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Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan says it is falling further behind in its race to keep up with China’s rapidly expanding military capability. In a biennial defense white paper published Tuesday, Taiwan says China is already capable of imposing a naval blockade around Taiwan and seizing Taiwan-controlled offshore islands. It says the balance of power is expected to continue […]

Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan says it is falling further behind in its race to keep up with China’s rapidly expanding military capability. In a biennial defense white paper published Tuesday, Taiwan says China is already capable of imposing a naval blockade around Taiwan and seizing Taiwan-controlled offshore islands. It says the balance of power is expected to continue […]

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Taiwan Customs Chief Resigns In Graft Scandal

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s customs chief has resigned amid mounting criticism in the wake of a smuggling scandal involving government officials. Wu Ai-kuo resigned from his position Monday. Taiwan has been shaken by the arrest of Wu’s deputy Lu Tsai-yi and several other civil servants on suspicion of taking bribes from businessmen and smugglers in return for turning […]

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Second Former Taiwan President Faces Graft Charges

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has been indicted on charges of official corruption. Mr. Lee and Liu Tia-ying, his top aide, were charged Thursday with embezzling $7.79 million from a diplomatic fund during his 1988-2000 tenure in office. The 88-year-old Mr. Lee is one of the leading figures of Taiwan history, widely credited with moving […]

First Solo Chinese Tourists Arrive in Taiwan

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Unaccompanied Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan for the first time Tuesday, in the latest sign of improving ties between the communist mainland and the self-ruled island. The visitors were admitted under a deal struck earlier this month allowing 500 Chinese individuals to travel to the island each day. Tourists from the mainland previously could visit […]

WikiLeaks Cable Ties Chinese Officials to Taiwan ‘Honey Trap’

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Documents released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks show that U.S. diplomats suspected a female Taiwanese spy was responsible for the downfall of a top Chinese official. When Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing resigned his post in August of 2007, Beijing said he was stepping down for “personal reasons.” But in a U.S. State Department cable […]

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Taiwan May Open Parliament to Chinese Tourists

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s parliamentary speaker says he will consider opening the legislative floor to Chinese tourists so they can learn about how democracy works on the island. According to local media, lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng of the ruling Nationalist Party proposed late Friday that if Chinese tourists are allowed more access to the operations of Taiwan’s democracy, it […]

Taiwan Telecom Firm Allows Falungong TV to Use Satellite

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom Company said Monday it will let a television station run by China’s outlawed Falungong movement use its new satellite, reversing an earlier decision to end their contract. The company said last month that there would not be enough bandwidth on the new ST-2 satellite for the Falungong station, triggering anger from the […]

US Lawmakers Press for Jet Sales to Taiwan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to authorize the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said with over 1,600 missiles aimed across Taiwan Strait, the government needs the means to defend itself. Democratic Representative Howard Berman also urged the administration to provide Taiwan with the planes. He says the […]

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China to Allow Individuals to Travel to Taiwan

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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China says it will allow tourists from selected cities on the mainland to visit Taiwan as individuals, rather than requiring them to travel in tightly-supervised groups. In a speech at a cross-strait forum in Xiamen, Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council Wang Yi said Sunday that the trial of the new […]

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