Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28930/all en UPDATE 1-Taiwan names new premier in reshuffle which may see new c.bank chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-taiwan-names-new-premier-reshuffle-which-may-see-new-c <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>(Adds analyst comment, details)</p> <p>TAIPEI, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Taiwan's vice premier Jiang Yih-Huah will replace premier Sean Chen, the presidential office said in statement issued late on Thursday, as part of a cabinet reshuffle that could see a new central bank chief.</p> <p>Central bank chief Perng Fai-nan wants to retire as part of the reshuffle, two lawmakers told a Taiwanese television station on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-taiwan-names-new-premier-reshuffle-which-may-see-new-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ma Ying-jeou Political geography Taiwan Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:45:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742481 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan premier resigns over flagging economy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/taiwan-premier-resigns-over-flagging-economy <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 Premier Sean Chen said Friday he has stepped down for health reasons, after the cabinet he heads came under fire for its poor handling of the economy.</p> <p>"I have some health problems ... and I need to completely change my life and work style to reverse the situation," the 63-year-old finance expert told a press conference to announce his resignation.</p> <p>"I believe that the economy will improve in the coming year. We have worked very hard on the planning for long-term issues and I hope everybody will continue to support the new team."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/taiwan-premier-resigns-over-flagging-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Politics Premier Republic of China Sean Chen Taiwan AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 05:15:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742554 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan names China Airlines chairman as minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taiwan-names-china-airlines-chairman-minister <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 on Sunday appointed the chairman of China Airlines as the new economic affairs minister as part of a dramatic cabinet reshuffle to tackle the sluggish economy, officials said.</p> <p>Chang Chia-chu will succeed Shih Yen-shiang, the cabinet said in a statement. Shih has come under fire for a controversial hike in domestic oil and utility fees last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taiwan-names-china-airlines-chairman-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political geography Politics Republic of China Taiwan Technology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:16:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744403 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan's 'King of the Trees' fights for the forests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/taiwans-king-the-trees-fights-the-forests <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>With his blue stetson and thick grey jacket, Lai Pei-yuan looks like a modern-day cowboy, but rather than raising cattle, he grows trees.</p> <p>The 57-year-old Taiwanese entrepreneur made his fortune in transportation and property, but his real mission in life is to reinstate at least some of the forests that once covered most of the island.</p> <p>"It was just a simple idea I had," said Lai, meeting AFP on a hillside near his native Taichung city in central Taiwan. "If I was to safeguard Taiwan, I would have to plant trees." </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/taiwans-king-the-trees-fights-the-forests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lai Chien-chung Lai people Ma Ying-jeou Taiwan AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:34:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752309 at http://www.globalpost.com Paris protest over Taiwan execution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/paris-protest-over-taiwan-execution <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>More than 100,000 French people have signed a petition urging Taiwan to spare the life of condemned prisoner Chiou Ho-shun and announce a moratorium on capital punishment, Amnesty International said Wednesday.</p> <p>The petition is to be presented on Thursday to Taiwan's representative office in Paris. </p> <p>It is part of an international campaign to prevent Chiou's execution following a 1989 murder conviction that Amnesty says was produced by an unfair trial and a confession extracted by torture.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/paris-protest-over-taiwan-execution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Taiwan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:33:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754349 at http://www.globalpost.com Baseball: Taiwan player ordered to pay team over game-fixing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/baseball-taiwan-player-ordered-pay-team-over-game-fixing <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 former Taiwan baseball star has been ordered to compensate his team Tw$6 million ($203,000) for his role in a match-fixing scandal that rocked the island two years ago, a court said Wednesday.</p> <p>Pitcher Chang Chih-chia, 32, was found to have hurt the image of his team La New Bears -- since renamed the Lamigo Monkeys -- and ordered to pay the hefty sum, the Taichung district court in central Taiwan said.</p> <p>The Lamigo team was quoted by the Apple Daily newspaper as saying that it hopes the record compensation will serve as a warning to other players.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/baseball-taiwan-player-ordered-pay-team-over-game-fixing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Lamigo Monkeys Social Issues Taiwan AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:45:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760700 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-Taiwan PM's Chinese microblog account goes down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/ex-taiwan-pms-chinese-microblog-account-goes-down <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 former Taiwanese premier's account on popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo went down on Wednesday, a day after he posted a message about freedom of expression, his office said.</p> <p>Frank Hsieh, former chairman of the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), opened his account on the Twitter-like website this month and quickly drew more than 60,000 followers.</p> <p>On Tuesday he wrote that "freedom of expression is judged not by if one is free to criticise government officials in power but by if one loses freedom following the criticism".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/ex-taiwan-pms-chinese-microblog-account-goes-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of the Republic of China Religion Taiwan Technology World Wide Web AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760988 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan's economic growth falls to three-year low http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/taiwans-economic-growth-falls-three-year-low <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 economy grew 1.26 percent in 2012, its slowest pace in three years owing to shrinking exports, the government said Friday.