September 2, 1986 |
The "king of knockoffs," enterprising Taiwan, is mending its copycat ways, passing laws and locking up business people who counterfeit toys, computers and other brand-name big sellers on the world market. But a stroll through Taipei shows that the crackdown has only begun. In the Snake Alley night market, copies of Rolex, Cartier and other top-of-the-line watches are still on sale. Elsewhere, pirated copies of American computer software go for just $10 or $15.
January 16, 1985 |
For the past seven weeks, FBI agents and San Francisco-area police detectives have quietly searched the Chinese communities of Los Angeles County for clues to the whereabouts of a mysterious tape recording said to reveal new details in the slaying of San Francisco journalist Henry Liu.
August 19, 1989 |
Taiwan has been seeking to persuade its old friend and longtime supporter, former President Ronald Reagan, to visit the island, and some U.S. officials are afraid that such a trip could unsettle the Bush Administration's policy toward China. A Reagan spokesman declined to rule out the possibility of a visit to Taiwan. A senior Taiwanese official called on Reagan in California last spring to extend an open-ended invitation to the former President.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1986 |
Two minor earthquakes--registering 5.7 and 5.5 on the Richter scale--jolted Taipei on Thursday, rattling windows but causing no damage, officials said.
May 5, 1992
Teams of runners from Taiwan and China will set out Sunday on a "super-relay" marathon, covering a 1,700-mile route from Taipei to Beijing in two weeks. The run is described by backers as "the first-ever sports event linking both sides of the (Taiwan) Strait." It comes against a background of growing economic and people-to-people ties between Nationalist-ruled Taiwan and the Communist-ruled mainland. Both sides officially view themselves as part of a single Chinese nation.
August 17, 1993
President Lee Teng-hui is expected to further consolidate his authority within the ruling Nationalist Party at its 14th National Congress, now under way in Taipei. The meeting, the first of its kind to be held in five years, is expected to elect a new 210-member Central Committee and a smaller but more directly powerful Central Standing Committee. Lee is expected to be reelected as party chairman.
April 2, 1991
Taiwan's National Assembly opens a special session Monday to discuss constitutional changes that could bring genuine democracy to the island. Most members of the Assembly, which chooses Taiwan's president, were elected on the Chinese mainland in the late 1940s. They have not faced voters since 1949, when the Nationalist government fled to Taiwan after losing a civil war to the Communists. Under the proposed amendments, the number of Assembly seats would be reduced to 327 from the current 613.
April 16, 1991
Leaders of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have called for a mass rally in the Taiwanese capital Wednesday to demand faster political reform. The National Assembly has been engaged in debate--interrupted at times by bare-fisted brawling--about constitutional revisions proposed by the ruling Nationalists to make the body more responsive to voters. President Lee Teng-hui also seeks an end to emergency provisions enacted during the civil war on the Chinese mainland.
December 15, 1992
On Saturday, Taiwan also takes another major step forward for democracy when the country holds its first election providing for the entire legislature to be chosen by the voters. The Legislative Yuan, or Parliament, has been dominated by elderly representatives chosen in mainland China in the late 1940s--before the ruling Nationalist Party government lost a civil war to the communists and fled to the island of Taiwan in 1949.
November 23, 1993
On Saturday, voters in Taiwan go to the polls in what is expected to be another challenge to the 44-year rule of the Nationalist (Kuomintang) Party headed by President Lee Teng-hui. At stake are 23 county magistrate and mayoral positions on the island.