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 ...

Dec 19, 2014

Taiwan says 3/11 ban on Japanese food exports to remain in place

Taiwan will continue to ban food imports from five prefectures tainted by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster despite Tokyo’s efforts to apply stricter export inspections. An official at the Health and Welfare Ministry said Friday the import ban will remain in place and ...

Dec 18, 2014

'Multiple human errors' led to deadly Taiwan gas blasts: prosecutors

Prosecutors said deadly gas explosions in Taiwan were caused by “multiple human errors” Thursday as they charged 12 people over the blasts, including the head of a chemical company and government officials. The disaster killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 in southern ...

Dec 9, 2014

A test for Taiwan and China

It's been a rough year for Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. His popularity has been dragged down by sluggish economic growth and doubts about his commitment to Taiwan's sovereignty. And the recent unrest in Hong Kong as well as last month's stunning defeat for the ...