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  • A Taiwanese university is boosting its position as an aquarium fish powerhouse

    TAIPEI For people in the know, Taiwan is the go-to place for aquarium fish. That status is being enhanced by a new slate of specialty courses offered by the graduate school at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in southern Taiwan

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan raises GDP forecast to 1.92% for 2017

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's statistics bureau on Wednesday raised its full-year forecast for economic growth, buoyed by strong demand for the island's advanced semiconductor products and other electronics and despite concerns over rising protectionism around

    February 15, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Asustek aims to buck ongoing decline in notebook industry in 2017

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's leading personal computer maker Asustek Computer, better known by its trade name Asus, said on Wednesday that it aims to outperform the industry average this year, while expanding its smartphone business."The notebook industry wil

    February 15, 2017 09:15 pm JST
  • Rocky road ahead for the group's third No. 1

    TOKYO -- Any business operating on a system of hereditary control leaves itself open to criticism. No matter how talented a new leader may be, there will always be whispers that he or she was chosen on the basis of blood rather than merit.Lee Jae-yo

    February 15, 2017 07:45 pm JST
  • Investors shrug off HTC's sluggish earnings

    HONG KONG -- Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC saw its shares surge on Wednesday, with investors expecting a new handset series to boost its weak earnings.The company's stock price went limit up at one point, jumping 7.60 New Taiwan dollars, or 9.97%,

    February 15, 2017 05:55 pm JST
  • Taiwan tech sales rise 1.7% in January

    TAIPEI -- Revenues reported by major Taiwanese tech companies, a barometer of global electronics demand, rose on average 1.7% year-over-year in January.In the traditionally slow month and taking into account the Chinese New Year holidays, nine out o

    February 14, 2017 11:40 pm JST
  • Foxconn whirlwind throws Sharp insiders off balance

    OSAKA -- Change is coming fast and furious at Sharp.Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, has pushed a series of radical reforms since it acquired the Japanese electronics maker roughly half a year ago. Alrea

    February 14, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan Inc. moving to invest even more in Japan

    TAIPEI/TOKYO -- Taiwan is turning into a high-powered financial backer of corporate Japan, with industrial computer maker Advantech seeking big buys in a continuation of a trend that kicked into gear with the 2016 acquisition of Sharp by Hon Hai Pre

    February 14, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Interview

    China will suffer if iPhones are made in US, says Advantech boss

    TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- The Chinese economy could be hit hard if U.S. President Donald Trump makes good on his vow to bring Apple's iPhone supply chain back home, said a senior executive at Taiwan's Advantech, the world's largest industrial PC maker."Chi

    February 13, 2017 11:01 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends gains after Trump-Abe meet

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks edged higher Monday, as a smooth meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe further improved investor sentiment after last week's hint at tax reforms in the world's largest ec

    February 13, 2017 08:52 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    Transgender IT whiz pushes for more inclusive Taiwanese politics

    TAIPEI -- Officials huddled in a government building in Taipei on Jan. 17 listened attentively as Audrey Tang laid out her vision of the future of politics."It doesn't matter whether your position is high or low, whether you are from the upper or lo

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • Facing a brain drain, Taiwan must recruit chip experts abroad

    HSINCHU, Taiwan -- A former executive of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip maker, says the island could suffer a brain drain and its export-reliant economy could be undermined unless the industry does somethin

    February 13, 2017 06:05 pm JST
  • Trump finally gets foot in the door on Asian diplomacy

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- After a lengthy period of uncertainty, President Donald Trump is reaffirming key tenets of the American relationships with Japan and China, clearing the way for the economic deal-making higher on his priority list.Trump told Ch

    February 11, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Foxconn unit Innolux steers clear of US production bandwagon

    TAIPEI -- Major Taiwanese panel maker Innolux has no intention of joining parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, in investing in the U.S."Within the Foxconn group, 'Make in USA' is a Sharp initiative," I

    February 10, 2017 07:20 pm JST
  • Asahi Glass partner to produce smart glass in Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Kinestral Technologies, a U.S.-based partner of Japan's Asahi Glass, will invest $100 million to begin Taiwanese production of its glass that can change color through use of electrical currents.A subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision In

    February 10, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Foxconn, Sharp pick Pennsylvania as likely LCD plant site

    OSAKA -- Japanese electronics maker Sharp and Taiwanese parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, appear set on building a new liquid crystal display panel factory in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.The companies are seeking prefere

    February 10, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan, Singapore lead Asia in copyright protection

    TOKYO -- Japan came in fourth out of 45 countries in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's latest ranking of intellectual property protection, moving up from ninth place a year ago.The U.S. business lobby now rates Japan the highest in Asia, ahead of Singa

    February 9, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • Transgender IT whiz pushes for more inclusive Taiwanese politics

    TAIPEI Officials huddled in a government building in Taipei on Jan. 17 listened attentively as Audrey Tang laid out her vision of the future of politics."It doesn't matter whether your position is high or low, whether you are from the upper or lower

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Bicycles make a comeback in busy Taiwan

    TAIPEI Once known for cities filled with noisy scooters, Taiwan is making a name for itself as a cycling society.In November, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je opened a newly installed stretch of Taipei's growing bicycle path network along pavements and dedica

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • US panel warns Trump change on one China policy 'dangerous'

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration shouldn't abandon long-standing U.S. policy on the status of Taiwan, a prominent panel of China specialists said Tuesday, calling such a move "exceedingly dangerous."Before taking office, President Donald

    February 8, 2017 09:11 pm JST