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2021/12/29 | The Conversation

Can China Win Back Global Opinion Before the Winter Olympics? Does It Even Want To?

China’s international image was already at its lowest level in years in many western countries. How will Beijing respond with the Olympics only weeks away?

2021/12/24 | Michael Beltran

Why Is Duterte Reluctant To Spend on Typhoon Rai Recovery?

Filipino activists say that the Duterte administration has the money for disaster relief. But systemic corruption and a well-funded security state stand in the way.

2021/12/24 | Voice of America

South Korea’s Moon Pardons Disgraced Former President Park

According to a poll last month, 39% of South Korean voters supported a pardon, while 44% opposed it.

2021/12/20 | Deutsche Welle

Over 200 Dead as Philippines Reels From Typhoon Rai

The damage from Rai has led to comparisons with super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in 2013 and left more than 7,300 people dead or missing.

2021/12/18 | TNL Staff

Explainer: Taiwan’s 2021 Referendum Results

All four referendum questions in Taiwan have failed to pass, marking a victory for the governing DPP and setback for the opposition KMT.

2021/12/17 | Darice D. Chang

Fifth Iteration of No Meat Provides Plant Based Revelers a Compassionate Holiday

Taiwan’s leading zero/low waste allium-free plant based festival returns for a glorious celebration this coming Sunday centering nativity cheer with an afternoon in Taichung’s Culture Forest Park. Highlights include a performance from SoSo Heroes, the band of Golden Horse Leading Actress Nominee and Golden Bell Best Hostess winner Pio Lee.

2021/12/17 | Deutsche Welle

US Sanctions Chinese Firms Over Abuse of Uyghur Rights

U.S. Commerce, Treasury Departments sanctioned Chinese surveillance and biotechnology companies over rights abuses. The Biden administration expressed concern that U.S. technology could be used in abusing Uyghur people.

2021/12/16 | TNL Feature

Taipei’s First Vegan Drag Brunch Aims To Bring Christmas Cheer to All

“This drag show is a first. We love to push the boundaries of drag, expanding on the typical consecutive lip syncing battle to bring in more real storytelling.”

2021/12/15 | Deutsche Welle

Is South Korea Close to Officially Ending the Korean War?

It has long been a dream of South Korean President Moon to formally end the war with the North, but analysts caution the idea may not be strategically sound or politically feasible.

2021/12/13 | Voice of America

Vietnam’s First Metro, in Hanoi, Hobbled by Lack of Riders

It took 10 years for the metro line to enter service, but the value of the controversial project is being questioned.

2021/12/10 | Deutsche Welle

Nicaragua Switches Official Allegiance to China From Taiwan

Nicaragua was among a handful of countries that officially recognized Taiwan. While the Central American nation’s relations with the U.S. have soured, Taiwan’s relations with the U.S. have only grown.

2021/12/07 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Can Afford to Contribute More to Social Security

Taiwan’s employers not only pay low wages to workers but also contribute little to the country’s social security. It is one of the lowest among high-income countries as a proportion of the economy.

2021/12/06 | Voice of America

Journalists Work Clandestinely in Post-Coup Myanmar

“The biggest challenge is trying to practice ethical journalism at this critical time. If we write about revolutionary forces, the military will arrest us. Pro-revolutionary forces also label us pro-military media while reporting on military matters.”

2021/12/02 | Deutsche Welle

EU, China Race To Secure Green Projects in Southeast Asia

The EU and China have pledged to boost funding of green investment projects in ASEAN. But will these erstwhile partners, whose relations have soured over the past year, be able to work side by side?

2021/12/01 | The Interpreter

Increasingly Illiberal Thailand

By stifling free expression, authorities are shutting off any prospect of change that is broadly acceptable to all.

2021/12/01 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: How Concerned Are Americans About a Conflict with China and North Korea?

In contrast with North Korea, China is more credibly seen as posing both a military and economic threat to the U.S. and the public is likely more familiar with China’s human rights abuses.