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April 12, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sanctions Expected After Talks With U.S. Fail: The most recent round of intellectual property talks between Taiwan and the American representatives in Washington have ended in failure, Taiwan officials said. This leaves open the prospect that the United States will move toward adopting trade sanctions against Taiwan at the end of this month.
April 10, 2014 | By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hundreds of protesters in Taiwan ended a nearly monthlong blockade of parliament Thursday, giving leaders a fragile reprieve to finish a disputed trade pact with China, the island's longtime political foe and biggest economic partner. Student-led protesters filed out of the parliament assembly hall for a closing rally at the main gate after the legislative speaker said he would allow discussion of the trade deal only after passage of a bill that guarantees oversight of China-Taiwan economic agreements.
October 19, 2011 | By Richard Bush
The Obama administration informed Congress last month that it would proceed with the upgrade of Taiwan's fleet of 145 F-16 jet aircraft. The decision is controversial. China firmly opposes any U.S. effort to assist Taiwan militarily. Although Taiwan expressed gratitude for the decision, it had sought 66 new F-16s in the more advanced C/D models (it now has the A/B models). Taiwan's friends in Congress and defense contractors had argued for the C/Ds. Taipei's disappointment belies the fact that this decision constitutes a real contribution to Taiwan's security and underscores the U.S. commitment to Taiwan.
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
October 1, 2012 | By Ralph Jennings, Los Angeles Times
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Ben Lan threw a line in the water one recent afternoon and caught two fair-sized specimens in 10 minutes. With 10 years of experience, the 60-year-old retiree stood out from a couple of fellow anglers who looked on with envy. It's not unusual to hear a cheer go up when somebody lands a big one. Big means about 6 inches. That's because Lan and the others were casting for shrimp. "It's a leisure activity. Taiwan is too small, and there's nothing else to do," Lan said as he stuffed a just-caught live shrimp into a net suspended in the water at an indoor pool just outside urban Taipei.
September 18, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  No, we haven't gone back to our deep love of brick-by-brick animation so perfectly executed by the Guardian's website during the Summer Olympics. This is animation by the wildly creative hands over at the Taiwan-based Anchors Jen and Vanessa write: "With us, news is sexy, eye-popping and fun. Come here for a lively point of view on global politics, entertainment, sports and more!" Which, interestingly enough, lands on the current labor dispute between the NHL and its players.
May 10, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING --  Beijing and Taipei united in their condemnation of the Philippines on Friday for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters. The killing of Hung Shih-cheng, 65, injects a volatile new element in ongoing conflicts over the South China Sea, where fishermen and authorities from competing nations often play dangerous games of chicken at sea. Philippine authorities admitted that one of their coast guard ships opened fire Thursday on the victim's Taiwanese vessel, but said they had done so to prevent their own boat from being rammed and only intended to disable the engine.
February 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem - Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political. Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into Apple's online store engraving service. You'll receive a yellow pop-up box saying, "The engraved text is not suitable. " Other phrases that return the same error notice include "Tibet independence," "Xinjiang independence" and "Taiwan independence.
January 29, 2014 | Cindy Chang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted hundreds of flag-waving supporters in Los Angeles' Chinatown on Tuesday, an unusual public appearance on American soil that was a sign of the island's improving relationship with China. Ma was on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras -- three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies. The U.S. State Department termed the visit a "transit" that is "consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan.
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lyle Lin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore catcher from Taiwan, will become eligible at JSerra in April, and by then he could be ready to make an impact. Coach Brett Kay said, "He is just learning but can flat out play. " Besides learning English, Lin is picking up hitting and catching skills. And he might get a look on the mound, too.  
December 8, 2013 | Wire reports
A person familiar with the deal said the Toronto Raptors reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a multiplayer trade. The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez , Patrick Patterson , John Salmons and Chuck Hayes . The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy . The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the trade was still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to become official Monday.
November 12, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Fox International Productions, the 20th Century Fox Film subsidiary that makes local-language films in foreign countries, has inked a $130-million co-financing deal with Ivanhoe Pictures, a new film and television company. The four-year arrangement covers films made for India, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan. Ivanhoe's investment will first be used to co-finance 10 projects Fox International is now making in India, South Korea, China and Taiwan.  The deal targets countries whose movie markets are booming.
October 4, 2013 | By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan - When Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged blows in August, two of them rolled around on the floor, locked in some sort of amateur wrestling hold. Another one pulled up his sleeves to show off his biceps. A ruling party legislator cast an arc of water on an opposition rival who had commandeered the podium in the wood-paneled, arena-like assembly room with its doors tied shut. Gridlock in Congress shut down much of the U.S. government this week for the first time in 17 years, but legislators in Taiwan have been known to sometimes duke out their disputes.
October 1, 2013 | By Ralph Jennings
TAIPEI, Taiwan - An American woman who used a mocking video to quit her job at an animated graphics company here has virally showcased Taiwan's demanding work conditions, which sometimes mean taking a cot to the office and have even led to death from fatigue. The video posted Monday by Next Media Animation content editor Marina Shifrin shows the writer and comedian dancing through her Taipei office at 4:30 a.m. to lyrics to the Kayne West song “Gone.” As she makes her way toward a dark doorway, presumably for the last time, video subtitles say that for two years she has sacrificed time, energy and relationships to work.
August 22, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"I feel like I'm 50 again," exclaims a giddy octogenarian biker in "Go Grandriders," a sweet, slight documentary chronicling the two-week, 730-mile journey by scooter a handful of adventure-seeking seniors take around the perimeter of Taiwan. With an average age of 81, the 17 riders count among them a calligraphy master, a former kamikaze-pilot instructor, a pastor and a housewife. The trip is bumpy and eventful: On the first day alone, the group's sprightly captain succumbs to an ulcer and another senior dozes off at the wheel.
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