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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.

2020/06/08 | Voice of America

Australia, China Clash Over Covid-19 Racism Claims

China has warned its citizens against travel to Australia, citing a significant increase in racist attacks on Chinese and Asian people. Australian officials have denied the accusation.

2020/06/06 | Daphne K. Lee

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu Recalled

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu is the first elected Taiwanese politician to be ousted by a recall referendum.

2020/06/05 | The Conversation

Why Hong Kong’s History With Vietnamese Refugees Matters in Its Struggle Now

Between 1975 and 1997, almost 200,000 Vietnamese sought refuge in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands were held in Hong Kong camps, often for years, waiting for their asylum claims to be processed. Vietnamese struggling for their dignity helped bring about Hong Kong's habeas corpus protections.

2020/06/04 | TNL Staff

Taipei Holds Tiananmen Vigil in Solidarity With Hong Kong

Taipei holds its annual Tiananmen vigil and shows support for Hong Kong, where the memorial was banned for the first time in 30 years.

2020/06/04 | Voice of America

Philippines Reinstates Pact With US Military

The Philippines has decided to reinstate its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, an about-face from President Duterte's plans in February to cancel the pact.

2020/06/03 | Bart Dashorst

The Forgotten Victims of the White Terror

Southeast Asian students were victims of White Terror in Taiwan, too. A narrow Taiwan-centric history can unfortunately neglect their stories.

2020/06/03 | TNL Staff

Taiwan to Offer Stimulus Coupons Targeting Retail and Leisure Industries

Starting July 15, Taiwanese citizens and foreign spouses can pay NT$1,000 for an NT$3,000 voucher that can be used at most stores.

2020/06/02 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Officially Banned

Hong Kong police formally banned the annual Tiananmen candlelit vigil to mourn victims of the crackdown. The vigil has taken place uninterrupted for 30 years.