More cabinet reshuffling expected after President Tsai’s swearing-in

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Any additional cabinet reshuffle plans for the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration as she embarks on a second term will hinge on whether her two top aides stay or not, repor...

27 Taiwanese receive deferred prosecution in cigarette smuggling scandal

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office handed down one-year deferred prosecutions Thursday for 27 individuals involved in a high-profile attempted cigarette smuggling case that took place in July. ...

Corrupt Taiwanese cop behind record-breaking 1.5-ton drug load from Vietnam

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After the discovery of the biggest drug cache inside a container in Taiwanese history, a police officer has confessed that he took NT$10 million (US$326,000) in bribes to ...

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...