Philip Hensher: Fifty books a year is ideal, but why stop at school children?

If the Government can set a target of five fruit and vegetables a day for the adult population, why can't they set a target of 20 books a year?

Shooting mars Taiwan local elections

A gunman opened fire on a campaign rally near Taipei yesterday, killing one man and critically wounding the son of a former vice-president on the eve of key local elections. A suspect is in custody and may belong to a gang.

Taiwan back in step with Confucius

Taiwanese students have performed Ba Yi Wu, a traditional dance, during a ceremony in Taipei to celebrate Confucius's birthday.

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Japanese porn makers demand cash from Taiwanese

Eight Japanese pornographic film producers are demanding compensation from Taiwanese cable and telecom companies they say are using their work without authorization, a lawyer representing the producers said today.

Caught in a culture clash: Taiwan is thriving in China's shadow

Britain and Taiwan are about to be linked by non-stop flights for the first time.

Dan Rhodes: 'Revenge is why I write'

His penned his first book to find a wife, and his subsequent deliciously dark novels to get back at the publisher who ditched him. So let's hope Dan Rhodes hasn't gone soft with his latest, a tear-jerker about a 'museum of suicide'...

Faster than the speed of sound: the man who falls to earth

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who made the first unpowered flight across the English Channel in 2003, now plans to skydive from the edge of space. Tony Paterson reports

Luxury hotels for VIP dogs beat strays crisis

Taipei's dogs are living it up at hotels, complete with VIP suites and pools, that aim to ease the problem of strays that has plagued the city for decades.

Shingles increases risk of stroke by a third

Having shingles can increase the risk of a stroke by almost a third, research has shown.

Chinese pandas arrive in Taiwan

When taken together, their names mean "reunion" in Chinese. Yesterday, in a moment heavy with symbolism, two giant pandas called Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were flown from China to Taiwan.

Leading article: Good news from China

There is a distinct sense of déjà vu about panda diplomacy. Beijing, it might be said, is up to its old tricks, trading one of these outwardly winsome animals for another country's goodwill. Here we have an example of "soft power", as it might be said in today's social sciences jargon, at its most calculating and crudest.

Stranded tourists strain old Thai air base

With one luggage scanner and a tiny check-in hall, a Vietnam War-era naval air base in Thailand struggled on Friday to cope with thousands of tourists left stranded by a political crisis.

Taiwan - the little country with big ideas

All eyes may be on China, with less than a month to go until the Olympic Games. But dynamic Taiwan – regarded a rebel province by Beijing – is worth a side trip, says Andrew Spooner

First flight in 60 years from Taipei to Beijing

Nearly 60 years after Chiang Kai-shek and his battered troops fled the Chinese mainland to Taiwan, scores of Taiwanese packed the first direct tourist flight from Taipei to Beijing, clutching their special edition stamps and souvenir retractable chopsticks.

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