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Taiwan's Tsai to seek reelection after defeating party challenger

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Democratic Progressive Party announces that Tsai Ing-wen has comfortably beaten former premier William Lai in a primary decided by opinion polls

REELECTION BID. In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives to register as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party's headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

Taiwan's Tsai confirms she will seek reelection in 2020

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:29 PM

'It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda,' Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says

2020 BID. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's China-skeptic ruling party opts for moderate new leader

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Cho Jung-tai, a moderate concensus candidate, comfortably defeats a bid from an openly pro-independence rival who had called for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen not to stand again in next year's presidential election

Taiwan's president quits party leadership after major polls setback

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:09 PM

(UPDATED) The Beijing-friendly main opposition Kuomintang makes gains in the face of China's increasing pressure on the island

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan awaits results of key election test and gay marriage vote

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) It is a test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Divided Taiwan to vote in key test for ruling party

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The ballot includes an unprecedented 10 referendums, one of which calls for Taiwan to change the name it uses at sports events, a proposal that has already angered Beijing

TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Two Taiwanese lawmakers try to choke each other during a brawl in parliament over controversial legislation

PARLIAMENTARY BRAWL. Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hsu Shu-hua (C, facing camera) brawls with ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chu Yi-ying (front C, in grey) during a review of a major infrastructure project at the Parliament in Taipei on July 13, 2017. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Ties with China have rapidly cooled since Beijing sceptic Tsai Ing wen won the presidency in January with China highly distrustful of her traditionally independence leaning Democratic Progressive Party

COOL OFF. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen inspects military units as ties between the island and mainland China turn frosty following rapprochement for 8 years under a Beijing-friendly Kuomintang government. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan drops 'China-centric' curriculum after protests

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Education ministry officials say they took into account the public outrage over the curriculum

epa05328155 Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gestures during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, 25 May 2016. Tsai held her first press conference after taking office last 20 May 2016. Tsai Ing-wen is Taiwan's first female leader, and also the first president from the former opposition with a parliamentary majority, under China's watchful gaze. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line

May 21, 2016 - 5:35 PM

China s warning comes a day after new president Tsai Ing wen s inauguration speech where she called for positive dialogue with the Chinese mainland but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Taiwan's KMT picks China-friendly leader after election loss

Mar 27, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Despite being ousted as the KMT s presidential candidate last October for her conservative views Hung Hsiu chu is elected to steer the embattled party

In this file photo, Hung Hsiu-chu speaks to supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, October 17, 2015. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan vows new safety laws after quake disaster

Feb 19, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Taiwan s premier says the Building Act would be amended to enhance quake resistance standards of buildings after an earthquake earlier this month killed more than 100 people

TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE. A magnitude-6.4 quake strikes Kaohsiung, Taiwan, causing some buildings to collapse on February 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of Zachary Lee/UDN TV

Taiwan president's Facebook flooded with pro-Beijing posts

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:23 PM

Lawyer turned politician Tsai Ing wen brushes off the attacks and responds with a series of posts encouraging democratic debate on the island

TSAI ING-WEN. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen casts her vote in New Taipei City on January 16, 2016. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

China state media warn Taiwan president-elect against 'hypocrisy'

Jan 18, 2016 - 2:30 PM

She has a responsibility to keep the peaceful development of cross Straits relations on track

LEADING WOMAN. Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (L) waves to supporters after winning the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan, January 16, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen warns China after landslide victory

Jan 17, 2016 - 1:19 AM

Our democratic system national identity and international space must be respected Any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross strait relations

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen addresses members of the media after winning the election on January 16, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan president in landslide victory

Jan 16, 2016 - 7:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Tsai will become the island s first female president Meanwhile the ruling KMT party loses its parliamentary majority for the first time

NEW PRESIDENT. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen casts her vote in New Taipei City on January 16, 2016. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Tsai heading for victory in Taiwan polls

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:31 AM

UPDATED Democratic Progressive Party s Tsai Ing wen is way ahead with 58 1 of half way votes versus rival Eric Chu of the ruling party with 32 5

CASTING VOTES. Voters cast their vote for local elections at a polling station in New Taipei City, Taiwan, 29 November 2014. Photo by David Chang/EPA

'Super weekend' rallies in Taiwan ahead of presidential vote

Jan 10, 2016 - 2:13 AM

It is the last weekend of campaigning before Taiwan chooses a president next Saturday January 16

TAIWAN VOTE. A supporter gestures next to a campaign flag of Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate for Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), during a rally in southern Kaohsiung on January 9, 2016. Sam Yeh/AFP

FAST FACTS: Singapore's parliament system

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A look at Singapore s parliamentary system

Resurgent Taiwan opposition says China strategy must change

Jan 21, 2015 - 9:39 PM

The relationship must be examined and adjusted so as to ensure further development of the ties in a healthy balanced and orderly manner says Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman Tsai Ing wen

In this file photo, supporters of Taiwan's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) wave campaign flags near the Taipei 101 skyscraper at a campaign rally ahead of local elections in Taipei, Taiwan, 22 November 2014. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan ex-leader Chen Shui-bian granted parole

Jan 05, 2015 - 12:26 PM

UPDATED Chen 64 is released from a prison hospital due to his medical condition after serving 6 years for graft relating to his presidency

Former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian (C) is surrounded by policemen after paying respects to his mother-in-law via a Taoist prayer service in southern Tainan on January 6, 2012. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan's ex-VP goes on hunger strike seeking parole for Chen

Dec 28, 2014 - 9:24 PM

The former deputy of ailing ex leader Chen Shui bian starts her hunger strike in a tent in Central Taipei

Taiwan cabinet resigns after massive polls defeat

Dec 01, 2014 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED The Beijing friendly Kuomintang KMT had their power slashed across Taiwan at the key polls November 29 with Premier Jiang Yi huah quitting hours after the disastrous result

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou cast his ballot at polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Pool/AFP

China policy in question after Taiwan polls landslide

Nov 30, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Beijing still claims Taiwan as part of its territory even after their split at the end of the civil war in 1949

POLLS OPEN. Local residents line up for their ID checking before vote at a polling station in Taipei on November 29, 2014. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan ruling party faces rout in biggest ever local polls

Nov 23, 2014 - 1:03 PM

The vote comes at the end of a turbulent year which saw Taiwan s parliament occupied in March for three weeks by student protesters over a controversial trade deal with China

Supporters of Taiwan's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) wave campaign flags near the Taipei 101 skyscraper at a campaign rally ahead of local elections in Taipei, Taiwan, 22 November 2014. David Chang/EPA

Malawi to recount ballots amid claims of vote fraud

May 25, 2014 - 9:33 PM

The recount could start this week after an implementation plan was thrashed out with political parties

Construction halted at Taiwan nuclear plant after protests

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:04 AM

The ruling Kuomintang party yielded to pressure from anti nuclear demonstrators and promised to stop work at the plant

NO TO NUCLEAR. Taiwanese people carry a flag with the radioactivity trefoil symbol as they take part in a protest march during an anti-nuclear demonstration last March. Another rally was held in April, questioning the safety of nuclear plants. David Chang/EPA