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Scanning for the Perfect Fit

Taiwan Business Topics

The adoption of body scanning technology developed by Taiwanese companies is changing the apparel industry by reducing waste, increasing customer satisfaction, and...

Localizing Efforts to Serve Taiwan’s Aging Population

Taiwan Business Topics

As Taiwan confronts challenges related to promoting the health of the elderly and adapting society to their needs, locally attuned strategies are taking on...

The Rundown: Hydrogen Dialogue, Increased GDP Forecasts, and Delayed Investment Recovery

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Taiwan, Australia Seek Cooperation on Hydrogen On July...

Taiwan Benefits from Recent Surge in Foreign Investment

Taiwan Business Topics

Foreign investors have committed more than US$10 billion to long-term infrastructure and property development projects in Taiwan in just the last four years. While...

Sustainability at the Forefront for AmCham Member Companies

Taiwan Business Topics

The efforts of three companies in very different industry sectors indicate the scope of activity undertaken by leading multinationals operating in Taiwan. Many...

The Rundown: Insurers’ Profits Surge, Taiya Announces Offshore Bid, and Chailease Insures Employees against COVID-19

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Insurance Industry Records Major Gains in First Half...

Language Diplomacy and Bilingual Ambitions in Taiwan

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Taiwan’s “Bilingual Nation by 2030” policy, while an impressive goal, would benefit from better communication between levels of government and simpler, more...

The Rundown: UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue, Guam Vaccine Tours, and TCI Biotech Expansion

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Third UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue Held Virtually in July...

Innovative Online SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School Open to All

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The Taiwan Studies department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) will hold their summer school online from June 28 to July...

Soft Power in Action: The Power of Protest Songs in Nigeria and Taiwan

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Protest music in both Taiwan and Nigeria describe the power of young people at very different stages of the democratization process.

Taiwan Acacia’s Commercial Evolution

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan acacia is traditionally used as firewood, but Taiwan’s king of carton packaging, Caho Chen, and a team of innovative young people have developed methods to...

The Rundown: Shareholders’ Meetings Suspended, 1nm Chip Breakthrough, Job Seekers Decline

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS FSC suspends shareholders’ meetings Taiwan’s Financial...

The Rundown: Positive Business Sentiment, Growth Concerns, and Stimulus Package 4.0

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Taiwanese Outlook Positive Despite Pandemic The COVID-19 situation in Taiwan continues to be severe, with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reporting...

Raising the Bar for Taiwan’s Supply Chains

Taiwan Business Topics

A growing emphasis on social and environmental responsibility among major U.S. corporations has begun influencing the practices and operations of their Taiwanese...

Taiwan Seeks More Foreign Finance Talent

Taiwan Business Topics

Last December, Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced the easing of requirements for foreign finance professionals, part of the government’s...

Breaking the Deadlock on Financial Consolidation in Taiwan

Taiwan Business Topics

A proposed acquisition could be a turning point for Taiwan’s overbanked financial services industry. Last December, Fubon Financial Holdings, the second-largest...

E-Commerce Grows Steadily in Taiwan Amid Pandemic

Taiwan Business Topics

COVID-19 has given a modest boost to online shopping in Taiwan, with platforms such as Momo, PChome, and Shopee strengthening their market positions. In a world...

The Rundown: Industrial Production Rises, Pandemic Restrictions are Loosened, and Google Invests in Fact-Checking

Taiwan Business Topics

Industrial Production and Manufacturing Reach Monthly Highs in August The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) reported in late September that Taiwan’s industrial...

The Rundown: Macquarie EV Deal, TSMC No. 3, and Income Inequality

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Macquarie and Kaison Sign MOU for EVs Macquarie...

Taiwan’s Elder Care Industry Faces Embattled Future

Taiwan Business Topics

Insufficient government budget for senior care and a system that overworks and underpays foreign caregivers do not bode well for Taiwan’s elderly as their...

For Many Taiwanese, “Buying Green” Has Long Been a Priority

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Data indicates that Taiwanese shoppers favor products and brands that foster environmental protection and sustainability, while the government has aggressively...

The Rundown: Technology Parks, July Unemployment, and Deed Tax Revenue

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Technology Parks Report Record Gains According to the...

Taiwan Makes Admirable Progress Toward Achieving SDGs

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Despite its lack of member status in the UN and exclusion from official participation in the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals program, Taiwan has...

Intertwined Narratives: A Survey of Books on Taiwanese History

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What are the best books on general Taiwanese history? They offer clear timelines for beginners, as well as dive into the local culture.

The Rundown: LNG Deal, Chip Shortage, and New Rules for ESG Funds

Taiwan Business Topics

CPC, Qatar Petroleum Sign LNG Deal On July 7, Taiwan’s state-owned petroleum company CPC and Qatar Petroleum signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement for Liquefied...

How Can Taiwanese Dramas Soar with Netflix?

