Peking bends on talks with Taipei

China extended a lunar new year olive branch to Taiwan last night by softening its stance on conditions for restarting talks with its neighbour.

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Meanwhile, a bit of evidence at last that it is not all doom and gloom in the Far East. Acer's decision to press ahead with its computer plant in South Wales demonstrates that the Taiwanese economy, at least, is not suffering from quite the same Asian flu that has infected the rest of the region.

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Mass-murder suspect held

Obituary: General Wego Chiang

Wego Chiang, soldier: born Fenghua County, Zhejiang Province, China 6 October 1916; married (one son); died Taipei, Taiwan 22 September 1997.

Celebrity killings stir rage in Taiwan

If you had to come up with an occidental equivalent of Pai Ping- ping, you might describe her as the Cilla Black of Taiwan. Even before the awful events of this spring, everyone with a television set knew her as a singer, comedienne and presenter.

Taiwan repulses motherland's grasp

Taiwan's president, Lee Teng Hui, vigorously denied the suggestion of his Communist rival, President Jiang Zemin, that Taiwan will eventually follow Hong Kong into union with the Communist government of China.

Taiwanese shun pro-China rally

Taipei (Reuters) - On Saturday, 70,000 Taiwanese braved downpours to stage a rally asserting their island's independence from China prior to Peking's reabsorption of Hong Kong.

China reaches across the sea to Taiwan

Teresa Poole in Xiamen reports on how boomingbusiness is the driving force behind sea links

Update on ... ... pigs

In Taipei last week, the city's main zoo was declared closed for 12 days because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on Taiwan's pig farms. "We are not protecting the people from the animals," a spokesman explained. "Rather, we are protecting the animals from the people. Humans cannot become ill from foot-and-mouth disease but can easily spread the virus, especially to cloven-hoofed animals."

Hijacker demands asylum in China

Taipei - A jobless journalist doused himself with petrol in a Taiwan airliner and hijacked it to China, where he complained of political repression by Taiwan and requested asylum.

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`The single most powerful fashion metaphor of the century,' American Vogue has called it. Most men have at least one in their wardrobes - many women, too. It's helped shape the images of several generations of post- war stars, from Marlon Brando and Paul Newman to Bruce Springsteen and Damon Albarn. The white T-shirt and its iconography, by Dylan Jones

China rage at Dalai's Taiwan tour

The Dalai Lama plans to visit Taiwan in a move which is certain to infuriate Peking.

Burglars put to shame

Taipei is to parade convicted burglars through its streets in glass- panelled vans in an attempt to curb the Taiwanese capital's rising crime rate.

Colin Montgomerie one off lead in Johnnie Walker Super Tour in Taipei

Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam were just one stroke off the lead after the first round in the Johnnie Walker Super Tour in Taipei, Taiwan, yesterday. The top two Europeans both had four-under-par rounds of 68, but three players - South Africa's Ernie Els, Lin Keng-chi of Taiwan and Park Nam-sin of Korea - went one better. Montgomerie recovered from an indifferent start to shoot four birdies in the back nine.

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A Taiwanese cult leader who claimed divine powers has admitted he does not have them. Sung Chi-li, who had maintained he was the re-incarnation of a "cosmic body", conned up to pounds 75m in cash and gifts out of followers. He confessed after being arrested and failing to demonstrate supernatural powers.
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