Cross-Strait relations http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25333/all en Taiwan blocks anti-media monopoly bill, raising fears for press freedom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/taiwan-blocks-anti-media-monopoly-bill-raising-fears-press-free <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TAIPEI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Taiwan's ruling party has blocked an anti-media monopoly bill that could have derailed a deal to put nearly half of the island's print and television operations in the hands of a group of pro-China businessmen.</p> <p>Next Media Ltd, owned by Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, signed a deal in November with five Taiwan tycoons to sell its Taiwan print and TV assets for T$17.5 billion ($601 million), sparking fears the agreement with pro-China forces could spell trouble for press freedom on the island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/taiwan-blocks-anti-media-monopoly-bill-raising-fears-press-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Politics Politics of China Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:15:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733068 at http://www.globalpost.com China rebukes Japan after both sides' planes fly near islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/china-rebukes-japan-after-both-sides-planes-fly-near-islands <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China criticised Japan on Friday for "creating tension", a day after China's air force scrambled two fighters in response to a flight by Japanese jets, the latest incident between the countries following months of tension over disputed islands.</p> <p>China scrambled two J-10 fighters on Thursday over the East China Sea after two Japanese F-15s followed a Chinese military plane "on routine patrol", the Chinese Defence Ministry said in a statement on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/china-rebukes-japan-after-both-sides-planes-fly-near-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cross-Strait relations Geography of Asia Political geography Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733087 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-China, Japan move to cool down territorial dispute http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-japan-envoy-says-territory-disputes-china-can-be-resol <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Recasts with additional comment from Xi, Yamaguchi)</p> <p>By Terril Yue Jones</p> <p>BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) - China and Japan sought to cool down tensions over a chafing territorial dispute on Friday, with Communist Party chief Xi Jinping telling an envoy from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he was committed to developing bilateral ties.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-japan-envoy-says-territory-disputes-china-can-be-resol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Entertainment Political geography Senkaku Islands Technology War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:30:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739200 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan opposition chief visits Japan despite islands row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taiwan-opposition-chief-visits-japan-despite-islands-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The head of Taiwan's main opposition party left for Japan Sunday on a goodwill visit despite a sovereignty dispute over islands in the East China Sea.</p> <p>Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the China-sceptic and Tokyo-friendly Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was making his first foreign trip since being elected party leader last May.</p> <p>"We give priority to Japan, as it is a crucial neighbouring country of Taiwan and has maintained a longstanding friendly relationship with Taipei," the party said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taiwan-opposition-chief-visits-japan-despite-islands-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Geography of Asia Japan Political geography AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:45:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744469 at http://www.globalpost.com Surprise envoy protects Taiwan's 'shield' of ambiguity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/surprise-envoy-protects-taiwans-shield-ambiguity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou startled friends and rivals by making his closest advisor "ambassador" to the United States on a mission to prove that the island is still a key ally.</p> <p>King Pu-Tsung, was considered the power behind the Taiwanese throne as the president's election strategist and former head of the ruling Kuomintang party. But he has never been a diplomat, and the appointment surprised the United States and China -- the rival powers who underpin Taiwan's security and economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/surprise-envoy-protects-taiwans-shield-ambiguity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Politics of China War AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 02:30:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744941 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan bookings to China still falling amid island row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/japan-bookings-china-still-falling-amid-island-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bookings on Japanese package tours to China for February and March are down around 80 percent, tourism industry data showed Monday, as a months-old territorial row dragged on relations.</p> <p>Tours to China, booked through Japan's seven biggest travel agencies, fell by 80.3 percent year-on-year for February and by 77.2 percent for March, the Japan Association of Travel Agents said.</p> <p>Tokyo and Beijing have been embroiled in a bitter sovereignty dispute over a chain of islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus in Japanese and the Diaoyus in Chinese.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/japan-bookings-china-still-falling-amid-island-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:30:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744977 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan admiral questioned over alleged China spy link http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/taiwan-admiral-questioned-over-alleged-china-spy-link <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Taiwanese admiral has been questioned over his alleged involvement in one of the island's worst espionage cases, officials said Monday, as concerns mount over Chinese infiltration of the military.</p> <p>Defence ministry spokesman David Lo announced the admiral has come under investigation, but declined to provide details.</p> <p>The Taipei-based Apple Daily said the admiral, whom it identified as Hsu Chung-hua, has been transferred from his position as the commander of fleet based in Penghu, an island group in the middle of the Taiwan Strait.