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Taiwan ex-VP's son secures nomination to run for Taipei mayor

Sean Lien, the son of Taiwan's former vice-president Lien Chan, Saturday won the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party's nomination to run for mayor of Taipei. The 44-year-old, who was born into one of the island's richest political families, has promised to donate his mayoral salary to charity if elected in November -- following a precedent set by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

East, South China seas to factor in Taiwan's war simulations

Taiwan's computer-simulated war games this year will include conflict scenarios involving the East and South China seas, the island's National Security Council said Monday. The council said in a statement President Ma Ying-jeou will participate in the exercise to be held Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be the fourth time for Ma to partake in the annual event since he was elected in 2008.

East, South China seas to factor in Taiwan's war simulations

Taiwan's computer-simulated war games this year will include conflict scenarios involving the East and South China seas, the island's National Security Council said Monday. The council said in a statement President Ma Ying-jeou will participate in the exercise to be held Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be the fourth time for Ma to partake in the annual event since he was elected in 2008.

Taiwanese opposing China trade pact end protest

Opponents of a trade deal with China ended Thursday their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng assured them inter-party negotiations on the controversial deal will not go ahead until a bill regulating cross-strait pacts is enacted by the legislature. "It's not the end but a new beginning," said Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters who are mostly university students.

Taiwanese protesting China trade pact agree to leave legislature

Opponents of a trade deal with China agreed Thursday to end their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng assured them that inter-party negotiations on the controversial deal will not go ahead until a bill regulating cross-strait pacts is enacted by the legislature.

Taiwan's president affirms China trade pact that has sparked mass protests

WASHINGTON - Taiwan's president is sticking by a trade pact with China that has sparked mass protests and a three-week occupation of the self-governing island legislature building by students. The protest, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of people, is the most serious challenge yet to President Ma Ying-jeou's (MAH YING-jow) policy of moving democratic Taiwan economically closer to China. Ma said students will start leaving the assembly hall Thursday.

Taiwan's Ma hopes for summit with China

Taiwan's president said Wednesday he hopes to hold a historic summit with China's leader, but acknowledged that conditions are not yet right, amid domestic opposition to his pro-Beijing policies. President Ma Ying-jeou said the November gathering in Beijing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum -- one of the few international groups in which Taiwan is a member -- would be an ideal time for him to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as the setting would "greatly minimize the sensitivity."

Taiwan protesters to end occupation of parliament

Taiwanese protesters who have occupied parliament for three weeks to try to block a contentious services trade agreement with China said Monday they would end their protest this week after claiming success. The demonstrators -- mostly young students -- occupied the main chamber on March 18 in the island's first-ever such protest. "We'll walk out of parliament at 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) Thursday. We also invite all friends to come and meet us outside parliament," student leader Chen Wei-ting announced in a televised press conference.

Taiwan protesters against China trade pact to leave legislature Thurs

Opponents of a trade deal with China promised Monday to end their weeks-long protest on Thursday when they will leave the legislative chamber they have been occupying since March 18. Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters made up mainly of university students, said most of their demands have been met, urging supporters to welcome their departure from the legislative compound at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Taiwan protesters against China trade pact to leave legislature Thurs

Opponents of a trade deal with China promised Monday to end their weeks-long protest on Thursday when they will leave the legislative chamber they have been occupying since March 18. Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters made up mainly of university students, said most of their demands have been met, urging supporters to welcome their departure from the legislative compound at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
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