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Air quality shows improvement as sky is clear enough to spot Taiwan's highest peak: Taichung Mayor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) posted a picture on Monday (July 4) taken from downtown that is said to be proof of improving air quality in Taichung, which has a reputa...

The battle for Taichung is on

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — On the evening of November 24, 2018, the citizens of Taiwan’s second-largest city were stunned as Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) of the Kuomintang (KMT) beat incumbent Taichun...

Video shows residents rescued from burning building in central Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Video has surfaced showing the rescue of two trapped residents from a burning apartment building in Taichung on Sunday (March 6). According to Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-y...

6 dead, 6 injured in central Taiwan apartment fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A fire broke out in an apartment building in Taichung City on Sunday evening (March 6), leaving six dead and six injured. According to Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕)...

The joyous variety in Taiwanese chosen names

Taiwan has a long, painful history with personal names. During the Japanese occupation, those who didn't take a Japanese name were discriminated against, while patriotic names were encouraged d...

Chen Shih-chung puzzles press over Taipei mayor run, Lin grins and ducks

This year’s local elections are on the horizon, and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) will be term-limited. The (Taipei-based) political writers, (Taipei-base...

Taiwan’s Taichung to add radiation detectors following proposed removal of Fukushima food ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taichung City Government is procuring additional equipment for radiation detection among other measures in the wake of Taiwan's proposed lifting of import restrict...

Taiwan KMT Chair Eric Chu keeps his head, just barely, for now

On the eve of the recall vote against Freddy Lim (林昶佐) and the legislative by-election in Taichung on Jan. 9, with the credibility of the Kuomintang (KMT) on the line, something extremely unusual happ...

The importance — and humor — of Taiwan politicians' social media accounts

Social media plays a significant role in Taiwan politics but differently than in countries like the United States. There are three main social media outlets that Taiwanese politicians might use for...

Hou Yu-ih's manifesto for future of Taiwan politics

In recent years, the Kuomintang (KMT) has shifted to overheated accusations like accusing the Tsai administration of being “a dictatorship” that is imposing a “green terror.” ...

TSMC could expand into Taiwan's Taichung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Wei Che-jia (魏哲家), CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), paid a visit to the Taichung City Government on Friday (Dec. 24), prompting industry analysts ...

Pro-unification populist leads crowd to KMT HQ, lectures Chu on party leadership

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Pro-unification figure Chang Ya-chung (張亞中) led a crowd of supporters to Kuomintang (KMT) headquarters on Wednesday (Dec. 22), calling for party reform and for Chairperson...

Taiwan referendums: Eric Chu lost, Hou Yu-ih won

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Saturday the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) eked out narrow “no” victories on all four referendum items, but it wasn’t an impressive victory. I...

Taiwan's referendums steeped in irony

Since the early 1990s, there has been one clear distinction between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP): The KMT views Taiwan as part of China, and the DPP d...

KMT politician suggests Han Kuo-yu may run for Taiwan opposition party chairman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Kuomintang Party Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫), who is running for party chairman once again, on Monday (Aug. 9) suggested former Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) may als...