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
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.”
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
22 JULY 2016
How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?
Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine
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
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
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
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.
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. «
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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
17 OCTOBER 2015
Taiwan’s embattled KMT ousts presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu
At an emergency congress, party members voted overwhelmingly to drop Hung Hsiu-chu following a series of poor ratings in opinion polls. She will be replaced by the party’s chairman, Eric Chu
10 OCTOBER 2015
Rare blue-green accord on National Day
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), attending for the first time in President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) two terms, said she had accepted her invitation in the spirit of national unity
19 AUGUST 2015
New political party established to campaign for social welfare
A new political party, the Social Welfare Party (SWP,社會福利黨), was established in Taipei on Wednesday to campaign for better social welfare policies, joining a wave of new and emerging parties that are eyeing seats in Taiwan’s Legislature
14 AUGUST 2015
Taiwan, « happiness » boom : never such a high quality of life
The annual survey published by the National Development Council shows that 88% of citizens are satisfied with their family life . The only drawback is the social involvement: almost 50% never help in community life.
6 AUGUST 2015
James Soong announces presidential bid
James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of Taiwan’s minority People First Party (PFP), announced Thursday that he will stand in the presidential election to be held next January
2 AUGUST 2015
Taiwan protesters rip up textbooks, demanding education minister’s resignation
Nearly a thousand people rallied outside Taiwan’s education ministry on Sunday (Aug 2), demanding the minister’s resignation and the scrapping of what they describe as a « China-centric » high school curriculum.
19 JULY 2015
Taiwan’s ruling party endorses conservative pro-China candidate Hung Hsiu-chu for presidential run
Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has officially endorsed wildcard candidate Hung Hsiu-chu to run for president next year, as the deeply divided party faces a battle to regain public support.
23 JUNE 2015
Taiwan attracts high number of immigrants from Hong Kong, Macau
A growing number of residents from Hong Kong and Macau are relocating to Taiwan, as the island is coming up with schemes to attract talent and investors from overseas.
24 MAY 2015
Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins best director at Cannes Film Festival
Prominent Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday with his first martial arts film « The Assassin » (聶隱娘)http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250002.aspx
21 MAY 2015
‘Taiwan’s Mandela’ announces presidential bid
A veteran Taiwanese opposition figure and human rights activist launched a bid on Thursday (May 21) to stand for president next year, posing the latest threat to the embattled ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party.
16 MAY 2015
Eric Chu will not run for president in Taiwan’s 2016 election
The head of Taiwan’s ruling party says he will not run for president in the 2016 election. Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu has declined to take part in the party’s primary to select its candidate, as registration closed on Saturday (May 16).
15 MAY 2015
New Taiwan labour laws: Two days off per week, maximum 40 working hours beginning 2016
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the maximum allowable working hours will be cut to 40 per week with a mandatory two days off, officials of the Legislative Yuan said yesterday
18 APRIL 2015
Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president
President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation
15 APRIL 2015
Taiwan opposition DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as 2016 candidate
Taiwan could be on track for its first ever female leader after the island’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will run for president
18 MARCH 2015
Taiwan protesters rally to mark « Sunflower Movement » anniversary
Taiwan protesters Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the student-led « Sunflower Movement », which saw the occupation of parliament for more than three weeks over a trade pact with China.
1 MARCH 2015
Chiang statue beheaded as Taiwan marks ‘White Terror’
A statue of Taiwan’s former leader Chiang Kai-shek was beheaded in another sign of growing fears over Chinese influence on the island as it marked the anniversary of a 1947 massacre that left thousands dead, reports said Sunday
23 JANUARY 2015
Taiwan’s ex-leader faces fresh money laundering charge
Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted convicted former president Chen Shui-bian on an additional charge of money laundering, less than three weeks after he was freed from jail on a medical parole
17 JANUARY 2015
In Taiwan, KMT elects Eric Chu chairman
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) is elected chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with 99.61 percent of all ballots cast, the highest in terms of percentage of votes obtained since the party first chose its leader by popular vote among party members in 2000.
13 JANUARY 2015
Prominent Taiwanese women’s advocate Shih Chi-ching dies
Taiwanese women’s rights advocate and writer Shih Chi-ching died of a heart attack at her home in Miaoli county in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the Central News Agency. The writer played a role in reforms of the country’s divorce laws.
5 JANUARY 2015
Taiwan ex-president Chen Shui-bian granted parole
Ailing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is released from prison on medical parole after serving six years for a graft conviction relating to his presidency.
