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Taiwan home affairs and society

10 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s former point man on cross-strait ties Chiang Pin-kung dies at 85

Chiang Pin-kung, former vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party and Taiwan’s former point man for talks in cross-strait ties, passed away on Monday (Dec 10) in Taipei
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-former-point-man-on-cross-strait-ties-chiang-pin-kung-dies-at-85
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201812100024.aspx

24 NOVEMBER 2018

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen resigns as chair of ruling DPP after losses in local polls

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday (Nov 24) after the pro-independence party suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a blow to her prospects for re-election
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-president-quits-party-leadership-after-local-election-results-21922
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/11/25/2003704879

20 OCTOBER 2018

Thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

The first large-scale pro-independence rally in a generation has brought thousands of people onto the streets of Taipei. China has recently strengthened its determination to bring the self-ruled island under its control
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thousands-rally-for-taiwan-independence-vote-10847428
https://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-independence-rally-draws-thousands-irks-china/a-45959548
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810200012.aspx

12 OCTOBER 2017

The Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Taiwan

After a period of expansion and reform, Taiwan’s higher education enjoys a high level of participation and a reputation for quality in Asia. The percentage of the population between ages 25 and 64 with a university or an advanced degree reached 45 percent in 2015, significantly higher than the 36 percent average for OECD countries. But the system has been facing increasing pressure from within and from outside of the country, making its future seem less optimistic
https://theasiadialogue.com/2018/10/12/the-challenges-and-opportunities-for-higher-education-in-taiwan/

5 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan pardons more than 1,200 ‘White Terror’ victims

Taiwan wiped the criminal records of 1,270 victims of the island’s « White Terror » purges on Friday (Oct 5), the first time the government has fully exonerated those who suffered political persecution under martial law
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/10/05/restoration-honour-taiwan-pardons-1200-white-terror-victims/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-pardons-more-than-1-200-white-terror-victims-10795236
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3545643

13 JUNE 2018

Taiwan New Party officials indicted for working on behalf of China

New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠), his father and two supporters were indicted for violations of the National Security Act Wednesday, including recruiting serving and retired military officers to work for China
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3456152
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201806130014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/15/2003694912

12 JUNE 2018

US lauds Taiwan ties in dedication of new de-facto embassy

The U.S. dedicated a new de-facto embassy in Taiwan on Tuesday in what officials described as an indicator of robust ties with the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own territory
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-lauds-taiwan-ties-in-dedication-of-new-de-facto-embassy/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3455223
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-opens-new-de-facto-embassy-in-taiwan-angering-china/4435101.html

8 JUNE 2018

What it means to be Taiwanese

While China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan is working with certain countries, carriers and corporations, it is also contributing to what was already a rising tide of Taiwanese nationalism
http://www.atimes.com/article/what-it-means-to-be-taiwanese/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=3b7c8749c1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_08_12_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-3b7c8749c1-31591405

15 MAY 2018

Taiwan court hands former president Ma Ying-jeou 4-month jail term over information leak

A court in Taiwan on Tuesday sentenced former president Ma Ying-jeou to four months jail over a leak of information related to national security, legal documents showed, but he vowed to appeal, and could avoid jail altogether by paying a fine
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-court-hands-former-president-ma-ying-jeou-4-month-jail-term-over-information-leak
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180515-319429

30 MARCH 2018

Fury as Man Booker bows to pressure to list Taiwan as Chinese province

One of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes has been dragged into a diplomatic spat between China and Taiwan after it caved in to pressure from Beijing to change the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee on its website
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/fury-man-booker-bows-pressure-list-taiwan-chinese-province/

Renowned Taiwan writer Li Ao dies, aged 83

Taiwan’s famous writer and political commentator Li Ao died of brain cancer at the age of 83
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/renowned-taiwan-writer-li-ao-dies-aged-83
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43458915
http://www.theindependent.sg/li-ao-writer-of-96-banned-books-in-taiwan-dies-at-82/

14 MARCH 2018

Taiwan ranked world’s 26th happiest country

Taiwan has been ranked as the world’s 26th happiest country and the happiest country in East Asia, in a report released Wednesday that compares the happiness level of 156 countries, assessing factors including average life span, social support and corruption
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201803140031.aspx

