Nationalists comfortably ahead in mayoral polls

CANDIDATES from Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party were leading rivals from the pro-independence opposition yesterday in three of five mayoral elections around the island.

Search for 19 tourists missing in Taiwan typhoon

A FEW mangled vehicle parts found by searchers in Taiwan yesterday were all that was left of a bus carrying 19 Chinese tourists which disappeared three days ago when typhoon rains that swept the country triggered massive mudslides on a mountainside highway.

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China closes deal with it old enemy Taiwan

CHINA and Taiwan signed a landmark trade deal yesterday that could boost trade already worth $100 billion (£66bn) and ease political ties between the export-reliant island and the world's third-largest economy.

Journey full of hope and symbolism as China sends pandas to Taiwan

IT WAS the sort of reception usually accorded to heads of state or global pop stars. But maybe it wasn't that surprising: TuanTuan and YuanYuan are now celebrities in their own right.

Taiwan and China build trust

CHINA and Taiwan have agreed to set up permanent offices in each other's territory for the first time in nearly six decades of hostility, one of the biggest steps the political rivals have taken to build mutual trust.

China and Taiwan try to heal divisions

TAIWAN'S vice-president-elect Vincent Siew met briefly Chinese president Hu Jintao yesterday on the mainland, a historic moment given strained China-Taiwan relations. Both said they wanted closer economic ties.

Taiwanese vote brings promise of China talks

BEIJING was likely to be pleased with Nationalist Party Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's election yesterday as Taiwan's next president, a victory China hopes will bring the sides closer to renewing bilateral talks, a leading Chinese scholar said.

Taiwan enlists the help of rocker Ozzy Osbourne to gain elusive UN membership

AFTER 14 failed attempts at joining the United Nations, using media campaigns and presidential appeals, Taiwan is turning to a goth-rock band backed by Ozzy Osbourne in its quest for membership to the world body.

China catches Taiwan spies near border

CHINESE authorities have captured two Taiwan intelligence agents in an incident likely to embarrass the island as the number of foiled espionage cases grows.

President mends fences after win

SCANDAL-PLAGUED Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian offered to mend fences with China and the island's opposition today after surviving a parliament vote aimed at sacking him.

More pressure on Taiwanese leader to quit

Taiwan: The country's opposition was set to stage a protest rally in the capital, Taipei, today to increase pressure on President Chen Shui-bian to resign over allegations of insider trading against his relatives.

China anger at Taiwan move

CHINA today denounced the Taiwanese president's move to scrap an agency dedicated to uniting Taiwan with the communist mainland, saying it would be a disaster for the island.

Taiwan DNA discovery sinks Kon-Tiki theory

SCIENTISTS have discovered the mythical homeland of the Polynesians was Taiwan and not, as Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl once famously claimed, South America.

Taiwan sends in battleship to defend fisherman

TAIWAN has sent a battleship to defend Taiwanese fishermen who have repeatedly been chased from waters under dispute with Japan.

Assembly set to vote to dissolve itself

TAIWAN’S National Assembly is set to vote to dissolve itself today in a move designed to stress its separation from China.

Panda gesture

CHINA yesterday offered the Taiwanese people a gift of two pandas but rejected an invitation for Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, to visit Taiwan. Of the invitation, China said Taiwan’s ruling party must first abandon calls for independence.

Beijing to lift ban on Chinese trips to Taiwan

BEIJING is to lift restrictions on Chinese tourists going to Taiwan and is offering the island a pair of giant pandas in a show of goodwill at the end of a visit by Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan.

China hails a 'major step' to Taiwan peace

CHINESE newspapers today hailed the meeting of Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Friday as a "major step", but said the China-Taiwan conflict was far from resolved.

Taiwan party chief meets Chinese leader

LIEN CHAN, the leader of Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party arrived in Beijing today to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Taiwanese Nationalist aims to calm Chinese tension

TAIWAN’S opposition leader arrived in China yesterday on a trip aimed at easing tensions between the two, becoming the most prominent Taiwanese political figure to visit the mainland since the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.

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