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Thanks to Netflix, Taiwanese dramas are experiencing a renaissance of sorts. But how can Taiwan’s entertainment industry take advantage of this opportunity?

History, Nature and Kaoliang: Kinmen Island

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Lying just off the coast of China and boasting historical sites, culture, and natural beauty is one of Taiwan’s hidden gems — Kinmen Island.

What’s in Store for Next Year?

Taiwan Business Topics

DBS economist Ma Tieying takes the most bullish view of Taiwan’s economic prospects for 2021, forecasting GDP growth of 4.2%. The most cautious position among...

The Rundown: China Job Ads, ETF Sandbox Trial, and LINE’s New Office

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS New measures seek to combat China’s talent poaching...

The Rundown: Taishin Acquisition, Domestic Car Sales, Vaccination Travel

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FSC Approves Major Insurance M&A Deal The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) on May 31 provided its conditional approval of Taishin Financial Holdings’...

The Rundown: What the Latest Outbreak Could Mean for Taiwan’s Economy

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Taiwan’s COVID-19 situation has quickly become more...

For Some Tech Products, Social Distancing has been Good News

Taiwan Business Topics

COVID-19 has brought a spike in global demand for various types of information and communication technology – both in terms of goods and services. As a result,...

Entrepreneurs Navigate Taiwan’s Vast Retail Space

Taiwan Business Topics

A new cohort of young business owners is exploring how to create, import, and sell products that are attractive to Taiwan’s discerning consumers, using a variety...

The Taiwan Auto Industry’s Blockbuster Year

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan’s car market experienced substantial sales growth in 2020, recording the highest number of units sold in 15 years. Yet global headwinds and Taiwan’s...

The Rundown: CPTPP Application, CBC Monetary Measures, and Foodpanda’s FTC Fine

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Taiwan Applies to Join Regional Trade Pact On September 22, the Executive Yuan announced that Taiwan had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive...

The Rundown: June Jobs Report, Disney+ Expected Launch, and Hotel Q2 Losses

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Taiwan Down 93,000 Jobs in June The Directorate-General...

Can Taiwan Overcome its Demographic Dilemma?

Taiwan Business Topics

With extremely low fertility rates and a population barreling toward super-aged status, Taiwan must think creatively about how to counter the worst effects of...

The Rundown: Tax Revenue Spike, CPI Increase, and AA Fitch Rating

Taiwan Business Topics

MOF Reports NT$2 trillion in Tax Revenue for First Eight Months The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on September 9 reported that net tax revenue for August totaled...

The Rundown: PMI Increase, New Tourism Website, and Property Development Boom

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Manufacturing Activity Continues to Flourish The...

Does Taiwan Already Have the English Teachers It Needs? Yes and No

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It would benefit Taiwan in the long term to commit to developing the potential talents it already has to achieve its goal of becoming more bilingual.

Seqalu: A New Page for Taiwan Historical Dramas

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Why has Seqalu: Formosa 1867, which is based on true events in Taiwan’s lesser-known history, become a phenomenon in Taiwan?

The Rundown: TIFA Talks Resume, Markets Reopen, and Capital Requirements Eased

Taiwan Business Topics

Long-stalled TIFA Talks Resume in Late June The 11th Taiwan-US Trade & Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) council meeting was convened virtually on June 30. It...

Taro is the Newest, Hottest Old Shaved Ice Flavor

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An exhibition about old fashioned Taiwanese summer deserts showcased how people beat the summer heat before air conditioning, with taro voted as a fan favorite.

Love And Family In the Time of COVID-19

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Real stories of love and family from a quarantine hotel in Taipei as reported by political staffer Wu Cheng, who was quarantined at the same hotel himself.

The Rundown: COVID Update, Pandemic Profits, and U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan COVID-19 Update: The Bright and the Bleak The COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan is slowly being brought under control as the island enters its fourth week of...

The Rundown: Tech Drives GDP Growth and Furloughs Increase Amid Level 3

Taiwan Business Topics

Strong Demand for Technology Drives Increased GDP Growth Even as Taiwan has struggled to contain a local outbreak of COVID-19, the international community...

The Rundown: Interest Rates Unchanged, Korean Bank Entrance Approved, and Hon Hai’s DNex Acquisition

Taiwan Business Topics

Central Bank raises Taiwan’s GDP forecast The Central Bank announced on June 17 that it would leave current key interest rates unchanged. Its discount rate would...

Updating Taiwan’s Banking System with Fintech

Taiwan Business Topics

The Financial Supervisory Commission’s new action plan includes goals related to data liberalization, encouraging disruption and innovation, and talent...

Automakers’ Reliance on Taiwan Chips Sparks Discussion

Taiwan Business Topics

An unexpected surge in demand left car manufacturers in some major markets scrambling to make up for a shortage of automotive chips, which are produced mostly in...

Taiwan’s EV Supply Chain Cranks into High Gear

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan has a relatively complete supply chain for electric vehicle components, and companies such as Tesla rely heavily on Taiwanese suppliers for a majority of...