1 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s enduring death penalty

The pace of executions in Taiwan has waxed and waned over recent decades — after a nearly five-year pause in executions, 33 people were executed between 2010 and 2016. Today, the death penalty remains legal, popular and contentious
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/01/taiwans-enduring-death-penalty/

4 OCTOBER 2017

 Meeting Of Minds: Taiwan’s Yushan Forum slated to become an important dialogue platform

 In a significant development, Taiwan is preparing to host the first edition of the Yushan Forum on October 11 and 12 to complement its New Southbound Policy of engagement with 18 countries in Asean, South Asia and Oceania
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/talkingturkey/meeting-of-minds-taiwans-yushan-forum-slated-to-become-an-important-dialogue-platform/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

The White Wolf of Taiwan

 Zhang Anle and his solution for the cross-strait dilemma
http://thediplomat.com/2017/09/the-white-wolf-of-taiwan/

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s opposition leader faces internal and external challenges

Supporters of the KMT feel increasingly helpless at home and abroad. If the KMT further abandons its various ties and linkages with mainland China, it may well literally mean the end of the ROC at an earlier date. Can Wu reverse the unfavorable trend? The 2020 presidential election would be definitely decisive
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/546.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

15 AUGUST 2017

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/minister-resigns-over-massive-taiwan-blackout-reports-9125906

8 JULY 2017

Taiwan’s president is now less popular than Trump. Here’s why

Tsai’s approval rating sank to 33 % in June, down from just 39 % a month earlier
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-tsai-approval-2017-story.html

10 JUNE 2017

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201706100018.aspx
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/10/tremendous-loss-taiwan-acclaimed-director-believed-killed-helicopter-crash-assignment/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/06/10/498550/beyond-beauty.htm

28 MAY 2017

From friends to bitter enemies: Taiwan president refuses to pardon Chen Shui-bian

Former President Chen Shui-bian, on medical parole from a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, is challenging his ex-protege Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to give him a presidential pardon
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/friends-bitter-enemies-taiwan-president-refuses-pardon-chen-shui-bian

24 MAY 2017

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions
http://www.atimes.com/article/first-asia-taiwan-recognizes-sex-marriage/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170521_09/

24 APRIL 2017

Most of the new Taiwan citizens come from Vietnam

Nearly 70 per cent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-new-taiwan-citizens-come-vietnam#sthash.30qrNUqN.dpuf

28 MARCH 2017

Taiwan district court acquits former president of leaking classified information

A Taiwan district court cleared former president Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday of charges of leaking classified information over a controversial wiretapping case in 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2082778/taiwan-district-court-acquits-former-president-leaking
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201703280019.aspx
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-found-not-guilty-in-leaks-case/3631002.html

14 MARCH 2017

Taiwan’s ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou was once a luminous figure. But his attempt to bring down a rival politician has landed him in court. If convicted he could be imprisoned for several years. Klaus Bardenhagen reports from Taipei
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-ex-president-indicted-in-wiretapping-scandal/a-37933123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-ying-jeou-charged-with-leaking/3593430.html

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre

Supporters of Taiwan independence and cross-strait unification clashed on Tuesday at a Taipei hall built in memory of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as the island commemorated the 1947 massacre in which the Chiang was blamed for killing thousands of Taiwanese 70 years ago
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

11 JUNUARY 2017

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_02/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201701110029.aspx

2 JANUARY 2017

The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

On Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump startled observers when, departing from protocol, he took a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has suggested that under his administration, the United States may break from the pointedly ambiguous “One China policy.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?postshare=9731483517456576&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.db03c8330ebc

26 DECEMBER 2016

Chen Shui-bian makes first public speech after prison release

Chen – who was handed a 20-year sentence for a string of corruption charges shortly after leaving office in 2008 – made a short speech at the opening of his daughter’s dental clinic in Tainan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chen-shui-bian-makes-first-public-speech-after-prison-release

17  DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s Kuomintang party is broke and adrift

A new law has allowed the government to freeze its assets, leaving it unable to pay staff
http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21711925-new-law-has-allowed-government-freeze-its-assets-leaving-it-unable-pay-staff-taiwans