28 DECEMBER 2014
Taiwan’s ex-VP Lu goes on hunger strike seeking parole for Chen Shui-bian
Taiwan’s former vice-president Annette Lu, 70, started her hunger strike on Sunday (Dec 28) as part of a growing campaign for the release from prison of ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian
8 DECEMBER 2014
New Taipei mayor appoints James Soong as chief adviser
Ko Wen-je, elected as Taipei’s next mayor on Nov. 29, invited minor opposition People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong to serve as his chief adviser on Monday, an offer which was readily accepted.
3 DECEMBER 2014
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou quits as Kuomintang chief
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has resigned as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
11 JUNE 2014
Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship
Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
10 MARCH 2014
KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
30 NOVEMBER 2013
Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests
China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
14 NOVEMBER 2013
Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei
« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.
4 NOVEMBER 2013
First direct China-Taiwan telecoms cable goes live
The first telecommunications cable directly linking Taiwan and China has begun operating. It is expected to meet surging demand arising from closer economic ties between the two former rivals.
26 OCTOBER 2013
Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan
Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalize same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.
Taiwan major held on China spying claims: Report
Taiwanese air force major has been taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China, a report said Saturday, in the latest spying scandal to hit Taiwan.
23 OCTOBER 2013
Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA
Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1 JANUARY 2013
Defense Ministry begins transition toward all-voluntary armed forces
Men born after 1994 will only have to receive four months of military training as opposed to 12 months starting from this year, as part of the transition to an all-voluntary armed forces. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/01/365921/Defense-Ministry.htm
31 DECEMBER 2012
Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets
Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392707.html
30 DECEMBER 2012
Taiwan holds first Chinese music concert
Thousands of music fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island’s first concert staged by Chinese singers and rock bands, reports said Sunday, in the latest sign of warming cross-strait relations. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20121230-392455.html
13 DECEMBER 2012
The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan
When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such a goal, the US has adopted strategic ambiguity as the cornerstone of its policy toward the cross-Strait relations for the past few decades. http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/the-strategic-triangle-us-china-taiwan-relations/
28 NOVEMBER 2012
Taiwan to trim number of generals after amendment
The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed an amendment to the Organic Act of the Ministry of National Defense, paving way for the nation’s armed forces to significantly downsize the number of its generals from 379 to 268.
23 NOVEMBER 2012
Foreign affairs ministry rejects proposal to invite Dalai Lama
“After an internal evaluation, we decided that now is not an appropriate time to have the Dalai Lama visit Taiwan,” Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said at a legislative hearing when asked by opposition lawmakers to confirm the decision.
11 NOVEMBER 2012
DPP to set up committee to handle China affairs: report
The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to set up a committee to find a new direction for its ties with China after the Beijing leadership transfer concludes at the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a report said yesterday
2 NOVEMBER 2012
Beijing main obstacle to FTA with EU: European lawmaker
The European Parliament supports Taiwan’s bid to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, but strong pressure from China is the main obstacle preventing this from being realized, a visiting European Parliament member said yesterday.
29 OCTOBER 2012
Taiwan’s China spy problem
As relations between Taipei and Beijing continue to improve following the re-election of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, to a second term in January, China’s intelligence collection against the island it claims as its own remains as aggressive as ever, with major spy cases grabbing the headlines about once every six months.
27 OCTOBER 2012-10-27
Crisis of confidence in Taiwan’s govt
The Taiwan government is suffering a public confidence crisis only five months into President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term.
15 OCTOBER 2012
Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade
Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15.
4 OCTOBER 2012
India renews Taiwan embrace
Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 1995
Taiwanese Pro-Independence Politician Visits China
Frank Hsieh, the former chairman of Taiwan’s pro-independence party, is touring China for a visit that he says is aimed at building mutual trust
25 SEPTEMBER 2012
Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels
Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them
13 SEPTEMBER 2012
Taiwan sends patrol boats near disputed islands
Two Taiwanese coast guard patrol ships have sailed to waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea to assert Taiwan’s claim to i
22 AUGUST 2012
Taiwan refuses medical parole for jailed ex-leader
Taiwan authorities on Wednesday refused to grant ex-president Chen Shui-bian parole for medical treatment, saying he could get proper treatment in prison http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120822-366831.html
17 AUGUST 2012
Taiwan ex-leader cleared of perjury charge
Taiwan’s high court on Friday cleared former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader
11 AUGUST 2012
Taiwan women in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
9 AUGUST 2012
Beijing and Taipei sign new trade agreements
New deal provides greater legal protection and cuts custom red tape. Investors in China and Taiwan are promised equal, if not preferential, treatment. In case of arrest, police must inform families and companies on the other side. In Taiwan, people protest deal fearing mainland colonisation of the island. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-and-Taipei-sign-new-trade-agreements-25515.html
28 JULY 2012
Ma orders Foreign Ministry to probe removal of flag in London
President Ma Ying-jeou has instructed the Foreign Ministry to look into a recent row over the removal of an R.O.C. flag from a London display by Olympic organizers, his spokesman said yesterday
Wife of James Soong dies of cancer aged 72
Viola Chen, wife of People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, died of colon cancer yesterday. She was 72.
