Pheu Thai Foots the Political Bill for Thaksin’s Return

East Asia Forum

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's return to Thailand after 15 years in self-exile has come at a heavy political cost for his affiliated Pheu Thai Party. Their establishment of a "government of national reconciliation" has faced challenges due to their dependence on coalition partners and their loss of popularity among conservative and progressive voters.


Minimum Wage as an Election Battle: Assessing the Claims of Hou Yu-ih and Lai Ching-te

Roy Ngerng

Comparisons show that presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih's minimum wage proposal of $33,000 would result in faster growth than under current president Tsai Ing-wen. However, it is important for voters to demand a specific timeline for this increase.


Taiwan To Build Oil Reserve in Eswatini, Its Last African Ally

TNL Staff

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan signed three bilateral contracts with Eswatini, including an agreement to help the country build an oil reserve.


Hou Proposes Full Healthcare Subsidies for Elderly Aged 65 and Above

TNL Staff

Minister of Health and Welfare Hsueh Jui-yuan expressed concerns about budgeting and the potential generational wealth gap brought by KMT presidential candidate Hou You-yi’s newly proposed healthcare policy.


China’s Economy Sputters, Unattractive to Foreign Investors

Antonio Graceffo

China’s economic indicators, including skyrocketing youth unemployment and declining GDP growth, are causing foreign companies and investors to lose interest.


Foxconn Billionaire Terry Gou Announces Independent Run for Taiwan 2024 Presidency

TNL Staff

Foxconn founder and Taiwan billionaire Terry Gou has announced an independent bid for Taiwan's 2024 presidential election.


Hong Kong Police Question Relatives of Activists Living Overseas

Voice of America

Analysts view Hong Kong police’s act of questioning the relatives of exiled activists relatives as a “scare tactic” to deter them from engaging in activisms overseas.

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