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Taiwan Brief

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A news brief for political news and analysis that covers major Taiwan developments and politics.

Part of the Taiwan Report Network which includes the near-daily Taiwan Headlines, the analytical Taiwan News Brief, the deep-searching Taiwan Context, urban-tech Digital Metropolis, and the jovial Current Affairs Taiwan. More shows coming soon.

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Taiwan Brief: KMT Taoyuan pick shocks, provokes intense backlash across Taiwan
Eric Chu announces the KMT Taoyuan mayoral candidate will be Simon Chang, and everyone immediately goes into shock. Outrage in the KMT is spreading across Taiwan, and Chu has managed to infuriate almost everyone with this move. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
12:50
May 24, 2022
Taiwan Brief: The long, slow burning issues eroding CCP supremacy
Part 2 of this series on the stability of party-state rule in Xi’s China looks at how long-standing issues could erode public tolerance of the Chinese Communist Party regime and building pressure that has been mounting for years. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
19:33
May 04, 2022
Taiwan Brief: Could Chinese confidence in the CCP collapse?
Part 1 of this series on the possibility of party-state collapse in China examines public confidence in the Chinese Communist Party's competence in their abilities to handle crises based on events over the last few years. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
12:39
May 02, 2022
Taiwan Brief: The Taiwan Territorial Defense Force needs you
In this part two, I go way beyond the original proposal for a territorial defence force featuring armed “young men and women”, and explore whole-of-society needs and requirements and propose further cadres or auxiliaries to prepare for war More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:17
April 27, 2022
Taiwan Brief: The Taiwan Territorial Defense Force needs you
Forget the reserves, a territorial defense force is needed to prepare for a civilian insurgency. In this two part series we explore a recent War on the Rocks proposal for just that: An armed & trained group of “young men & women” More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:42
April 22, 2022
Taiwan Brief – Chen Shih-chung puzzles press over Taipei mayor run, Lin grins and ducks
With Taiwan’s media completely Taipei-dominated, it’s no surprise that Taipei mayors often become president … and they obsess over the Taipei mayoral race. Chen Shih-chung and Lin Chia-lung are the two most widely tipped candidates, but a dark horse has just joined… More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:42
March 07, 2022
Taiwan Brief – Can the Taiwan People's Party overtake the KMT?
Recent polling has the TPP overtaking the KMT, leading many to speculate they’ll outmuscle the KMT to become the #2 political party. Not so fast: They won’t in 2022, and in 2024 it is a long shot, but still possible. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/taiwanreport Taiwan Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:59
March 05, 2022
Taiwan Brief – Hou Yu-ih's manifesto and the future of Taiwan politics
Hou Yu-ih targets a national audience, bucking party & politics with a personal & political manifesto, to the fury of many in the KMT. He clearly intends to get his name known for a different brand of politics before 2024’s presidential race. Associated Article: (Coming Later) More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
15:37
January 04, 2022
Taiwan Brief – Will Freddy Lim survive the recall?
Comparisons to the Chen Po-wei recall abound, but Lim has some key differences that may see him through. He’s less combative & there is no Black Faction mobilizing votes against him like in Taichung. However, more support recalling him than don’t. Associated Article: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4392123 More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
07:45
January 02, 2022
Taiwan Brief – DPP makes major merger moves over Hsinchu, but not Changhua
In spite of Changhua’s plans to upgrade to special municipality are far more advanced, the Tsai administration’s enthusiasm is focused on Hsinchu. What is going on here? Associated Article: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4388228 More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
07:00
December 29, 2021
Taiwan Brief – Taichung 2 by-election: the powerful Yen clan is under siege
A crucial by-election could fell the most famous political patronage factional family in the country, or not–but shockingly, the press is going after the clan with abandon like never before. Associated Article: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4387267 More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
08:15
December 29, 2021
Taiwan Brief – Key background, Taiwan's patronage factions
The factions still exist and influence politics, but their power is on the wane. But what are these patronage factions, what do they do and how did they come into being? More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
10:23
December 29, 2021
Taiwan Brief – On the referendums Eric Chu lost. Hou Yu-ih won.
