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[25 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

Apple agreed to let outside monitors into factories of partners, such as Foxconn Technology Group, and listed suppliers for the first time to counter criticism about conditions of workers making its gadgets.
The iPhone maker becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association. The Washington-based FLA was set up in 1999 to monitor workplace environments globally in an initiative by former US President Bill Clinton, and its participants include Nike Inc. and Nestle SA. Apple also released its annual suppliers’ audit today.
Apple’s affiliation with the FLA highlights the …

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[19 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

There was another winner in last weekend’s election that handed Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou a second term in office – the faint but unmistakable clamour for democracy in China.
Thanks in large part to an uncharacteristically hands-off approach by Chinese internet censors, the campaign between Mr Ma and his main challenger was avidly followed by millions of Chinese, who consumed online tidbits of election news and biting commentary.
As the election played out on Saturday, a palpable giddiness spread through the Twitter-like microblog services that have as many as 250 million members. …

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[21 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A TransAsia Airways chartered flight with 180 tourists onboard landed at Fukushima airport Saturday morning, the first international flight to arrive since March 11, giving the region’s badly-hit tourism industry a much needed lift.
The tourists are participating in a four-day tour organized by several travel agencies in Taiwan, and will visit sites mainly around the prefecture’s scenic Aizu region.
The airport’s regular services to Seoul and Shanghai remain suspended because of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
To reverse the plunging number of foreign visitors to Fukushima, the prefecture …

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[24 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Six Japanese men swam 150 kilometers through heavy winds and rough seas to reach the Taiwanese coast Monday in a show of gratitude to Taiwan for its help after the March earthquake and tsunami.
Wearing swimming caps imprinted with the flags of the two countries and emblazoned with the words “Thank you Taiwan and cheers for Japan,” the swimmers reached the eastern Taiwanese port of Suao to an boisterous welcome.
They were accompanied on the last few meters of their swim by about 150 local people. They stepped onshore to thumping beats …

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[23 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

A senior Taiwanese official says Taiwan and Japan will sign an agreement this week to bolster bilateral economic relations.
Wednesday’s statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman James Chang comes amid steadily warming relations between Taipei and Tokyo, following Taiwan’s provision of generous earthquake aid for Japan earlier this year.
Mr Chang says the two sides will sign the agreement on Thursday, but did not offer more details. Japanese and Taiwanese media report the agreement will allow companies from the two sides to enjoy the same benefits as local counterparts when investing in each …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

ONE hundred Chinese couples are expected to tie the knot in southern Taiwan this autumn in a highly symbolic first group wedding reflecting warmer ties, organisers said on Tuesday.
The couples from Xiamen city in south-east China will get married in September in Tainan city, an area traditionally associated with strong anti-China feelings, and spend a week-long honeymoon on the island, the city government said.
‘This is a very meaningful event as the first group wedding of Chinese couples in Taiwan… We hope it will help boost Tainan’s visibility,’ mayor Lai Ching-te …

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[19 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

A LEGION of Taiwanese entertainers raised about NT$114 million (US$3.85 million) in less than four hours for quake-hit Japan, organisers said on Friday.
Hundreds of local stars joined the fundraiser broadcast live on several channels late on Thursday to call on the Taiwanese public to help Japan quake victims, said co-organiser FTV, a cable channel.
A man, identified only by his surname Chen, who recently won a top lottery prize made the single biggest pledge of Tw$50 million, according to local media.
About 100 local celebrities, led by pop diva A-Mei and Singapore …

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[3 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

TAIWAN said on Thursday it has set up a new committee with China to handle economic issues arising from a major trade pact the two sides signed last year.
The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) has been widely characterised as the boldest step yet towards reconciliation between the former rivals, which split after the end of a civil war in 1949.
The new economic cooperation committee will meet every six months ‘to negotiate and monitor’ issues related to implementation of the ECFA, economic minister Shih Yeh-shiang told reporters.
Taiwan’s vice-economic minister Liang Kuo-hsin …

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[29 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

CHINA’S most famous philanthropist on Thursday started handing out cash on the first day of a controversial trip to Taiwan that has sparked criticism and protests from anti-China groups.
Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune recycling construction materials, handed three traditional ‘red envelopes’ containing a total of NT$70,000 (US$2,400) to a woman who had been waiting for him at his hotel in Taipei.
‘I’ve never counted so many banknotes. I don’t know what to do. I will use the money to take care of my 88-year-old mother,’ the woman told reporters, her …