Armed riot police gather outside the Kaohsiung Prison in southern Taiwan. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Six armed inmates attempting to escape a southern Taiwan prison killed themselves, ending a 14-hour siege after holding the prison warden and head gu(...)

A life-size cut-out of China’s president Xi Jinping among tents and shelters of pro-democracy students at the Occupy Hong Kong camp in the Admiralty district this week. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

While the People’s Republic of China tends to dominate the headlines due to its sheer scale, the greater China story also includes the former crown co(...)

Protestors holds signs   in Taipei, Taiwan rally. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on today as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathe(...)

Taiwan and China

Talks between Taiwanese and Chinese officials have put their relations on a more politically representative footing capable of discussing a wid(...)

Wang Yu-chi, left, Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affair Council, shakes hands with Zhang Zhijun, right, Minister of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, before their meeting in Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu province. It’s the first official contact between the two governments since the civil war in 1940s. Photograph: EPA

China and Taiwan are holding their highest-level official talks since they split at the end of a brutal civil war in 1949, in an effort to impr(...)

Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou receives a model of an Apache attack helicopter from the Taiwanese army’s commander in chief Lee Shying-jow on Friday. Some suggest the island’s residents were expressing their unhappiness with the government of Mr Ma in choosing “fake” as their word of the year. Photograph: Taiwan military news agency handout/EPA

And the defining word in the self-ruled Chinese island of Taiwan for the year 2013 is . . . fake!“Jia” (fake) saw off “hei” (black) and “luan” (chaos)(...)