Third Quarter Brings Improved Results As discussed in this issue’s cover story, the Taiwan economy rebounded in the third quarter, registering a growth rate of 2.06% from the same period last year according to preliminary calculations. The improvement was attributed mainly to stronger exports of electronics products, particularly components related to the Apple iPhone 7….

Formosa Workers Protest Shutdown Employees of the Formosa Chemicals and Fiber Corp. (FCFC) staged several demonstrations during October, some of which became violent, to protest potential job losses due to the closure of the company’s plant in Changhua over environmental issues. Changhua County’s Bureau of Environmental Protection denied the extension of operating permits for the…

RESOLUTE - KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu has faced down criticism over her planned trip to China and stress on the "1992 Consensus" Photo: CNA

U.S. and Taiwan Hold TIFA Council Meeting In early October, U.S. and Taiwan trade authorities concluded the tenth Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting under the pact designed to foster trade and investment ties between the two countries. Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative, and Wang Mei-hua, Taiwan’s Vice Minister of…

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…