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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 ex-leader Ma found not guilty in leaks case

Mar 28, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Former president Ma Ying jeou will face a new trial after state prosecutors brought fresh leaks charges against him earlier this month

NOT GUILTY. In this file photo, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou waves to his ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party colleagues after resigning as chairman in Taipei on December 3, 2014. Sam Yeh/ AFP

Angry Taiwan blames China for UN aviation meet snub

Sep 23, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Taiwan s Mainland Affairs Council says the island had not been admitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization meeting due to political interference from China

SNUB. Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lee speaks during a press conference in Taipei on September 23, 2016. Taiwan said on September 23 it had been blocked by China from attending a major United Nations aviation meeting, the latest setback to its troubled campaign for international recognition. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan ex-leader warns new government over China ties

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Ma Ying jeou: I sincerely hope that the new administration will have the required wisdom and courage to maintain the peaceful and prosperous status quo

OLD AND NEW. Taiwan's outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou (L) and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (R) wave as they prepare for Tsai's presidential inauguration at the Presidential Office building in Taipei, Taiwan, May 20, 2016. Taipei Photojournalists Association/Handout/EPA

Taiwan rejects ex-president's Hong Kong trip

Jun 12, 2016 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED The office of new leader Tsai Ing wen does not approve Ma Ying jeou s application saying Ma knew of top state secrets

epa05318208 Taiwan new President Tsai Ing-wen (R) looks on as outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou (L) waves to a crowd (unseen) during the Presidential inauguration, in Taipei, Taiwan, 20 May 2016. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office on 20 May 2016 as Taiwan's first female leader, and also the first president from the former opposition with a parliamentary majority, under China's watchful gaze. Tsai's arrival in power and the resounding defeat of the Kuomintang Party, which along with the presidency also lost its majority in parliament for the first time in 67 years in January, heralds significant political changes on the island, especially with regards to foreign policy. 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 Tsai calls for 'positive dialogue' with Beijing

May 20, 2016 - 9:37 AM

3rd UPDATE Beijing skeptic Tsai takes the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January signalling the end of an 8 year rapprochement with China

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan opposition leader and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (L) introduces her companions to outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou (R) before sitting down to discuss transfer of power at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei, Taiwan, March 30, 2016. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

China threats, popular hopes pour pressure on Taiwan's Tsai

May 17, 2016 - 2:08 PM

When Tsai Ing wen takes office as Taiwan s president May 20 she steps onto a tightrope between voter dreams of national pride and a Beijing that wants the island on a short leash

This picture taken on April 22, 2016 shows Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen speaking during a press conference in Taipei.  Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island, says PH providing 'wrong' info

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Filipino lawyers have provided wrong information misleading the world so we feel we have to come out to rebuff their claims says Taiwan s president

A member of Taiwan's coast guard speaks as he guides visiting journalists on Taiping island in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea on March 23, 2016. Taiwan on March 23 gave its first ever international press tour of a disputed island in the South China Sea to boost its claim, less than two months after a visit by its leader sparked protests from rival claimants.  / AFP / SAM YEH

Mamasapano probe, Spratlys visit, largest solar system | 12PM wRap

Jan 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Taiwanese president set for Spratlys visit

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:52 AM

The purpose of President Ma Ying jeou s trip is to visit Taiwanese personnel stationed there ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday

This file photo taken on January 15, 2016 shows Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou as he speaks during a rally in New Taipei City. Sandy Cheng/AFP

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

Taiwan-China ties at crossroads as vote looms

Jan 12, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The vote comes after 8 years of rapprochement between the two bitterly opposed sides

People, holding the flag of Taiwan's ruling party KMT, take part in a march to support KMT's presidential candidate, KMT Chairman Eric Chu, in Taipei, Taiwan, January 9, 2016. 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

Taiwan urges Japanese apology on 'comfort women' after S.Korea deal

Dec 29, 2015 - 2:53 PM

Taiwan s President Ma Ying jeou urges Japan which ruled the island from 1895 1945 to take the same measures over Taiwanese comfort women

MA YING-JEOU. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou speaks during the Human Rights Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo

APEC Look back: Where were 2015 APEC world leaders in 1996?

Nov 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Rappler lists what the heads of state of APEC member economies were doing back when the Philippines first hosted the high level meetings in 1996

Detained Taiwanese activists slam Singapore clampdown

Nov 08, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Their comments came as protests broke out again overnight in Taipei over the summit the first time leaders from both sides of the strait have met since their split in 1949

MA-XI. Supporters of Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou display banners that read ‘go Ma Ying-jeou, support Ma-Xi summit’ outside the Sungshan Air force Base during a demonstration in Taipei on November 7, 2015. Angry protesters tried to storm parliament overnight as the island's leader Ma Ying-jeou left for a historic summit in Singapore with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Historic Ma-Xi summit heavy on rhetoric but schism remains

Nov 08, 2015 - 1:17 PM

The summit between the presidents of China and Taiwan promise warmer ties and was loaded with historic symbolism as both men sought to secure their legacy – but there are few concrete results in their bid to mend decades of estrangement

HISTORIC HANDSHAKE. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (L) before their meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. Roslan Rahman/AFP

China still considers Taiwan as less than equal despite epic handshake

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:33 PM

Despite the elaborate summit choreography China makes clear that it still considers Taiwan as less than equal

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeuo (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands in a ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, 07 November 2015. The presidents of China and Taiwan are meeting for the first time in more than six decades. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Hundreds protest in Taiwan over summit with 'enemy' China

Nov 07, 2015 - 7:11 PM

Angry protesters troop outside Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou s office condemning his warm exchange with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore

