 years of trying

Higher costs and an ability to avoid trade tariffs from the US-China trade war are key reasons for the Taiwanese firms looking to move back home.

21 Mar 2019 - 7:30PM

Higher costs and an ability to avoid trade tariffs from the US-China trade war are key reasons for the Taiwanese firms looking to move back home.

Taiwan is finally luring companies back from China after more than 15 years of trying
Illegal immigration disrupts Taiwan’s economic shift away from China and towards Southeast Asia

Policy to expand economic reach and reduce dependence on China runs into teething problems as tourism, trade and tuition numbers soar but so do visa violations.

28 Feb 2019 - 9:53AM

Policy to expand economic reach and reduce dependence on China runs into teething problems as tourism, trade and tuition numbers soar but so do visa violations.

Illegal immigration disrupts Taiwan’s economic shift away from China and towards Southeast Asia
Taiwan export orders hit by steepest drop in 32 months as China-US trade war takes its toll across Asia

Taiwan export orders expected to continue to drop through March on weaker demand due to slowing global economy.

21 Jan 2019 - 9:49PM

Taiwan export orders expected to continue to drop through March on weaker demand due to slowing global economy.

Taiwan export orders hit by steepest drop in 32 months as China-US trade war takes its toll across Asia
Vietnam tested by multinationals seeking trade war detour to avoid US tariffs on China

American officials aware of schemes to ship goods through the Southeast Asian nation.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:31PM

American officials aware of schemes to ship goods through the Southeast Asian nation.

Vietnam tested by multinationals seeking trade war detour to avoid US tariffs on China
Kenting resort strip in Taiwan makes a clean start after big drop in visitors

New attractions and environmental improvements in Kenting National Park a response to tourists’ complaints and a drop in China tour groups; some guest houses and restaurants have closed, and others have frozen prices.

5 Dec 2018 - 8:51AM

New attractions and environmental improvements in Kenting National Park a response to tourists’ complaints and a drop in China tour groups; some guest houses and restaurants have closed, and others have frozen prices.

Kenting resort strip in Taiwan makes a clean start after big drop in visitors
Taiwan elections may give economy brief boost as US-China trade war threatens tech sector

Gains made by the Beijing-friendly KMT in Saturday’s elections in Taiwan will give the economy a boost in the short run, as relations with the mainland improve.

27 Nov 2018 - 8:48PM

Gains made by the Beijing-friendly KMT in Saturday’s elections in Taiwan will give the economy a boost in the short run, as relations with the mainland improve.

Taiwan elections may give economy brief boost as US-China trade war threatens tech sector
How Philippine resort strip went from sin city to family destination for local and foreign tourists 

Subic Bay’s hostess bar strip sprang up to serve servicemen at the nearby  US naval base, but in the 25 years since they left a different crowd has been drawn to its beaches and dive spots.

4 Oct 2018 - 12:04PM

Subic Bay’s hostess bar strip sprang up to serve servicemen at the nearby  US naval base, but in the 25 years since they left a different crowd has been drawn to its beaches and dive spots.

How Philippine resort strip went from sin city to family destination for local and foreign tourists 
Apple’s iPhone production may face delay after virus outbreak at chip maker TSMC, analysts say
Breakfast bars in Taiwan: more American than New York diners, but battling to go upmarket as big franchises move in

Fast and simple is how Taiwanese commuters have always liked their first meal of the day, but amid intense competition, breakfast bars face pressure to serve more nutritious food in cleaner, more welcoming surroundings

22 Mar 2018 - 7:45AM

Fast and simple is how Taiwanese commuters have always liked their first meal of the day, but amid intense competition, breakfast bars face pressure to serve more nutritious food in cleaner, more welcoming surroundings

Breakfast bars in Taiwan: more American than New York diners, but battling to go upmarket as big franchises move in
The best things to do on a Taipei layover, from stinky tofu and tea to ships and shopping

No matter if you’re stopping for three hours or 12, a layover at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport offers travellers a taste of the capital and surrounding cities

16 Apr 2018 - 2:39PM

No matter if you’re stopping for three hours or 12, a layover at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport offers travellers a taste of the capital and surrounding cities

The best things to do on a Taipei layover, from stinky tofu and tea to ships and shopping
Foxconn bets big on US expansion, Trump and unfettered demand for hi-tech devices