Taiwan

Sydney waitress fired after saying 'Taiwain isn't part of China'

A Sydney restaurant has been accused of sacking a worker who told her boss she didn’t believe Taiwan was part of China.<p>The Taiwanese worker, known …

China

India's bare 2018 calendar a cause of concern

A four-nations tournament in June is likely to be the first major assignment for India in their run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, slated to start …

Soccer

Marriott Draws Chinese Ire By Listing Hong Kong, Taiwan As Countries

While three of the four territories mentioned in the survey are autonomous Chinese regions (Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet), the fourth, Taiwan, …

Hong Kong

China cracks down on foreign companies calling Taiwan, other regions countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website, while another government agency took aim at Inditex-owned (ITX.MC) fashion brand Zara and medical device maker Medtronic Plc (MDT.N) …

China

Chinese media warns the US of 'retaliations' from 'all sides' after new Taiwan bills passed

The U.S. made a move this week to strengthen its relationship with Taiwan, raising eyebrows in China.

China

CARTOON: Kim and Moon Dance on Thin Ice

South Korea accepted the olive branch extended by the North Korean regime this week, following up on Kim Jong-un’s New Year speech and its suggestion that his country might participate in the Winter Olympics.<p>Seoul responded with an almost instantaneous offer of dialogue, culminating in the first …

North Korea

Delta flies into China trouble over Tibet and Taiwan

Delta Air Lines is facing political headwinds in China.<p>Chinese authorities are publicly scolding the U.S. airline for listing Taiwan and Tibet as "countries" on its website.<p>The Chinese government in Beijing considers Taiwan and Tibet to be part of its territory and comes down hard on any …

China

Microsoft launches artificial intelligence research hub in Taiwan - Asia News Center

Microsoft is investing 1 billion New Taiwan dollars (USD 33 million) to create an artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) hub in …

Artificial Intelligence

Team Israel leaps in baseball world rankings

The blue-and-white is moving its way to the top.<p>Israel baseball players at World Baseball Classic. (photo credit: HOWARD BLAS)<p>Israel made the biggest …

Israel

Marriott apologies after listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

BEIJING – The hotel chain Marriott International has apologized to China's government after referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey.<p>A company statement on Thursday said Marriott "respects China's sovereignty" and promised not to support separatist movements. The …

China

US lawmakers make fools of themselves with Taiwan bills - World

It is nothing new that some US lawmakers are good at staging farce.<p>On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed two bills relating to Taiwan …

China

Scott Simon: Canada must step up to help stop Beijing's bullying of Taiwan

China began 2018 with a breach of long-standing arrangements for aviation safety in the Taiwan Straits. On Jan. 4, the Civil Aviation Administration …

China

What Countries Lead the Pack for Reading?

<b>What countries are excelling and which are falling behind when it comes to fourth-grade reading comprehension? The National Center for Education</b> …

Education

China and Israel - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

Two ancient peoples reborn in modern nation-states during the early phases of decolonization, China and Israel have a budding relationship. But it …

China

United Removes a Pain Point for China Flyers, Fixes Inconsistent Checked Bag Policy

China is always ‘the next big thing.’ That was true 10 years ago and it seems like it will be true 10 years from now.<p>Airlines are betting big on …

Airlines

Cocaine found on Matnog seashore not from Taiwan - TECO

Authorities denied speculation that some US$2.5 million (P125 million) worth of cocaine that washed up on the seashore of Matnog, Sorsogon last week …

Asia

Cracking the Code in 'Secret' CCP Documents on North Korea

We are left with other, perhaps more troubling questions: namely, who would fake a document?<p>Bill Gertz, senior editor of <i>The Washington Free Beacon</i>, specializes in scoops. But even by his high standards, his Jan 2 story that states a "secret Chinese Communist Party document reveals covert support to …

North Korea

Taiwan Shines a Light in the Darkness with Fintech Sandbox

If the initiative is to be successful, it will demand lightness of touch and depth of engagement from regulators.<p>Taiwan has moved one shuffling step closer to being a financial technology (fintech) hub in Asia by creating a regulatory framework for the most innovative companies in the sector to …

FinTech

Malaysia's Opposition Opts for Mahathir, Again

Malaysia’s opposition alliance has named 92-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate for upcoming general elections to boost its chances of wrestling power from a coalition that has ruled since independence.<p>The announcement Jan. 7 by the four-party Hope …

Malaysia

INTERVIEW: The DPP's Karen Yu on Political Disputes and Fintech Innovation

After a year that saw Taiwan’s parliament deeply divided on issues including pension reform, labor rights and transitional justice, 2017 ended on a rare note of unity in Taiwan’s parliament. On Dec. 29, the Legislative Yuan voted to pass the final reading of the Financial Technology Innovation …

FinTech

Taiwan isn’t China, and Taiwanese aren’t Chinese

There is a moment in “1776,” the acclaimed musical about the American founding, in which Benjamin Franklin explains to the Continental Congress why …

China

OPINION: The World Has Much to Learn from Singapore

Singapore is a fine country: you get fined for everything!<p>Singapore’s Changi International Airport is a special airport. It is one of the busiest in the world, serving some 380 cities in about 90 countries through more than 100 airlines. It handles more than 58.7 million passengers a year – more …

Lee Kuan Yew

Taiwanese Fishing Company Found Selling Oil To North Korea, Local Prosecutors Say

A Taiwan fishing company is under investigation for allegedly selling oil to North Korea in breach of sanctions by United Nations Security Council, …

World News

Why is China Planning Floating Nuclear Reactors?

Issues of radiation contamination defy national boundaries.<p>A bizarre idea proposed by China has been the construction of floating nuclear reactors for use around South China Seas islands — territory also claimed by Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and other regional powers.<p>In truth, the idea …

South China Sea

OPINION: We love Hakka? Maybe It's Time to Let It Go

Let’s stop torturing our kids by forcing them to learn minority languages that they will never use. English is hard enough.<p>Radio listeners can catch <i>International Community Radio Taipei's</i> “We Love Hakka” segment several times per day (full disclosure: I work as a correspondent for <i>ICRT</i> in south …

Asia

What's Next for Taiwan's Political Party Structure?

It is not certain a two-party system has become entrenched.<p>Any political system can be assessed and judged by its party structure, parties being a <i>sine qua non</i> to the functioning of modern polities.<p>In Taiwan’s early history, as in most places in the world, political power was too fragmented and its …

Asia

China's FIFA World Cup is Inevitable

We should expect a tournament that subtly yet forcefully communicates a strong political message about China and its identity.<p>As another month has passed, so another Chinese corporation has become a FIFA sponsor. In December, China’s second-biggest dairy firm, China Mengniu Dairy (CMD), became the …

China

Malaysian NGOs Sound Warning on PM Candidates

We would like to reiterate that democratic struggle must not be reduced to a competition merely between political elites for state power.<p>Seventeen NGOs and 107 concerned citizens have endorsed an initiative calling on the ruling Barisan Nasional <b>(</b>BN) party and the Pakatan Harapan left-center …

Pakatan Harapan

Alipay Apologizes for Coaxing Customers into Revealing Credit Scores

Alipay, a mobile payment company under Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial, found itself in hot water Jan 3 after releasing a service that gives consumers customized reports of how they used the Alipay app over the previous year. Through the app, consumers can access food delivery, taxi booking, …

China

Can India's 'Military Diplomacy' Help Pacify Myanmar?

Engaging the Myanmar Army in exercises such as those with India provides an opportunity for Myanmar Army officers to learn from the experiences of other armed forces.<p>The recent India–Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise reflects the growing defense relationship between the two neighbors. While such …

Asia