A self-ruled democracy China claims as its own, Taiwan is up against a formidable campaign from Beijing.

The best (and worst) cities in Asia to live and work abroad
Living abroad can be a life of romance, personal growth and exciting opportunities. Or it can be a nightmare of expensive rent, culture shock and loneliness.  But if you are to take the plunge, Asian cities could be your best bets, according to a recent survey. Four of the top five of the world’s best cities for expatriates to live are in Asia, according to the survey of more than 20,000 expatriates. Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, topped the chart for the second year in a row. Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, came in second while Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was third. Singapore was ranked as the fourth-best city for expatriates while Montréal rounded out the top five as the only non-A
The best (and worst) cities in Asia to live and work abroad
Taiwan opens doors to students fleeing Hong Kong turmoil
University students fleeing campus turmoil in Hong Kong can attend lectures at colleges in Taiwan to continue their studies, the Taiwanese authorities said on Wednesday. Students would be allowed to sit in on courses without credits for the rest of the school term, which runs from early December until January 3. “Regardless of whether they are from Taiwan or not, university students in Hong Kong whose studies have been interrupted by the protests in Hong Kong are welcome to register with a number of our universities here if they want to continue their studies,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Education said. Students who want to qualify for a degree would have to apply through the ministry. The offer
Taiwan opens doors to students fleeing Hong Kong turmoil
The unusual wedding gifts bestowed on Taiwanese star
Salt, fat, acid...tea? These things certainly aren’t common items on a wedding registry.  But for newlyweds Lin Chi-ling, a Taiwanese supermodel and actress, and her new husband Akira, a Japanese singer and actor, the pantry essentials were exactly what they wanted. To celebrate Lin’s family heritage, the couple decided to wed in the coastal Taiwanese town of Tainan on Sunday, thrilling the local authorities.          View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by 林志玲chiling (@chiling.lin) on Nov 17, 2019 at 1:35am PST The Tainan city authorities prepared a cartload of goods for Lin to honor local tradition. It included firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy
The unusual wedding gifts bestowed on Taiwanese star
Facebook vows to ‘protect’ Taiwan’s election from fake news
Facebook said on Tuesday that it would step up efforts to counter disinformation and state-backed influence operations ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election in January. While it does not control the self-ruled island, Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has sought its return to the mainland fold.  Taiwan’s authorities have reported an average of 30 million cross-border cyberattacks each month this year, with a sizeable number from the Chinese mainland suspected of trying to affect the result of the upcoming election. Facebook said its 35,000 worldwide staff will step up their efforts to check content and beef up security starting in mid-November, when the island’s presi
Facebook vows to ‘protect’ Taiwan’s election from fake news
Taiwan holds first pride parade after legalizing gay marriage
Hundreds of thousands of people in Taipei took to the streets over the weekend to support gay rights in the first pride parade in Taiwan since it became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. Crowds of people waved rainbow flags and rode on flamboyant floats from City Hall for the 3.5 mile walk, whose theme this year was: “Together, make Taiwan better.”
Taiwan holds first pride parade after legalizing gay marriage
Murder suspect in Hong Kong wants to surrender. It’s not so easy
A political dispute between Hong Kong and Taiwan could prevent the prime suspect in a gruesome murder case that has triggered months of unrest from surrendering himself. The suspect, Chan Tong-kai, agreed to voluntarily leave Hong Kong for Taiwan to face justice for allegedly killing his pregnant girlfriend on the self-ruled island in 2018. The infamous case sparked an extradition debate that rocked Hong Kong. Chan, 20, has avoided trial for murder since his return to Hong Kong, which cannot prosecute crimes committed in other jurisdictions. He has agreed to surrender to Taiwanese authorities after finishing an 18-month prison sentence in Hong Kong on Wednesday for committing lesser crimes. 
Murder suspect in Hong Kong wants to surrender. It’s not so easy
Dior apologizes for omitting Taiwan in China map
Luxury brand Christian Dior has apologized after it used a map of China that did not include Taiwan in a campus presentation, joining a growing list of foreign companies running afoul of Beijing’s political correctness. In a statement issued early Thursday, the fashion powerhouse says it “strictly upholds China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “cherishes the Chinese people’s feelings.” Chinese authorities have forced international companies, such as airlines, to follow its protocol in referring to Taiwan, which Beijing does not control but claims as its own territory. Beijing’s increasing assertiveness has caught foreign organizations from Apple to the NBA in dilemmas between ple
Dior apologizes for omitting Taiwan in China map
Taiwan grapples with its identity on national day
As Taiwan celebrates its birthday as the Republic of China on Thursday, something is missing: the seas of flags that used to fly all over the island to mark the anniversary on October 10, colloquially called the Double Tenth. The Republic of China (ROC) is officially 108 years old. It is older than the People’s Republic of China because its founding dates back to October 10, 1911: the start of an armed uprising that eventually ended thousands of years of imperial rule. “I remember when I was young, countless ROC national flags depicting the white sun and blue sky on a crimson red were flying everywhere during the Double Tenth national day, while huge arches with the national emblem and symbo
Taiwan grapples with its identity on national day
At least 2 killed after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan
A 460-foot bridge on Taiwan’s east coast collapsed on Tuesday morning. It crashed onto at least three fishing boats. A petrol tanker that was crossing the bridge plunged into the water. Four missing workers might be trapped in boats underneath the collapsed structure. Two people were killed, and at least 12 people were injured, including six Filipino and three Indonesian fishing workers.
At least 2 killed after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan
Pop star attacked at Taiwan march in support of Hong Kong protests
Cantopop star Denise Ho was attacked with paint on Sunday while she was attending a march in Taipei in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The singer-activist was caught off guard when a member of the Taiwan-based Chinese Unification Promotion Party splashed red paint at her while she was talking to reporters near Taipei’s parliament. The attack came amid heightened tensions in Hong Kong on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. While Beijing has planned massive parades to celebrate the occasion, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have vowed to take to the streets to demand accountability and greater democracy. And in self-ruled Tai
Pop star attacked at Taiwan march in support of Hong Kong protests