Greek Political Crisis Gets Animated

Taiwan’s Next Media animators are on the case yet again. As Greece’s Socialists, led by outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou, struggle to form a coalition government with the rival New Democrats, let this  1-minute primer set it all up for you. With Europe’s economy teetering on a precipice, two “arch-frenemies” now clash in Athens.

A Step Back From the Brink in the South China Sea

China and Vietnam, which traded accusations this summer over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea, signed an agreement Tuesday outlining basic measures to help settle their ongoing dispute. The agreement, reached during a visit to Beijing by Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong, calls for China and Vietnam to hold biannual …

Awkward Anniversary: China Marks the Centenary of the 1911 Revolution

In a country that claims five millennia of history, what’s a mere century? Oct. 10 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of China’s 1911 Xinhai Revolution, which ended 2,000 years of imperial rule. The fall of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was precipitated by an uprising in the central Chinese city of Wuchang (now part of …

China Strikes Back After Taiwan Weapons Deal

China will likely suspend some military ties with the U.S. following the Obama administration’s approval of a $5.85 billion package of upgrades for Taiwan’s aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets and pilot training, a senior U.S. State Department official said Monday. (A transcript of the official’s briefing was posted on the State …

How Will China React to U.S. Arms Deal with Taiwan?

The U.S. announced Wednesday that it will offer Taiwan a $5.85 billion package of upgrades to its aging fleet of F-16 fighters (pdf) and training for its pilots (pdf). The deal, which falls short of Taiwan’s request for newer F-16 C/D jets, was widely expected as details of the plan leaked out in Washington in recent weeks. Perhaps …

China’s Military Tries to Reassure Wary Neighbors

Years of sharp increases in military spending coupled with territorial disputes with some of its neighbors have contributed to growing suspicions over Chinese intentions. So China’s military brass is on a campaign to reassure governments in the Asia-Pacific region that the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army poses no …

Ma Ying-jeou’s First Year

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is keeping his promise to aid his island’s stricken economy through stronger mainland links. But cozying up to Beijing carries political risks. Here‘s my colleague Michael Schuman’s latest story on Ma, out in the latest issue of TIME Asia.

Taiwan the Latest to Legalize Gambling

After 15 years of talks, Taiwan’s legislature has passed a bill to legalize gambling on the Penghu islands, located off the west coast of Taiwan’s main island. While Macau takes the lion’s share of Asia’s gaming dollars, reeling in more than $10 billion USD in 2007 (2008 figures haven’t yet been released), there’s no shortage …

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