Taiwan holds massive war games

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Taiwan is staging its largest-ever live-fire military exercise involving a mock mainland Chinese invasion, according to news reports.

Taiwan urged to end pig contest

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Animal welfare groups want to end an annual contest in Taiwan in which pigs are fed forcibly to make them grossly overweight before slaughter.

Asian Stocks-The Week That Was

SINGAPORE, July 11 (UPI) -- Asian stock markets had a mixed week, with investors focusing on local fundamentals and developments. Tech stocks continued to support overall sentiments, especially in the early part of the week, helping many markets to reach multi-month highs.

Analysis:Cross strait direct links warming

SINGAPORE, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- What appears as a small semantic change on direct trade and transportation links between China and Taiwan is indeed a leap forward, which could allow talks to begin on establishing direct air and shipping routes between the two countries.
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent

Analysis: Taiwan's conflicted China view

SINGAPORE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- At a time when Taiwan has been trying mend economic fences with China by phasing out a 50-year-old ban on trade and investment, there has come further indication of continuing conflicts in Taiwan's body politic. Over the weekend, Taiwan President Chen Shu
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent

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U.S. newspaper editorial comment on issues of international interest.

Taiwan economic team from private sector

SINGAPORE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- As expected, Taiwan Premier-designate Yu Shyi-kun has chosen from the private sector to fill the posts of economics and finance ministers, thus completing the appointment of his Cabinet.
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent

Stocks ease ahead of Fed meeting

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Investors worried that another interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve won't help improve corporate earnings anytime soon helped send the Dow Jones industrial average Monday back below the 10,000 level, and the Nasdaq composite index below the 2,000 mark

Stocks ease ahead of Fed meeting

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market were slightly lower in light trading at midday Monday in a continuation of Friday's weak

Executive Business Briefing

Here is a look at Monday's top business stories:

Markets stage late session rally

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market staged a late session rally Tuesday, gaining momentum from earlier upward movement supported by positive comments about the semiconductor equipment sector.

Stocks inch higher

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market were slightly higher in moderate trading at midday Tuesday, supported by positive commen

Executive Business Briefing

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Analysis: Taiwan stability key for economy

SINGAPORE, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- After a volatile political year, the stability of the government and its effectiveness is crucial for Taiwan to deal with its worst-ever recession, while mending fences with China.
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent

Taiwan accelerates China contacts

SINGAPORE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The Taiwanese government is finally lifting a 50-year ban on trade and investment relation with China, and abandoning the 5-year old "go slow, be patient" policy in favor of a policy of "proactive openness, effective management."
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent
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Chen Shui-bian
TAI2000032001 - 17 MARCH 2000 - TAIPE, TAIWAN: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian speaks to his supporters during the final campaign at the Taipe football stadium, March 17. This year's Taiwan presidential election is under heavy scrutiny by the Chinese government who has warned the future leader of Taiwan not to seek independence or China will be forced to take military actions. jr/ss/Sinartus Sosrodjojo UPI

Chen Shui-bian (traditional Chinese: 陳水扁; simplified Chinese: 陈水扁; pinyin: Chén Shuǐbiǎn; Taiwanese: Tân Chúi-píⁿ; born October 12, 1950) is a former Taiwanese politician who was the 10th and 11th-term President of the Republic of China from 2000 to 2008. Chen, whose Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has traditionally been supportive of Taiwan independence, ended more than fifty years of Kuomintang (KMT) rule in Taiwan. He is colloquially referred to as A-Bian (阿扁; Ābiǎn; Taiwanese: 阿扁仔 A-píⁿ-à).

Chen entered politics in 1980 as a lawyer during the Kaohsiung Incident, Chen entered politics as a member of the Tangwai movement and was elected to the Taipei City Council in 1981. Chen was jailed in 1985 for libel as the editor of the weekly pro-democracy magazine Neo-Formosa, following publication of an article critical of Elmer Feng, a college philosophy professor who was later elected a Kuomintang legislator. After being released, Chen helped found the DPP in 1986 and was elected a member of the Legislative Yuan in 1989, and Mayor of Taipei in 1994.

Chen won the 2000 presidential election on March 18 with 39% of the vote as a result of a split of factions within the Kuomintang, when James Soong ran for the presidency as an independent against the party nominee Lien Chan, becoming the only non-member of the Kuomintang to hold the office of president. Although Chen received high approval ratings during the first few weeks of his term, his popularity sharply dropped due to alleged corruption within the Chen administration and the inability to pass legislation against the opposition KMT, who controlled the Legislative Yuan. In 2004, he won reelection by a narrow margin after surviving a shooting while campaigning the day before the election. The incident was widely suspected as politically staged, and investigations into the incident was inconclusive.

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