Saying she is determined to “turn tears to laughter” for her supporters after her failed 2012 bid, DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen on April 15 formally accepted her party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential elections. Tsai Ing-wen announced her candidacy in February and ran for the party nomination unopposed. Although the KMT has not yet chosen…

Economist John Anderson observed at a recent AmCham luncheon that the Taiwan economy in recent years has been a rather lackluster performer compared with regional peers, but on the other has avoided many of the financial problems besetting its neighbors, such as unsustainable credit booms and sharp currency depreciations, and delivers solid if unremarkable economic…

The Kaohsiung City Government has ordered petrochemical companies that use underground pipelines within its boundaries to relocate their headquarters to the city. It said that if the companies refuse, they will be banned from using the pipelines, and described the change as needed to improve safety in the wake of pipeline explosions that killed more…

China began trial runs of its controversial M503 flight path on March 15, according to an announcement by Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration. The flight path was criticized because as initially announced, it would run just 7.8 kilometers from the median line separating the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwan government charged that Beijing…

Taiwan highly acclaimed Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation on March 16 withdrew its controversial plan to develop an environmentally sensitive piece of land in Taipei’s Neihu District following allegations that the group was trying to steamroll the project over environmental concerns and that it used donation funds to purchase property and stocks. Tzu Chi…