24 JULY 2012
Taiwan’s Chen rattles the prison bars
Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, serving the third year of his 17-and-a-half-year prison term for corruption, has been grabbing much renewed attention lately. This time around, however, it is not his crimes or trials that are in the focus but the state of his health
16 JULY 2012
Taiwan tests new weapons in China war simulation
Taiwan for the first time Monday tested how a fleet of advanced submarine hunting aircraft and attack helicopters would be utilised in the event of an attack by rival China, officials and media said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120716-359484.html
4 JULY 2012
President Ma vows to excise ‘tumor of corruption’
President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated his administration’s intolerance of corruption at a Kuomintang Central Standing Committee conference held yesterday (July 4) afternoon. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120705-357291.html
3 JULY 2012
Lin Yi-shih gives partial confession over graft
Former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih （林益世）was taken into custody yesterday after partially confessing to bribery allegations at a 12-hour interrogation session. The Taipei District Court granted prosecutors’ demand to detain Lin on the grounds that he was involved in the serious crimes of bribery and spoliation of evidence.
28 JUNE 2012
Beijing’s generosity puts Taipei on edge
It might be customary elsewhere that when Country A showers Country B with billions of dollars, both sides’ leaders present the good deed concertedly so that either has a chance capitalizing on it in political terms. But this does not apply in the case of mainland China and Taiwan, because both sides claim they belong to one country.
23 JUNE 2012
China offers credits for investment from Taiwan
Four Chinese state banks will offer up to US$95 billion in credit to Taiwanese investments in business on the mainland, the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Yi told a conference in Xiamen
18 JUNE 2012
Taiwan to clear all landmines near China
In yet another sign of warming ties with former rival China, Taiwan said on Monday that all landmines laid on the frontline islands off the mainland during the 1950s will be removed within six months
22 MAY 2012
Taiwan’s Ma plays it cool
Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou was widely expected to embed a formula for unification with China into his re-inauguration speech on Sunday. Perhaps the embattled leader, whose approval ratings have fallen to as low as 20%, wanted to do so. However, he also had to toe the line with Washington
20 MAY 2012
Taiwan’s President Ma sworn in for second term
President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in to the 13th presidential term of the Republic of China yesterday morning, calling his inauguration a milestone on Taiwan’s journey to becoming a mature democracy.
28 MAI 2012
28 MAI 2012
Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chair vote
Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday became the new chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), easily beating his four opponents in a race that could have a major impact on the future direction of the party.
14 MAY 2012
Taiwan’s Ma Loses the Reins
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pushing for a series of highly controversial reforms he doesn’t want to deal with in his second term, which begins May 20
6 APRIL 2012
Taiwan ranks 46th happiest country in the world, 3rd in Asia: UN report
The happiest region in the world is Northern Europe, with Denmark in the lead, and the least happy region — according to the recently released World Happiness Report conducted by the Earth Institute (EI) of Columbia University, entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly — is Sub-Saharan Africa, with Togo at the bottom. Taiwan ranked number 46
28 MARCH 2012
Comments on Taiwanese Marriage Trend Spark Outrage
A legislator’s comments in Taiwan have touched off a public furor over one of the island’s stickiest social issues. Increasingly, Taiwanese men are choosing wives from overseas, and some say that is leaving growing numbers of local women without husbands
26 MARCH 2012
Taiwan opens Chinese Investment Door Wider
Chinese businessmen have only invested US$272 million in the island since 2009 when rules were relaxed, a tiny fraction of the US$80 billion that 80,000 Taiwanese companies have invested in China
22 MARCH 2012
Closer cross-Straits relations welcomed
Top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) met in Beijing for the first time since the KMT’s victory in the island’s leadership election in January
16 FEBRUARY 2012
Beijing mayor visits Taiwan amid protests
Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan Thursday, officials said, amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »
14 FEBRUARY 2012
China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace
Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit
9 FEBRUARY 2012
Taiwan’s Dynamic Civil Society
21 JANUARY 2012
Chinese firms invest $ 184 million in Taiwan in 3 years
Taiwan’s government said Saturday 21 that Chinese firms had invested around $184 million on the island since it relaxed rules on mainland investment in mid-2009 amid warming relations
15 JANUARY 2012
Why Ma won the election and what’s next for Taiwan and China
In presidential elections this weekend, Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s incumbent president from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, decisively defeated Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). With about 52 percent of the vote (compared to Tsai’s 45.6 percent and the third-party candidate James Soong’s 2.8 percent), Ma will be able to govern with a clear majority of popular support. His margin of victory was far higher than most opinion polls had predicted. Many Soong supporters seem to have decided in recent days that by voting for their preferred candidate, who is almost politically identical to Ma, they might hand Tsai the victory
14 JANUARY 2012
Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou wins second term
Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou has won a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China
31 DECEMBER 2011
Taiwan to cut conscription to 4 months in 2013
Taiwan’s defence ministry yesterday (December 30) announced it would slash compulsory military training times for all males from one year to four months starting in 2013, at least a year earlier than expected http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=25731&sec=1
30 DECEMBER 2011
Taiwan, Israel to establish free trade deal task force
Taiwan and Israel have agreed to set up a task force to study the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) before 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday
2 DECEMBER 2011
Dead heat election raises Taiwan stakes
With barely a month-and-half left before Taiwan’s crucial presidential election, the race is neck and neck between incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou and the leading opposition candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. Televised presidential debates that begin this weekend will likely add to the uncertainty. The only guarantee in this exciting drama is that it is not over until the last voter casts his or her ballot on January 14, 2012.
