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New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(July 18, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It is Taiwan’s first free trade pact with a developed economy and, according to the ROC Ministry […]

Taiwan: Proposals to Increase Taxation of and Health Surcharge on Tobacco Products

(May 13, 2013) On May 9, 2013, that the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved amendments to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act and to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act that, if they become law, would, respectively, increase the taxes and the health surcharge on tobacco products. (ROC Cabinet OKs […]

Japan; Taiwan: Landmark Fishing Agreement

(Apr. 15, 2013) On April 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Japan concluded a landmark agreement on protection of each jurisdiction’s fishing rights in their overlapping territories near the five islets and three barren rocks in the East China Sea known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands, on mainland China as […]

Taiwan; Thailand: Agreement to Fight Economic Crime Signed

(Jan. 22, 2013) On January 17, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement to fight transnational economic crimes, in particular fraud carried out by means of telecommunications. The Representative of the ROC to Thailand, Henry M. J. Chen, and Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Chen’s Thai counterpart, carried out the signing […]

Taiwan: Stiffer Drunk Driving Provisions

(Jan. 16, 2013) On January 14, 2013, Taiwan’s legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The amendments affect articles 8, 35, and 67 of the Act. (Stiff DUI Penalties OK’d by Taiwan Lawmakers, TAIWAN TODAY (Jan. 15, 2013); Amendment […]

Taiwan: Extensively Amended Patent Act Becomes Effective

(Jan. 3, 2013) On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that the revised law “will be more compliant with international standards, with more expansive protection for design […]

Taiwan: New Amendment to Criminal Code on Child Abuse

(Dec. 11, 2012) On December 5, 2012, an amendment to article 286 of Taiwan’s Criminal Code was published in the Gazette of the Office of the President. The amendment expands the scope of child abuse violations that can be criminally prosecuted and increases relevant penalties. (Amendment to Criminal Law [in Chinese], 7061 THE GAZETTE OF […]

Taiwan; Thailand: Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Signed

(Dec. 5, 2012) Bringing to a close a process that began in 1999, on November 30, 2012, representatives of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and Thailand signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of income tax evasion. The accord is expected to take effect by the end of the […]

Taiwan: Draft Law on National Land Planning Submitted to Cabinet

(Nov. 9, 2012) On October 30, 2012, <?Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved a draft law on national land planning, which has been submitted to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) for review, with a view to promoting sustainable development in land use. According to the MOI, due to such major events and developments as natural […]

New Zealand; Taiwan: Joint Venture Capital Investment Agreement

(Oct. 19, 2012) On October 3, 2012, the Republic of China (on Taiwan) (ROC) and New Zealand initialed letters of agreement on the Strategic Cooperation on Joint Investments in Venture Capital Funds. The landmark accord between the two countries, which already enjoy “robust economic and trade relations with complementary industrial strengths, … will boost cooperation, […]