Focus Taiwan: FAT chairman says carrier’s services will continue

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Just one day after Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. (FAT), a mid-sized international carrier, said in a surprise announcement that it had stopped operations due to financial difficulties, FAT Chairman Chang Kang-wei (張綱維) said Friday that the operations will restart, thanks to the promise of a fund injection. … Read full […]

Taipei Times: CAA asks other carriers to fly FAT passengers home

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said that it has asked two domestic carriers to offer additional flights to Kinmen and Penghu after Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT, 遠東航空) announced that it is to cease operations today. There are 500 passengers stranded overseas, the CAA added. … “Due to financial losses and difficulties in securing […]

Taipei Times: Ministry to probe groups linked to illegal entries

The Ministry of the Interior is to conduct a thorough investigation of shell associations and groups allegedly involved in an operation that provided illegal entry to Taiwan for Chinese officials and even spies, Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said yesterday. It is to investigate whether the groups have been involved in abnormal […]

Straits Times: US calls on China not to interfere in Taiwan election

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Thursday (Dec 12) urged China not to interfere in elections next month in Taiwan, where President Tsai Ing-wen, a critic of Beijing, is seeking a new term. Mr David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for Asia, said that tensions between Beijing and Taipei have historically risen whenever Taiwan […]

RFA: Randall Schriver, Pentagon’s Top Asia Official, Resigns Post

Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, the top Asia hand at the Pentagon who has criticized China’s Uyghur internment camps in Xinjiang, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of the month, RFA has learned. … Schriver, seen as a China hawk and a supporter of Taiwan, said in June that China’s […]

Reuters: Hearts ‘linked as one’ as Taiwan welcomes tiny Nauru amid China tussle

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru promised on Friday to always stand beside Taiwan as their hearts are “linked as one”, as he visited Taipei amid a growing tussle for influence in the region between Beijing and Washington. While the Pacific states are small developing nations, they lie […]

The Diplomat: Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Elections

… Losing power in 2016 created a serious crisis for the KMT. At a time of troubles with its support base, party finances and personnel, the KMT faces an existential question with its party line. With its origins in Chinese nationalism, the KMT is at odds with the Taiwanese identity, which has dominated since the […]

Taiwan Today: Three TV policy presentations set for presidential election

Three televised policy presentations will be staged later this month for the three candidates contesting the 15th ROC (Taiwan) presidential election, according to the Cabinet-level Central Election Commission Dec. 11. The first event is set for Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Chinese Television System Inc., with the other two on […]

Taipei Times: ‘Greater Taipei’ proposal finds a favorable response

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) yesterday responded positively to the idea of combining Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung into one administrative entity, which was broached by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) earlier this week. Ko on Wednesday said that the concept of the six special municipalities […]