In spite of the narrative, the KMT actually did well in the referendums–but Eric Chu will take the blunt of the blame for losing all four. Hou Yu-ih used this issue to finally stake his place on the national stage. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
10:13
December 21, 2021
Taiwan Brief – Nicaragua cuts ties. Good riddance.
An ostensibly left authoritarian state switched diplomatic recognition to China. Surprise, surprise. It’s not a bad thing for Taiwan, in spite of reducing diplomatic partners to 14. It better aligns Tsai’s vision of Taiwan’s place in the world with reality. Article: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4376645 More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
17:09
December 17, 2021
Taiwan Brief – Referendums steeped in irony
The referendum votes are Saturday, & we explore the political context in which they arose & the deep ironies in all of this. We also examine the potential fallout for the DPP & KMT, & why the KMT probably has more to lose. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
18:51
December 17, 2021
Taiwan Brief – KMT women own central Taiwan
Taichung, Changhua and Yunlin are run by first-term KMT women, and Nantou’s KMT has chosen a woman for their candidate for commissioner, meaning in 2022 all of central Taiwan’s KMT candidates will be women. Why are they so dominant? More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:21
November 10, 2021
Taiwan Brief – 3Q Sacked, Freddy Lim next?
Taiwan Statebuilding Party’s Chen Po-wei sacked in a recall, but how? And why was the turnout so massively high? What happens next in that district with the Yen clan in disarray? Finally, what about Freddy Lim, whose recall is next? More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:19
November 07, 2021
Taiwan Brief – Porn's potential to disrupt politics
3 have been arrested for “deepfake” porn targeting local celebrities...and local politicians like Huang Jie and Kao Chia-yu. Though these weren’t political, in today’s highly polarized political climate, this could be weaponized in frightening and unpredictable ways. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
05:00
October 22, 2021
0 Total number of plays Taiwan Brief – The KMT just got Chu'd up badly
KMT chair race ends, & the winner is off to an abysmal start, rejecting his own stances & issuing a direct insult to Taiwan’s voters. If this is a sign of things to come, he and the KMT are in serious trouble. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
21:37
September 29, 2021
Taiwan Brief – The critical KMT chair race, Part 5
The KMT chair race has been totally upended as Chang Ya-chung roars into contention! The KMT had their second debate, which was wild, unpredictable, chaotic, weird, informative, entertaining and downright shocking on many levels. The race is now totally unpredictable. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
29:29
September 24, 2021
Taiwan Brief – The critical KMT chair race, Part 4
Last show examined the KMT candidates, and this show looks at the state of the race, what polling shows, endorsements, hints of direction change and what might be key to winning--and who has the best chance of pulling it off. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
21:57
September 10, 2021
Taiwan Brief – The critical KMT chair race, Part 3
Part Three: We now know the candidates for KMT chair. To spare you the suffering, I watched both candidate registrations and presentations, the debate and scoured local media and their social media accounts to bring you a deep dive on the candidates. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a Taiwan political news show with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:58
September 07, 2021
Taiwan Brief – The critical KMT chair race, Part 2
Part two: we look at three candidates rumoured to enter the race: Sean Lien, Dan Han Kuo-yu and Eric Chu. Also three other players who might join: Hau Lung-pin, Chou Hsi-wei and Ma Ying-jeou. And who CCP might prefer. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
18:18
August 03, 2021
Taiwan Brief – The critical KMT chair race, Part 1
This KMT chair race is hugely consequential, and will impact the future of not just the party, but Taiwan’s democracy. In part 1, we look at why it’s important, and the already declared candidates. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
17:48
July 31, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – DPP Factions
Since the beginning, the DPP has had factions. They've been quiet recently, but are by no means gone. We look into where they came from, who they are, what they're up to, and where they're going. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
11:12
June 12, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan's two youth uprisings and voter turnout, Part 3
Eminent political scientist Nathan Batto posted figures showing that youth turnout in the 2020 election was dramatically higher than in 2016, right after the Sunflower Movement. How could that be!? We delve into it and more in this three-part series. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
10:50
June 08, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan's two youth uprisings and voter turnout, Part 2
Eminent political scientist Nathan Batto posted figures showing that youth turnout in the 2020 election was dramatically higher than in 2016, right after the Sunflower Movement. How could that be!? We delve into it and more in this three-part series. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:03
June 06, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan's two youth uprisings and voter turnout, Part 1
