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WORLD
November 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Vanuatu's Cabinet agreed today to grant diplomatic recognition to Taiwan despite having long-standing formal links with China, a spokesman said. The unanimous decision was made at an informal meeting, the prime minister's spokesman Kalvau Moli said. It was not clear if the move required a formal meeting to make it official.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Taiwan on Monday cheered a local boy who made good: Ang Lee, who won the best director Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain." He is the first Asian to win one of Hollywood's highest accolades. Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian immediately issued a statement hailing Lee's success, calling the filmmaker the "glory of Taiwan." "We grew up watching the Oscars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1995
Jim Mann's April 17 column, "Taiwanese Opposition's Independence Drive Shows Need for New U.S. Policy" was a superb review of the current situation between the U.S. and Taiwan. It reflects the ambiguity and contradiction inherent in U.S. policy toward Asia. Taiwan has traditionally been seen as a pawn in the international game of superpowers. In the anti-Communist fervor during the beginning phases of the Cold War, U.S. military and economic aid to Taiwan propped up the authoritarian dictatorship that claimed sovereignty over China.
WORLD
April 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
China announced tariff cuts on imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan, offering the self-ruled island new trade concessions in an effort to boost sentiment for uniting with the communist mainland. The announcement came during a visit to Beijing by Taiwan's former opposition leader, who is calling for increased trade ties. Beijing is trying to isolate Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian. The two sides split amid civil war in 1949 and have no official relations.
SCIENCE
July 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The original settlers of the Polynesian islands were longtime residents of Taiwan, not migrants from China who used Taiwan as a staging point before traveling deeper into the Pacific Ocean, according to a study published Monday. Researchers studied the DNA of nine indigenous Taiwanese tribes and found they shared three specific genetic mutations with today's Polynesians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
Derek Ma was feeling pretty good after successfully co-hosting a banquet for China's National Day with more than 600 guests, a 10-course dinner, a parade of entertainers and more than $10,000 in prizes. Then he got a call from the top local representative of Taiwan, who put a damper on his mood. "He basically said, 'We are supposed to be old friends. Why did you guys do such a nice job helping the other side? It makes us look bad,'" said Ma, a restaurateur who used to be president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assn.
WORLD
August 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Taiwan's military airlifted survivors from remote mountain villages devastated by mudslides triggered by last weekend's Typhoon Morakot, and announced today that it was sending an additional 4,000 soldiers to help with the rescue effort. The new troops will join the more than 10,000 soldiers already racing to save thousands of survivors stranded in several villages in the island's south, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Rescue efforts have been slow because many bridges and roads to hard-hit villages collapsed or were washed out by raging floodwaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee grew up in Taiwan and started his career there. Now he wants to give back to its movie industry. He and younger brother and fellow filmmaker Lee Kang have started a program to cultivate Taiwanese directors by financing them and providing help in marketing, Lee Kang said Friday. "Nowadays directors have to do everything -- raising money, writing the script, securing government grants, shooting, producing and marketing," he said.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1997 | Associated Press
German chemical maker Bayer has dropped plans to build a $1.48-billion plant in Taiwan, but the island nation said it is expecting other overseas companies to invest $1.5 billion next year. U.S., French, Swiss and German firms are planning up to 11 large investments, the Economics Ministry said. It said details would remain confidential until deals were signed. Bayer's announcement Friday came after 18 months of delays and a county-government decision to subject the plant to a public referendum.
SPORTS
July 13, 1987 | Associated Press
Tu Ai-yi of Taiwan ended four months of frustration as she captured her first golf victory of the season Sunday by winning the Hokkaido Open. It was her first victory of the year. First place was worth $26,700 for Tu, the leading money-winner on the Japan Ladies Professional Golfers Assn. tour for five consecutive seasons. It was her 43rd triumph in Japan. Tu took the lead after the second round and was one shot in front at the start of the final round.
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