Consideration of the economic outlook for 2016 also has to take the upcoming presidential and legislative elections into account. President Ma Ying-jeou was elected in 2008 on a platform of reinvigorating Taiwan’s economy and cooling tensions in the Taiwan Strait through unprecedented cross-Strait trade agreements. But after his reelection in 2012, public confidence in the…

An investigation by the office of Taipei City Councilor Hsieh Wei-chou of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the results of which were reported by local tabloid The Apple Daily, raised concerns that Greater Taipei’s water supply was still running through lead pipes despite the clear dangers presented by lead poisoning. According to media reports, the…

Silicon Precision Industries Co. (SPIL), the world’s third-largest semiconductor packaging and testing firm, failed in a bid to fend off a hostile takeover by rival Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE)… …after shareholders rejected management’s pitch for a tie-up with Hon Hai Precision Industries, Inc. ASE, the world’s largest player in the semiconductor packaging and testing…

U.S. and Taiwan trade officials held their annual trade negotiations in Taipei on October 1 under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). According to the head of the American delegation, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman, the one-day TIFA Council session made progress in a number of key areas, including investment flows, intellectual…

Jean Shen, chair of the Aviation Safety Council (ASC), was dismissed from that position on October 22 after expressing a desire to resign during an interpellation session with the Legislative Yuan’s Transportation Committee concerning the ASC budget for 2016. Shen, former director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), had only been on the job with…