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2021/01/27 | TNL Staff

Siri Is Learning Taiwanese

Apple is hiring an engineer to program Siri to “speak” Taiwanese.

2021/01/22 | TNL Staff

Plan for Digital ID Card Suspended Amid Controversy

A plan to issue digital identification cards in July was suspended until a special law has been established to govern the matter.

2021/01/21 | TNL Staff

The Magician on the Skywalk: A Magical Realist Lens on Taiwan

The Magician on the Skywalk, a television series based on Wu Ming-yi’s work with the same name, is scheduled to be aired in February.

2021/01/14 | TNL Staff

TSMC To Boost Capital Spending To Meet Surging Demand

TSMC plans to increase capital spending on developing advanced processor technologies as demand surges.

2021/01/12 | TNL Staff

Hospital Evacuation After Two Local Infections Confirmed

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced today two cases of local Covid-19 infections. A physician contracted the virus from a patient and passed it to a nurse.

2021/01/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Population Shrinks for the First Time

Taiwan’s population declined for the first time in 2020, as the country struggles with one of the lowest birth rates across the world.

2021/01/06 | TNL Staff

New Taiwan Dollar Hits New High Since 1997

On Tuesday, the New Taiwan Dollar breached the NT$28 mark per greenback within minutes after trading opened.

2020/12/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Tightens Border Control After Reporting First Case of Covid-19 Variant

Taiwan's government announced foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Taiwan from January 1, in response to the first case of the British variant of Covid-19.

2020/12/30 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s 2020 in Review

From the first reports of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness and the presidential election, the news from Taiwan has had a relentless grip on us all.

2020/12/23 | TNL Staff

US Congress Includes Taiwan Assurance Act in US$2.3 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. Congress has approved a US$2.3 trillion spending package, which includes the Taiwan Assurance Act.

2020/12/22 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Reports First Domestic Covid-19 Case Since April

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced today the first domestically-acquired case of Covid-19 in Taiwan since April 12.

2020/12/01 | TNL Staff

New Rules for Overseas Taiwanese on Health Insurance Proposed

The new rules, as a part of the government's efforts to reduce the long-run deficit in the budget for the national healthcare system, are expected to affect more than 170,000 Taiwanese people living abroad.

2020/11/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Shu-Fang, Mo Tzu-Yi Biggest Winners at Golden Horse 2020

Chen Shu-fang, starring in Dear Tenant and Little Big Women, is the first actress to win awards for both the best leading and supporting actresses at a time since the Golden Horse Awards started in 1962.

2020/11/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan To Tighten Rules After a Rise in Imported Covid-19 Cases

Taiwan, a success story in containing the spread of novel coronavirus, is tightening regulations in response to a rise of imported cases.

2020/11/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Shuts Down Pro-China CTi News

This is the first time the NCC has rejected a permit renewal from a news channel since the agency was set up to regulate the telecommunications and broadcasting industry in Taiwan.

2020/11/18 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Grounds F-16 Fighter Jets After One Goes Missing

The training accident, the fifth this year, marks Taiwan’s third military aircraft crash in 2020.

2020/11/13 | TNL Staff

Most Pro-Taiwan Lawmakers Reelected To Congress

With the majority of races for the U.S. Congress called, most pro-Taiwan legislators up for reelection have won.

2020/11/12 | TNL Staff

‘Taiwan’ Blocked in WHO Facebook Video

Messages that contain the word “Taiwan” are blocked from appearing in the comments section below a live-streaming video of the WHA meeting on Facebook.