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwanese ‘double agent’ jailed for 18 years after decade of spying for mainland China

A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for mainland China as relations worsen with Beijing.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021960/taiwanese-double-agent-jailed-18-years-after-decade

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan opposition KMT’s bank account frozen in assets probe

 Taiwan’s government has ordered a freeze on the opposition Kuomintang’s bank account, officials said Thursday, as part of an investigation into its allegedly ill-gotten political assets
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-kmts-bank-account-frozen-assets-probe

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

 Taiwan politicians break ranks to meet with Beijing

 A group of opposition officials from Taiwan have bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip as relations with Beijing turn frosty under new president Tsai Ing-wen
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-politicians-break-ranks-meet-beijing

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thousands take to streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei in protest against govt’s plans to reform pensions

A record 250,000 retired military personnel, police officers, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s pension reform plans, which they say are unfair and « humiliate » their professions
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-take-to-streets-of-taiwans-capital-taipei-to-protest-govts-plans-to-reform
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/04/2003654459/1

27 AUGUST 2016

Grading Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office

It has been 100 days since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office, and public disappointment is already growing towards her administration. A series of policy flip-flops have added to the impression that her administration is indecisive
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/grading-tsais-first-100-days-in-office
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/policy-indecision-marks/3075912.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608270019.aspx

23 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s population to decrease in 5-9 years

 Taiwan has a low birth rate compared to most other countries. As longevity increases, the nation will turn into an aged society in two years, and a super-aged society in 10 years
http://www.asianews.network/content/taiwan%E2%80%99s-population-decrease-5-9-years-26231

15 AUGUST 2016

President Tsai Ing-wen ‘losing control’ of Taiwan’s pro-independence camp

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is facing what analysts view as the biggest challenge to her authority since taking office after she reluctantly withdrew her nominations for the top posts in the island’s judiciary.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2004169/president-tsai-ing-wen-losing-control-taiwans-pro

1st AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologises to country’s indigenous people for first time in history

President Tsai Ing-wen has formally apologised to Taiwan’s indigenous people for centuries of suffering, becoming the country’s first-ever leader to do so
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36940243
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608010026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/02/2003652277

22 JULY 2016

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?

 Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/how-bad-is-taiwans-economy/

12 JUNE 2016

Taiwan rejects ex-president’s Hong Kong trip

Taiwanese authorities on Sunday (June 12) refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-rejects-ex-presidents-hong-kong-trip
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/13/2003648490
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/13/469179/Presidential-Office.htm

21 MAY 2016

Ma Ying-jeou faces investigation in 24 cases against him

Former President Ma Ying-jeou is facing investigation in several cases, including corruption allegations against him, as he has lost his presidential immunity from prosecution
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ma-ying-jeou-faces-investigation-24-cases-against-him

20 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president

Taiwan swears-in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female President, taking the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president-amid-warnings-from-chi/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/20/taiwan-s-first-female-president-tsai-ing-wen-sworn-in/http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605200008.aspx
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160520_23/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

26 APRIL 2016

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby

Archaeologists in Taiwan have found a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-fossils-idUSKCN0XN1WI

13 APRIL 2016

Taipei will not be part of Beijing’s Super-Bank: Humiliating conditions

The island’s government announces that it will not be part of the Asian Investment Bank. For entry, the Chinese government demanded it make an application through its Ministry of Finance. This model « is not acceptable. Not only does this wound our national dignity, but violates the very principle of dignity. « 
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei-will-not-be-part-of-Beijing’s-Super-Bank:-Humiliating-conditions-37206.html

8 APRIL 2016

Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet

Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-first-ministers-new-cabinet#sthash.osubKpQF.dpuf

7 APRIL 2016

No Taiwan politicians found in ‘Panama Papers’ initial report

No Taiwan politicians are among the 90 Taiwanese passport holders whose names were found among the massive trove of leaked files from the Panama-based offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to an initial report released by CommonWealth Magazine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-taiwan-politicians-found-panama-papers-initial-report#sthash.faRV1sgf.dpuf