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/taiwan-admiral-questioned-over-alleged-china-spy-link" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745129 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan summons China envoy in island row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/japan-summons-china-envoy-island-row-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tokyo summoned China's envoy Tuesday in protest at what it says was another incursion into its territorial waters, after Beijing's ships sailed near islands at the centre of a bitter dispute.</p> <p>"The foreign ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador over ships entering the waters near Senkaku islands," said an official, referring to a chain claimed as the Diaoyus by Beijing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/japan-summons-china-envoy-island-row-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cross-Strait relations Geography of Asia Political geography Politics AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:45:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745984 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan banks to offer Chinese yuan services http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/taiwan-banks-offer-chinese-yuan-services <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taiwanese banks will start allowing customers to open Chinese yuan accounts and remit funds to the mainland from Wednesday, officials said, in the latest sign of warming economic ties between the former rivals.</p> <p>The regulations, which follow an agreement signed last August, are expected to lower the risk of exchange rate fluctuation and the cost of currency exchange, officials said.</p> <p>Trade between Taiwan and the mainland amounted to $168.96 billion in 2012 according to Chinese figures. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/taiwan-banks-offer-chinese-yuan-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:46:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746261 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan PM urges Chinese restraint after radar lock-on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/japan-pm-urges-chinese-restraint-after-radar-lock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged China on Wednesday not to stoke tension over disputed East China Sea isles, a day after Japan said a Chinese vessel directed radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship.</p> <p>A Chinese government spokeswoman said she was not aware of the details of the incident, and focused instead on China's stance that Japan should stop sending its ships into what China considers its territorial waters around the islands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/japan-pm-urges-chinese-restraint-after-radar-lock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Law Political geography Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747363 at http://www.globalpost.com China must stop threats in maritime disputes: US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-must-stop-threats-maritime-disputes-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday urged China to avoid confrontation and seek out a peaceful dialogue with Japan and other countries over territorial disputes.</p> <p>The Pentagon chief said he has appealed to his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements to defuse an array of disagreements over maritime territory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-must-stop-threats-maritime-disputes-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 05:15:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748447 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan PM pledges to resolve Russia island row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/japan-pm-pledges-resolve-russia-island-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's prime minister said Thursday he wants to find a "mutually acceptable solution" to a decades-old territorial row with Russia and sign a long-delayed peace treaty with Moscow.</p> <p>Shinzo Abe's apparently conciliatory comments are in marked contrast to his uncompromising stance on a dispute with China over the sovereignty of a different set of disputed islands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/japan-pm-pledges-resolve-russia-island-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Human Interest Japan–Soviet Union relations Political geography AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:31:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748525 at http://www.globalpost.com China says probing Japan complaint about radar lock-on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/china-says-probing-japan-complaint-about-radar-lock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Feb 7 (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the government was investigating a complaint from Japan that a Chinese navy vessel aimed a type of radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship in the East China Sea.</p> <p>"The relevant Chinese departments are currently conducting an earnest, solemn investigation into these reports to verify them," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.</p> <p>The Chinese Defence Ministry has yet to comment on Japan's complaint.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/china-says-probing-japan-complaint-about-radar-lock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:15:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748548 at http://www.globalpost.com China accuses Japan of 'smear' over radar incident http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-accuses-japan-smear-over-radar-incident-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beijing accused Tokyo Thursday of mounting a smear campaign after Japan said a Chinese frigate had locked its weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese warship in a "threat of force".</p> <p>The world's second- and third-largest economies are at loggerheads over uninhabited Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing, which claims them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-accuses-japan-smear-over-radar-incident-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:30:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748695 at http://www.globalpost.com China accuses Japan of 'smear' over radar incident http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-accuses-japan-smear-over-radar-incident-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beijing accused Tokyo Thursday of mounting a smear campaign after Japan said a Chinese frigate had locked its weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese warship in a "threat of force".</p> <p>The world's second- and third-largest economies are at loggerheads over uninhabited Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing, which claims them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/china-accuses-japan-smear-over-radar-incident-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cross-Strait relations Political geography AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 14:16:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748889 at http://www.globalpost.com