Focus Taiwan: Attempted bomber of KMT office arrested in Kaohsiung after gun battle

Kaohsiung, Dec. 14 (CNA) A man suspected of placing an explosive device near the Kuomintang’s (KMT) Houbi District Headquarters in Tainan City on Thursday night was arrested Saturday morning in Kaohsiung City, following an overnight standoff with police. Police said the man, surnamed Wu (吳), was captured on surveillance cameras Thursday night as he approached […]

NBC News: Taiwan opens doors wider to LGBTQ content

The door has opened wider for gay content in Taiwan since the island became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in May, and companies like CEO Jay Lin’s Portico Media are hoping to turn LGBTQ stories into good business. The firm is ramping up its development of originals on its GagaOOLala platform, Asia’s […]

Focus Taiwan: Taiwan sets new mark for overseas visitor arrivals

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) The Tourism Bureau welcomed the 11.11 millionth inbound visitor to Taiwan on Friday to celebrate the new single-year high set for overseas visitor arrivals. … The number of visits to Taiwan has surpassed the 10 million mark for five consecutive years, according to the bureau, indicating that Taiwan has successfully offset […]

Axios: Scoop: The World Bank told Taiwanese staff to get Chinese passports

This year, the World Bank told current and prospective employees of Taiwanese nationality they must present Chinese travel documents in order to maintain or pursue employment. … A March 4, 2019 post on the World Bank’s internal website titled “Recruitment of Chinese nationals from Taiwan” laid out the following recruitment guidance: “Candidates from Taiwan, China, […]

Taiwan News: US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

BANGKOK (AP) — China’s activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China’s actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to project its military capacity. He told […]

Taiwan Insight: Taiwan’s January 2020 National Election: The View from One-Month Prior

… Meanwhile, the US and China abetted Tsai’s campaign, though obviously in quite different ways. President Trump’s “trade war” with China necessitated putting pressure on Beijing to get better terms. The negotiations became a protracted struggle and Trump employed other means to fortify his position, including playing the “Taiwan card.” Public opinion and Congress both […]

Taipei Times: DPP slams Simon Chang over pregnancy comments

Members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused former premier Simon Chang (張善政) of discriminating against women, while the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) vice presidential candidate said that his words had been misconstrued. At a campaign event on Thursday, Chang said that while being unmarried is not wrong, “President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has not […]

Taipei Times: Laws bolstered to counter espionage

Lawmakers yesterday passed amendments to the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法), which stipulate that intelligence personnel who spy for an external force and leak information on national defense, national security or communications security could face life imprisonment. … Read full article here: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/12/14/2003727511