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May 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
For all the anguish he caused, there were moments when Manny Ramirez was a unique, irresistible, almost childlike force. That would be the Manny who was electric at the plate, and jovial and carefree in the clubhouse. Not the drug-busted, non-talking, non-producing Manny. But when he was going good, there was no one like him, neither via his baseball prowess or special antics on and off the field. Ramirez, who turns 41 on May 30, is not willing to give up the ghost just yet. After failing to hook up with the Oakland Athletics last season, he is now playing baseball in Taiwan.
March 3, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Manny Ramirez will be part of the Dodgers' split squad that will travel to Taiwan this month. So say the Dodgers. For now. In the news release announcing the 33-man roster for the March 12-14 exhibition series, the Dodgers were careful to include the following line: "Additional players may be added or changed prior to the March 10 departure." James Loney , Ronnie Belliard , Jamey Carroll and Taiwan natives Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-lung Hu are also on the roster.
August 13, 1992 | Reuters
Taiwan has rejected a proposal by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade that it change the name under which it is seeking to join, state radio said. Taiwan applied to join the world trade body in 1990 as the "Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu" instead of under its official name, the "Republic of China," in an attempt to avoid opposition from Beijing. But processing of the application is being delayed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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