Mar 1, 2016

New Taiwan president's dilemma: whether to host the Dalai Lama

Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s diplomatic honeymoon with China could be short-lived if she allows the Dalai Lama to visit the self-ruled democratic island that Beijing claims as its own, two senior political sources said. China regards Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader as a separatist, and ...

Japanese man has undeclared banknotes seized by Taiwan customs

Feb 19, 2016

Japanese man has undeclared banknotes seized by Taiwan customs

A Japanese man was stopped by aviation police at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport on Friday while carrying Japanese banknotes with a face value of ¥119 million ($1.05 million), well above the limit that can be legally transported out of Taiwan without being declared. Taipei ...

China defense spending rise 'in the cards'

Feb 16, 2016

China defense spending rise 'in the cards'

China will likely announce another large rise in defense spending next month, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to assuage the military’s unhappiness at sweeping reforms and as worries over the South China Sea and Taiwan weigh on Beijing. Military spending last year was ...

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

Feb 13, 2016

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

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Just over a month ago, commuters emerging from a busy subway station in Taipei were greeted by a strange sight: a rare Siberian crane standing on the sidewalk, apparently quite comfortable with the crowd it was attracting. Only 4,000 such cranes, also known as ...

Feb 13, 2016

113 bodies pulled out from Taiwan quake rubble; 4 missing

Rescuers have pulled out 113 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan’s oldest city of Tainan, leaving only four missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-story residential complex, authorities said Saturday. All but two of the dead were found at the ...

Feb 12, 2016

Four-nation eel talks on ice because of Chinese objections

Negotiations among Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan on resource management of the Japanese eel, which is in danger of extinction, have been suspended since June, Jiji Press has learned. This is because China has been reluctant to accept a proposal to establish a ...