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Taiwanese Commander Charged with Spying for China

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan confirms a former naval officer is under arrest, charged with spying for China. A statement from Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense says Commander Chang Chih-hsin allegedly collected classified information from the Navy’s meteorology and oceanography office. It says the information was then turned over to unidentified Chinese handlers. Before retiring Chang was the head of […]

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Taiwan Hospital Fire Kills 12, Injures 70: Officials

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwanese officials say a fire has killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a hospital housing mainly bedridden patients in southern Taiwan. Hospital officials say the fire broke out in the second floor nursing facility of the Hsinying Hospital in Tainan city early Tuesday. Officials say the injured, many of whom were too frail […]

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US Waives Visa Requirements for Taiwanese

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has announced visa-free travel for Taiwanese citizens looking to visit the country. The waiver, which begins November First, will allow Taiwanese visitors to enter the United States for up to 90 days without a visa — a privilege enjoyed by 36 nations. China is not one of them. White House and State […]

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Japan, Taiwan Coast Guards Trade Water Cannon Fire Near Disputed Islands

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts Tuesday in the East China Sea, further complicating a tense territorial dispute that has also upset Japan-China relations. The tussle, which was shown on Japanese television, came as at least eight Taiwanese patrol ships escorted dozens of fishing boats near disputed islands claimed by all […]

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Japan, Taiwan Boats Use Water Cannons Near Disputed Islands

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts Tuesday in the East China Sea, further complicating a territorial dispute that has also upset Japan-China relations. The tussle, which was shown on Japanese television, came as at least eight Taiwanese patrol ships escorted dozens of fishing boats near disputed islands, known in Japan as […]

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Taiwan Firm Fined $500 Million in US Price-Fixing Case

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. judge has fined a Taiwanese electronics firm $500 million in a conspiracy to fix prices for liquid-crystal-display panels, in one of the largest penalties ever in an American anti-trust case. Judge Susan Illston imposed the sentence Thursday in San Francisco against the AU Optronics company. She also sentenced two of its former executives, […]

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China, Taiwan Move to Ease Tensions, Boost Ties

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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China has announced new measures allowing Taiwanese to gain employment on the mainland, as Taiwan moves to complete the removal of tens of thousands of landmines planted in the 1950s on frontline islands near the Chinese coast. Official Chinese media say the employment initiatives grant qualified Taiwan residents, including students who graduate from mainland colleges, […]

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6-magnitude Quake Hits Taiwan

Posted June 9th, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A powerful earthquake has hit off the east coast of Taiwan, but there have been no reports of casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey the 6.0-magnitude quake hit early Sunday about 50 kilometers east of the town of Su-ao. On Wednesday a quake of about 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted eastern Taiwan. Earthquakes frequently rattle […]

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Taiwan President Takes Office Amid Protests

Posted May 20th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in Sunday for a second term, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in downtown Taipei to protest his economic policies. The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party said it expected as many as 100,000 protesters would demonstrate against the president’s plans to raise utility prices and […]

Taiwanese Lawmakers Visit Contested Spratlys

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of Taiwanese lawmakers has visited a disputed island chain in the South China Sea to renew Taiwan’s claim to the area. The three ruling party legislators landed Monday on Taiping — the largest land parcel in the Spratly Islands chain. The Spratlys and surrounding waters are believed to be rich in oil and […]

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