Monday, November 28, 2005

2005 Top Ten Taiwan News Stories contest by RTI


Special prize: an i-pod worth NT$6,000(3 winners)
First prize:Ÿ a digital camera worth NT$4,500 (4 winners)
Second prize:Ÿa digital radio worth NT$3,000 (5 winners)
Third prize:Ÿ a pen holder worth NT$500 (40 winners)
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◎ The results will be available on December 30th, 2005. ◎ The draw for the prizes will be held on January 23, 2006.

2005 Top Ten Taiwan News Stories

The direct, two-way chartered flights for the Chinese Lunar New Year began on January 29th, a historic moment in Taiwan-China links.

The United Microelectronics Corporation is under investigation for allegedly transferring its technology, investment and manpower to China.

On March 26th, President Chen Shui-bian and Premier Frank Hsieh joined a mass rally to protest against China's "anti-secession law."

President Chen went to the Vatican to attend the funeral of late Pope John Paul II, the first such trip made by a Taiwan leader in 63 years.

The National Assembly is abolished; "single constituency, two-vote" system adopted; legislative seats halved, referendum included in constitution.

The High Court rejected the opposition's appeal to nullify last year's presidential elections results.

Taiwan's fishery disputes with Japan continue as the 15th fishery talks held in July between the two sides failed to reach any consensus.

Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou was elected chairman of the KMT in August. Ma is the first directly elected chairman.

Protests held by rioting Thai workers in August triggered investigations into wrongdoing and profiteering involving high-ranking government officials.

Opposition leaders visited China in April and May. Independent lawmaker Lee Ao visited China in September.

Japan grants Taiwanese tourists visa-free entry since (September 26th).

The Grand Justices ruled in September that the government's plan to implement a compulsory fingerprinting ID plan is illegal.

The legal exchange of Taiwan dollars for Chinese RMB began on October 3rd in Kinmen and Matsu, with a maximum of 20,000 RMB.

A Tokyo court ruled that the Japanese government should compensate Taiwan's leprosy victims; but Japan later said it would appeal the case.

Wang Jian-ming, a Taiwanese pitcher with the New York Yankees, is called the "Glory of Taiwan."

Smuggled birds from China were found to be infected with the H5N1 virus. Taiwan called on Roche to allow this country to produce Tamiflu.

The legislature passed the bill creating the National Communications Commission in October. The legislature controls membership of the media watchdog.

Taiwan severed diplomatic ties with Grenada and Senegal in Jan and Oct respectively. Taiwan forged ties with Nauru in May. Taiwan now has 25 allies.