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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.

2020/12/04 | Chieh-Chi Hsieh

Is Universal Basic Income Feasible in Taiwan?

Universal Basic Income provides economic stability and is believed to address social inequality, but Dr. Chieh-Chi Hsieh makes a case against the idea to launch such a program in Taiwan.

2020/12/04 | Voice of America

China Proposes New Restrictions on Foreigners, Religious Services

The draft regulations require foreign worshipers who want to host religious activities in China to apply for a permit and demonstrate they are “friendly to China” in their country of origin.

2020/12/03 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese Students Caught in the Middle as Norway Cozies up To China

The controversy over the legal identity of Taiwanese citizens in Norway started in 2010, when the Norwegian government first changed their nationality on residency cards from Taiwan to China.

2020/12/03 | Deutsche Welle

Opinion: Joshua Wong’s Imprisonment in Hong Kong Is Persecution by Prosecution

Local Council Member Michael Mo warns authorities could go after all Hong Kongers arrested in the pro-democracy protests. Mo also says that Joshua Wong’s sentence could trigger a new wave of protests and a mass exodus.

2020/12/02 | Nicholas Haggerty

Behind the Kao Chia-yu Saga

The media-driven spectacle surrounding Kao Chia-yu belies real political forces at play.

2020/12/02 | East Asia Forum

Why RCEP Is a Big Deal

The RCEP trade deal, signed on November 15, shows deep commitments to trade liberalization and regional economic integration, but challenges to implement it lie ahead.

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2020/11/30 | Voice of America

Taiwan Using Its Close US Ties To Seek Elusive Economic Deals With a Major Trading Partner

Taiwan has signed a memorandum of understanding to expand “economic prosperity” in a meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, on the path to a bilateral trade agreement.

2020/11/27 | Bryan Chou

Why Taiwan Has No Absentee Voting Yet

While most democratic countries provide certain forms of external voting for their legislative or presidential elections, Taiwan is catching up to make voting more accessible to its citizens no matter where they live.

2020/11/27 | Deutsche Welle

Will Singapore or Taiwan Replace Hong Kong as Asia’s Financial Hub?

If Hong Kong ends up being just another Chinese megacity, it will lose its role as a leading financial center. Could Taiwan or Singapore serve as alternatives?

2020/11/26 | Voice of America

Thai Protesters Direct Ire at King’s Massive Wealth

Protesters demanded public oversight of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s vast wealth on Wednesday outside the headquarters of Siam Commercial bank. He is said to hold a 23.5% stake in the bank worth an estimated US$2.3 billion.

2020/11/24 | Voice of America

3 Hong Kong Prominent Pro-Democracy Activists in Custody

Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow were taken into custody after they pleaded guilty to charges related to a protest outside police headquarters last June.

2020/11/23 | Bryan Chou

China’s List of Taiwanese Independence Advocates Is Meant To Divide Taiwan

The function of the list appears to be provoking Taiwanese to question the Taiwaneseness and pro-independence stances of those who are not on the list.

2020/11/23 | East Asia Forum

Can Suga Lead on Japanese Foreign Policy?

Suga can be one of the many typical post-war premiers who focuses on domestic policy, but the regional security environment around Japan will not allow this indefinitely.

2020/11/20 | Deutsche Welle

Chinese President Xi Jinping Blasts Protectionism in APEC Speech

The Chinese president boasted about the role China will play in solving major global crises while preaching the benefits of free trade. He was talking in the aftermath of the signing of the world's biggest trade deal.

2020/11/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Shuts Down Pro-China CTi News

This is the first time the NCC has rejected a permit renewal from a news channel since the agency was set up to regulate the telecommunications and broadcasting industry in Taiwan.

2020/11/19 | Voice of America

In Bid To Rely Less on US, China Firms Stockpile Taiwan Tech Hardware

Chinese technology firms are stockpiling semiconductors made in Taiwan, which produces some of the world's most advanced chips, in an effort to depend less on U.S. supplies