Most Chinese simply aren't happy with the status quo. Even rich people no longer trust the government. How long can the Communist government survive in this atmosphere of withering public discontent? Is Taiwan growing to be a powerful democratic role model?
The Philippine ambassador to Taiwan has been recalled and hiring of Filipino workers is suspended after Taiwan did not accept the apology of President Benigno Aquino on the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman,.
Taipei said earlier that the Philippines had apologised over the incident, but that President Ma Ying-jeou insisted on Wednesday that Manila offer a formal apology and compensation, apprehend the killer and launch talks on the fishing industry.
The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by the Philippine coastguard last week after they said his vessel had strayed into territorial waters.
Taiwan's Premier Jiang Yi-huah said it was unacceptable that the apology came from the "people of the Philippines" rather than the government as it was the coastguard that was responsible for the shooting.
There are 87,000 Philippine workers in Taiwan.
The first reported case of human H7N9 infection outside mainland China was confirmed in Taiwan.
A 53-year-old man from Taiwan recently returned from a trip to mainland China and showed signs of being infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus three days after returning home.
Taiwan's Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta told reporters, the man is in critical condition and remains in quarantined at a Taiwanese hospital, where he's been since April 16. "
Although the spread is worrying World Health Organization officials, it is too soon to conclude, that the H7N9 virus has been transmitted through human-to-human contact, according to officials.
There have been 108 cases and 22 killed in China since the virus emerged in March.
The United States and Taiwan have resumed trade negotiations after a five-year hiatus as the island aims to take part in regional trade blocs.
The Trade and Investment Framework Agreement meeting began Sunday morning in Taipei where officials from both sides have not revealed the agenda of the meeting. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis headed the American delegation, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan.
Taiwan's vice economic affairs minister Cho Shih-chao is the island's chief negotiator and he has reassured the influential local pig farmers on Saturday that pork would not be among the items that will be discussed in the one-day talks.
Swine farmers had been concerned that the Taiwanese government will bow to pressure from the U.S. and lift import ban on U.S. pork that contain the additive ractopamine -- a drug used as ingredient in animal feed that make the meat leaner -- in exchange for having the trade talks reopened.
The latest trade talks are seen to pave the way for a full free trade agreement, which had been in the back burner since 2007 when Taiwan imposed a ban on U.S. beef containing ractopamine. An amendment in the law was passed by Taipei in July 2007 allowing the resumption of beef importation.
It is a time of tension in East Asia with growing nationalism, territorial claims between Japan and its neighbours and the persistent challenge of a nuclear North Korea
Taiwan again defied China's concerns and claimed to have made progress on a multi-billion dollar arms deal with the United States
Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges
In seemingly yet another attempt to emphasise the benign nature of China's rise, the Information Office of the State Council released a white paper entitled 'China's Peaceful Development'
All seems placid in the Far East. There is, of course, the lunatic regime of North Korea. However ... China seems content with its political menu of stability, reassurance and an ever-growing economy. Japan has ceded its place as No. 2 in the world economy to China, and now seeks to reconcile its impressive industrial base. Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan push on in becoming more rich
Control over the South China Sea is more than just a practical matter and goes to the center of China's foreign policy dilemma: how to assert its maritime claims while maintaining a non-confrontational foreign policy
Asia is spending more on the military and selling more weapons to the world
Only the United States seems to have an affinity for protecting tiny, vulnerable countries. Israelis, anti-communist Chinese, Kurds, Greeks and Armenians have a few things in common. They have relatively small populations, aggressive neighbors, few strong allies, many expatriates and refugees in the United States, and a tragic history of persecution and genocide
China, of course, remains determined to bring about Taiwanese 'reunification.' But Taiwan is a thriving democracy, and almost no one here favors that. They don't trust China, even for a minute, and see a dark motive behind everything Beijing does. This 61-year-old conflict animates everything that happens here
The rise of China will likely be the most important international relations story of the twenty-first century, but it remains unclear whether that story will have a happy ending. Will China's ascent increase the probability of great-power war? Will an era of U.S.-Chinese tension be as dangerous as the Cold War? Will it be even worse?
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The Asian 'little Tigers' -- Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau -- have small families. In one ranking of total fertility rates, these places are at the bottom, with rates of 1.25 or below. The consequences of this are stark
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The rapid economic development of Asia since World War II has forever altered the global balance of power. These countries recognize the importance of an educated work force to economic growth, and they understand that investing in research makes their economies more innovative and competitive.
Since 2005, the island republic of Taiwan has been moving toward a closer relationship with China. As with Finland, the shifts have been motivated by Taiwan's desire to preserve its autonomy and democracy by ameliorating Beijing's fears of U.S. influence in the region. And, as with Finland, the shift will come at some cost