PROTEST. Legislators Chou Ni-an and Lai Cheng-chang (right), from the pro-independent Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), places placards that read "Recall Ma Ying-jeou" to protest against the meeting between Taiwanese President Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China, Taiwan leaders open summit with historic handshake

Nov 07, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan leader Ma Ying jeou meet face to face in Singapore the first between the leaders since their split in 1949

THE HANDSHAKE. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (L) before their meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Q&A on landmark China-Taiwan summit

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:26 AM

This is the first meeting between leaders from China and Taiwan since their 1949 split after a bloody civil war

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

Protests in Taiwan as Ma leaves for meet with Xi

Nov 07, 2015 - 8:41 AM

The demonstrators burn images of the two leaders with slogans calling Xi Jinping a Chinese dictator and Ma Ying jeou a traitor

PROTESTS. Member of the pro-independence party Taiwan Solidarity Union hold portraits of Chinese President Xi Jin-ping (L) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (R) and placards calling Ma a traitor in a protest against the upcoming Ma-Xi meeting outside the Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, November 7, 2015. Photo by David Chang/EPA

What's in a name? Taiwan question endures internationally

Nov 06, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Both Taiwan and China agree that there is one China and officially view the island as a Chinese province But they disagree over whether the China in question is the communist or republic China

REAL CHINA? Both Beijing and Taipei agree there is "one China" bbut argue over whether the China is question is the communist or the republic one. Xi photo by Mark Ralston/AFP; Ma photo by EPA

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

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Nov 04, 2015 - 12:54 PM

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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 president says China ties 'back to normal' after protests

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Ma Ying jeou: What we re working hard on at the present stage is exchanging liaison offices on each side There is some progress

In this file photo, Taiwan's president Ma Ying-Jeou addresses a press conference at a hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 26 January 2014. Stringer/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'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 premier resigns over party's landslide poll defeat

Nov 29, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Counting is still under way with full official results expected around 11:00 pm

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

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's APEC envoy plays down disputes with China

Nov 03, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Former vice president Vincent Siew says ties with the mainland are on the right track from a long term perspective

In this file photo, Taiwan's former vice president Vincent Siew listens during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Taipei on October 1, 2013. Sam Yeh/AFP

Little chance of Taiwan and China leaders meeting at APEC

Oct 08, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Beijing fears a public meeting of leaders from Taipei and China at an international forum would reinforce the idea of two Chinas an intolerable scenario for the mainland

MA YING-JEOU.. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at the 2014 East China Sea Peace Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, 05 August 2014. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan student hurls book at president in China protest

Sep 27, 2014 - 5:06 PM

Protesting increasingly cordial relations with China a college student glanced a copy of Formosa Betrayed off President Ma Ying jeou as he left a Taipei hotel on Friday No charges have been filed against the unnamed student

China sends 'special envoy' to Taiwan over APEC summit

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Taiwan confirms that a special envoy from China delivered a letter inviting Taiwan to an APEC summit in Beijing

Toddler killed, 13 wounded in gas blast near Taipei

Aug 15, 2014 - 5:01 PM

A one year old boy who suffered serious burns dies after emergency treatment failed to revive him

Taiwan opens investigation into gas explosion disaster

Aug 02, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Taiwan s president promises a swift investigation into the cause of deadly gas explosions that rocked the island s densely populated second city as residents accused local authorities of failing to avert the tragedy

HALF-MAST. Flags would be flown at half-mast at government offices and schools across the island from August 5 for 3 days to mourn the victims of the blasts and the air crash.

Taiwan leader urges China to redress Tiananmen wrongs

Jun 04, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Calling it an enormous historical wound Taiwan s president hopes China will consider its actions to ensure a tragedy of that magnitude does not happen again

TIANANMEN. The China national flag is hoisted atop a flagpole at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China 04 June 2014. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

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 hails first US cabinet-level visit for 14 years

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Taiwan President Ma Ying jeou hailed the trip of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy as important for bilateral ties with Washington

IN TAIWAN. Gina McCarthy (C), the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, gestures while visiting the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan protesters to end occupation of parliament

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED The demonstrators – mostly young students – occupied the main chamber on March 18 to protest a services trade agreement with China

AGAINST TRADE PACT. Students protest leaders Chen Wei-ting (front L) and Lin Fei-fan (R) shout slogans inside Parliament as more than 200 protesters – mostly students – occupy the building in Taipei. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

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

Taiwan: We agreed on 'parallel' probe

May 20, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Taipei says Taiwan and the Philippines have reached a consensus on initiating a parallel investigation instead of a joint investigation

PARALLEL INVESTIGATION. Taiwanese probers are returning to Manila for a ‘parallel investigation’ with the Philippines over slain Taiwanese fisherman. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

Taiwan insists on joint probe with PH

May 19, 2013 - 10:27 AM

Taiwanese President Ma Ying jeou insists on a joint probe with the Philippines and adopt a pragmatic attitude over the slain Taiwanese fisherman

NO JOINT PROBE. A team of Taiwanese investigators fails to set up a joint investigation with the Philippines over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera

PH orders probe, reiterates apology to Taiwan

May 15, 2013 - 4:36 PM

The NBI begins a thorough exhaustive impartial and expeditious investigation into the incident

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. File/Screengrab from RTVM

Taiwan sanctions despite PH apology

May 15, 2013 - 10:57 AM

UPDATE Taipei pulls out representative from Manila freezes hiring of Filipinos despite an apology by Philippine representative for fisherman s death

IN DISCUSSION. Taiwan foreign minister David Lin (L) speaks to Philippine envoy in Taipei Antonio Basilio ® during a press conference at the Taiwan's foreign Ministry in Taipei on May 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh