Taiwan’s determination to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multilateral trade pact at the earliest opportunity is becoming increasingly evident. Following release early in November of the full text of the agreement recently concluded among the United States, Japan, and 10 other countries, the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Bureau of Foreign Trade began studying the documents’…

Taiwan’s Economy Contracts in Q3 The economy shrank by 0.63% in the third quarter this year, the first contraction since the recession of 2009, following lackluster second-quarter growth of only 0.57%. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) forecasts continued sluggishness through the end of the year, predicting growth of just 0.49% in Q4….

Like several other places located on the Asia-Pacific “Ring of Fire,” Taiwan’s landscape was shaped by tectonic forces and volcanic activity. Yangmingshan National Park, which overlooks Taipei, includes volcanoes that last erupted 20,000 years ago, and fumaroles that continue to belch steam. Across the Danshui River stands Mount Guanyin, a 616-meter-high extinct volcano named after…