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2022/01/14 | Itamar Waksman

The Siraya’s Fight for Recognition in Taiwan

The Siraya has yet to be officially recognized by Taiwan’s government as an Indigenous group, excluding them from access to social benefits including scholarship and subsidy for healthcare.

2022/01/13 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Businesses Are Increasing Prices To Earn Higher Profits

Average consumers will take a hit, while businesses will continue to earn high profits from the recent price increases.

2021/12/28 | Timothy S. Rich

No, Taiwan Shouldn’t Sabotage TSMC: A Response to “Broken Nest”

A recent paper making the rounds in policy circles advocates for Taiwan to deliberately destroy semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to deter an invasion. Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

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.

2021/12/16 | Jonah Walters

Nicaragua’s Rejection of Taiwan Was Pragmatic — Not Principled

By ending its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Ortega administration has unambiguously, and perhaps irrevocably, disconnected itself from what was previously its single most significant source of aid revenue.

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.

2021/12/11 | Timothy S. Rich

What Nicaragua’s Shift Means — And What It Doesn’t.

Taiwan’s unofficial relations with countries like the U.S. provide far more to Taiwan’s political and economic security.

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.

2021/12/07 | The Interpreter

Covid in Asia: The Immediate Payoff of Donating Vaccines

The latest Lowy Institute Asia Power Index shows China and India received markedly less goodwill than other major donors, despite giving significant numbers of doses in total.

2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/11/19 | East Asia Forum

The CPTPP Isn’t Just a Trade Deal for Taiwan, It’s a Survival Plan

The CPTPP is at the heart of mapping out Taiwan’s long-term survival, not just a means to remain competitive in global markets.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2021/10/29 | The Interpreter

The Legal Case For Defending Taiwan

If a narrow interpretation of international law saw China attack Taiwan, a League of Nations-style crisis would ensue.