POLITICS & NEWS

Visit to Taiwan by Honduran President Maintains Diplomatic Relations with Authoritarian Regime

New Bloom

Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández left Taiwan on Monday after a three-day diplomatic visit. The trip was to commemorate 80 years of diplomatic relations...

Chinese Ban of Su Tseng-chang, Joseph Wu, and Yu Shyi-kun Primarily Symbolic

New Bloom

The Chinese government recently announced the unusual measure of banning three Taiwanese politicians and their relatives from entering China or conducting business...

Political Stars Backslide in Latest Survey on Mayor Approval Rating

Ketagalan Media

Five takeaways from CommonWealth Magazine’s latest survey on approval rates of mayors in Taiwan give perspectives to what may be soon be coming for the next...

Joseph Wu’s European Tour Highlights Strengthening Relations with Eastern European Countries

New Bloom

Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs is currently on a diplomatic visit traveling through Europe. Officially, Wu’s itinerary only includes visits to the Czech...

Taiwan’s Role in International Organisations and its Climate Change Efforts

Taiwan Insight

Written by Simona Grano. Since the early 1990s, Taiwan has been developing its energy policies in response to the trends established by the United Nations’...

Climate Change, COP26, and Challenges for Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by Huang-Hsiung Hsu. The year 2021 is undoubtedly the Year of Climate Change: The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released the Sixth...

Comparing space industry interventions in Taiwan and elsewhere

Taiwan Insight

Written by Nicholas Borroz. Taiwan’s government intervenes to develop its space industry. It is one of several political economies characterised by solid...

Chen Po-wei Recalled in Taichung by Close Margins

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Chen Po-wei of the Taiwan Statebuilding Party was recalled today. Chen, 36, popularly known by his nickname of “3Q”, represented the second electoral district in...

Defending Taiwan’s 2022 Local Elections: Lessons from 2018 and 2020

Ketagalan Media

Taiwan rapidly adapted to countering foreign influence between the 2018 and 2020 elections but will have to continue to counter illicit influences ahead of 2022.

The AUKUS Agreement and Its Significance for the Defense of Taiwan

Ketagalan Media

AUKUS, and in particular its joint submarine program, will enhance Taiwan’s security by complicating China’s ability to successfully use force to compel...

Tankies Cite AP Report to Deny the Existence of Uyghur Imprisonment Camps in Xinjiang

New Bloom

It proves a darkly humorous phenomenon that western tankies—authoritarian leftists who whitewash China’s actions—have taken a recent AP report as proof that...

Comments by Vijay Prashad, Richard Wolff at DSA Event, as well as David Harvey, Reveal Fanciful Idealization of China

New Bloom

Several recent talks further demonstrate western leftists’ failure to understand China. This occurs not only in terms of romanticization of China in juxtaposition...

Taiwanese Education Is Not Particularly “Confucian”

Ketagalan Media

The cliche popular in Taiwan that Taiwanese education is “Confucian” or based on the philosophy of Confucianism is mistaken.

Evergrande Debt Crisis Reflects Contradictions of Today’s China

New Bloom

The Evergrande debt crisis has drawn global alarm, due to the effects the collapse of the debt-ridden company could have worldwide. Evergrande is one of China’s...

Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Race, With Chang Ya-Chung as Runner-up, Johnny Chiang Distant Third

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Former New Taipei mayor and previous party chair Eric Chu was the winner of the KMT chair elections today. Chu was the clear winner, with 83,027 votes, or 45.96%...

Two Domestic Cases Added to Banqiao Cluster, Japan Announces Donation of 500,000 AstraZeneca Doses

New Bloom

Two domestic cases, three imported cases, and zero deaths were announced at the CECC daily press conference today. Both cases today were found in New Taipei and...

Every Journey Begins with a Single Step: Taiwan’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

Taiwan Insight

Written by Bonny Ling. Last year, on Human Rights Day marking the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December by the UN General...

Police Raids on Entertainment Establishments Driven by Politics, Not Pandemic Safety

New Bloom

Police in New Taipei conducted raids on sixteen establishments in recent days, with over 1,000 police officers deployed as part of deployments. This takes place...

The NPP and DPP Split on the Referendum Vote

New Bloom

With the national referendum scheduled for next month, notably, the DPP is the only political party represented in the legislature that will stake out a “no” vote...

COVID Graduates: “The Pandemic Only Makes Us Stronger”

Taiwan Business Topics

— By Chiayi Lin and Li Hsun Tsai, Commonwealth Magazine Taiwan’s COVID-19 generation, entering the employment market amid a severe pandemic, has not become a lost...

How a Taiwan Influencer Raised €140K for a Lithuanian ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’

New Bloom

​​After Lithuania sent COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan, Jill Chang inadvertently directed her followers to a controversial ‘crisis pregnancy centre’ in Vilnius

Taiwan’s Green Efforts

Taiwan Insight

Written by Chien Te Fan. Taiwan, also known in Europe as Formosa in the mid-16th century, is an island country with rich biodiversity. However, in the Pacific Rim...

Taiwan-UK Offshore Wind Cooperation Successes Should be Big News at COP26

Taiwan Insight

Written by Col. Bob Stewart and Lord Rogan. With the COP26 Conference in Glasgow fast approaching, the UK Government has made the challenge of addressing climate...

Is Taiwan Ready to Go Net-Zero by 2050?

Taiwan Insight

Written by Ming-sho Ho. On Earth Day (April 22) of 2021, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen unveiled the goal of realizing carbon neutrality by 2050. By then, Taiwan is...

The Japanese Communist Party’s Feud with Beijing: Will the Global Left Take Note?

New Bloom

On July 1st, 2021, the Chinese Communist Party celebrated its hundredth anniversary, and duly received congratulatory messages from political leaders and parties...

