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…

Taipei Dome under construction, aerial view. Source: Wikipedia

Control Yuan censures Taipei Taiwan’s Control Yuan censured the Taipei City government on August 11 for its handling of the controversial Taipei Dome project, a mixed-use arena and shopping mall complex being constructed at the corner of Guangfu North Road and Zhongxiao East Road by the Farglory Group under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreement with Taipei…

Taiwan in a Post-Brexit World Back in March, although Taiwan’s economy was still facing headwinds, leading indicators seemed to point in a positive direction. As of June, however, exports had continued their inexorable contraction for a record-setting 17 straight months, with little sign of improvement, according to the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT). Exports for…