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  • Hungry Foxconn

    Sharp's tech keeps contract manufacturer keen on alliance

    TAIPEI -- Negotiations toward a Foxconn-Sharp alliance remain in limbo three years after the two sought each other out. The lack of progress, it seems, has not dampened the Taiwan-based contract manufacturer's interest in the Japanese electronics ma

    April 1, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Building loyalty

    Japan's Itochu, FamilyMart to offer reward points in Taiwan

    TOKYO -- Trading house Itochu and convenience store operator FamilyMart will together launch a reward points program through an electronic money service in Taiwan, starting in April. The two Japanese companies have formed a joint venture with Ea

    April 1, 2015 12:33 am JST
  • AIIB membership

    Taiwan applies to join China's new bank

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan confirmed on Tuesday that it is applying to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's regional development bank. Taiwan's decision comes after the U.K., Germany and France signed up for AII

    April 1, 2015 12:10 am JST
  • Expanding in China

    Taiwan's Fubon Financial reports record profit

    TAIPEI -- Fubon Financial Holding, Taiwan's second largest financial services provider by market capitalization, reported a record profit for 2014. Net income was 60.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.9 billion), up 56% from 2013, with its China banki

    March 31, 2015 07:01 pm JST
  • Quanta struggles

    Taiwan maker's profit underpinned by non-operating items

    TAIPEI -- Quanta Computer managed to maintain its level of profit for all of 2014 from a year earlier amid weakening global demand for PCs. Substantial contributions from interest income and foreign exchange gains helped prop up the company's bottom

    March 30, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • Foxconn Technology

    Taiwan assembler posts record profit; outlook hazy

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology, a key assembler for Apple, reported record net profit and revenue for last year, thanks to surging demand for the iPhone 6. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer's outlook is hazy, however, due to the U.S. giant's ongoing

    March 30, 2015 10:01 pm JST
  • Lee Kuan Yew

    Statesman built a bridge between China, Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Lee Kuan Yew is mostly remembered as the architect of modern Singapore. But history will not forget the role he played in trying to bring the peoples of Taiwan and China together. The "founding father of Singapore" passed away Monday a

    March 29, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan finance

    Nationalists keen on China's new regional bank

    TAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan has declared his government's desire for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's forthcoming development bank. Ma's statement came as the U.S. and key European countries

    March 28, 2015 01:05 am JST
  • Asian central banks

    Taiwan, Philippines hold key rates unchanged

    TAIPEI/MANILA -- The central banks of Taiwan and the Philippes held their benchmark interest rates steady on Thursday, resisting moves to follow other countries which have sought to ease monetary policy since the beginning of the year. Taiwan ce

    March 26, 2015 11:17 pm JST
  • Taiwan to express desire to join China-led AIIB

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Former Taiwanese Vice President Vincent Siew, in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, is expected to express Taiwan's desire to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, people close to Siew told

    March 26, 2015 07:41 pm JST
  • Foxconn Technology

    Taiwan electronics group forming IT venture with SK C&C

    TAIPEI -- Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday it is forming a joint venture with a South Korean Internet service provider, aiming to build IT infrastructure for its production facilities in China. Through a subsidiary, the Taiwanese electroni

    March 26, 2015 04:17 pm JST
  • Japan property market

    Foreign real estate investment rising sharply on weaker yen

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Star Bank, acquired in 2014 by CTBC Bank, one of Taiwan's largest financial institutions, frequently receives inquiries from individual Taiwanese investors wishing to invest in Japanese real estate. In fact, the Tokyo bank, which

    March 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nipping at Bridgestone's wheels

    Midtier Asian brands taking more of the global tire market

    TOKYO -- Despite a forecast for a record operating profit, Bridgestone, the Japanese tire-maker, is facing growing competition from producers in South Korea, China and Taiwan. In fact, midtier Asian players are gradually cutting into the market

    March 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nipping at Bridgestone's wheels

    Midtier Asian brands taking more of the global tire market

    TOKYO -- Despite a forecast for a record operating profit, Bridgestone, the Japanese tire-maker, is facing growing competition from producers in South Korea, China and Taiwan. In fact, midtier Asian players are gradually cutting into the market

    March 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan property market

    Foreign real estate investment rising sharply on weaker yen

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Star Bank, acquired in 2014 by CTBC Bank, one of Taiwan's largest financial institutions, frequently receives inquiries from individual Taiwanese investors wishing to invest in Japanese real estate. In fact, the Tokyo bank, which

    March 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Acer earnings

    Taiwan PC maker back to black but faces challenges

    TAIPEI -- After three consecutive loss-making years, Taiwan's leading personal computer-maker Acer swung to profit in 2014, thanks to cost-savings including cuts in staff and product lines. The Taiwanese company has been hit hard by a severe slu

    March 26, 2015 12:45 am JST
  • The rise of halal tourism

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Muslims are more adventurous travelers these days. They are becoming more frequent visitors to China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan -- all destinations with very small Islamic populations. For a long time many such touris

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sunflower Movement resonates one year on

    TAIPEI -- When hundreds of Taiwanese students invaded the legislature and occupied the parliamentary floor on the night of March 18, 2014, to protest against President Ma Ying-jeou's China-friendly policies, few foresaw that it would cause a fundame

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Wu'er Kaixi

    Tiananmen activist turns to Taiwanese politics

    TAIPEI -- One of the paramount changes brought by Taiwan's anti-China Sunflower Movement is the emergence of new parties and politicians eager to reshape the island's two-party politics. That certainly applies to Chinese dissident Wu'er Kaixi, who p

    March 25, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Hard times as prices decline

    Brother, can you spare a dollar for LCD panel makers?

    TOKYO -- To hedge against falling prices of liquid crystal displays for smartphones, makers are trying to add value by including touch-sensitive panels and increasing the resolution. But it is uncertain whether their efforts will improve profitabili

    March 25, 2015 04:00 pm JST