When in Rome - Vice President Chen Chienren (right) with Vatican State Councilor Palo Lin while attending the canonization ceremony of Mother Theresa. (Photo: CNA)

Vice President Chen visits Taiwan’s diplomatic allies Vice President Chen Chien-jen visited Taiwan’s diplomatic ally, the Dominican Republic, from August 14 to 17 to attend the inauguration of President Danilo Medina and hold meetings with Medina to exchange views on future bilateral cooperation. Chen also met with Taiwanese business owners in the country. Shortly after…

Tourism sector protests falling China arrivals Hit hard by plunging visitor arrivals from China, members of Taiwan’s tourist industry staged a demonstration September 13. Tourist arrivals from China have fallen some 22% since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected to the presidency, and Beijing has apparently responded to her refusal to…

Typhoon destruction - Gigantic waves caused by Typhoon Meranti destroyed the famous lighthouse at Fugang Port in Taitung County.

  Taiwan hit by three back-to-back typhoons  Within a two-week period, Taiwan was pummeled by three typhoons. On September 14-15, super-typhoon Meranti, the biggest tropical cyclone of the year with gusts reportedly exceeding 370kph, skirted southern Taiwan. It caused widespread destruction, with at least two people killed and over a million without power. Meranti reached…

Lin Huei-Yi president of the Kaohsiung-based Daba Restaurant Group, believes Chinese restaurant dining in Taiwan has hit an impasse. He acknowledges that many fine restaurants exist throughout the island, but points out they are typically several decades old. Some of the best of those restaurants date back much farther – to the mid-20th century. “Young…

Taiwan is in many respects a fully modern society, with a well-developed market economy that well serves its millions of sophisticated consumers. One of the most trade-dependent economies in the world, Taiwan exports industrial products while importing high-quality consumer goods to meet domestic demand. Surprisingly, though, these goods are generally stored in warehouses that are…