Taiwan legislator pans China Airlines for lying in cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s cigarette smuggling scandal continues to grab media attention and a legislator lambasted the government on Wednesday (Sept. 25) for conniving with China Air...

Taiwan ruling party faces crisis in 2020 legislative elections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Recent polls suggest that voters may choose to “split their support” in Taiwan's 2020 general elections. Some voters have indicated their intention to cast...

Taiwan Presidential Election 2020: Tidbits from Aug. 1 to 25, 2019

Taiwan Presidential Election 2020: Tidbits from Aug. 1 to 25 Last updated: (GMT+8) 01:15 Aug. 30, 2019 Election Tidbits about Tsai Ing-wen, Han Kuo-yu, Ko Wen-je, and Terry Gou **Continuously u...

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...

Presidential office vows legal action in Taiwan cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Office of the President announced on Thursday (Aug. 22) it would lodge a lawsuit against the legislative caucus of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and some media outle...

Taiwan president’s aide urged to resign over cigarette smuggling

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-ban (陳水扁) called for the resignation of a senior official from the Office of the President over the cigarette smuggling scandal in a Face...

New Taiwan customs clearance guidelines issued after cigarette smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New customs clearance guidelines for individuals granted preferential treatment will be introduced in Taiwan, after the cigarette smuggling incident in July that tarnished...

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...

Latest poll has Tsai leading Han by 20% in Taiwan presidential race

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In a hypothetical one-on-one presidential election matchup, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won by 20 percentage points over itinerant Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) in a poll c...

Former Defense Minister to head Veterans Affairs Council

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬), the former defense minister who is currently the chairman of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, has been appointed minister of...

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...

Taiwan civil group urges tougher rules on tobacco trade amid smuggling scandal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An anti-tobacco civil group in Taiwan is calling for stricter regulations on the import of tax-free cigarettes by arriving visitors amid a cigarette-smuggling scandal that...

Taiwanese rock star legislator quits party to run as independent

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Rock star legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) announced Thursday (August 1) he was leaving the New Power Party (NPP) to run as an independent for the Legislative Yuan and to suppo...

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...