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Taiwanese war veteran uses art to save his village

May 19, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Armed with acrylics and paintbrushes, an elderly man transforms his neighborhood into the famous Rainbow Village in Taiwan

A motley of colorful dreamy characters adorn the walls of the Rainbow Village, a famous tourist spot in Taichung, Taiwan. These surreal illustrations are made by the 97-year-old retired soldier Huang Yung-Fu. Photo by Bernice Beltran

As #LoveWins in Taiwan, Filipinos weigh in on same-sex marriage in PH

May 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Is predominantly Catholic Philippines ready for same-sex marriage?

Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriages in first for Asia

May 17, 2019 - 12:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) The island's lawmakers comfortably passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form 'exclusive permanent unions' and a second clause that would let them apply for a 'marriage registration' with government agencies

TAIWAN'S GAY RIGHTS FIGHT. Gay right supporters watch television outside Parliament while law makers discusses the same sex marriage bill in Taipei on May 17, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan gay couples plan weddings even as opponents fight back

May 15, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan are among hundreds of same-sex couples who have made reservations to register with government agencies on May 24 for what they hope will be a marriage

IN LOVE. This picture taken on May 7, 2019 shows cake maker Shane Lin (L) and his lover Marc Yuan posing for a photo during an interview at their workshop Cake Play in Taipei. 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

New Southbound Policy seen to improve PH-Taiwan ties

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Taiwan, in its bid to reduce dependence on China, is looking to improve trade relations with a number of countries, including the Philippines

China says navy warned off French warship in Taiwan Strait

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang says the French warship 'illegally entered China's territorial waters' on April 7

Strong 6.1 quake hits Taiwan, shakes buildings in Taipei

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) There are no immediate reports of casualties

Taiwan's Foxconn chief hints at presidential run

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Asked by reporters on April 16 if he would run for president, Terry Gou says, 'I will have meetings today and hear (feedback). Hopefully we can talk about this tomorrow or later'

FOXCONN'S TERRY GOU.CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou gestures during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Eye'll bee damned: Woman finds insects in eye

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The tiny insects, just 3 milimeters long, are discovered after the woman sought treatment for an itchy and swollen left eye, Dr Horng Chi-ting says

SWEAT BEES. This handout photo taken on March 30, 2019 and received on April 11, 2019 courtesy of doctor Horng Chi-ting shows tiny sweat bees in a patient's eye in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. Handout photo courtesy of Doctor Horng Chi-ting/AFP

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Taiwan president says U.S. trade deal would boost security

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the US and Taiwanese economies are 'complementary' and that a trade pact could provide a model for the Indo-Pacific region

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

Taiwan blasts China for 'reckless' fighter jet incursion

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:10 AM

Taiwan says two Chinese fighter jets deliberately crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, a widely agreed upon boundary

GAINS. Despite China staying away, Taipei sees a boost in tourism. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan leader says Hong Kong crackdown on democracy an omen

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:17 AM

On her stopover in the US, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says what is happening in Hong Kong 'reflects that democracy is inherently incompatible' with the Chinese Communist Party

This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on August 12, 2018 shows Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaking during her visit to Los Angeles, California during a stopover en route to allies Paraguay and Belize. Tsai Ing-wen on August 13 pledged to promote regional stability in the first public talk given by a Taiwanese leader while transitting in the United States since 2003 in a move bound to rile China. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan leader to visit Pacific allies to firm up ties

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Tsai Ing-wen will visit Palau, Nauru, and Marshall Islands between March 21 and March 28

VISITING ALLIES. 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 Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan asks U.S. for new fighter jets to defend against China

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States

China slams 'provocative' U.S. sail-by in Taiwan Strait

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We resolutely oppose some of the provocative actions taken by the US that are not conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and to the China-US relations,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang

AFTER US SAIL-BY. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

2 dead, 6 missing after high-seas brawl on Taiwan fishing boat

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'A fight broke out when the chief officer hacked two of his crew to death in a disciplinary action dispute,' the Taiwan fisheries department says in a statement

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) The bill by the cabinet is the Tsai administration's attempt to meet the court's demands for amendments while trying to respect the referendum result by not altering the Civil Code defining marriage as between a man and a woman

TAIWAN'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STRUGGLE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. File photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

