Taiwan News was founded 6 June 1949 by James Wei as China News, offering news reports and editorials printed on a stencil press. At the time it was the only English-language daily newspaper in Taiwan. In 1960 the newspaper switched to block printing in a full-size page format.
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|Founded||1949 (as "China News")|
In 1988 publication of the newspaper was taken over by Luis Ko, the then-CEO of I-Mei Foods, and the paper's title was changed to Taiwan News.
On 28 February 2015, the news agency released the last print edition of its newspaper and switched to an all-digital format. It is now published online at in both English and Mandarin versions.
The reputation and prestige of the print edition of Taiwan News was instrumental in helping the Taiwan News Online achieve the distinction of being the most widely visited English-language portal for news about Taiwan, with an average of more than a million visits monthly. More than 80 percent of those visits come from overseas, with users from a total of 176 nations around the world. Taiwan News Online is also one of the most frequently searched-for sites for English-language news on Taiwan.
Taiwan News works closely with Internet Securities (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Wisers Information Ltd. (慧科訊業) of Hong Kong to make news reports, stories and editorials from Taiwan News available to subscribers through the databases of the two services. At the same time, Taiwan News continues to seek cooperative agreements with other news sources around the globe.
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