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  • Borroz and Giovannini: Twisted track for China's 'railway diplomacy'

    In October 2013, during a visit to Thailand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke glowingly of Beijing's plans for a high-speed railroad that would whisk passengers to Singapore from Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, in just 10 h

    May 28, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Global competitiveness

    Asia's reform programs have yet to improve business environment

    HONG KONG -- Asian economies undergoing ambitious reforms have yet to see real improvement in local business environments, according to the findings of an annual global competitive ranking. This year's IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, published

    May 27, 2015 06:43 pm JST
  • Made in China 2025

    Foxconn to focus on automation, robots

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract manufacturer and a leading exporter in China, is looking to develop technologies for automation, robots and other connected devices. "We will invest significantly in Internet of th

    May 27, 2015 04:50 pm JST
  • South China Sea dispute

    Taiwan calls for peaceful resolution

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday called for governments involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea to resolve their differences peacefully and to collaborate over developing the area's resources. Ma's proposal c

    May 26, 2015 07:40 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Time to talk about the high income trap

    The middle income trap is a disease that has afflicted a number of developing economies over the years. After breakneck economic expansion, growth suddenly begins to stagnate when per capita income reaches a level the World Bank defines as midd

    May 24, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Big meeting on small Kinmen

    Taiwan's security concerns fall on deaf Chinese ears

    KINMEN, Taiwan -- A senior Taiwanese official on Saturday told his Chinese counterpart that Beijing should respond to the island's concerns over a new security threat China seems to have posed. The appeal was ignored. The incident reflects o

    May 24, 2015 12:58 am JST
  • Taiwan economy

    Growth forecast drops below 4%

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan has cut its forecast for gross domestic product growth this year by 0.5 of a percentage point to 3.28% as it confronts sluggish global economic recovery, shrinking exports and stiffer competition from China. "Mainland China has bee

    May 22, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Strait politics

    Taiwan and China officials to discuss AIIB

    TAIPEI -- Senior Taiwanese and Chinese officials will meet on the Taiwanese islet of Kinmen on Saturday to discuss the island's bid to join the Beijing-led Asian Insfrastructure Investment Bank, and the possibilities for the two sides to set up repr

    May 22, 2015 08:10 pm JST
  • Taiwan-China

    Has President Ma overplayed his China hand?

    TAIPEI -- Outwardly, President Ma Ying-jeou can claim some solid results after seven years in office: Taiwan's stock market is holding its own, the economy is growing at a reasonable rate, and tourists are pouring in from China. Yet wages a

    May 20, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Ma

    Beijing fears anti-China protests on island

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said on Monday Beijing was concerned that if it were to set up a representative office on the island, the agency could become an easy target for anti-China activists. Ma's statement reflected growing an

    May 18, 2015 06:50 pm JST
  • Odds favor change in Taiwan

    With no strong presidential candidate, ruling Nationalists flounder


    TAIPEI -- The ruling Nationalist Party's survival is at stake in Taiwan. None of its heavyweight politicians declared for the presidential primary by Saturday's deadline. Without a credible presidential candidate, the China-friendly party's chan

    May 16, 2015 11:20 pm JST
  • Foxconn

    iPhone 6 assembler outperforms in first quarter

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group, a key assembler for Apple Inc., beat first-quarter market expectations with its improved manufacturing technology for the popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- and held its ground against competitor Pegatron at a

    May 16, 2015 02:52 am JST
  • Fukushima fallout

    Taiwan restricts imports of Japanese food over Tokyo's objection

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan will impose stiffer regulations on imports of Japanese food Friday amid growing safety worries after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, despite firm opposition from Tokyo. Japanese exports of food and agricultural, forest a

    May 15, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • CTBC Financial Holding

    Overseas banking units boost 1Q results

    TAIPEI -- CTBC Financial Holding reported stellar first-quarter results on Thursday, helped by a strong performance from its overseas banking units. Taiwan's third largest financial services company also said it was planning to boost its insurance b

    May 15, 2015 12:11 am JST
  • Currency losses hit hard

    Taiwan's Quanta suffers 22% profit decline

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer said on Thursday that its consolidated net profit for the January-March quarter fell 22% year-on-year to 3.6 billion New Taiwan dollars ($117 million). The decline was due to losses on cur

    May 14, 2015 10:06 pm JST
  • Calling all electronics buffs

    Foxconn to open IT mall in Taipei

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, gave the press a sneak preview of its brand-new sprawling IT mall on Wednesday. Syntrend Creative Park, the name of Taipei's newest business complex, is set to officially op

    May 14, 2015 04:06 am JST
  • Asia's eternal idol

    TOKYO -- Two decades have passed since the death of Taiwanese pop star Teresa Teng at the age of 42. Fans across Asia -- from Japan to mainland China to Southeast Asia -- still adore her, and plans to commemorate her life and songs are underway thro

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Syntrend-Google

    Android shop sells drones and more

    TAIPEI -- Syntrend, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, is partnering Google in Taiwan's first Android shop as the two tech powerhouses expand into retail. Newtrend, their new shop, offers drones, smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, Chromec

    May 13, 2015 10:39 pm JST
  • CTBC Financial Holding

    Taiwan Life Insurance acquisition will bolster China presence

    TAIPEI -- CTBC Financial Holding, Taiwan's third largest financial services company by market capitalization, is acquiring Taiwan Life Insurance through a share swap, it was announced on Tuesday. CTBC expects the merger to become effective in Oc

    May 13, 2015 09:46 am JST
  • Nicholas Borroz and Gabriele Giovannini

    Twisted track for China's 'railway diplomacy'

    In October 2013, during a visit to Thailand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke glowingly of Beijing's plans for a high-speed railroad that would whisk passengers to Singapore from Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan province, in just 10 h

    May 13, 2015 09:20 am JST