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2020/06/22 | TNL Feature

‘Rat Tribe’: Propping up a Slumless Beijing and the ‘Chinese Dream’

Beijing appears to be a city without slums. The "Chinese dream" appears to be in reach. But both are illusions propped up by an underclass of workers called the "rat tribe."

2020/06/20 | Hiro Fu

OPINION: The KMT Wants to Revise the 1992 Consensus. It Misses the Point.

The KMT's proposed revision of its policy toward China misses the point. Taiwan has largely moved on from the KMT's basic approach towards China.

2020/06/19 | Voice of America

Kim Jong Un Keeps Quiet as North Korea Turns Up Heat

Kim Yo Jong has become the public face of North Korea’s more aggressive stance toward the South.

2020/06/18 | Deutsche Welle

Trump Signs Sanctions Law Over China Crackdown of Uyghurs

Donald Trump has signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uyghur Muslims. The move is likely to deliver a fresh blow to the already tense U.S.-China ties.

2020/06/17 | Voice of America

Rhetoric or Reality? Britain’s Hong Kong Passport Offer Angers China

Beijing has warned that the British offer of citizenship to Hongkongers would breach the 1997 Joint Declaration. Until recently, Britain agreed with that verdict. But China’s attempt to impose the new security law appears to have changed the calculation in London.

2020/06/17 | Syrena Lin

Who Is Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's De Facto Ambassador to the US?

Hsiao Bi-Khim is the first woman to become de facto ambassador to the U.S. She has been advocate for progressive causes throughout her long career in the Democratic Progressive Party.

2020/06/16 | Michael Fahey

Taiwan’s Plan to Attract Foreign Talent

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has made attracting skilled workers a major goal. Legal consultant Michael Fahey gives an overview of Taiwan’s immigration policy and the remaining gaps.

2020/06/16 | Deutsche Welle

North Korean Destroys Inter-Korean Liason Office in Kaesong: Yonhap

North Korea has been ratcheting up tensions with the South in recent weeks and has threatened to deploy the military to the border region.

2020/06/16 | Martin Boyle

The Taiwan Lobby in Europe Counters Taiwan's Progressive Reputation

The Taiwan lobby in the United States is well known. The lobby exists in the UK and Europe, too, and plays a similar role at odds with Taiwan's progressive reputation.

2020/06/15 | Deutsche Welle

Kim Jong Un's Sister Threatens Military Action Against South Korea

Seoul has held an urgent security meeting after the latest threat of military action from Pyongyang. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said her army would "surely" take action against the South.

2020/06/13 | Daphne K. Lee

Black Lives Matter Rallies in Taipei

Hundreds attended a Taipei rally in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.

2020/06/11 | TJ Ting

Han Kuo-yu’s Media ‘Kingmaker’ CtiTV May Be Next To Fall

If CtiTV, a pro-Han, pro-KMT media organization loses its permit, its channel space should be replaced with independent media like Taiwan's Public Television Service.

2020/06/11 | Voice of America

China Uses Cabbage to Advance Disputed Asian Sea Claim

The Chinese navy has just harvested crops it had grown on Woody Island in the South China Sea. This could be used as proof of China’s economic activity on the disputed territory.

2020/06/11 | Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

OPINION: Taiwan Should Reject Brazil’s #VivaTaiwan Campaign

President Tsai Ing-wen’s public thanks to Brazil for the #VivaTaiwan campaign was an affirmation for Bolsonaro supporters. Taiwan should have nothing to do with them.

2020/06/10 | TNL Staff

Han Kuo-yu Accepts Fate; Revenge Recalls and Rally Planned by Supporters

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu will not challenge the results of the referendum that ousted him from office. But his supporters have applied to hold a rally in Taipei, and citizens groups have launched campaigns to recall politicians who supported Han's removal.

2020/06/10 | Michael Beltran

Philippine Activists: ‘Cloned’ Facebook Account Attacks Possibly Linked to Government

The Philippine government’s efforts to stifle dissent took an absurd twist when thousands of university students, faculty, and journalists woke up on Sunday to find cloned Facebook profiles of themselves.

2020/06/09 | Daphne K. Lee

One Year On, Hongkongers Changed but Unmoved

On the one year anniversary of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, the media's rush to pronounce the "end of Hong Kong" doesn't consider the changes the protest has brought about among Hongkongers — or the long term.

2020/06/09 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea to Sever All Communication With South Korea

North Korea says it will shut down all cross-border hotlines with the South at noon on Tuesday. Kim Jong Un's sister had threatened to cut ties over Seoul's failure to stop activists from sending leaflets across the border.