26 MARCH 2016

Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/kuomintang-picks-little-hot-chili-pepper-hung-hsiu-chu-new-party-chief
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/27/2003642525
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/27/461865/Hung-elected.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier

Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/16/2003641679
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160315_25/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwanese Mark Lee and Chiang Wei-liang win Berlin awards

Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee (李屏賓) on Saturday won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Taiwanese director Chiang Wei-liang (曾威量) was awarded the Audi Short Film Award for his film Anchorage Prohibited (禁止下錨).
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/22/2003639925

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116, as rescue ends

Tainan City government called off rescue missions in the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex Saturday, from which 114 people were found dead, bringing the death toll to 116 in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan Feb. 6
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35569224
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201602130020.aspx

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) won the ninth legislative speakership election in a widely predicted landslide victory, becoming the nation’s first non-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) speaker.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/02/2003638625
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241944&ctNode=2194&mp=9
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/02/02/457596/LY-elects.htm

28 JANUARY 2016

ROC improves in Corruption Perceptions Index ranking

Taiwan ranked No. 30 out of 168 countries and territories surveyed in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Jan. 27 by Berlin-based Transparency International
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241755&ctNode=2194&mp=9

25 JANUARY 2016

Simon Chang appointed as new premier

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has appointed Simon Chang (張善政) as the new premier after approving the resignation of former Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601250020.aspx
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/2016/01/26/457039/President-appoints.htm

 

16 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan election: First female president Tsai Ing-wen elected after landslide victory against ruling Kuomintang including in parliament

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35333647
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/16/asia/taiwan-election/index.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601160033.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601170012.aspx
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/122524/taiwans-new-leader-disappears-chinese-social-network

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/23/taiwan-battles-economic-and-cross-strait-tensions-in-2013/

19 OCTOBER 2013

Recent population figures confirm Taiwan aging problem: official

Recent official statistics showing an increase in Taiwan’s 65-and-over population indicate that Taiwan is on course to go from being an « aging society » to an « aged society, » said deputy interior minister Hsiao Chia-chi

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131020000059&cid=1103

15 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah survives no-confidence vote

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Tuesday survived a no-confidence vote launched by opposition lawmakers who accused the government of violating the constitution over attempts to expel the parliamentary speaker.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374807/taiwan-premier-survives-no-confidence-vote
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/10/16/391433/No-confidence-motion.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131015000081&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2013

Anti-government protesters dog Taiwan National Day

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114279/government-protesters-dog-taiwan-national-day/

8 OCTOBER 2013

China could invade by 2020, Taiwan’s military says

If China’s 20-year-long military buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be capable of invading Taiwan by 2020 despite any moves by Taiwanese allies to repel an incursion, a Taiwanese military report said Tuesday.

http://www.france24.com/en/20131009-china-could-invade-by-2020-taiwan-military-report

3 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan president questioned in leaking info probe

Taiwanese prosecutors questioned President Ma Ying-jeou late Thursday, a report said, following allegations that a legislator’s phone was wiretapped in a widening political scandal that has gripped the island.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372893/taiwan-leader-questioned-in-leaking-info-probe

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan premierJiang blocked from speaking at Legislature

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocked Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan’s session opening yesterday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/09/18/389197/Jiang-blocked.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130917000092&cid=1101

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Charting Course for 2014 Elections, Taiwanese Opposition Debates China Policy

The leaders of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have spent the summer in discussion and negotiation over the Party’s China policy, trying to establish a consensus on one of the central issues of Taiwanese politics. These negotiations, taking place in the party’s newly-revived China Affairs Committee (CAC), represent a significant shift in strategy for the party, which is trying to establish and bolster its foreign and cross-straits policy credentials.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41351&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=2f84ae0ee91fb79abf1d9841635c8c83#.UjNxzctOLIU

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Speaker Ousted in Political Scandal

Taiwan’s ruling party has expelled the speaker of the parliament in a move that has shaken up the island’s politics and put in question a cross-strait trade agreement with Beijing. Wang Jin-pyng was removed from the party because of allegations that he improperly pressured prosecutors in a case involving a fellow lawmaker.
http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-speaker-ousted-in-polticial-scandal/1747786.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24050840

