Fifty people died after a train collided with a truck on the track in Hualien County on Friday, April 2, resulting in Taiwan’s worst train tragedy in over 50 years. Over 200 people were injured as well. Among the victims were a father and his son and daughter who all died, while the mother survived. The truck was determined to have slid onto the track less than two minutes before the crash.
This tragedy comes after a train derailment in 2018 that killed 18 as well as a railyard accident that killed two workers this February, pointing to serious flaws with the national rail operator.
Australia and the US have discussed how they would respond to military conflict in the Taiwan Strait, said the US ambassador to Australia.
European countries are helping Taiwan with its local submarine program, the defence ministry admitted after it denied a report that North Korea had discussed providing assistance to Taiwan in 2018 for the submarine program.
A Chinese aircraft carrier group is exercising in waters around Taiwan, which China has said will be a regular drill.
Taiwan has done well on handling the COVID-19 pandemic but this may have fostered complacency in other matters like national defence, I argue in Foreign Policy.
An attack on Taiwan from China in the near future is likelier than ever due to several reasons such as a perception of Joe Biden as weak, argues this Bloomberg Opinion writer.
Taiwan accused China of trying to lure its ally Paraguay by offering COVID vaccines.
Taiwan exploits and abuses foreign migrant workers especially fishers, according to a US State Department report on human rights practices.
Indonesian migrant workers are facing growing discrimination in Taiwan for two reasons - COVID worries, and anger over the Indonesian government’s decision last year to demand employers of Indonesian migrant workers pay brokerage fees instead of agents.
Taiwan faces serious problems with energy including a renewable energy push that is not forceful enough, and electricity prices that are too low, argues Michael Turton in his weekly Taipei Times column.
The IMF has raised Taiwan’s 2021 GDP growth forecast to 4.7 percent.
Poor temperature control during the export process was the reason some Taiwanese pineapples exported to Singapore and Japan were rotten, said Taiwan’s agriculture council chief.