An Asymmetric Information Operations Strategy to Defeat the Chinese Communist Party

Ketagalan Media

China’s many social media platforms can serve as a medium for the West to conduct influence operations in China by delivering real information.

Worst Fire in the History of Kaohsiung Yesterday Ultimately Has Structural Causes in Taiwanese Society

New Bloom

46 died in a building fire in Kaohsiung yesterday, with at least 41 injured. A total of 55 were taken to the hospital, with 14 found to have no signs of life,...

Huang Kuo-shu Controversy Reveals Issues of Complicity, Collaboration During Authoritarian Times

New Bloom

DPP legislator Huang Kuo-shu announced that he would be withdrawing from the party and not pursuing reelection in 2024 earlier this week after the Liberty Times...

TTY Biopharm Officials Hit By Insider Trading Charges Regarding Vaccine Purchase Attempt

New Bloom

TTY Biopharm is currently under investigation for insider trading, with 26 company officials held by authorities, and close to thirty locations raided. Among those...

Taiwan’s Diplomacy Is About Collective Deterrence, Not Heading For War

Ketagalan Media

Taiwan must not overly focus on China’s warmongering, but base its diplomacy on values to build coalitions with other like-minded nations.

Academics Call for Academia Sinica Name Change

New Bloom

Proposals for Academia Sinica to change its name have been floated several times in the past. For example, the idea came up in March 2020 in the Taiwanese...

Unlikely Allies? Evaluating Taiwan-Somaliland Relations

Ketagalan Media

highlighting shared features to bring Taiwan and Somaliland closer while simultaneously accounting for each side’s unique political context can lay the groundwork...

Second KMT Chair Debate Sees Sharp Attacks Between Eric Chu, Chang Ya-Chung

New Bloom

The second KMT chair debate, which took place on September 18th, had five rounds. The first round consisted of opening comments, while the second round allowed...

From Taiwan to Macau in 16 Years: A Domestic Worker’s Migration Biography

Taiwan Insight

Narrated by Yosa Wariyanti, written by Isabelle Cheng. I have spent a total of 16 years abroad. When we return home, we have our savings, and we may open...

Peng Shuai Disappearance Casts Shadow on China Ahead of 2022 Beijing Olympics

New Bloom

The disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was ranked #1 internationally by the World Tennis Organization, has made international headlines in the...

Immigration Hurdles Are Becoming Barriers to Love in Taiwan

Ketagalan Media

Two couples face tough decisions due to the difficulties Taiwan’s immigration rules and enforcement pose for non-citizens and non-residents.

Fukushima Food Imports Likely to be Stumbling Block Regarding CPTPP

New Bloom

According to recent comments by Minister without Portfolio John Deng, who heads the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Executive Yuan, food imports from Fukushima...

What China Studies Scholars Can Do about the Xinjiang Crisis

New Bloom

In 2019, at a dinner conversation with several established China scholars, I mentioned that it is dangerous for me to return to China and do further research...

Taiwan’s status at the science-policy interface for global climate change: why getting it right matters

Taiwan Insight

Written by Leslie Mabon. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) arguably represents an unprecedented level of international cooperation...

It’s Not All About China and the U.S at COP26: Taiwan’s Greening Strategy as a Model for the Developed Democracies

Taiwan Insight

Written by Sung-Young Kim. Only days out from COP26 – the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference – many commentators are now preoccupied with how the rising...

Maintaining Taiwan’s Global ICT industry lead by Improving Employee’s Training

Taiwan Insight

Written by Bo-Yi Lee. Employee training is critical in the success of organisations, including productivity, profitability, innovation capabilities and overall...

Obstacles Remain for Judicial Reform in Taiwan

New Bloom

The Tsai administration's efforts at judicial reform came under criticism last month from civil society organizations, particularly regarding attempts to reign in...

Taiwan, As Presented By John Oliver

Ketagalan Media

John Oliver’s Taiwan segment deserves to be celebrated. The messaging is on point, and the weaker parts don’t detract from it.

Calls for Punitive Treatment of the Mentally Ill After Violent Incidents Prove Unsurprising

New Bloom

Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare has made a name for itself in past years through its firmly progressive political stances. This has been demonstrated in...

KMT Frames Chen Po-wei Recall Vote as a Referendum on the DPP

New Bloom

The upcoming recall vote facing Taiwan Statebuilding Party legislator Chen Po-wei, which is set for October 23rd, looks to be an occasion in which the pan-Blue and...

China Leverages on Taiwan’s Reputation for Dollar Diplomacy in Somaliland Criticisms

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In the past week, the Chinese government has sought to tar Taiwan’s efforts to build stronger diplomatic relations with Somaliland, with state-run tabloid Global...

Flag Removal in Swimming Competition Latest Incident Regarding Taiwan’s Participation in International Sporting Events

New Bloom

Many in Taiwan were surprised by a wave of support from international countries after the ROC flag was removed from the livestream of a swimming competition on...

Sentencing of Pingtung Mayor Another Example of High-Level KMT Corruption

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Pingtung mayor Lin Hsieh-sung and Pingtung city council speaker Hsiao Kuo-liang, both KMT members, were sentenced on corruption charges earlier this week by the...

Banqiao Elementary School Cluster Viewed as Stable, One Domestic Delta Case of an Airport Worker Announced

New Bloom

One domestic case and four imported cases were announced today at the CECC daily press conference. Zero new deaths were announced

Eswatini Donation Continues Taiwan’s Backing of Authoritarian Monarchy

New Bloom

The Tsai administration announced a donation of 637 million NT to Eswatini last week. The donation is earmarked for a fund for reconstruction work in Eswatini that...