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Ma taking Taiwan back to ‘White Terror’ era: DPP

In a rare show of solidarity, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition and his rival within the party accused President Ma Ying-jeou Monday of returning the country to the « White Terror » era of autocratic rule.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130910000070&cid=1101

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

In Taipei, 1,200 gather for gay marriage ‘wedding banquet’

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organizers said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/local/taipei/2013/09/08/388402/1200-gather.htm

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwanese director wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang won the Grand Jury Prize for his latest film Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs) at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130909000058&cid=1104

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Number of female managers in Taiwan soars by nearly 60%

The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58% from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000006&cid=1103

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Justice minister steps down amid controversy

Justice minister Tseng Yung-fu resigned Friday, hours after being accused of influence peddling by prosecutors in a special investigation unit.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000048&cid=1101

31 AUGUST 2013

Taipei, government launches new measures to protect foreign workers

About half a million migrants, mostly from Indonesia and Thailand, live and work on the island. The government wants to curb the mediation of employment agencies, which undermine productivity and often hire workers illegally.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-government-launches-new-measures-to-protect-foreign-workers-28885.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Taiwanese President Ma’s confidante granted bail in bribery case

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwanese-president-mas-confidante-granted-bail-bribery-case

23 AUGUST 2013

The Democratic Progressive Party’s Defense Policy Blue Papers and the Opposition’s Vision for Taiwan’s National Defense

The blue paper, a series of four documents prepared by the DPP’s New Frontier Foundation, gave Chairman Su Tseng-Chang ammunition for speeches stressing the party’s defense credentials to the Taiwan public and the United States.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41303&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=54e4bd9ee534f173510547dc38722975#.UhkU-MtOLIU

Taiwan ‘to go on buying arms from US’

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366078/taiwan-to-go-on-buying-arms-from-us

14 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan’s convicted ex-president to rejoin opposition

Taiwan’s main opposition grouping on Wednesday approved an application by disgraced ex-president Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party despite fears the move would damage its image.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-convicted-ex-president-rejoin-opposition

8 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan upholds first public transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363723/taiwan-upholds-first-public-transgender-marriageas set Aug. 14 Gaeseong talks

7 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan names new defence chief amid plagiarism scandal

Taiwan’s chief of general staff General Yen Ming was named defence minister on Wednesday following the resignation of his predecessor over plagiarism claims just six days after taking office.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-names-new-defence/768320.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-new-defence-chief-amid-plagiarism-scandal

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201387960611283.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Defense minister resigns after only six days on the job

Taiwan Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖), who was appointed only last week, tendered his resignation last night due to a plagiarized article in a 2007 book he wrote and edited.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/08/07/385759/Defense-minister.htm

2 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan politicians scuffle over nuclear bill

Taiwan’s politicians have punched each other and wrestled in a parliamentary brawl over a controversial bill on a nuclear power plant.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/02/taiwan-lawmakers-brawl-in-parliament/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/02/taiwanese-mps-fight-parliament-video

1 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan leader defends controversial China trade deal

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday defended a controversial trade pact with China following protests against the deal, saying it would benefit the island’s economy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362614/taiwan-leader-defends-controversial-china-trade-deal

29 JULY 2013

Taiwan defence minister resigns after corporal’s death

Taiwan’s defence minister has resigned, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday, after the death of a corporal who was allegedly abused by the military in a case that has sparked outrage across the island.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/759618.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/30/385061/Defense-chief.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130729000082&cid=1101

23 JULY 2013

Taiwan struggles to recruit soldiers

Taiwan’s military managed to recruit only 1,847 soldiers or 31 per cent of its targeted number in the first half of the year, raising doubts over whether it can transition smoothly from a decades-old conscription system to one built around professionals by 2015.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Taiwan-struggles-to-recruit-soldiers–49410.html

20 JULY 2013

Taiwan’s Ma reelected ruling party chief

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was overwhelmingly reelected chairman of the ruling party Saturday, amid corruption scandals involving top officials and public anger at his government.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130720-438837.html

