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  • Japan's Abe calls Taiwan 'important partner'

    TOKYO -- Taiwan is "an important partner that shares Japan's values and interests," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday, according to a ruling party lawmaker, in the latest expression of a cozy relationship that riles China.Keisuke Suzuki, dire

    March 30, 2017 03:50 am JST
  • Tell us the charges or free Taiwan activist, Taipei tells Beijing

    TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) -- China must specify the charges against a detained Taiwan human rights activist or release him, his wife, ruling party lawmakers and rights groups in Taiwan said on Wednesday, the latest dispute between China and an island

    March 30, 2017 01:08 am JST
  • Asian companies muddle through Brexit uncertainty

    TOKYO -- Nine months after it voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, the U.K. on Wednesday formally notified the EU that it is breaking away from the single market. Next up ... at least two years of negotiations toward the exit.A chief c

    March 29, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • China says Taiwan man investigated for harming national security

    BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -- A Taiwan man who had gone missing in China is being investigated on suspicion of harming national security, China's government said on Wednesday, in a case that has caused alarm on the self-ruled and democratic island Bei

    March 29, 2017 12:45 pm JST
  • Era over as Sharp's former headquarters meets wrecking ball

    OSAKA -- The final curtain has fallen on Sharp's former headquarters in Abeno Ward, in the city of Osaka, as demolition work commenced on Monday to make way for a new commercial building.After facing the threat of bankruptcy, Sharp went under the um

    March 28, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's rising chip-testing provider plans expansion

    TAIPEI -- Chunghwa Precision Test Tech, an up-and-coming Taiwanese semiconductor testing company, is looking to raise capital and expand headcount this year, thanks to strong demand from global customers."We will grow our staff from some 800 to clos

    March 27, 2017 07:46 pm JST
  • Interview

    More tension in Hong Kong than Taiwan due to polarized identity

    HONG KONG -- Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, a career bureaucrat-cum-pro-Beijing politician, was elected on March 26 to be the next chief executive of Hong Kong. She will be the first woman to occupy the top job in the territory, but there is no fervor

    March 27, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Japan vice minister officially visits Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- A Japanese vice minister's visit to Taiwan may test Beijing's patience.Jiro Akama, parliamentary vice-minister of internal affairs and communications, said on Saturday that Taiwan is a wonderful partner for Japan. He was speaking at the op

    March 26, 2017 01:28 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains on week even as Trump jitters weigh

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks managed modest gains this week, helped by advances in heavyweights after earnings, even as uncertainty about U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies dampened sentiment.The Nikkei Asia300 Index edged 0.02%

    March 24, 2017 10:35 pm JST
  • Taiwan to invest $28bn in infrastructure upgrades

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan plans to invest around 880 billion New Taiwanese dollars ($28.8 billion) in infrastructure over the next eight years, seeking to spur economic recovery by upgrading its rail transport, waterways, and digital industry facilities.The

    March 24, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Brazilian meat scare sweeps across Asia

    HONG KONG/SEOUL -- The scandal over tainted meat from Brazil is shaking up Asian markets that have come to depend on the South American country's plentiful exports. Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China have each suspended imports, while South Korean

    March 23, 2017 11:59 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as Trump caution weighs

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks were little changed Thursday despite a rebound on Wall Street as markets remained cautious about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to pass major economic reforms.The Nikkei Asia300 Index was 0.01% higher at 1

    March 23, 2017 09:52 pm JST
  • Taiwan central bank keeps key rate unchanged as expected

    TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan's central bank kept its policy rate unchanged as expected on Thursday as exports show signs of recovering and inflation remains mild.The central bank has now left the discount rate steady at 1.375 percent for three meeting

    March 23, 2017 06:41 pm JST
  • China pushes domestic chip development

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- China's global acquisitions to fill technology gaps may have ground to a halt, but the country's quest to boost its semiconductor sector continues.Chinese officials and tech executives agree that foreign regulators are increasing

    March 23, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Corporate Taiwan trying to wean itself off China

    TOKYO -- The recent chill in relations between China and Taiwan is giving Taiwanese companies the impetus to rely less on their huge communist neighbor and search for opportunities in other Asian countries.The shift gives Japanese companies a chance

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's MediaTek picks ex-TSMC exec Rick Tsai as co-CEO

    TAIPEI -- MediaTek, the largest mobile chip supplier to China, announced Wednesday it had appointed former Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. executive Rick Tsai as co-chief executive and board member.Tsai will assume his chief executive duties

    March 22, 2017 07:18 pm JST
  • Sreeram Chaulia

    How Asia can reckon with Trump's assault on trade

    In a rare moment since its anointment in 2008 as the steering body for global economic governance, the Group of 20 nations has lost clarity of vision. It is staring at a confused horizon, muddled by the disruptive economic nationalism of U.S. Presid

    March 22, 2017 02:05 pm JST
  • Apple touch module supplier joins up with Chinese rival O-film

    TAIPEI -- TPK Holding, a key touch module supplier for iPhones, Macbooks and iPads, said Tuesday it had reached agreement with its longtime Chinese rival Shenzhen O-film Tech to invest in each other, develop new technologies together and to share cu

    March 22, 2017 12:05 am JST
  • Toshiba Memory suitors eye alliances as deadline nears

    TOKYO -- A week away from the March 29 deadline for tendering bids for Toshiba's memory chip business, potential buyers are seeking partners for joint offers, with rivals, customers and investment funds negotiating a web of conflicting interests.Tos

    March 21, 2017 10:47 pm JST
  • TSMC advances to all-time high on Apple share spike

    HONG KONG -- Shares in Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (TSMC) surged Tuesday to a record high, triggered by the spikes in the share prices of Apple, the key partner of the world's largest contract chipmaker.The TSMC share price at one point rose to 3.500

    March 21, 2017 05:00 pm JST