Feb 14, 2014

A bridge across the Taiwan Strait

For the first time since the end of China's civil war in 1949, official representatives from Beijing and Taipei sat down at the same table to discuss a shared future.

Feb 11, 2014

Taiwan, China hold milestone meeting

China and Taiwan on Tuesday held their first government-to-government talks since they split 65 years ago following a brutal civil war — a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals. Taipei’s Wang Yu-chi, who oversees the island’s China policy, met his Beijing ...

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Feb 10, 2014

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Taiwan and China are holding their highest-level talks since splitting amid a civil war 65 years ago, hoping to further boost contacts and ease lingering tensions, even as political developments on the self-governing island swing away from Beijing’s goal of eventual unification. Tuesday’s discussions ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...

China woos Taiwan with 'common homeland'

Jan 29, 2014

China woos Taiwan with 'common homeland'

A few kilometers off the Chinese coast, Beijing has appointed a Taiwanese citizen as deputy chief of an experimental “common homeland” that is an unusually forward overture to Taipei. Pingtan Island is physically China’s closest spot to Taiwan, and is now also being transformed ...

Jan 17, 2014

Japan owns Senkakus: Taiwan's Lee

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui repeated Thursday that the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan. The islets are “Japanese territory based on international law,” Lee, 91, said in a speech to Japanese employees at a Taipei hotel. The uninhabited islets long administered by Japan in ...

Jan 7, 2014

Anti-nuclear groups urge Taiwanese to join reactor makers lawsuit

Two Japanese anti-nuclear groups urged Taiwanese on Tuesday to join their international campaign seeking to abolish a law in Japan that exempts suppliers of nuclear plant equipment from legal responsibilities for accidents. Members of No Nukes Asia Actions and No Nukes Asia Forum told ...

Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

Jan 6, 2014

Taiwan unveils baby panda to public

A 6-month old giant panda was unveiled to her adoring public in Taiwan on Monday, as long lines of children of all ages queued up at the Taipei zoo to see the cub cavorting around her cage with an understandably protective mother. Yuan Zai’s ...

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Jan 2, 2014

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Taiwan on Thursday welcomed a Japanese woman as the island’s 8 millionth visitor for 2013, showering her with gifts. Aya Omote, a 32-year-old newlywed from Niigata Prefecture, said she was surprised to learn of the news upon her arrival at Taoyuan International Airport on ...