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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.

2020/05/12 | The Interpreter

We Should Be Cautious When Speculating About a North Korea Collapse

When speculation of a regime collapse gets out of hand, especially from people with authority, fears about the fate of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons can fuel an urge to preventively attack North Korea as a way to keep those weapons out of the wrong hands.

2020/05/08 | TJ Ting

OPINION: The Social Media Presence of Your Favorite Politician Is Nothing But PR

Many Taiwanese politicians have invested in professional social media managers. The memes and tweets are for branding — and not necessarily reflective of the politicians' personalities.

2020/05/08 | Xiaochen Su

The Trouble With TikTok's Global Rise

Downloads of the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok have surged during Covid-19. The app's weak record on privacy and security should be a cause for concern.

2020/05/08 | Voice of America

US Rallies Support to Back Taiwan's WHO Bid

The US move is seen as an open rebuke to China, which has been blocking Taiwan's representation at WHO meetings

2020/05/07 | TJ Ting

‘Water God’, Anti-lockdown Protests: What’s Behind Unscientific Responses to Covid-19?

As protests against the lockdown and vaccines arise in the United States, and a corporation in Taiwan claims its liquid disinfectant is safe for consumption, Covid-19 has given new energy to anti-science politics.

2020/05/07 | Deutsche Welle

Investment in Chinese Bond Market Grows

Investors are shifting into yuan-denominated government debt at a record rate as they seek a safe haven amid the coronavirus pandemic. The shift bears signs of longer-term recalibration of global finance.

2020/05/07 | Allan Au

Hongkongers Are the 'Saddest' on Spotify

Hongkongers listen to the 'saddest' songs on Spotify. This doesn't appear to be an accident.

2020/05/06 | Op-Ed

OPINION: KMT Lacks a God, but DPP Has a Whole Pantheon

The DPP's recent successes have to do with its branding of its political stars. The KMT should take note.

2020/05/06 | Voice of America

Philippines Orders Leading TV Network to Halt Operations

Philippines' ABS-CBN Corp., which frequently criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, was ordered to stop operating because its license expired; critics call the move an assault on press freedom.

2020/05/05 | TNL Feature

Echoes of May Fourth In the Resilience of Causeway Bay Books

The case of Lam Wing-kee shows that the ghosts of May Fourth still haunt the political circumstances in China today.

2020/05/04 | The Interpreter

China’s Alternative Approach to Humanitarian Aid

China's humanitarian aid has a number of distinguishing aspects, such as preferring to work bilaterally and mixing of humanitarian aid with developmental assistance,

2020/05/02 | Syrena Lin

Labor Day Weekend Tourism a Thorny Issue for Government

Government officials in Taiwan weigh the competing interests of local vendors and disease prevention in their Labor Day tourism messaging.

2020/04/30 | Michael Beltran

Filipino Worker in Taiwan Defiant in Face of Deportation Threats

Elanel Ordidor is steadfast in her commitment to speak freely against a Philippine official's threats to have her deported from Taiwan.

2020/04/29 | New Bloom

Sunflower Activists Found Guilty, Overturning Previous Ruling

Taiwan's High Court has found 16 Sunflower Movement protestors guilty, overturning a previous ruling.

2020/04/28 | Hilton Yip

OPINION: Why Taiwan’s China Airlines and the CPBL Must Reflect Reality in Their Names

The names of China Airlines and Chinese Professional Baseball League have cast a shadow on Taiwan's lauded Covid-19 response. It's time to change these names to reflect Taiwanese reality.

2020/04/28 | Voice of America

Who Is Kim Jong Un’s Sister?

Kim Yo Jong has been quite visible around Kim Jong Un in the past two years, including during high-profile meetings between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea.