China Airlines stops selling duty-free cigarettes on its planes

A China Airlines (CAL) spokesman confirmed Monday that the carrier stopped selling duty-free cigarettes on its planes from Sunday. The move came in response to a more complex customs clearance proc...

Up to two Taiwan allies may switch to China before 2020 elections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The chief of Taiwan’s top intelligence agency confirmed Wednesday (Oct. 2) that China would try to lure up to two of the island’s diplomatic allies away before...

Legislator demands full disclosure of buyers in Taiwan’s cigarette smuggling case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The finance minister of Taiwan has promised to launch a complete investigation into the cigarette smuggling incident by the end of the week as questions remain about the h...

Taiwan government to purchase nine new cars for president's motorcade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Security Bureau (NSB) is preparing to purchase nine new cars for the presidential convoy at a price tag of approximately NT$33 million (US$1 million). A re...

Taiwan charges 13 intelligence and airline officials in cigarette smuggling case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A total of 13 agents of the National Security Bureau (NSB) and managers at China Airlines (CAL) were charged Friday (August 23) for their part in the smuggling of cigarett...

Taiwan intelligence agency chief moves 20 officers in cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Security Bureau (NSB) chief Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) has ordered 20 officers moved to new postings as a consequence of the scandal involving the smuggling of duty-fre...

Taiwan intelligence agency chief vows tough action against cigarette smugglers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At his first news conference since taking office, National Security Bureau (NSB) chief Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) vowed to take severe disciplinary measures against any official...

China Airlines manager under fire for saying only Taiwan president did not buy cigarettes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A China Airlines (CAL) official came under fire Tuesday (July 30) for joking during a radio interview that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was the only passenger on her fligh...

8.38 million cigarettes preordered on 24 Taiwan presidential flights since 2006: CAL

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the cigarette scandal continues to smolder, China Airlines (CAL, 中華航空) on Sunday (July 28) announced that it estimates that 41,904 cartons of cigarettes have been preordered...

Taiwan police investigate student for false allegations about presidential official

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police are investigating a student for making false allegations about a link between the top suspect in the recent cigarette smuggling scandal and Presidential Office Secr...

Taiwan president apologizes for cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday (July 27) apologized for the cigarette smuggling scandal which overshadowed her return from a foreign tour. Two officers at the...

Taiwan Presidential Office disciplines guards over cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Presidential Office on Saturday (July 27) announced it was disciplining seven senior guards, including the two top officers, over the cigarette smuggling scandal w...

Taiwan’s China Airlines apologizes for cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The chairman of Taiwan’s biggest carrier, China Airlines (CAL), apologized Thursday (July 25) for the cigarette smuggling scandal which has affected the company, the...

Taiwan appoints minister of veterans affairs as new intelligence agency chief

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Minister of Veterans Affairs Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) is the new director general of the main intelligence agency, the National Security Bureau (NSB), following the resign...

Taiwan Transportation Minister sends deputy to supervise China Airlines in smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) sent his deputy, Wang Kuo-tsai (王國材), to China Airlines (CAL) Wednesday (July 24) to find out more about the company’s ro...