5 JULY 2013

It’s Taiwan’s fault if it doesn’t trust us, says Chinese general

Chinese general Luo Yuan, vice chairman of the China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, says Taiwan’s attitude is the factor that has delayed the building of cross-strait military trust.                                                                                                                          http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130705000138&cid=1101

2 JULY 2013

Taipei mayor sets off on trip to China, Russia

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday (2 July) led a delegation to attend the three-day Taipei-Shanghai City Forum, which will be held today in China, with the mayor’s delegation then set to head to Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan on July 6.                                                                                                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/03/382726/Taipei-mayor.htm

25 JUNE 2013

All-out brawl erupts in Legislature

A massive brawl erupted among lawmakers in the Legislature yesterday, as members of the ruling party and opposition party fought for control over the rostrum, ahead of a scheduled discussion on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum.                                                                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/25/fight-breaks-out-in-taiwan-s-parliament/                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/26/382137/All-out-brawl.htm

23 JUNE 2013

Chen Guangcheng visits Taiwan

In Taiwan Chen is scheduled to give a news conference, address the island’s legislature, meet the parliamentary Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng, and speak at universities.                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/23/chen-guangcheng-visits-taiwan

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday.                                                                                                                                                       http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

13 JUNE 2013

Important consensus reached between KMT, CPC: Yu Zhengsheng

A senior Chinese official said Thursday that important consensus had been reached between the ruling parties of Taiwan and China regarding the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.                                                                                                                         http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130614000075&cid=1101

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                          http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40996&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=de1474d596c6712a34e9845332c977aa

3 JUNE 2013

Taiwan’s former president attempts suicide

Taiwan’s imprisoned   former President Chen Shui-bian tried to kill himself but was stopped by guards, the Justice Ministry said.                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136374625995221.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22750253                                           http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/04/380303/Ex-president-attempts.htm

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard.                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate.                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

Gangsters and politics shake hands in Taiwan

In Taiwan, the borderline between the realms of politics and organized crime has always been murky; some people say that gangsters on the island do not bribe politicians but become them. Yet a recent mass attempt by outlaws to become members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has perplexed observers                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150513.html

14 MAY 2013

Ma Ying-jeou’s popularity falls to new low

Support for Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, has fallen to a record low of 19.1%, while public dissatisfaction has climbed to a record high of 69.9%, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.                                                                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130514000004&cid=1101

7 MAY 2013

Taiwan intelligence unit confirms Hong Kong visit

A top Taiwanese intelligence official has visited Hong Kong in a landmark trip seen as the latest sign of fast-warming ties between Taiwan and former rival China, officials and local media said Tuesday.                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130507-420972.html

6 MAY 2013

Taiwan wavers on F-16 deal

Taiwan says that it needs fighter jets which are more advanced than the upgraded F-16 announced by the United States, suggesting that it was dropping its bid for dozens of the aircraft.                                                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130506-420729.html

1 MAY 1013

Taiwan launches integrity probe for top officials

Taiwan is carrying out a review looking at the integrity of its top-tier politicians, a report said Wednesday, after a string of high-profile corruption scandals that have rocked the island.                                                                                                            http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130501-419676.html

21 APRIL 2013

Ma: No point rushing into political talks with Beijing

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, says the time is not right for political talks with Beijing, and there is no point rushing political dialogue. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130421000070&cid=1101

19 APRIL 2013

Activists ‘horrified’ at Taiwan executions

Taiwan has executed six prisoners, the second time in six months a group of six has been put to death.                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22222342

17 APRIL 2013

Taiwan shows force in biggest live-fire drill since 2008

Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire drill since 2008 on Wednesday, in an operation involving more than 7,000 troops that simulated a Chinese attack as its leader warned of Beijing’s arms build-up                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-shows-force-in-big/641104.html

11 APRIL 2013

Taiwan moves closer to setting up China liaison office

Taiwan’s cabinet Thursday approved regulations governing the opening of a China liaison office on the island, a priority in efforts to normalise relations with its former enemy.                                                                                                  http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130411-415321.html

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853                                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150413.html