17 NOVEMBER 2011
US and China fret over Taiwan
Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency in Taiwan in May 2008, relations across the Taiwan Strait have improved dramatically. In the past three-and-a-half years, 16 agreements have been signed on practical matters that have largely benefited the people on both sides of the strait.
The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for January 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on United States interests
10 NOVEMBER 2011
Taiwan says early-warning radar nearing completion
Taiwan said it has begun testing a billion-dollar early warning radar system, designed to give an extra six minutes’ warning of any Chinese missile attack, which is nearing completion. Deputy Defence Minister Chao Shih-chang said the installation the state-of-the-art, long-range radar system, supplied by US defence group Raytheon, has entered its final stage.
6 NOVEMBER 2011
Arms deliveries to Taiwan are lagging: US draft study
The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief barrier to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several
eapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Dark days for Taiwan’s spies
When Taiwan’s government last month announced budget cuts in military intelligence, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) insisted operations against mainland China would not be affected. It’s only administrative expenses being whittled down, said the MND, and if anything, Taiwan’s strength in intelligence warfare will be boosted. However, media paint a vastly different picture, suggesting Taiwan’s future leaders will be completely deaf and blind to secretive developments across the Taiwan Strait
26 OCTOBER 2011
Taiwan’s Ma talks peace but gets an earful
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s mention of a possible peace agreement with mainland China to end six decades of hostility across the Taiwan Strait has become a political bombshell
18 OCTOBER 2011
Peace talks possible in a decade: Ma
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that his administration would “cautiously consider” whether Taiwan should negotiate a peace agreement with China within the next decade if three major premises are met, including a high level of consensus among nationals
13 OCTOBER 2011
Taiwan ex-president gets extra jail term
Taiwan’s ex-leader Chen Shui-bian – who is already in jail for corruption – was given an additional 18-year sentence on Thursday for his role in a financial scandal, a high court spokesman said. Chen, who was president between 2000 and 2008, is already serving a jail term of 17 years and six months on two bribery convictions in sprawling corruption cases that saw his wife Wu Shu-chen get the same sentence.
27 SEPTEMBER 2011
Deficit decreases for 3rd year: gov’t
The deficit for the 2012 budget has decreased by 33.1 percent to NT$114.6 billion, the third consecutive decline, which shows the annual budget drafted by the cabinet for next year is well-planned and appropriate for the long-term development of Taiwan, Premier Wu Den-yih announced yesterday
22 SEPTEMBER 2011
China hits out at US deal on Taiwan F-16 fighters
China has reacted angrily to a US deal to upgrade Taiwan’s ageing fleet of US-built F-16 fighter planes
25 JULY 2011
Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate
For every pregnancy leading to a Taiwanese woman giving birth, a remarkable three are estimated by a Taiwan pediatrician to have been aborted, a figure that others believe isn’t too far from reality
3 JULY 2011
Ma Ying-jeou officially named KMT candidate
Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, who was yesterday officially declared the Kuomintang (KMT) running candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, expressed his hope to see Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng keep his post next year in the Legislative Yuan
21 JUNE 2011
Taiwan lifts historic ban on Chinese solo tourists
Taiwan lifts a decades-old ban on travel to the island by individual Chinese tourists, saying visitors would act as « peace ambassadors » for the former arch foe. Initially, Taiwan will allow 500 individual arrivals from the mainland per day, who it hopes will help maintain across the Strait
16 MAY 2011
Taiwan to allow promotion of island’s independence
Taiwan’s parliament tentatively approves a measure that would allow local groups to support the island’s independence, as well as communism, in a further move to promote pluralistic democracy.
