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2016/07/11 | Matthew Fulco

Taiwan's Hotel Sector Faces Day of Reckoning

The boom of the last eight years is coming to an end as Chinese tourists decline and hotel oversupply grows more severe.

2016/07/11 | J. Michael Cole

Communist Youth League Slams Chinese Film Director For Starring Taiwanese Actor

Chinese ultranationalists have called for a boycott of Vicki Zhao’s upcoming film for her casting of Taiwan’s Leon Dai as the lead actor.

2016/07/11 | Bing-sheng Lee

Suspicions of Political Motives in Cambodian Critic’s Murder

The murder of an outspoken government critic is seen as major blow for Cambodian democracy and has raised speculation over the involvement of the ruling regime.

2016/07/07 | J. Michael Cole

Forbes’ Inexplicable Contempt for Taiwan

By putting it in the same category as Donald Trump, European nationalists and Rodrigo Duterte, Tim Ferguson provides an image of Taiwan’s democracy that is unfair in the extreme.

2016/07/07 | The Japan Times

Dhaka Terrorist Attack a Reminder on 'Soft Targets'

The killings come as yet another reminder of the vulnerability of soft targets with lax security, as the Islamic State spreads terror across national borders.

2016/07/07 | ZiQing Low

Netizens Unimpressed as Ma Meddles in Cross-Strait Affairs

Former president Ma riled Taiwanese netizens today after saying that Taiwan and China should share historical records on the Second Sino-Japanese War.

2016/07/06 | Hsu Chia-yu

Duterte’s Murderous Campaign Against Suspected Philippine Drug Dealers Intensifies

More than 30 alleged drug dealers were reportedly killed by police in the four days following the inauguration of new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

2016/07/06 | Sarawak Report

Another Swiss Bank Involved as Malaysia 1MDB Scandal Unravels

As international prosecutors continue to dig into the 1MDB scandal, an earlier investigation by Sarawak Report has achieved a separate landmark ruling in Switzerland, with top bank UBS ordered to produce documents relating to Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s vast earnings from timber kickbacks.

2016/07/06 | Chang Shin-wei

Fearing EU 'Red Flag', Taiwan Passes New Laws on Pelagic Fishing

Some Taiwanese fishermen fear that the new fines imposed for breaking the law could be ruinous for many of them.

2016/07/05 | J. Michael Cole

Top Chinese Official Calls for Greater Cooperation with Taiwan Media

Given the state of the media in China today, any closer cooperation with its highly censored and propagandistic news outlets would be suicidal for would-be partners.

2016/07/04 | Yuan-ling Liang

Taiwan Unions Buoyed by China Airlines Success

While some unions have leveraged the success of the flight attendants' strike, other industries face challenges in worker organization and collective bargaining.

2016/07/04 | Edward White

China to Online News Organizations: No More Social Media to Source Your Stories

Is the latest move from China’s Internet watchdog a fresh sign of draconian oversight or just a push toward more sensible journalism?

2016/07/04 | Edward White

Burma Rocked by Anti-Muslim Protests After Arson Attacks on Mosques

Is Myanmar’s new government 'sending the wrong signal' to violent, anti-Muslim Buddhists as religious tensions escalate?

2016/07/03 | J. Michael Cole

China Ramps Up Information Warfare Operations Abroad

No longer reactive, China is now on a proactive track: it seeks to set the agenda by organizing and co-sponsoring international events, or by establishing partnerships with organizations abroad.

2016/07/02 | Shuhei Omi

Cross-Strait Watch No. 3

An overview of key developments in relations between Taiwan and China this week.

2016/07/01 | Chang Shin-wei

Formosa Plastics Admits Guilt for Mass Killing of Fish in Vietnam

Despite paying US$500m in damages and admitting it dumped toxic substance in rivers, there may be longer-term implications from the Formosa Plastics fish scandal.