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2020/12/31 | East Asia Forum

The Year of Unexpected Successes in Taiwan

While the world waits to see how the Biden administration’s foreign policy team will approach China and Taiwan, President Tsai at least will be in a position to roll into 2021 confident in Taiwan’s firm global standing.

2020/12/29 | Voice of America

How American Pork Could Lead To Wider US Trade Deal With Export Powerhouse Taiwan

Taiwanese officials will lift a longstanding ban on U.S. pork imports to open talks on a free trade deal with its second biggest trading partner.

2020/12/28 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan to Regulate China’s State-Affiliated Publications After Children’s Book Controversy

Taiwan’s government plans to amend legislation to make it clear that companies must apply for approval before publishing books associated with the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

GOG Backtracks on Releasing ‘Devotion,’ Gamers Up in Arms

GOG announced yesterday that Devotion, first removed in February, will return to the platform, but it is no longer the case.

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Proposed Bills To Regulate Online Content Stir Outrage

Taiwan's government announced plans to regulate content on streaming and social media platforms. The opposition Kuomintang suggested they limit freedom of speech and introduce censorship.

2020/12/17 | Voice of America

Chinese Diplomats’ Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's tweet might seem to gain traction, but researchers say it is a result of China's attempt “to create an illusion of popular backing.”

2020/12/15 | Voice of America

ICC Rejects Uyghur Plea for Investigation of China

Despite calls from exiled Uyghurs, International Criminal Court prosecutors say they will not investigate China’s crackdowns against the Uyghur minority.

2020/12/14 | Louis Lo

Did US Election Polls Fail Again?

What’s often missing from discussions of the reliability of polls is the social atmosphere in the United States and polling methodology.

2020/12/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Police Arrest Top Militant Linked To Bali Bombings

Indonesian police have arrested a senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group which carried out the 2002 Bali bombings. The militant was also believed to be involved in other deadly attacks.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

Cyberpunk 2077 Accused of Insulting China, but Not Banned

While some Chinese netizens lashed out at the game for not recognizing Taiwan as a part of China, few wanted it to be banned.

2020/12/11 | Voice of America

China Limits Travel by Some US Officials To Hong Kong

China is restricting travel by some U.S. officials to Hong Kong after the U.S. imposed sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials.

2020/12/11 | TNL Feature

Human Rights Day: Taiwan’s Democratization Gives Hope To 4.2 Billion Under Authoritarian Rule

While Taiwan may be an example of successful democratization, the authoritarianism that its people experienced decades ago is on the rise today.

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2020/12/09 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Police Arrest Eight Over ‘Unauthorized’ Protest

Eight Hong Kong activists in connection with a protest on July 1 have been arrested for defying a rally ban and violating the newly-imposed national security law.

2020/12/08 | The Interpreter

China’s Online Meddling Goes Beyond the Great Firewall

Supporting the human rights movement in China should include fostering a fact-based Chinese-language information environment in which activists can get reliable news and analysis.

2020/12/07 | Bryan Chou

Australian Wine Is the Latest Democratic Unifier

Politicians around the world have been calling on consumers to buy a bottle of Australian wine to show support for Australia’s fight against China’s punitive sanctions.

2020/12/07 | Voice of America

Observers Say Beijing’s Planned Blacklist of Taiwan Secessionists Could Backfire

Beijing's list of Taiwan secessionists could fuel even further anti-China sentiment in Taiwan.