Eminent political scientist Nathan Batto posted figures showing that youth turnout in the 2020 election was dramatically higher than in 2016, right after the Sunflower Movement. How could that be!? We delve into it and more in this three-part series. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
07:43
June 04, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Covid conundrums
After largely having kept Covid at bay up til now, it’s now here. We look at how it happened, where the government got it right and wrong, poor media coverage, and how things are shaping up going forward. More Podcasts at www.report.tw or anchor.fm/taiwanreport and consider sponsoring us on Patreon. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
11:52
May 22, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan's gridiocy problem (Fixed Audio)
Taiwan's electric grid once again failed this week, causing rolling blackouts across the country. Unfortunately, this problem isn't new, and it has national security implications, which we explore in this edition of the show as well as Taipower's poor record. Note 1 : This episode comes 4 days late from recording, ironically in part due to the rolling blackouts in this story. Note 2: There was an audio problem, fixed in this rerelease. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
06:32
May 17, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – US-Taiwan Relations Part III
This is part three of a three-part series based on my lecture at Tunghai University. This part starts in 2020, covers Taiwan’s rise on the world stage, the 2020 election and Biden’s first hundred days in relation to Taiwan. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
20:14
May 12, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – US-Taiwan Relations Part II
This is part two of a three-part series based on my lecture at Tunghai University. This part gives background from the cutting of diplomatic relations in 1979 through the end of the Trump era to provide context on current relations. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
13:20
May 09, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – US-Taiwan Relations Part I
This is part one of a three-part series based on my lecture at Tunghai University. This part gives the background from World War II to the cutting of diplomatic relations in 1979 to provide context on current relations. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
12:16
May 08, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Fighting Chinese Influence
Recent developments show Taiwan is attempting to tackle PRC influence, but the approach is slow, haphazard, poorly implemented. We look at some new moves by the government, and two recent cases that show they haven’t been terribly effective so far. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
12:53
May 01, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Ko P's Identity Issues
The TPP and Ko Wen-je remain a force in Taiwan’s politics, but challenges remain to break into the big leagues. We look at their recent moves, chances going forward, and Ko’s recent moves that blew up in his face politically. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:52
April 28, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Transitional Justice, accomplishments and frustration
The Tsai administration embarked on three transitional justice projects in her first term: the Ill-gotten Gains Act, pension reform, and establishing the Transitional Justice Commission. We take a look at what has been accomplished, what hasn't--and the political motivations behind both. While the Tsai administration has accomplished more than all her predecessors combined, there is considerable disappointment and frustration among some at the lack of progress in many areas. We tackle that and more in this edition of Taiwan Report News Brief. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
13:07
February 28, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – The world grows dependant on Taiwan's tech giants
Two of Taiwan's tech giants, TSMC and Hon Hai (aka Foxconn) are making moves that could change the planet--and make world economies, production and militaries even more dependant on Taiwan. This has huge national security implications for Taiwan, and makes Taiwan's continued independence crucial for the national security of the free world. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
14:44
February 17, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Jaw upends the KMT in a big way
Things have taken a dramatic turn in the KMT with the re-emergence of Jaw Shaw-kong. The next KMT chair choice is crucial, leading into 2022 elections and likely their next presidential candidate. We examine the candidates and state of play. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
24:33
February 09, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Huang recall, Jaw, and the White Wolf
Old battle horse Jaw Shaw-kong makes a bid for KMT chair. The White Wolf claims to have young "red troops" for China. The Huang Jie recall vote is this weekend; what does it mean, and how will it go? As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:33
February 03, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Emblem, pollution and polls
A DPP bill speeding up the closure of Taichung Power Plant passes. Taiwanese are becoming more Taiwanese. Virtually no one wants "unification" with China. Party identification is strongly shifting in Taiwan. But up first, the government is pouring cold water on plans to change the national emblem. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
11:26
February 01, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Biden admin very pro-Taiwan
The pandemic effect is back in Taiwan, and things are again being canceled. The Biden administration makes previously hidden reassurances to Taiwan official policy, and takes a strong stance. Though Taiwan has removed a major food-based irritant from the US relationship, one remains with Japan. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:31
January 25, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Biden admin very pro-Taiwan
The Biden administration has finally tipped its hand on Taiwan relations, and it is far stronger, more vocal, more coherent, and pro-Taiwan than even the optimistic foresaw. In this show, we go into those developments, why they are significant, potential pitfalls, and what the future may hold. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
08:13
January 22, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – US declassifies Framework which calls to defend Taiwan
Wang Hao-yu gets recalled. Enoch Wu to glide to DPP Taipei head, and plans another legislative run. Pompeo lifts guidelines on official contacts with Taiwan, and most analysts get it totally wrong. US declassifies a Framework that includes defending Taiwan. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
10:44
January 18, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – The continuing decline of the KMT in the polls
New poll shows KMT continues to lose support. 2020 PLAAF incursions highest since 1996. But up first, Taipower to own up to losses at fourth nuke plant. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
09:53
January 03, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – US Congress steps up for Taiwan
Two just-passed US laws include important subsections on Taiwan that bind the US government to specific actions on Taiwan, but two other recent moves on Taiwan--a letter sent to US Secretary of State and a bill calling for a free trade agreement--serve to show that not all is well. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
08:43
January 02, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Watching Wayne Chiang and CAL
Hsinchu City moves against new electronic IDs. Dealing with the China Airlines name dilemma. Strong words on Taiwan from Japan defense official. But up first, Wayne Chiang is on a roll to the Taipei mayor's office. NOTE: The previous headlines section is now its own show, with this show focused on bigger stories in Taiwan politics and foreign affairs, as well as soft power and economic news that impacts both of those subjects. Stories are sourced from both English and Chinese sources.
11:08
December 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Racto-pork Circus
Polling is showing some interesting results, and the KMT’s racto-pork circus rolls on. NOTE: The previous headlines section is now its show, with this show focused on bigger stories in Taiwan politics and foreign affairs, as well as soft power and economic news that impacts both of those subjects. Stories are sourced from both English and Chinese sources.
12:11
December 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief –CTiTV News and the NCC's moves for more control
Taiwan's economy continues to shine. Taichung's MRT is on hold indefinitely. CTiTV News and the NCC's moves for more control. For this show, I'm trying a different format; I've moved the headlines to the end of the show, but be sure to stick around for those; there are quite a few. First up, however, I'd like to thank our newest patron on Patreon, Thomas! Thank you very much, Thomas; your support means a lot to us here at Taiwan Report. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
12:29
December 18, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan soft power in India done right
KMT Chair Johnny Chiang's White Terror comments at odds with Johnny Chiang's comments on the White Terror the very same day. The state-owned oil company is hanging hopes on Chad. More support for people from HK and Macau is coming, but clearly with bias. Finally, soft power is done right in India. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs.
15:44
December 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Love from Europe & KMT whip
KMT to change their party whip, which is a very interesting move. More polling confirms the DPP is in the mainstream of Taiwan politics. More shows of support for Taiwan from Europe. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:31
December 09, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Shake-up in Taiwan politician popularity
An NPP city councilor lodges a criminal complaint over online harassment. One way or another, health insurance premiums will rise. Local politicians' popularity is shifting. Government mulls building three new reservoirs in the face of looming water shortages. Frank Hsieh comes out against radioactive food. Steps are being taken to beef up conscription and reserves. More positive and potentially significant signs are coming out of the US. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
19:23
December 08, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Tsai's award-winning week
Finally, the government announces a firm date for ARC number change. The future of CTiTV News, and a man sets himself on fire in protest. News coverage of Kao Chia-yu is ridiculous. President Tsai's award-winning week. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:10
December 07, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan supports Australian "freedom wine."
