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  • Foxconn in China

    Alibaba data center collaboration under review

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group, a key assembler of Apple consumer electronics, is reviewing a proposed collaboration with Alibaba Group, China's leading e-commerce company, to build cloud computing infrastructure in Guizhou province, southwest C

    November 28, 2014 09:56 pm JST
  • Currency flows

    China pact key to boosting Taiwan's yuan trade

    TAIPEI -- An impending trade pact with China that will further liberalize exchanges between the two sides is essential to the island's efforts to expand its yuan-related financial services, a senior Taiwan official said. The island is trying to

    November 28, 2014 11:16 am JST
  • Taiwan elections

    Stance on China big issue for Taiwanese voters

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's China-friendly policy will be top of mind for Taiwanese voters when they flock to the polls this Saturday. Since taking office in 2008, Ma has forged close ties with China, signing 21 pacts ranging fr

    November 27, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • Formosa Plastics Group

    Taiwan conglomerate's co-founder Wang Yung-tsai dies

    TAIPEI -- Leading global chemicals producer Formosa Plastic Group said Thursday co-founder Wang Yung-tsai has died of old age. Wang died at his home on Thursday, the company said. He was 92. Born into a poor tea farmer's family, Wang and his l

    November 27, 2014 04:14 pm JST
  • Taiwan elections

    Titans of industry take on 'Capital' author Piketty

    TAIPEI -- Thomas Piketty, the best-selling economist, publicly sparred with Taiwan's leading businessmen over the issue of fat executive pay just ahead of key elections. The growing wealth gap is expected to be a major point of contention for the Ta

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's titans of industry take on 'Capital' author Piketty

    TAIPEI -- Thomas Piketty, the best-selling economist, publicly sparred with Taiwan's leading businessmen over the issue of fat executive pay just ahead of key elections. The growing wealth gap is expected to be a major point of contention for the Ta

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The race to the center of the city

    Tourists and corporate executives want fast access to their destinations, not just to airports. Once travelers land, they have to choose how to complete their journey -- via train, bus or taxi. Cost and convenience have to be weighed. Make your choi

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's touch panel makers

    Flaccid demand, Chinese rivals hitting earnings hard

    TAIPEI -- Pummeled by weak demand and price competition from mainland rivals, Taiwanese touch panel makers are scrambling to improve their fortunes. Wintek, the island's second-largest maker of touch panels, went under in October, and all four o

    November 26, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's local elections

    Ruling party losing ground in key cities

    TAIPEI -- A recent poll taken in the run-up to Taiwan's local elections shows weak support for the ruling Kuomintang's mayoral candidate for Taipei, the party's traditional stronghold, and a hefty lead for his independent rival. The local contes

    November 25, 2014 02:36 am JST
  • Golden Horse controversy

    China gallops off with film awards

    TAIPEI -- There has been consternation in Taiwan after China's "Blind Massage" and "A Fool" beat out local productions to win prizes in the prestigious Golden Horse Film Awards last week -- reflecting, some say, ongoing political and social tensions

    November 24, 2014 07:54 pm JST
  • Taiwan electronics

    Foxconn to invest in flat-panel plant

    TAIPEI -- Innolux, a subsidiary of Apple assembler Foxconn Technology Group in Taiwan, has confirmed plans to invest in a sixth-generation LCD plant producing smartphone screens in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. The company hopes the

    November 20, 2014 09:41 pm JST
  • Washington, the AIIB and Taiwan

    US not fighting China-backed fund, senior official says

    TAIPEI -- Striking a reconciliatory tone, a senior U.S. diplomat said Thursday that Washington is not trying to undermine Chinese efforts to create a fund aimed at helping develop infrastructure in Asia. The statement by Kurt Tong, U.S. principl

    November 20, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • All that glitters

    TAIPEI -- The cinema is the place to be in China these days. Movie ticket sales are expected to approach $5 billion this year, creating a wealth of opportunities for Chinese-language filmmakers -- not only on the mainland but also in Hong Kong and T

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan must balance US, China when talking trade

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said last week that Taiwan will make the utmost efforts to secure its early participation in both the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led set of free trade negotiations that excludes China, and the Regional

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Apple supplier

    TSMC acquires Qualcomm facility for $85M

    TAIPEI -- Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in a local exchange filing Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Qualcomm to purchase the U.S. mobile chipmaker's facility in the northern county of Taoyuan for $85 million. Ac

    November 19, 2014 08:30 pm JST
  • Modern art in the colonies

    Remembering East Asia's era of shared exhibitions

    When I came to Japan to study in the early 1990s, modernity and art in East Asia was receiving particular attention in the area of art history in Japan and South Korea. A flurry of academic conferences and symposiums on the theme were held at that t

    November 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan tourism boom

    Mainland travelers take to the island

    TAIPEI -- Mainland Chinese tourists are traveling to Taiwan in greater numbers, thanks to the island's conciliatory policies toward its big neighbor. A survey by Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications shows that the number of mai

    November 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • LCD Panels

    Foxconn confirms new plant but wary of China-South Korea FTA

    TAIPEI -- Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, has said his company will invest in a new LCD panel plant in Taiwan but expressed misgivings that an impending China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) will hurt the island's competitive

    November 16, 2014 06:18 pm JST