4 APRIL 2013

Taiwan’s strategic confusion

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou’s mantra of ‘no unification, no independence, and no use of force’ is coming under increasing strain.                                                                                                                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/04/taiwans-strategic-confusion/

1 APRIL 2013

Taiwan president’s confidante disciplined by party

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party on Monday suspended the membership of Lai Su-ju, a confidante of the island’s president, for her alleged involvement in a high-profile corruption scandal.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130401-412783.html

30 MARCH 2013

Taiwan vows to step up patrol in East China Sea

Taiwan’s president has commissioned a new vessel to beef up patrol in a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/103670/taiwan-vows-to-step-up-patrol-in-east-china-sea/

24 MARCH 2013

Taiwan outlines international trade pact

Taiwan has outlined strategies for joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade deal being negotiated among 11 countries, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.                            http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2013/03/24/374044/Taiwan-outlines.htm

16 MARCH 2013

Taiwan develops medium-range missile: Report

Taiwan has developed its first medium-range guided missile that could be used against former rival China, according to a former defence minister in a new book cited by a media report Saturday.                                                                                         http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130316-409205.html

10 MARCH 2013

Up to 200,000 protest nuclear energy

Over 100 civic groups joined the nationwide event, including the I am Human group and Victims of Nuclear Power, from Northern Taiwan. Despite the unseasonably hot and humid weather, people flooded into the street in front of the Presidential Office, with some even decked out in heavy costumes.                                                                                                                                          http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/03/10/372647/Up-to.htm

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou says US plays pivotal role in cross-strait peace

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the United States plays a pivotal role in the development of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, noting in particular the stabilizing effect of Washington’s « six assurances. »                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130228000088&cid=1101

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan to Continue Enforcing Death Penalty

Taiwan says it will continue to enforce the death penalty, despite international appeals to end capital punishment on the island. Taiwan has executed 15 people since 2010, when it ended a five-year informal moratorium on the death penalty. Six people were put to death in the latest round of executions in December 2012                                                                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-to-continue-enforcing-death-penalty/1611571.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported                   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan Foreign minister calls for peaceful Diaoyutais resolution

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday called for a peaceful resolution to the East China Sea sovereignty row as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his trip to the United States amid the ongoing disputes between Tokyo and Taipei over the Diaoyutai Islands. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2013/02/23/371123/Foreign-minister.htm

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Two accords bring Taipei and Beijing closer

The two sides sign an agreement allowing clearance of their respective currencies. Another would let either side open offices across the strait.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-accords-bring-Taipei-and-Beijing-closer-27129.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Outgoing Taiwan premier cites health as reason for resignation

As part of the resulting Cabinet reshuffle, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah will replace Chen and Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) head Mao Chi-kuo will in turn be appointed vice premier, while Deputy Taipei Mayor Chen Wei-jen will assume the secretary-general post                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.asianewsnet.net/Outgoing-Taiwan-premier-cites-health-as-reason-for-42289.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Jiang Yi-huah to replace Sean Chen as premier

Taiwan  Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is set to replace Sean Chen as Taiwan’s premier, according to media reports citing high-ranking officials.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/02/01/369220/Jiang-to.htm

31 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan’s pension funds are like a train headed towards a cliff

An aging population and low birth rate are a threat to the country’s pension funds. Those for military, civil service and teachers are in fact expected to go bankrupt between 2019 and 2027. The issue has sparked an intense debate between and within parties http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan’s-pension-funds-are-like-a-train-headed-towards-a-cliff-27012.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

Taiwan urged the United States on Monday to honour an agreement to supply submarines to replace its current elderly fleet, as a US congressional group visited the island to evaluate defence needs In April 2001 then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1250770/1/.html

12 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf: report

The government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region, a local newspaper said yesterday.                   http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/12/367130/Taiwan-to.htm

9 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan executions put Justice Minister Tseng on the spot

Rights lawyers say they plan to file criminal charges against Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, while calling for his impeachment for « illegally » ordering the execution of six convicts who had been handed death sentences, confirmed by the Taiwan Supreme Court, for a total of eight murders. The men were executed on December 21 by pistol shots to the head and heart in three prisons across Taiwan, without prior notification to families or lawyers                                                                                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA10Ad01.html