Taiwan is standing in support of Australian "freedom wine." Two airlines introduce boarding by facial recognition. Bureau of Labor Funds domestic investment division head arrested. The TPP accuses the government of spending big on "propaganda." As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:40
December 03, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT acting offal in the legislature
Taiwan continues to lead in tech with a possible German acquisition. Taichung's MRT woes look like they're worse than thought. The KMT acting offal in the legislature, yes pun intended. Kao Chia-yu has had a terrible week. Finally, the Defense Ministry says the AIT director is wrong on arms sales. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
17:41
November 30, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan is not a part of China, says polling
There are calls for closer Australia ties. Lawmakers freeze half the eID budget, but the Executive Yuan says the new eIDs still on their way. Polls continue to show Taiwanese don't trust China. Airlines still obey China, while China Airlines shrinks its font. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:18
November 29, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – CTi loses, KMT protests & Xi's list
The CECC announces tougher pandemic measures for winter. CTi TV News license renewal has been rejected. The KMT ramps up protests over racto-pork alongside labor protest. The KMT continues to block the premier in the legislature. Revenge recalls beginning to bite, with the first coming in January. And finally, Xi Jinping's making a list and checking it twice. But before we get to headlines, I'd like to thank our newest patron Josh, thank you very much for your support; it means a lot to us here at Taiwan Report! As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
18:14
November 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan isn't a part of China
Paint attackers on Causeway Bay Books get minimal sentences. Taiwan is left out of a regional trade bloc. Top Biden aid leaves us in the dark after US representative's call. US and Taiwan in U-turn on Marines training in Taiwan. Mike Pompeo states the obvious: Taiwan isn't a part of China. But up first, headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:56
November 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – The racto-pork battle gets weird
DPP lawmakers want to ban the KMT logo. The racto-pork battle gets weird. The WHO battle that wasn't, and the insurgency. But up first, lots of headlines. As always, all English articles used in the Report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
18:30
November 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan sends mixed messages to foreigners
Taipei Mayor Ko joins opposition to NCC hearings on CTi TV news, which may be influenced by China's United Front. Stimulus vouchers are to be given to APRC holders and diplomats. The Taiwan govt supports businesses over workers in Indonesian worker spat. And lots of headlines. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:10
November 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Talk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan
Could vaccines be on the way for Taiwan? Prosecutors say a poo attack was a Chinese conspiracy. Lithuania pledges support for 'those who fight for freedom' in Taiwan. US Marines are in Taiwan participating in training. Talk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:23
November 12, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – To Want or not Want CTi as the NPP trips on itself
Apple puts Pegatron on probation over student violations. To Want or not, Want CTi as the NPP trips on itself. Continued confusion in the NPP. Taiwan's friends fail to carry the day at the WHA. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
18:00
November 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan prepares for a Biden presidency & WHO
Pandemic changes are still coming. Some foreigners may get stimulus vouchers, but only a few. Taiwan GDP forecasts boosted, with 2021 expected to be strong. A German foundation flees Hong Kong for Taipei. More moves to improve Taiwan-Indian ties. Once again, support is building for Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly. Taiwan prepares for a Biden presidency. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
21:38
November 09, 2020
Headlines - November 4th, 2020 - Military Security, Human Rights
Lots on Military Security, Some Human Rights Sadness. Headlines is an interim or supplementary show with Taiwan Report News Brief that cover's the day's articles that we found interesting.
20:58
November 04, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwanese back Trump, but should they?
Big moves are afoot in transportation. Taiwan’s medical research community hits some home runs. Steps forward for the LGBT community, but not prayers. Is support for the TPP and NPP slipping? Finally, Taiwanese back Trump, but should they? As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
22:57
October 31, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Ko P is running for president, Freddy Lim forms alliance
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je tackles a huge, massive problem. Oh, and Ko is also preparing to run for president. Freddy Lim launches another political grouping. But up first, lots of headlines. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:20
October 04, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – US-Taiwan relations go into overdrive
This is another big show on the recent blooming US-Taiwan relationship, which has gone into overdrive. Up first, the State Department visit was low-key, but important. A Taiwan-US meeting in New York was crafty indeed. The waters around a Taiwan-US trade deal are murky. Taiwan representative to the US upgrades herself. US congressman proposes dropping “One China”, recognizing Taiwan diplomatically. Headlines had to be moved to the next show for time reasons. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:41
September 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Ma is “not guilty” and may covet KMT chair
Pegatron chair calls Taiwan’s economy “lopsided”. A court rules Ma Ying-jeou and Jiang Yi-huah not guilty. Ma Ying-jeou may try to win back KMT chair. There is a proposal to end oaths delivered to Sun Yat-sen. But first, lots of headlines. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Taiwan Report News Brief is a daily show of news with analysis and context, providing the listener with a better understanding of Taiwan, especially in politics and foreign affairs. This show intends to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:22
September 26, 2020