Meat smuggling fine raised to NT$300,000 to prevent spread of African swine fever to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) or hoof-and-mouth disease to Taiwan, the Cabinet yesterday (Nov. 8) passed a draft amendmen...

Taiwan mulls loosening rules on foreign labor employment for companies relocating back home

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will consider relaxing regulations governing the employment of foreign labor to meet the expected rise in demand for laborers as Taiwanese businesses relocate their...

Taiwan's English proficiency ranking drops to 48th in world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's English proficiency remains rated at "low" and its ranking in English First's (EF's) global English Proficiency Index (EPI) for 2018 has dro...

Taiwan steps up fight against fake news and illegal funding in runup to elections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Premier William Lai told a Cabinet meeting Thursday that he feared fake news and an influx of illegal foreign funding would influence Taiwan's local and regional elections s...

Trump-dumped Pacific trade pact to commence in December, Taiwan pleads its case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Zealand government announced today that six countries have completed the domestic approval procedures for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pac...

Polish channel declares support for Taiwanese independence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An online Polish TV channel recently broadcast an open declaration of support for Taiwanese independence. The message, which can be viewed on YouTube, came from channel...

Single-track service resumed after 18 killed, 187 injured in NE Taiwan train derailment

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After suffering a deadly derailment yesterday, the Puyuma express train has resumed partial, two-way service on the single remaining track early this morning.  The...

Government to scrap Shenao power plant project: Taiwan premier 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier William Lai (賴清德) said Friday the government is calling off the plan to expand and reopen the Shenao coal-fired power plant located in Ruifang District of New...

Taiwan to increase hours of English taught in schools, 4,600 new foreign teachers needed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) last week announced plans to both increase the number of hours of English taught starting in third grade,  raise the number of bilingu...

Taiwan Premier encourages public to get flu vaccination ahead of winter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Premier William Lai (賴清德) called for the public to participate in the government’s influenza vaccination program ahead of winter to help protect public health...

Taiwan open to canning coal power plant reopening: Premier

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan government is open to shelving the planned reopening of the Shenao coal-fired power plant (深澳電廠), if a planned liquefied natural gas terminal in Taoyuan City pa...

53% of respondents support making English Taiwan's second official language

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Over half of respondents of a survey implemented in September said that they support making English an official second language of Taiwan as a means to improve the English lang...

Taiwan Premier considers English lessons in kindergarten

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Amid his efforts to turn Taiwan into a bilingual country, Premier William Lai (賴清德) was considering ending the ban on teaching English in kindergarten, a government spokesperson...

Taiwan government mulls additional incentives for Taiwanese manufacturers to leave China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan government is mulling over a host of incentives to entice Taiwanese companies to move factories back to Taiwan from China, as the U.S.-China trade war heats up,...

Report: Taiwan should be cautious about making English a 2nd official language

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan’s Legislative Research Bureau, which is an agency under Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, suggested in a report that Taiwan should be cautious about making Engli...