The View from Taichung: Taiwan's magic and Chinese threats

Cycling Taiwan's lovely east coast drives home the complexities of Taiwan's interaction with China. In Dulan in Taitung I stayed overnight at a backpacker's hostel. Dulan used to be a s...

Over 600 KTV hostesses recruited to swell KMT's ranks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the battle for the Kuomintang (KMT) chairmanship heats up, the China Times reported on Tuesday that a high level party official paid for over 600 hostesses fr...

The View from Taichung: Water, water? anywhere?: Taiwan's annual drought warnings

The Taiwan papers carried a flood of news about the wave of expected water shortages in Taiwan. According to reports, the Water Resources Agency said that for the three months to the end of Jan, ...

Gangster KMT party member applications sheds light on more serious issues

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- The Kuomintang (KMT) pledged it will strengthen measures to root out applicants with questionable criminal backgrounds after receiving 307 membership applications from gang mem...

Taiwanese lawmaker feels awkward about being mistaken for same-named public figures

Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) said on Monday that he has found it both funny and annoying when people mistook him for either of two other public figures, who&rsq...

Thousands protest against unfair-pension changes

Taipei, Taiwan - Thousands of protesters -- mostly retired military personnel, civil servants and public-school teachers -- gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard Sunday morning chanting sloga...

KMT workers invade Executive Yuan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nine members of a Kuomintang workers’ association were questioned by police after they tried to enter Premier Lin Chuan’s office during an unexpected protest, ...

The View from Taichung: Local Party Politics: Partying Like There is Noh Tomorrow

Local party politics just got more complicated over the last couple of weeks with big news in the chairmanship race out of the Kuomingtang (KMT) and New Power Party (NPP). For those interested in crea...

Former Vice President announces bid for KMT chair

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Former Vice President Wu Den-yi announced on Monday that he will run for the next chair of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT). Wu made the announcement in a press conference ear...

Hau declares bid for KMT chairman

        TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin declared on Facebook Saturday that he would be a candidate in the May 20 election for chairman of th...

Ex-Mayor Hau, former Vice President Wu to join KMT race

        TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and ex-Vice President Wu Den-yih were likely to announce bids next Monday to run for chairman of the...

The View from Taichung: Taiwan has a banner year in Tourism, with many to come

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- While the international media focused its shallow, context-free gaze on Beijing's cutting of group tourists, another story snuck in under the radar: Taiwan's touri...

Six legislators to accompany Tsai on the upcoming visit to Latin America

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Six legislators from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), People First Party (PFP), and New Power Party (NPP) will accompany President Tsai Ing-wen on her upcoming state...

NPP caucus whip vows to oust KMT in 2020 general election

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - New Power Party (NPP) caucus whip Hsu Yung-ming in a recent interview said that the party has set a target of winning more than 10 of 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, and incr...

The View from Taichung: Hung Over, Out?

Last week for a couple of days it looked like current KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu had smoothly laid the groundwork for a victory in the next KMT Chairmanship election. Certainly this writer had thought...