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China media: Taiwan talks

<b>Chinese media give prominent coverage to the historic China-Taiwan cross-strait talks, but caution against high expectations from the meeting.</b><p>Top officials from China and Taiwan are holding talks in Nanjing for the first time since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.<p>China Daily calls the …

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Taiwan's unhappy property owners

TAIPEI - Apartmentts<p><b>COST (US$)</b><p>YIELD (p.a.)<p><b>PRICE/SQ.M. (US$)</b><p>TO BUY<p>MONTHLY RENT<p>TO BUY<p>MONTHLY RENT<p><b>40 sq. m.</b><p>358,680<p>764<p>2.46%<p>8,967<p>18.35<p><b>75 sq. …

THE LIBERTY TIMES EDITORIAL: Ma’s ‘no war’ mantra is capitulation

In a recent seminar with top military officers, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was quoted as saying “there will be no war across the Taiwan Strait in …

Historic Taiwan-China trade deal takes effect

<b>A trade pact between China and Taiwan, widely seen as the most significant agreement since civil war divided them in 1949, has come into effect.</b><p>The Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA) cuts tariffs on 539 Taiwanese exports to China and 267 Chinese products entering Taiwan.<p>The majority …

Taiwan: Cross-strait investment slowly picks up as political relations improve

It is a mark of how the relationship between Taiwan and China has strengthened over the past few years that even the former head of Taiwan’s …

Taiwan set for Chinese invasion - of investors

Taiwan's economy is poised grow significantly this year as the island relaxes barriers to investment from its old rival, mainland China.<p>Taipei, …

Owning a home unattainable for many Taiwanese

<b>Having lived in rented flats all her life, recently married Taipei native Chiang Ming-yun, dreams of buying her own home.</b><p>"When I was growing up, we had to move several times because the landlords wanted to sell the places we were living in," says Mrs Chiang, an office worker.<p>"At one place, my …

Taiwan passes 'luxury' tax to cool property market

<b>Taiwan has passed a "luxury" tax - an unusual move as the island tries to curb rampant property speculation and the worst wealth gap in a decade.</b><p>Property not lived in by the owner and sold within two years of purchase will be taxed 10-15%.<p>Luxury goods will also face a 10% tax, which could come into …

Luxury tax is bringing down prices, ministry says

The Ministry of Finance said yesterday the “luxury tax” that was implemented on June 1 has helped slow both speculative transactions and unreasonably …

Taiwan Considers Luxury Tax Rule Change to Curb Property Prices

Taiwan is considering changes in luxury tax rules to narrow the gap between property prices and incomes amid slower pace of economic …

Rapidly aging society an issue of concern: minister

The population is aging rapidly and could become a “super-aged society” by 2025, Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) said yesterday.<p>He said …

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EDITORIAL: Confronting the real estate bubble

Over the past two weeks, two top government officials have sounded the alarm over Taipei’s housing market, warning that signs of a bubble are …