|Taiwan blocks China flights after route row|
Added: 21.01.2018 1:03 | 0 views | 0 comments
Taiwan has blocked nearly 200 flights by Chinese airlines over the strait that separates the two rivals due to the carriers' use of controversial new travel routes introduced by China. Taipei has repeatedly called for four new flight paths to be cancelled since China launched them earlier in January, but their complaints have fallen on deaf ears on the mainland. China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air have since requested to operate 176 additional flights between Taiwan and China during the Lunar New Year period in mid-February.
|Taiwan rocked by 5.7 earthquake|
Added: 17.01.2018 6:35 | 2 views | 0 comments
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has rocked parts of Taipei, according to the government, with several witnesses reporting a slight rocking of buildings in downtown Taipei.
|Meidinger appointed general manager of Grand Hyatt Taipei|
Added: 27.12.2017 9:03 | 5 views | 0 comments
Grand Hyatt Taipei has tapped veteran hotelier, Jan-Hendrik Meidinger, as its new general manager. In his new role, Meidinger will lead one of the region’s most iconic luxury properties and its 1,000 hotel ambassadors.
|Get used to drills, China tells Taiwan; Taipei says it seeks peace|
Added: 27.12.2017 6:26 | 2 views | 0 comments
Taiwan will gradually get used to Chinese air force drills that encircle the island, China said on Wednesday, while Taiwan's premier reiterated the self-ruled island's desire for peaceful relations with its giant neighbour.
|China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying|
Added: 22.12.2017 7:04 | 6 views | 0 comments
China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case. Police in Taiwan arrested Wang Ping-chung, a prominent media personality, along with three colleagues from the pro-unification New Party on Tuesday. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office released a statement saying that Mr Wang and other people of interest were being investigated on suspicion of violating the National Security Act. Taipei prosecutor Lin Chun-ting, who is leading the investigation, is also in charge of the probe into Zhou Hongxu, a Chinese student convicted in September for trying to obtain classified information and recruiting people to a spy network. According to the Taipei Times, Mr Wang was allegedly friends with Mr Zhou and played a key role in introducing him to Taiwanese government officials. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with Donald Trump Credit: Reuters Another detained member of the New Party, Lin Ming-cheng, told reporters after his release that he was questioned about the spying case and his relationship with Mr Zhou, but he denied the allegations. “It is absurd for them to make a link between Zhou and us all because they found a mention of us on Zhou’s computer,” Mr Lin said, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office praised the New Party for upholding the “one China” principle in a short statement released late on Tuesday. “Recently, the Taiwan authorities have shielded and connived with Taiwan independent splittists, and taken various moves to wantonly crack down on and persecute forces and people who uphold peaceful reunification,” it said. “We strongly condemn this and are paying close attention to developments.” The investigation is the second in recent months into a minority party supporting unification with the Chinese mainland, and comes amid heightened tensions between the government of self-ruled Taiwan and Beijing. Relations across the Taiwan Strait have deteriorated since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, whose ruling DPP rejects Chinese claims of sovereignty over the island of 23 million. While parties which are strongly pro-Beijing have little traction with the electorate, the majority of whom identify as Taiwanese, there are growing fears among Taipei’s elite that China is seeking to undermine their country’s democracy from within. In September, government agencies launched a probe into the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), run by Chang An-lo, a former triad leader known as White Wolf, over concerns that Beijing was funding its activities. Mr Chang has denied the accusations.
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