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Washington agrees to help Taiwan build attack submarines

The United States has agreed to help Taiwan build attack submarines, as the island has spent nearly a decade waiting to acquire them from abroad, the Taiwanese defense chief said Monday. Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told a legislative committee that the United States "is willing to help us build the submarines together." Yen also said Taiwan will continue to push the United States to sell eight submarines to Taiwan and to acquire submarines from other countries.

Police remove protesters opposed to China trade pact from Taiwan Cabinet offices; 58 arrested

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Baton-wielding riot police on Monday cleared Taiwan's Cabinet offices of scores of angry protesters opposed to a trade pact with China, escalating tensions over the island's rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland. Authorities said they arrested 58 protesters and that 137 were injured, including 24 that were hospitalized. The crackdown came five days after mainly student demonstrators occupied the nearby legislature to protest the ruling party's decision to renege on a promised line-by-line review of the trade agreement.

Japanese in Taiwan hold event to remember victims, thank Taiwan

Japanese living in Taiwan held an event in Taipei on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan. Naoki Aramai, director general of the organizing committee for the memorial and appreciation ceremony, said the event was held to mourn those Japanese who lost their lives in the disaster and thank Taiwanese who contributed to the aid relief. "Taiwan leads the world in relief efforts, and we are deeply grateful," he said.

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said Sunday it had pulled down a statue of republican China's founding father Sun Yat-sen, who ended centuries of imperial rule. The incident, which was condemned by members of the ruling nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party, illustrates how hostility towards Beijing still runs deep within some Taiwanese circles, despite years of improving ties between the two sides. The bronze statue had stood for over half a century at a park in the southern city of Tainan, until it was pulled down on Saturday.

Taiwan, China to hold 1st direct talks

Taiwan's top cross-strait policy planner left for China on Tuesday morning to attend the first government-to-government talks between the two political rivals which split amid a civil war that ended 65 years ago. Wang Yu-chi, minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, will meet his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing on Tuesday afternoon.

Taiwan markets closed

Financial markets in Taiwan are closed on Wednesday for a public holiday. afp

35 Filipinas rescued as Taiwan cracks human smuggling ring

Police in Taiwan have busted a human smuggling ring and rescued 35 Filipinas who were forced into the sex trade, prosecutors said Friday. The women were rescued after investigators raided two pubs in southern Taiwan on Thursday and arrested the suspected ring leader, a man identified only by his family name Hung, the Tainan district prosecutors' office said.

Japan, Taiwan fail to agree on fishing order off Senkaku Islands

Japan and Taiwan failed to reach agreement in their second joint fisheries committee meeting in Tokyo on Thursday on a fishing order covering waters off the Japanese-controlled, Taiwan-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, officials of both sides said. Both sides will continue talks for the early establishment of a fishing order covering the waters, with the annual tuna fishing season set to start there from around April, the officials said.

Japan, Taiwan fail to agree on fishing order off Senkaku Islands

Japan and Taiwan failed to reach agreement in their second joint fisheries committee meeting in Tokyo on Thursday on a fishing order covering waters off the Japanese-controlled, Taiwan-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, officials of both sides said. Both sides will continue talks for the early establishment of a fishing order covering the waters, with the annual tuna fishing season set to start there from around April, the officials said.

Think tank predicts 3.03-pct Taiwan 2014 GDP growth

TAIPEI. Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan-based policy think tank Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) on Thursday forecast that the island's GDP will grow by 3.03 percent, in view of a slowly recovering global economy. The CIER, one of the top policy think tanks in Taiwan, predicted that exports will continue to play a major role in leading the growth, and the growth rate of exports in 2014 will be 3.71 percent.
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