Politics of the Republic of China http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/34283/all en Taiwan plans troop withdrawal from islets near China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/taiwan-plans-troop-withdrawal-islets-near-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>Taiwan plans to withdraw troops from two islets near the Chinese mainland and will turn the former battleground into a tourist attraction as relations improve, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The two tiny islets, Tatan and Ertan, form part of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen island group off southeast China's Xiamen city and are currently manned by around 120 soldiers.</p> <p>Kinmen county magistrate Lee Wuo-shih Tuesday discussed the plan for the two islands with minister without portfolio Lin Cheng-ze.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/taiwan-plans-troop-withdrawal-islets-near-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Political geography Politics of the Republic of China AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:15:44 +0000 5760763 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 5760988 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan ex-president's prison term extended http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/taiwan-ex-presidents-prison-term-extended <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 former president Chen Shui-bian, jailed for corruption in 2009, has had his prison term extended by 18 months to 20 years due to a further bribery conviction.</p> <p>Chen, 62, was already serving an 18 1/2-year term for corruption and money-laundering convictions relating to his 2000-2008 presidency -- charges he says stem from a vendetta by the current Beijing-friendly government.</p> <p>The high court ruled Friday that Chen should serve the extra time for taking bribes from businessmen in a high-profile financial merger case. He was convicted of the offences in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/taiwan-ex-presidents-prison-term-extended" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chen Shui Government of the Republic of China Health Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 06:00:52 +0000 5764048 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 5764816 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan 'proud' of Oscar winner Ang Lee http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/taiwan-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", shot on the diplomatically isolated island where he was born.</p> <p>President Ma Ying-jeou sent his congratulations to Lee, probably the island's most famous living son, saying Taiwan was "proud" and urging others to follow his example and boost the island's international image.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/taiwan-proud-oscar-winner-ang-lee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ang Lee Cross-Strait relations Entertainment Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:45:56 +0000 5765862 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan prosecutor indicted for covering up gambling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/taiwan-prosecutor-indicted-covering-gambling <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 prosecutor was indicted Friday on corruption charges for allegedly taking bribes to cover up gambling businesses, in the latest scandal to hit the island's judiciary.</p> <p>Chen Yu-chen, a mid-level staff member of the High Prosecutors' Office, was charged with accepting nearly Tw$24 million ($827,000) from a gambling business operator over a period of six years, the Special Investigation Division said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/taiwan-prosecutor-indicted-covering-gambling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chen Shui-bian Democratic Progressive Party Politics of the Republic of China prosecutor AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:00:44 +0000 5776865 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president to visit Vatican as China grumbles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/taiwan-president-visit-vatican-china-grumbles <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 leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope's inauguration mass, officials said Friday, prompting China to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship. </p> <p>In light of the planned trip by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou for next Tuesday's mass, Beijing also renewed its demands for concessions from the Vatican in their long-running battle for supremacy over China's Catholics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/taiwan-president-visit-vatican-china-grumbles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Hospitality Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:01:28 +0000 5784302 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president to visit Vatican as China grumbles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/taiwan-president-visit-vatican-china-grumbles-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>Taiwan's leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope's inauguration mass, officials said Friday, prompting China to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship. </p> <p>In light of the planned trip by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou for next Tuesday's mass, Beijing also renewed its demands for concessions from the Vatican in their long-running battle for supremacy over China's Catholics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/taiwan-president-visit-vatican-china-grumbles-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Hospitality Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:01:04 +0000 5784439 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president to leave for Vatican visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/taiwan-president-leave-vatican-visit <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 is due to leave for the Vatican on Sunday to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis in a move that has stoked tensions with China.</p> <p>The Vatican is one of the 23 states that recognise Taipei as independent of Beijing and is Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe.</p> <p>China still refuses to renounce the possible use of force against the island in its long-stated goal of re-taking Taiwan, which has ruled itself since the end of a civil war in 1949.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/taiwan-president-leave-vatican-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:46:17 +0000 5785908 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president hails Vatican visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/taiwan-president-hails-vatican-visit <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 returned Wednesday from a visit to the Vatican, where he became the island's first leader to meet the pope, and expressed "great hopes" for bilateral relations. </p> <p>"I talked with the pope in English as he is indeed a very friendly and spirited religious leader... I have great hopes for our ties with the Vatican in the future," Ma said in Taipei.</p> <p>He was among the world leaders who met Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday after attending his inauguration mass in a visit hailed by Taiwanese media as "historic and fruitful".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/taiwan-president-hails-vatican-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross-Strait relations Politics of China Politics of the Republic of China AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:00:37 +0000 5788695 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan to hold first major live-fire drill since 2008 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/taiwan-hold-first-major-live-fire-drill-2008 <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 Tuesday unveiled plans for its biggest live-fire military exercise since 2008, aimed at reviewing the island's defence capability against a simulated Chinese invasion.</p> <p>The operation will take place on April 17 on the Penghu islands in the middle of the 180-kilometre (110-mile) strait that separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland.</p> <p>The archipelago is used to control major shipping lanes linking the South China Sea and East China Sea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/taiwan-hold-first-major-live-fire-drill-2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political geography Politics of the Republic of China AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:00:46 +0000 5793956 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president's confidant grilled on corruption claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/taiwan-presidents-confidant-grilled-corruption-claims <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 politician known for her close ties with the president has been interrogated for allegedly taking bribes, prosecutors said Thursday, in the latest graft scandal to hit the island.</p> <p>Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was questioned on suspicion of soliciting and accepting money from a company in a massive construction project in the capital, said the Taipei district prosecutor's office.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/taiwan-presidents-confidant-grilled-corruption-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the Republic of China Ma Ying-jeou Politics of the Republic of China AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:45:19 +0000 5796054 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president sorry over confidant's graft case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/taiwan-president-sorry-over-confidants-graft-case <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 apologised Friday after one of his confidants was implicated in a corruption scandal, just months after another friend resigned from the cabinet amid bribery accusations. </p> <p>Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was interrogated and released on bail early Friday on suspicion of soliciting and accepting money from a company in a massive construction project in the capital, prosecutors said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/taiwan-president-sorry-over-confidants-graft-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chen Shui-bian Ma Ying-jeou Politics of the Republic of China AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:01:30 +0000 5796828 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan president's confidant detained on graft claims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/taiwan-presidents-confidant-detained-graft-claims <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 politician known for her close ties with the president has been taken into custody on suspected corruption, a court said on Saturday, in the latest graft scandal to hit the island.</p> <p>Lai Su-ju, a member of the Taipei City Council, was detained on the grounds that she could collude with witnesses and other suspects in the case to cover up the alleged crime, the Taipei district court said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/taiwan-presidents-confidant-detained-graft-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Ma Ying-jeou Politics of the Republic of China President AFP Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:00:48 +0000 5797603 at http://www.globalpost.com Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/blind-activist-says-china-violated-us-freedom-deal-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>The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene.</p> <p>Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who infuriated authorities by exposing forced abortions, dramatically escaped house arrest in April 2012 by scaling the walls of his home and taking a getaway car to the US embassy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/blind-activist-says-china-violated-us-freedom-deal-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blind people Chen Guangcheng Chen Kegui 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