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September 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Typhoon Sinlaku slammed into Taiwan with heavy rain and strong winds today, flooding low-lying regions and causing landslides that disrupted traffic and halted trains and domestic flights, officials said. Sinlaku made landfall in Ilan county in northeast Taiwan at 1:30 a.m. but quickly turned and headed back out to sea, the Central Weather Bureau said. "It's hanging around at the ocean near our coasts," said meteorologist Lee Hsiang-yuan. "It may move north, but we will not rule out another landfall on Taiwan."
August 16, 1998
I would like strongly to take issue with the characterization of Taiwan's labor practices presented in Jeff Ballinger and Deborah Sklar's Aug. 7 commentary [on Indonesia]. I cannot speak for other countries, but can unequivocally state that the Republic of China on Taiwan never used troops for "the suppression of worker upheavals." Clearly, unfair labor practices are of great concern to us all, but Taiwan should not be made a scapegoat. To speak of a "system" which Taiwanese businessmen brought to other countries is incorrect, especially considering that, as documented by international human rights organizations, the citizens of Taiwan enjoy the full range of human rights.
October 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
At least four people were killed and at least two were missing after Typhoon Krosa slammed into Taiwan, but the storm weakened to a tropical storm as it moved toward mainland China today, officials said. At its peak, Krosa caused a power outage that affected about 2 million homes in Taiwan. On the mainland, more than 500,000 tourists were evacuated from the southeast coast, the New China News Agency said.
September 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two Taiwanese air force pilots were rescued by fishermen from Taiwan's archrival China after their fighter jet crashed into the sea Saturday, the military said. The plane -- a locally made Indigenous Defense Fighter -- was based in the southern town of Tainan and was on a routine training mission, the air force said. The pilots, Wang Pei-chiang and Tsai Kun-nan, said they parachuted out just before their jet crashed into Taiwanese waters.
March 28, 1996
I am writing to express my outrage at Robert Dallek's comments on the China-Taiwan conflict (Opinion, March 17). He proposed for the U.S. to negotiate with China an agreement that will "bring Taiwan into Beijing's orbit in 12 or 15 years, with guarantees of economic and political freedoms comparable to those given Hong Kong." What makes him think Beijing is capable of keeping a promise or has the credibility to make a promise is beyond me. Beijing has promised the U.S. not to sell missiles to Iran and Pakistan.
June 5, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates defended U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying Saturday that the weapons transfers are meant to enhance stability in Asia by countering mainland China's military buildup. Gates said in a speech at an annual security conference in Singapore that the arms sales are part of a longstanding U.S. practice. The aid is opposed by Beijing, which this week withheld an invitation sought by Gates for a visit to mainland China while he is traveling in the region.
June 21, 2006 | From Associated Press
Lawmakers in Taiwan's ruling party boycotted the start of a debate today on a proposal to hold a referendum on ousting President Chen Shui-bian because of alleged family corruption and incompetence. "We want the people to see how ridiculous this recall motion is," said Lai Ching-teh, a legislator with the president's Democratic Progressive Party. But opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou went on television and urged the ruling party to stand on the side of justice and clean government.
September 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The Dalai Lama exhorted Taiwan to safeguard its democracy, interspersing prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot with a challenge to China. The Tibetan spiritual leader's call Monday appeared to contradict assurances that his five-day visit to comfort the victims of the worst storm to hit the island in 50 years would steer clear of the political -- a concern for President Ma Ying-jeou's administration, which is seeking closer ties with mainland...
June 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian faced growing pressure today from an opposition campaign to recall him because of allegations of corruption against his family and former aides. The legislature held a special session Tuesday to start a long, complex process to oust Chen, who has served for six years and has two left in his second term. He has repeatedly denied the graft allegations.
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