Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China govt ahead of presidential polls

Taiwan goes to the polls on Saturday to choose city mayors and local councillors in a vote that will show how much support the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has lost with its pro-China stance less than two years before a presidential election.

Salvadoran ex-president gets new house arrest in graft case

Salvadoran ex-president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling USD 15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was ordered back to house arrest Monday amid health woes.

Taiwanese President says relations with China should quickly get back on track

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said relations with China should quickly get back on track after a rocky six months, adding support to Beijing`s recent call to set aside differences.

China to lift aid to Pacific, sees cooperation with Taiwan allies

Chinese President Xi Jinping will offer a broad aid package to Pacific island nations at a summit in Fiji next week, a foreign ministry official said on Thursday, adding that there was also room to work with six island states not invited because of ties to Taiwan.

Taiwan alarmed by China-Seoul free trade pact

Taiwan`s government expressed alarm Monday at China`s free trade agreement with South Korea, the island`s strong trade competitor, and urged the opposition to stop boycotting a planned services pact with Beijing.

China's Xi warns on Taiwan independence amid disputes

China's president on Sunday reminded a senior Taiwanese envoy of Beijing's opposition to independence for the island, state media reported, after several recent disputes which have overshadowed improved ties.

Driver nabbed after trying to ram Taiwan president`s residence

A driver tried to ram his car early Tuesday into the residence of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in the second such incident in a year.

Taiwan envoy to APEC summit plays down disputes with China

Taiwan`s special envoy to the upcoming APEC summit in Beijing dismissed concerns on Monday about a recent series of disputes which has overshadowed improved ties with China.

Taiwan bans high-level officials from studying in China

 Taiwan has banned its senior officials from studying in China for "national security" reasons in the latest dispute overshadowing improved ties with China, an official said Wednesday.

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei today for Asia's largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognising same-sex marriage.

Iran loses lawsuit in Taiwan over arms scam: Report

Taiwan`s supreme court has reportedly rejected a bid by Iran to make a Taiwanese bank refund $15 million intended for an arms deal that disappeared three decades ago, after it was apparently claimed by three mysterious con artists.

Taiwan tycoon indicted over tainted cooking oil scandal

 A Taiwanese tycoon detained for involvement in a recent food safety scandal was Tuesday charged with fraud for his alleged role in a food scare last year, officials said.

Taiwan military aerobatic jet crashes, pilot killed

A senior Taiwanese air force pilot was killed Tuesday after his jet hit another during a training session for the military aerobatic squad.

Taiwan tests submarine-launched missiles: Report

Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported today.

Taiwan considers permanent armed ships for disputed South China Sea island

Taiwan is considering stationing armed vessels permanently on a disputed South China Sea island, officials said, a move bound to renew friction in a region claimed almost wholly by China, with Vietnam already dismissing such a plan as "illegal".

China rebukes Taiwan for "irresponsible" comments on Hong Kong

China`s top body in charge of relations with Taiwan rebuked the self-ruled island on Wednesday for its "irresponsible" comments on the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, and took a swipe at protests that often happen in democratic Taiwan.

Two dead after Taiwan research boat sinks

 Two Taiwanese scientists died and 43 other people were rescued when a marine research ship sank off Taiwan after hitting a reef, coastguard officials said on Saturday.

Taiwan`s Ma voices support for Hong Kong protesters

Taiwan`s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday called on Beijing to "let some people go democratic first" as he expressed support for protesters who have paralysed parts of Hong Kong for nearly two weeks.

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan`s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island`s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to "steal government secrets" despite warming cross-strait relations.

Taiwan`s Health Minister quits over `gutter oil` scandal

Taiwan`s Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta has resigned over a food safety scare that has gripped the island after hundreds of tonnes of products made with "gutter oil" were removed from sale.