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

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Dissidents trapped inside Taiwan airport allowed in after 125 days

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Liu Xinglian, 64, and Yan Kefen, 44, spend 125 days marooned in the transit area of Taoyuan airport after arriving from Bangkok in September last year

OUT OF THE AIRPORT. This handout picture taken on January 14, 2019 and received courtesy of Yan Kefen shows Chinese dissidents Liu Xinglian (R) and Yan Kefen posing for a selfie at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport. Handout photo courtesy of Yan Kefen/AFP

Foxconn 'adjusting' Wisconsin factory plans hailed by Trump

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:27 PM

The global economic climate – roiled by Trump's trade war with China where Foxconn has most of its assembly lines – leads officials at Foxconn to look again at the plans

ADJUSTED PLANS? US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Terry Gou (C), Chairman of Foxconn, an electronics supplier, during an announcement that the company will open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 26, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taiwan unveils new drone as tensions with China mount

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's navy shows off its new, long-range surveillance drone, the 'Rui Yuan' (Sharp Hawk), which officials say can fly for 12 hours and is now helping to monitor movements in the disputed strait between Taiwan and China

A navy serviceman stands guard next to an indigenously-made Rui Yuan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during a military exercise at the Pingtung Air Force Base in southern Taiwan on January 24, 2019.  SAM YEH / AFP

Taiwan arrests 7 over Vietnam group disappearances

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Prosecutors are investigating those arrested – including 3 Taiwan-based Vietnamese suspected of being the ring masterminds – for violating immigration, human trafficking and other laws

ARRESTED. Taiwan immigration officers escort 3 detained men (with masks), believed to be some of the 152 Vietnamese who went missing after arriving on the island, into a vehicle outside the immigration offices in New Taipei City on December 28, 2018. File photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Some 200 traditional medicine shops close every year as the government refuses to issue new licenses since 1998

DYING TRADITION. Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu (L) and her father-in-law Hsu Ping-jen (R) at the family's Chinese herbal medicine store in New Taipei City. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

Alab Pilipinas absorbs 2nd loss after Formosa game-winner

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Another one-point heartbreaker sends Alab reeling to its second loss in 3 games in the ASEAN Basketball League

LUCKLESS. Alab Pilipinas winds up sharing the top spot after another painful loss. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

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

Democratic allies should rally to protect Taiwan from China, says Tsai

Jan 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen accuses China of waging a 'deliberate campaign' to undermine the island's democracy by refusing to talk to her government

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

1 dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Four people have been rescued so far out of the 15 people on board the sunken freighter

Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable' – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) President Tsai Ing-wen warns Beijing that Taiwan's people would never give up the kind of freedoms unseen on the authoritarian mainland.

SOVEREIGN. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Xi Jinping insists that the island be reunified with the mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

China taking advantage of Taiwan's openness, warns Tsai

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:19 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen says there is a need to 'understand and face the reality that both sides are fundamentally different in their values, lifestyles, and political system'

BEWARE. President Tsai Ing-wen warns Taiwan against the possibility of China taking advantage of its democratic openness. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan rebuffs China tourist snub with record 2018 arrivals

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The 11 millionth visitor, a Japanese doctor, arrived Sunday, December 30 in what Taiwan's tourism bureau described as 'a new landmark'

GAINS. Despite China staying away, Taipei sees a boost in tourism. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan searches for 152 missing Vietnamese tourists

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Local media speculate that the Vietnamese may have come to Taiwan to work illegally

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'Pro-family' groups defeat pro-gay campaigners in what Amnesty International calls a "bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:36 AM

A referendum on whether marriage should only be recognized as between a man and a woman won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained over 6 million

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by AFP.

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

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Taiwan navy gets two new warships as China tensions grow

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vows the island would not 'concede one step' in defending itself

TURNOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (left) poses with a model of one of the island's new frigates during a ceremony to commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates from the US into the Taiwan Navy, in the southern port of Kaohsiung on November 8, 2018. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Massive Taiwan Gay Pride parade pushes key referendum vote

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Little progress has been made after Taiwan's top court legalized gay marriage in May 2017

China army to do 'whatever it takes' to retain Taiwan

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,' says Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

MASSIVE PARADE. Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. Photo by stringer/AFP