Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

Taiwan lodges protest over China's new air routes

Jan 16, 2015

Taiwan lodges protest over China's new air routes

Taiwan filed an objection with the United Nations aviation agency over new commercial flight routes off China’s southeastern coast that it said poses a safety risk to its planes. “The mainland should not implement the new routes before the negotiations are completed,” the Central ...

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

Jan 12, 2015

Taiwan confirms first case of H5N8 bird flu

A highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian influenza has been found in central Taiwan in the first confirmed case on the island, health authorities said. Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Sunday the H5N8 avian flu virus was found at a goose farm ...

Jan 5, 2015

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian granted medical parole

Taiwan’s ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian was freed from prison on medical parole Monday, after serving six years on graft charges related to his time in office. The 64-year-old, who led Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, will be released from a prison hospital this afternoon ...

Dec 29, 2014

Lu begins hunger strike in support of Chen's parole

Former Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu started a hunger strike Sunday as part of a growing campaign for the release from prison of ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian. Chen, now 63, who led the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to power in 2000 after 50 ...

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

Dec 27, 2014

Hippo's leap from moving truck ends badly in Taiwan

A hippopotamus that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle and landed on a car, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report a “dinosaur” on the loose. Television footage showed the animal lying on the road with ...

Dec 26, 2014

Occupy Central's spirit endures

The Occupy Central movement that shut down the heart of Hong Kong for 79 days over the demand for greater democracy in the Special Administrative Region is over. But the impulses that drove the movement have not disspated.

Dec 22, 2014

Taiwan thanks U.S. for frigate sale

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense thanked the United States on Friday for selling four Perry-class frigates to the island despite opposition from China. The ministry said Washington’s move reaffirms U.S. support for the Taiwan Relations Act enacted in 1979 by the U.S. Congress to ...

Scotch-happy Taiwan stoking demand for Japanese whiskies

Dec 21, 2014

Scotch-happy Taiwan stoking demand for Japanese whiskies

Brewing and distillery giant Suntory Holdings Ltd. was among three Japanese businesses invited to promote their products one night in Taipei earlier this month at a party to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s birthday on Dec. 23. The event was organized by the Interchange Association, Japan’s ...