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Taiwan Official Defends Possible Peace Treaty With China

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s minister for relations with mainland China has dismissed criticism of a possible peace treaty to formally end a civil war that China and the island fought more than 60 years ago. Lai Shin-yuan, head of Taipei’s Mainland Affairs Council, said Tuesday that a treaty would ensure lasting peace and reinforce the island’s policy of […]

Taiwan Official Defends Possible Peace Treaty With China

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s minister for relations with mainland China has dismissed criticism of a possible peace treaty to formally end a civil war that China and the island fought more than 60 years ago. Lai Shin-yuan, head of Taipei’s Mainland Affairs Council, said Tuesday that a treaty would ensure lasting peace and reinforce the island’s policy of […]

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Taiwan President Mulls Peace Treaty with China

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou says he would like to sign a peace treaty with China in the coming decade, if the people of the island agree. Mr. Ma’s comments came on Monday in Taipei, with recent opinion polls showing him leading his chief rival, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, in the race for the presidency. Elections […]

Philippines Brushes Off Proposed Taiwan Missile Deployment

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Philippines spokesman says the country’s military is not concerned about reports that Taiwan wants to deploy advanced missile systems in the disputed Spratly Islands. Department of National Defense spokesman Zosimo Paredes was responding to remarks last week by Taiwan Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu, who said Coast Guard units deployed on Itu Aba island in […]

China Prepares ‘Hot Seat’ for US Envoy on Taiwan, Currency

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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China says it will express its displeasure over the latest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan during talks in Beijing Tuesday with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, who will represent China in the talks, said Monday that the $5.85 billion sale announced last month will harm relations between the […]

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Taiwan President Urges Chinese Reform at Independence Day Ceremony

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is urging China to bravely march in the direction of freedom and democracy, on the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended imperial rule in China. Mr. Ma spoke at the beginning of an elaborate ceremony in Taipei, a day after similar ceremonies were staged in Beijing. Mr. Ma said the […]

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Taiwan Sets October Date for Ex-President’s Corruption Trial

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan prosecutors say a corruption trial for former President Lee Teng-hui will begin on October 21. The prosecutors said Thursday the proceedings will be held behind closed doors because the charges involve national security matters. Mr. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, was indicted in June on charges of embezzling $7.79 million […]

US Official Defends Policy on China, Taiwan

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says the efforts of the Obama administration to improve relations with Beijing have helped increase stability across the Taiwan Strait. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell made the comment to a congressional panel Tuesday. He denied that the administration’s moves to boost ties with China have hurt relations with Taiwan. Lawmakers […]

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Taiwan Presidential Candidate Seeks Ally in Japan

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen says she would like to see Taiwan strengthen its economic ties with Japan so as not to become too dependent on China. Ms. Tsai is running in January elections against Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, whose China-friendly policies have resulted in a series of lucrative trade deals between Taiwan and the […]

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Taiwan Shipwreck Leaves 4 Dead, 6 Missing in Stormy Seas

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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In Taiwan, coast guard officials are searching for six crewmen who are missing in stormy weather after a cargo ship broke in two off the island’s northern coast. Search crews rescued 11 sailors and recovered four bodies after the Panamanian-registered gravel ship ran aground early Monday off Keelung Harbor. Authorities questioned some of the rescued […]

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