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Taiwan's Tsai says no peace deal with China unless force ruled out

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen is responding to recent comments by Wu Den-yih, head of the main opposition Kuomintang, that his party would pursue a peace treaty with Beijing if it were to regain power in 2020

NO PEACE DEAL. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by 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

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 ex-leader Ma convicted in political leaks case

May 15, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Ma Ying-jeou is sentenced to 4 months in prison for violating the communication security and surveillance act, says the high court, overturning a previous not guilty verdict from a lower court

GUILTY. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. File photo by Sam Yeh/ 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 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

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

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

Drama and democracy: Taiwan's political evolution

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Democratic Progressive Party bet Tsai Ing wen is leading the elections which is expected to drastically change Taiwan s political landscape

FOLLOWING CHIANG KAI-SHEK. 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

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

Frustrated youth push for power in Taiwan elections

Jan 04, 2016 - 1:58 PM

The vote comes after Beijing wary campaigners in Hong Kong won seats in recent elections a further challenge to Chinese influence as anger swells among a generation of disaffected youth

This photo taken on November 4, 2015 shows members of the New Power Party displaying flags and banners to protest against the summit in Singapore between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, in front of the parliament in Taipei. Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan presidential candidates clash over China policy

Dec 27, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Fears over Beijing s influence on the island have grown since a rapprochement under the ruling Kuomintang culminating in a landmark meeting between current President Ma Ying jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November

THE CANDIDATES. People first Party's James Soong, Kuomintang's Eric Chu, and Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen join hands at the start of their first televised policy debate in Taipei on December 27, 2015. AFP Photo

Taiwan says China summit 'first step' to normalizing ties

Nov 05, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Taiwanese President Ma Ying jeou hails the meeting as for the welfare of the next generation

MEETING SOON. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (R) will be the first meeting of the leaders of the two sides since 1949. Xi photo by Mark Ralston/AFP; Ma photo by EPA

China, Taiwan leaders to hold historic meeting

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED The surprise meeting follows a gradual warming of relations with Beijing since Taiwan s President Ma Ying jeou of the China friendly Kuomintang KMT came to power in 2008

MEETING SOON. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (R) will be the first meeting of the leaders of the two sides since 1949. Xi photo by Mark Ralston/AFP; Ma photo by EPA

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Taiwan s objections comes after a high profile former vice president said he would attend the parade in Beijing on September 3

China's Xi warns against Taiwan independence – Xinhua

May 04, 2015 - 5:13 PM

But both sides stress there is a single China a key concept for Beijing which is constantly wary of the potential for Taiwan eventually to go its own way and declare independence

MEETING IN BEIJING. A handout photo released by Taiwan's ruling party the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT), shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R), in his capacity as secretary-general of the Chinese Communist Party, meet with KMT Chairman Eric Chu (L) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 4, 2015. KMT/EPA

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's embattled ruling party looks to new leader to turn tide

Jan 17, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Rising star Eric Chu who stood unopposed is seen as as a safe pair of hands to strike the delicate balance of building relations with China and appeasing a frustrated electorate

NEXT PRESIDENT? New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (C) speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the ruling party KMT's election in New Taipei City, Taiwan, 17 January 2015. Photo by 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 Ma quits as ruling party head after vote defeat

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:38 PM

President Ma Ying jeou resigns as head of the Kuomintang KMT following the party s humiliation in local elections Saturday seen as a key barometer ahead of the 2016 presidential race

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. Taiwan's Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou stepped down as chairman of the ruling party, following a massive polls defeat for the government as public fears grow over Chinese influence. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

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 votes in key elections ahead of presidential polls

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED A record 11 130 seats at every level of local government are up for grabs

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

Taiwan uses water cannon to disperse anti-nuclear protesters

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:44 PM

Anti nuclear demonstrators blockade one of the busiest streets in Taiwan Sunday forcing the Kuomintang party to yield and halt construction work at the plant

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

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

Feb 23, 2014 - 6:50 PM

The event illustrates how hostility towards Beijing still runs deep within some Taiwanese circles despite years of improving ties between the two former foes

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received by the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan (ART) on February 22, 2014 shows ART chairman Tsai Ding-gui, standing behind a bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen that was pulled down by dozens of activists at a park in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Photo from Agence France-Presse

China and Taiwan hold historic talks

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:38 AM

The meeting in the Chinese city of Nanjing is the fruit of years of efforts to normalize relations and will be the highest level interaction since their split in 1949 at the end of a civil war

HISTORIC MEETING. Taiwanese official Wang Yu-chi (L), who is in charge of the islands China policy, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun from the Taiwan Affairs office (R) at the start of their meeting in Nanjing on February 11, 2014 . Mark Ralston/AFP

China's new top negotiator plans first Taiwan visit

Nov 06, 2013 - 10:24 PM

China s top negotiator with Taiwan Chen Deming is expected to visit the island before year end in his first trip to Taipei since taking office earlier this year

Taiwan's speaker expelled as political scandal deepens

Sep 11, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Wang Jin pyng is accused of influencing prosecutors not to appeal in a breach of trust case involving a legislator

EXPELLED. Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng was expelled from Parliament September 11, 2013. Here, speaks at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on September 10, 2013. AFP