Taiwan court scraps bail for lawmaker in bribery scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Independent legislator Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇) will be detained after all as the Taipei District Court on Saturday (Aug. 8) scrapped an earlier favorable bail decision in the ...

Czech Senate president defends Taiwan trip as based on 'values'

Milos Vystrcil, president of the Czech senate, said his plan to lead a delegation to Taiwan later this month reflects a belief in the importance of values, not only in foreign policy but as a necessar...

New Taiwan passport design up for public vote

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Voting is now underway on a New Power Party (NPP) website for a series of new Taiwanese passport cover designs, which either minimize or entirely eliminate any mention of ...

Czech senate president to fly to Taiwan on Aug. 29

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil announced on Thursday (Aug. 6) that he and a more than 90-person delegation will embark on a trip to Taiwan Aug. 29. In an intervi...

Former Taiwan party leader to leave NPP amid corruption allegations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After being freed on bail in a massive investigation into bribery, ex-legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) announced Wednesday (Aug. 5) he was resigning from the New Power Party...

Political veteran Soong rumored to be tapped to head Taiwan's SEF

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), David Lee (李大維), being appointed as the new secretary general of the Presidential Office on Monday (Au...

Taiwan premier praises government officials for resisting corruption

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite alleged attempts by several lawmakers to pressure government officials to give in and favor a particular business arrangement, they stood firm against corruption, ...

Legislative Yuan president stresses importance of Taiwanese history

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Legislative Yuan President You Shyi-kun (游錫堃) on Monday (August 3) gave a speech at a parliamentary staff training session and pointed out that the country should strength...

Taiwan People's Party escapes 'self-disbandment' at first members' assembly

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan People's Party (TPP), which emerged as the country's third-largest political party following January's legislative elections, was able to stay afloa...

Legislators deny SOGO bribery allegations and bailed

UPDATE: Aug. 1, 7:40 p.m. TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Prosecutors on Saturday (Aug. 1) requested the detention of four incumbent and one former lawmaker over allegations of bribery related to a po...

Taiwan prosecutors raid legislative offices in connection with Sogo scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Prosecutors raided the offices of four legislators and two former lawmakers Friday (July 31), reportedly in connection with bribery allegations related to a past struggle ...

Taiwan’s first directly elected president, Lee Teng-hui, oversaw liberalization of country

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), Taiwan’s first native-born and directly elected president, who oversaw the island nation’s transition to democracy, passed away t...

NPP pushing for Indigenous Peoples' Day to become national holiday in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Power Party (NPP) Chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said on Monday (July 27) that he will push for new legislation to make Aug. 1 "Indigenous Peoples' Day" a ...

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense increases budget for coastal missile system

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwanese military has doubled its budget to allow for the purchase of mobile coastal Harpoon missile systems from the United States to build up defenses along the nat...

Legislative Yuan votes to spotlight 'Taiwan' on passport

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's legislature on Wednesday (July 22) passed a resolution to emphasize "Taiwan" over "China" on both the nation's airline name and passpo...