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2020/05/29 | Voice of America

China’s Hong Kong Security Law Risks 'Intimidating’ US, Observers Say

As the National People's Congress concludes in China, analysts fear that the approval of the Hong Kong national security law may undermine the city's semi-autonomous status and lead to a U.S.-China Cold War.

2020/05/28 | Deutsche Welle

US Reconsiders Hong Kong's Special Treatment, Seeks China Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo said Hong Kong no longer operates autonomously from Beijing. Meanwhile, in Congress, proposed sanctions linked to China's repression of Uyghur Muslims passed overwhelmingly.

2020/05/27 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Police Blockade Legislature Ahead of National Anthem Vote

Hong Kong's legislative complex was the site of clashes between protesters and police ahead of discussions of a controversial bill that would make disrespecting China's national anthem a crime.

2020/05/26 | Milo Hsieh

What TSMC and Taiwan Have to Gain From Planned US Factory

TSMC's proposed factory in Arizona would grant one of Taiwan's most important companies direct access to the U.S. market.

2020/05/25 | Voice of America

Uyghurs in US Say China Using Detained Family Members in Forced Interviews

Chinese media has released a series of separate videos showed Uighurs in Xinjiang allegedly denouncing their detention as propaganda. Uighur community members in the United States are expressing skepticism.

2020/05/24 | Rik Glauert

Taiwan’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Left Some Couples Behind, A Year Later

As Taiwan’s LGBT community celebrates the anniversary of same-sex marriage legalization, adoption rights and transnational marriages remain on the agenda.

2020/05/22 | Brian Hioe

Will Taiwan Still Be the 'Orphan of Asia' After Covid-19?

“As the world burns, Taiwan soldiers on” is our collective experience of the pandemic. Will this make Taiwan even more isolated or connected than before?

2020/05/22 | Deutsche Welle

China Lawmakers to Vote on New Security Law for Hong Kong

While thousands of Chinese lawmakers gather for their annual session, Beijing is preparing a new law against subversive activities in Hong Kong. Opposition democrats in the city warn it would be "the end of Hong Kong."

2020/05/21 | Voice of America

HK Public Broadcaster Suspends Satirical Show After Government Reprimand

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK was forced to suspend a satirical show and apologize for allegedly insulting the police.

2020/05/20 | TNL Staff

President Tsai Ing-wen Inaugural Address Pays Homage to Covid-19 Heroes

Tsai Ing-wen took the oath of office today for her second presidential term. In her inaugural address, she touched upon Taiwan's position in the world and its economic strategies in Covid-19's wake.

2020/05/19 | TNL Staff

Tsai Ing-Wen's Second Term Cabinet Announced Ahead of Inauguration

Tsai Ing-wen's second term Cabinet features many familiar faces, along with the appointment of the first indigenous Taiwanese to be the spokesperson for the Presidential Office, Kolas Yotaka.

2020/05/19 | Roy Ngerng

Covid-19 Exposed the Rot at the Core of Singapore’s Migrant Labor System

Singapore's migrant workers have borne the brunt of Covid-19. The real culprit is the government's single-minded focus on economic growth before people.

2020/05/18 | Voice of America

For Many Cambodians, Debt Repayment Bigger Threat Than Covid-19

Covid-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of Cambodia's microfinance system. Millions are at risk of losing land and homes put up as collateral.

2020/05/15 | Deutsche Welle

Is South Korea's LGBT+ Community Being Scapegoated for Covid-19 Spread?

South Korean authorities warn that overt homophobia is hampering their efforts to trace the thousands of people who visited Itaewon over the weekend to celebrate the relaxing of social distancing restrictions.

2020/05/13 | TJ Ting

Han Kuo-yu’s Last-Ditch Gambit Against Recall Election

Han Kuo-yu faces a recall election on June 6. His play is to heighten contradictions, forcing voters to choose a side.

2020/05/13 | TNL Staff

Professor's Apology to Chinese Student Sparks Debate on Taiwan's Academic Freedom

A Chinese student in Taiwan demanded his professor make an apology based on Covid-19 comments during a lecture.

2020/05/13 | The Interpreter

The Beef Between China and Australia

China's proposed barley and beef tariffs on Australia may be legally dressed up, informal economic sanctions.

2020/05/12 | Antonio C. Hsiang

OPINION: Paraguay May Trigger Diplomatic Avalanche for Taiwan

The Senate of Paraguay voted to maintain diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. But long-term prospects do not look bright.