U car — Members of hospitality industry organizations demonstrate to show their concern over the drop-off in Chinese tourists. photo: cna

Tourists and Taiwan residents alike have cheered Taipei City’s YouBike bike-sharing program. The bikes provide a convenient, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to get around Greater Taipei. The program has been expanded to Hsinchu, Taichung, and Changhua, and the Taiwan government hopes to eventually export it as a turnkey solution to other countries. Encouraged by YouBike’s…

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Faced with lackluster growth, stagnant salaries, and complaints from young people that it’s hard to find a job, Taiwan is seeking to follow the example of rival Asian tiger Korea by undergoing industrial upgrading. To this end, President Tsai Ing-wen and her administration have announced plans to develop five major innovative industries: smart machinery, green…

One of the new government's biggest headaches has been labor-group dissatisfaction over proposed work-week and holiday policies. Photo: CNA

Senior government officials have cited Taiwan’s recent labor unrest as their biggest short-term economic problem, saying that continuing controversy could undermine investor confidence. Recent ruckuses in the Legislative Yuan suggest that an immediate solution is not in sight. In late October, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers sided with labor groups, waving placards and occupying the Speaker’s podium…