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2022/01/18 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Taiwan’s Plan to Cement Its Newfound Alliance With Lithuania

Taiwan’s investment plan for Lithuania needs to be economically sound, and cannot rely simply on geopolitical conflict.

2022/01/14 | Itamar Waksman

The Siraya’s Fight for Recognition in Taiwan

The Siraya has yet to be officially recognized by Taiwan’s government as an Indigenous group, excluding them from access to social benefits including scholarship and subsidy for healthcare.

2022/01/13 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Are Increasing Prices To Earn Higher Profits

Average consumers will take a hit, while businesses will continue to earn high profits from the recent price increases.

2022/01/09 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan: Lin Ching-yi Prevails in Win for Pan-Green Forces

Lin’s victory reflected the voters’ approval of her call to “end the politics of corruption,” which the DPP has made a central part of her campaign platform.

2022/01/09 | TNL Staff

Freddy Lim Recall Attempt Fails to Meet Threshold

The recall campaign against Freddy Lim has failed on account of falling short of its binding threshold.

2021/12/28 | Timothy S. Rich

No, Taiwan Shouldn’t Sabotage TSMC: A Response to “Broken Nest”

A recent paper making the rounds in policy circles advocates for Taiwan to deliberately destroy semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to deter an invasion. Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

2021/12/18 | TNL Staff

Explainer: Taiwan’s 2021 Referendum Results

All four referendum questions in Taiwan have failed to pass, marking a victory for the governing DPP and setback for the opposition KMT.

2021/12/17 | Michael Fahey

Cop, Philosopher, and President?

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi wrote a master class in the art of the Chinese essay and offers a compelling conservative vision for Taiwan’s future. Should he run for president, he will be a very formidable candidate.

2021/12/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Can Afford to Contribute More to Social Security

Taiwan’s employers not only pay low wages to workers but also contribute little to the country’s social security. It is one of the lowest among high-income countries as a proportion of the economy.

2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.