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2020/12/23 | TNL Staff

US Congress Includes Taiwan Assurance Act in US$2.3 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. Congress has approved a US$2.3 trillion spending package, which includes the Taiwan Assurance Act.

2020/12/23 | East Asia Forum

How China’s State Serves the Party

Despite the vast and ongoing challenges through 2020 because of Covid-19, the Chinese Communist Party has never looked more dominant.

2020/12/22 | Voice of America

Thailand Urges Tight Virus Controls for Big Holiday Celebrations

Thai government officials are mulling over new measures to contain the spread of the pandemic in the wake of a surge in cases among migrant workers. Tourism operators are bracing for an atypical holiday season and a slow recovery ahead.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/17 | Voice of America

Chinese Diplomats’ Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's tweet might seem to gain traction, but researchers say it is a result of China's attempt “to create an illusion of popular backing.”

2020/12/16 | Deutsche Welle

Japan’s ‘Bonenkai’ Celebrations Canceled Due To Coronavirus

‘Bonenkai’ is a highly popular year-end event in Japanese work culture. But in 2020, coronavirus has forced companies to cancel these “forget the year parties.”

2020/12/15 | Voice of America

ICC Rejects Uyghur Plea for Investigation of China

Despite calls from exiled Uyghurs, International Criminal Court prosecutors say they will not investigate China’s crackdowns against the Uyghur minority.

2020/12/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Police Arrest Top Militant Linked To Bali Bombings

Indonesian police have arrested a senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group which carried out the 2002 Bali bombings. The militant was also believed to be involved in other deadly attacks.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

Cyberpunk 2077 Accused of Insulting China, but Not Banned

While some Chinese netizens lashed out at the game for not recognizing Taiwan as a part of China, few wanted it to be banned.

2020/12/11 | Voice of America

China Limits Travel by Some US Officials To Hong Kong

China is restricting travel by some U.S. officials to Hong Kong after the U.S. imposed sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials.

2020/12/11 | TNL Feature

Human Rights Day: Taiwan’s Democratization Gives Hope To 4.2 Billion Under Authoritarian Rule

While Taiwan may be an example of successful democratization, the authoritarianism that its people experienced decades ago is on the rise today.

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2020/12/09 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Police Arrest Eight Over ‘Unauthorized’ Protest

Eight Hong Kong activists in connection with a protest on July 1 have been arrested for defying a rally ban and violating the newly-imposed national security law.

2020/12/08 | The Interpreter

China’s Online Meddling Goes Beyond the Great Firewall

Supporting the human rights movement in China should include fostering a fact-based Chinese-language information environment in which activists can get reliable news and analysis.

2020/12/07 | Bryan Chou

Australian Wine Is the Latest Democratic Unifier

Politicians around the world have been calling on consumers to buy a bottle of Australian wine to show support for Australia’s fight against China’s punitive sanctions.

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.