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China to stop issuing individual travel permits to Taiwan – BBC News

China has announced that it will stop issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan. The country’s tourism ministry said its decision, in effect from Thursday, was spurred by “the current cross-strait situation”. Solo travellers from 47 cities – including Beijing and Shanghai – have been able to visit since 2011. But tensions …

Sane-Sex Marriages In Taiwan Celebrated At Wedding Banquet : NPR

More than a thousand people participated in a mass wedding banquet in Taiwan on Saturday to celebrate the island becoming the first place in Asia to legally recognize same-sex unions. The event included a wedding ceremony for about 20 couples. Couples walked down a red carpet at the wedding banquet, …

Three couples and a wedding in Taiwan – BBC News

Taiwan has become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, with a new law taking effect on Friday. These three couples decided to mark the occasion together, with a very special ceremony last weekend. Source: Three couples and a wedding in Taiwan – BBC News

Taipei, Taiwan Is Asia’s Stealthy Rich City – Bloomberg

Taipei ranked 8th among cities for those with $30 Million plus Many of the family fortunes were built from factories in China To show off a $50 million Mark Rothko painting that Sotheby’s plans to sell in New York, the auction house took it to Asia to tempt wealthy bidders. Outside of …

Analysis: Strong opposition results challenge Taiwan’s Tsai

BEIJING (AP) — A strong showing by Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party in local elections over the weekend presents a major challenge to independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen as she grapples with growing economic, political and military pressure from rival China. While Saturday’s polls were largely decided by local concerns, Beijing cast …

Taiwanese reject legalizing same-sex unions in referendum

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Voters in Taiwan passed a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits. The vote on Saturday, …

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage vote divides families

TAIPEI (Reuters) – On a sunny day in a park in Taipei, photographer Austin Haung advises a same-sex couple on how to pose for a pre-wedding photo shoot. For him, Taiwan’s reputation as a beacon of liberalism in the region means a thriving business. Leong Guzifer (L), 30, and Ting …