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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
High tariffs on some items and lengthy customs clearance processes remain among the greatest challenges faced by Taiwanese exporters to China, said Peter Huang, president & CEO of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), on Monday.
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Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X confirmed Monday its order of 55 long-haul A330Neo passenger planes from Airbus at a list price of US$15 billion, in what is the biggest single order for the line of aircraft.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma yesterday (馬雲) in Taipei urged Taiwanese business leaders to repair a private-sector culture that is unfriendly toward youth.
Ex-VP charts course for cross-strait cooperation
Future cross-strait economic cooperation should aim to benefit the public in tangible ways and to distribute the benefits to all, said former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) in Taipei yesterday.
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Samsung Electronics Co. launched two mid-tier metal clad smartphones with premium designs in Taiwan Monday in an attempt to attract young consumers and regain ground from other handset makers.
Undeterred by economic uncertainty, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, a top Taiwanese bubble tea brand in Thailand, plans to open at least 4-5 more branches next year.
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The average price of smartphones in Taiwan is expected to drop by 10 percent next year as more affordable 4G-enabled models hit the local market, according to tech research firm IDC.
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Kaohsiung City Gov't allows ASE to resume its operations
After showing improvements in wastewater management practices, an Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE, 日月光) factory in Kaohsiung was yesterday permitted by the city government to resume operations.
Shares in Taiwan ended lower yesterday as investors remained cautious amid international and domestic uncertainties, dealers said.
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Addicted to liquidity and disconnected from the real economy, global markets are likely to dance in 2015 to the different monetary policy tunes played by the U.S. Fed, the ECB and China, while plunging oil prices could spice up the mix.
  
  
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