10 MAY 2011
Who’s influencing who across the strait?
In numerous interviews given to Western media before and after he took office in 2008, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said his cross-strait policies would make China more like Taiwan and not the other way around. He spoke of his government’s responsibility to further the democratic development of all ethnic Chinese communities, and labeled Taiwan a beacon of democracy to Asia and the world.
16 APRIL 2011
Taiwan set to lift 20-year sex trade ban
The world’s oldest profession will still come with some strict rules, however. It will be restricted to red-light districts, away residential and religious zones. Brothels and sex workers will be required to apply for licences and prostitutes will have to undergo periodic health checks.
3 FEBRUARY 2011
Malaysia to allow visa-free entry for Taiwanese
Taiwanese nationals will soon be allowed to visit Malaysia without a visa, a minister said Thursday, in a bid to increase the
number of tourists and boost foreign exchange earnings
8 JANUARY 2011
Number of countries granting Taiwan visa-waiver privileges hits 97
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the number of countries that have granted visa-waiver privileges to Taiwanese passport holders has increased to 97, indicating that the government’s “flexible diplomacy” strategy has borne fruit.
22 NOVEMBER 2010
Gender crisis looms in Taiwan
The traditional Chinese preference for male heirs is cited as one of the reasons for Taiwan’s growing gender imbalance. Its
male-female ratio at birth stands at 108.4 boys per 100 girls last year
16 SEPTEMBER 2010
More Taiwanese favor status quo with mainland
More and more Taiwanese prefer to maintain the political status quo with China while fewer wish to see the two sides reunify,
despite vastly improved relations over the past two years.
12 SEPTEMBER 2010
ECFA formally takes effect today
The landmark economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China and an intellectual property rights protection pact across the Taiwan Strait formally take effect today, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced yesterday
1 SEPTEMBER 2010
Taiwan eases Hong Kong and Macau visa process
Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for visa to Taiwan for free via the Internet starting today, the National Immigration Agency said. After citizens from the two Chinese cities received approval on their online visa applications, they can print the approval statements and give them to Customs officers when entering Taiwan along with their mainland China issued passports for clearance. Upon receiving the Customs clearance stamp, a print approval statement is in effect a 30-day visa.
16 MAY 2010
Taiwan hopes for full membership at World Health Organisation
Taiwan tells the World Health Organization (WHO) that it hopes to finally become a full WHO member in place of the observer status it currently enjoys
12 MARCH 2010
Taiwan justice minister resigns over death penalty
Taiwan’s justice minister has resigned after failing to win support for her opposition to the death penalty. Wang Ching-feng had said she would not give the go-ahead for any executions
31 JANUARY 2010
Taiwan’s Ma welcomes US arms
The United States has announced a US$6.4 billion package of weapons, including PAC-3 missiles, to be sold to Taiwan, drawing strong protest from China. China reiterated yesterday its stern objection to US arms sales to Taiwan, and suspended all military exchanges with the United States. But President Ma Ying-jeou, who was in Los Angeles at the time of the announcement, said that with the weapons, Taiwan will be more confident of defending itself, which will facilitate the development of cross-strait ties, according to his spokesman Tony Wang
3 JANUARY 2010
Mainland tourists to Taiwan hit mark
A total of 606,100 mainland tourists visited Taiwan in the past year, with each spending nearly $1,800 on the island, including accommodation and shopping, Shao Qiwei, chairman of the Beijing-based Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits, said on Friday
11 SEPTEMBER 2009
Taiwan’s Ex-President Sentenced to Life Term
A Taiwanese court sentenced former president Chen Shui-bian to life in prison after convicting him on graft charges Friday, a
spectacular fall from grace for a man who rode to power on promises to end decades of corruption and expand the island’s de facto independence
27 JULY 2009
Chinese President Congratulates Taiwan Leader
President Hu Jintao of China congratulated on Monday 27 July the Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou after his election this weekend as chief of Taiwan’s governing party, a victory that analysts said could bolster Mr. Ma’s efforts to pursue engagement and economic ties with China
3 MAY 2009
At last Taiwan has a feet in the World Health Organization
Common sense prevailed at last. After a dozen years of futile efforts, Taiwan has achieved a breakthrough: Acquiring observer’s status at the forthcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the ruling body of the World Health Organization