Premier Mao Chi-kuo expressed his disappointment September 21 over China’s unilateral move to change the passport-sized paper documents it issues to Taiwanese traveling to China to plastic cards with embedded chips that can be computer scanned. Mao was quoted as saying he was “extremely dissatisfied” with China’s move, noting that China made the change without…

Taiwan’s armed forces engaged in the annual Han Kuang (Han Glory) wargames September 7-11, which simulated an invasion by Chinese forces and are intended to test the nation’s combat capabilities and the effectiveness of its military mobilization. Supervised by President Ma Ying-jeou, the wargames involved thousands of troops and advanced military equipment engaging in complex…

Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu announced a temporary halt to campaign activities on September 2. The announcement made on Facebook seemed to catch KMT headquarters offguard and fueled speculation that Hung was withdrawing from the race. Media pundits also suggested that her sudden seclusion allowed her to avoid embarrassing questions over visits by several…