</p> <p>The figures mark the worst performance since a 1.81 percent contraction in 2009 when the economy was buffeted by the global financial crisis, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said.</p> <p>It compared with a preliminary estimate of 1.25 percent made last month and 1.13 percent made in November, on better-than-expected foreign trade and domestic spending, the directorate said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/taiwans-economic-growth-falls-three-year-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economy of Taiwan Taiwan AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:45:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763095 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan's former vice president to meet new China leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/taiwans-former-vice-president-meet-new-china-leader <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 Taiwan politician known for making a landmark 2005 visit to China flew to Beijing Sunday to meet China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping in the highest level cross-strait meeting since Xi took office, officials said.</p> <p>Former vice president Lien Chan led a 30-strong delegation of politicians and business leaders to China's capital where he is scheduled to meet Xi on Monday.</p> <p>Lien said he will use the trip to meet "new and old friends" including Xi, who is due to formally become China's president in March in a choreographed leadership change, and outgoing President Hu Jintao.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/taiwans-former-vice-president-meet-new-china-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China Taiwan Technology AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:18:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764816 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan 'very proud' of Oscar winner Ang Lee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/taiwan-very-proud-oscar-winner-ang-lee <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 basked in reflected glory Monday after film-maker Ang Lee won the best director Oscar for fantasy epic "Life of Pi", which he shot on the diplomatically isolated island where he was born.</p> <p>Taiwan Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai sent a congratulatory telegram to Lee, probably the island's most famous living son, promptly after the news broke that he had won his second Academy Award for directing.</p> <p>"I'm very pleased to hear that you... have won the Oscar honour. We feel very proud of you," she said, according to the ministry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/taiwan-very-proud-oscar-winner-ang-lee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ang Lee Cinema of the United States Entertainment Film Taiwan AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:46:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765705 at http://www.globalpost.com China's Xi to tread peaceful, patient path on Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/chinas-xi-tread-peaceful-patient-path-taiwan <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 25 (Reuters) - China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping pledged peaceful ties on Monday during a meeting with a Taiwan delegation, suggesting that the mainland's policy towards the self-ruled island will not shift dramatically when he becomes China's president.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/chinas-xi-tread-peaceful-patient-path-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Politics of China Taiwan Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:31:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5765783 at http://www.globalpost.com China's Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/chinas-xi-vows-friendly-ties-taiwan <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>New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking "peaceful reunification" in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported.</p> <p>Xi, who became Communist Party chief in November and is set to assume the country's presidency next month, held talks with Lien Chan, a former vice president of Taiwan, the official Xinhua news agency said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/chinas-xi-vows-friendly-ties-taiwan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Politics of China Taiwan Xi Jinping AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:46:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765868 at http://www.globalpost.com 12 Taiwan rail officials indicted on corruption http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/12-taiwan-rail-officials-indicted-corruption <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>Twelve Taiwan railway officials including two deputy directors have been indicted on graft charges after allegedly accepting banquets and hostess club visits in the biggest corruption scandal to hit the state rail sector, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Chung Chao-hsiung and Huang Min-jen, deputy chiefs of the Taiwan Railway Administration, were charged along with 10 employees on Wednesday for allegedly accepting gifts from businessmen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/12-taiwan-rail-officials-indicted-corruption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chen Shui-bian Labor Law Political geography Taiwan AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:30:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5769293 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan ex-lieutenant jailed for leaking secrets to China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/taiwan-ex-lieutenant-jailed-leaking-secrets-china <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 former navy lieutenant was sentenced to three years in prison for leaking confidential military information to China, a court said Friday.</p> <p>Chien Ching-kuo, discharged from the navy in 2009, was convicted of leaking national secrets to a Chinese agent in 2011 in return for unspecified favours he received in China, the High Court said in a statement.</p> <p>Chien collected confidential information, including some of Taiwan's warship deployments and missions, through his former comrades in the navy and passed on the intelligence to China in 2011, according to the statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/taiwan-ex-lieutenant-jailed-leaking-secrets-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Political geography Taiwan AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:31:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770659 at http://www.globalpost.com Baseball: Dutch shock South Korea as Classic starts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/baseball-dutch-shock-south-korea-classic-starts <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>Two-time defending champions Japan narrowly beat Brazil and 2009 finalists South Korea were shocked 5-0 defeat by the Netherlands as the World Baseball Classic got off to an engrossing start on Saturday.</p> <p>Star pitcher Wang Chien-ming also threw six shut-out innings as he led co-hosts Taiwan to a 4-1 victory over Australia on day one of the pool phase, being played in four countries over the coming week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/baseball-dutch-shock-south-korea-classic-starts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Chien-Ming Wang Taiwan AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:30:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771700 at http://www.globalpost.com