March 22, 2000 |
The civil war between Communist and Nationalist Chinese was perhaps never more surreal than on this tiny island about a mile off China's southern coast. For nearly 20 years, the two sides stuck to an almost comical arrangement to alternate their artillery fire during the week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Nationalists shelled the mainland from their holdout here on Kinmen. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, it was the Communists' turn to bombard Kinmen from the mainland.
March 20, 2000 |
After weeks of veiled threats from Beijing, Chinese citizens are waiting and wondering how their government will respond to the election Saturday of Chen Shui-bian as Taiwan's new president, an outcome China's leaders had indicated would be unacceptable. The government's only reaction so far occupied a tiny corner on most Chinese newspapers' front pages Sunday.
March 18, 2000 |
With this island's young democracy and its relationship with China in the spotlight, voters began flocking to the polls this morning to select a new president for only the second time in history. At stake are the survival of one of the world's longest-ruling political parties and the future of Taiwan's ties with the enormous--and hawkish--mainland that looms over its shoulder.
February 22, 2000 |
Turning up the heat as Taiwan prepares to pick a new president, China warned the island Monday that dragging out negotiations for reunification might provoke the mainland to attack. In a new policy paper, China's State Council, or Cabinet, said Beijing cannot wait "indefinitely" for the government in Taipei to come to the bargaining table. But the white paper stopped short of laying out a timeline for such talks to occur.
August 18, 1999 |
At the end of China's bloody civil war 50 years ago, Chen Hsiu-ying left Shanghai in a desperate hurry, carrying only a suitcase with a few silk dresses, some hidden gold and her 3-month-old son in her arms. She was certain she'd be back soon. Chen and her soldier husband were fleeing with the defeated Nationalists to exile in Taiwan--an island across a narrow stretch of sea south of Shanghai.
July 19, 1999 |
Seeking to calm a nervous public, Taiwan on Sunday dismissed reports that China is preparing military action over comments by the island's president. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said no unusual activity by Chinese forces has been seen since President Lee Teng-hui said earlier this month that relations between the two should be conducted on a "state-to-state" basis.
July 14, 1999 |
China intensified its criticism of Taiwan on Tuesday as the Clinton administration anxiously sought to smooth the escalating flap over Taipei's apparent attempt to redefine relations with its giant neighbor and longtime rival. In the sharpest rhetoric aimed at Taiwan in three years, Beijing angrily warned that the island risks "monumental disaster" if Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui persists in saying that Taiwan is a separate state on a par with the mainland.
December 2, 1998 |
Here's a modest proposal for Asia: Let's build a huge artificial island somewhere out in the Western Pacific on which can be dumped the many projects Asian governments don't want on their own soil (though they are eager to have somewhere else). Nimby Island, we can call it. NIMBY is the acronym for the old phrase Americans use in local politics: "not in my backyard." At the moment, it looks as if Taiwan could use Nimby Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1998 |
David Lew is traveling halfway around the globe to better understand his family back in the San Fernando Valley. On Tuesday, Lew and 1,000 other young Americans of Chinese descent will meet in Taiwan for a six-week cultural and language program subsidized by the island government.
July 20, 1997 |
Risking the fury of China, Taiwan approved a major government overhaul that will boost the island's de facto independent status. The National Assembly approved constitutional changes late Friday that will expand presidential power and virtually eliminate the provincial government, an extra layer of government retained since 1949.