Taiwan sides with Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Taiwan sides with Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Taiwan is closely watching Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and is siding with the demonstrators.
Ed Adamczyk

Taiwan steps up security after truck breach

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Taiwan stepped up security in and around the presidential office and surrounding area after a driver smashed his 35-ton truck into the building's main gate.

Japan violates China's air defense zone

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A Japanese official Thursday said his country sent military jets into the East China Sea over China's disputed air defense identification zone, or ADIZ.

Taiwan nuclear power plant progresses amid resistance

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Taiwan's controversial fourth nuclear power plant could be ready for loading of fuel rods as early as this month, the government says.

Taiwan's military loses right to its court-martial system

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Taiwan's military has lost the right to prosecute its own personnel during peacetime after the government amended a military justice law.

Typhoon Soulik enters Taiwan; governments prepare

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 12 (UPI) -- Typhoon Soulik's outer reaches hit Taiwan Friday, with storm's eye off the southeast coast of Yilan, officials said.

Former Taiwan president attempts suicide

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4 (UPI) -- Jailed former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is recovering after prison guards foiled his attempt to hang himself.

Filipino workers told to limit their activities in Taiwan

MANILA, May 19 (UPI) -- Philippine authorities have told Filipino workers to limit their activities in Taiwan following the Philippine Coast Guard's slaying of a Taiwanese fisherman.

Taiwan asks for investigation, apology for fisherman's death

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 10 (UPI) -- Taiwanese officials Friday called for an investigation into the death of a fisherman killed when his boat was fired on by a Philippines coast guard vessel.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Hu for peaceful China-Taiwan reunification

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao, ruling out independence for Taiwan, Thursday proposed the two sides set up a military security confidence-building mechanism.

Hospital fire kills 12 in rural Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Fire gutted a government-run hospital in Taiwan Tuesday, killing 12 patients and sending 37 others elsewhere for emergency treatment, fire officials said.

Hsieh: 'There should never be war again'

BEIJING, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Taiwan's former premier, Frank Hsieh, expressed hope his China visit would help develop trust between his pro-independence party and the Communist country.

Taiwan calls for trilateral island talks

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Taiwan's president called for a three-way dialogue among Taiwan, Japan and China to resolve sovereignty issues over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.

New data cable links China, Taiwan

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Data has been sent over the first cables linking China and Taiwan in what analysts call a sign of improving relations between the two arms-length neighbors.
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Ma Ying-jeou
Taiwan's new President Ma Ying-jeou (2nd L), his wife Chow Mei-chin(L), Vice President Vincent Siew (2nd-R), and his wife Susan Chou wave to the crowd after Preisdnet Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated during a ceremony in Taipei on May 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/SNP/Kouji Fukagawa)

Ma Ying-jeou (traditional Chinese: 馬英九; simplified Chinese: 马英九; pinyin: Mǎ Yīngjiǔ; born July 13, 1950) is the 12th term and current President of the Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as Taiwan, and the Chairman of the Kuomintang Party, also known as the Chinese Nationalist Party. He formerly served as Justice Minister from 1993 to 1996, Mayor of Taipei from 1998 to 2006, and Chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) from 2005 to 2007. Ma was elected Mayor of Taipei in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. He was elected Chairman of the Kuomintang on July 16, 2005. He announced his resignation on February 13, 2007, after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of misuse of mayoral funds during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; he was later cleared of all charges. Ma subsequently won the presidency by 58.45% of the popular vote in the ROC presidential election of 2008. He was sworn into office as president on May 20, 2008, and sworn in as the Chairman of the Kuomintang on October 17, 2009.

Ma Ying-jeou was born in Kwong Wah Hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong on 13 July 1950, He is of Hakka ancestry, originating from Hunan Province of China. In a family of five children, Ma was the only son.

Ma earned his LL.B. from National Taiwan University in 1972. He pursued further studies in the United States, first earning an LL.M. from New York University Law School in 1976 and then an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981.

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