Taiwan court rules in favour of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

By J.R. Wu TAIPEI, May 24 : Taiwan’s constitutional court declared today that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists who have been campaigning for the right for years. The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were “in violation of […]

Taiwan posts solid Q1 growth as global shoppers splurge on phones, hi-tech

By Faith Hung and Jeanny Kao TAIPEI, Apr 28 : Taiwan reported solid first-quarter economic growth on Friday as strong global demand for components for the new iPhone and other electronic gadgets keep Asia’s hi-tech factories humming. The trade-reliant economy expanded for the fourth quarter in a row as export orders surged, and could pick […]

Trump administration crafting big new arms sales to Taiwan -sources

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Mar 17 : The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, US officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing. The package is expected to be significantly larger than one that […]

China drills again near Taiwan as island warns of threat

By Ben Blanchard and J.R. Wu BEIJING/TAIPEI, Mar 2 : Chinese jets and warships carried out exercises near Taiwan and into the Western Pacific today, as the self-ruled island’s defence minister warned of a growing threat from its giant neighbour. Democratic Taiwan is increasingly concerned over China’s military designs, especially recent rounds of Chinese drills […]

Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan

By Faith Hung TAIPEI, Jan 22 : Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan’s pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei today, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office. Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced a pension reform plan this week […]

On sensitive U.S. stopover, Taiwan leader connects to Twitter

By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 15 : Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, carving a careful diplomatic path on her stopovers in the United States, visited the headquarters of micro-messaging service Twitter Inc on Saturday and reactivated an old account. “Had a great visit to @Twitter HQ today. Thank you to @vijaya and team for […]