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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHINESE authorities have captured two Taiwan intelligence agents in an incident likely to embarrass the island as the number of foiled espionage cases grows.
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.
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 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.
SCIENTISTS have discovered the mythical homeland of the Polynesians was Taiwan and not, as Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl once famously claimed, South America.
TAIWAN has sent a battleship to defend Taiwanese fishermen who have repeatedly been chased from waters under dispute with Japan.
TAIWAN’S National Assembly is set to vote to dissolve itself today in a move designed to stress its separation from China.
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 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.
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.
LIEN CHAN, the leader of Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party arrived in Beijing today to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao.
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.