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Headlines from Taiwan Report is a near daily podcast covering the major headline stories that affect's Taiwan future, so none of the fluff that won't matter.

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Taiwan Headlines - Politicians and their handles
In a bit of a change of pace, in this episode we look into a lighter subject: The role of social media in local politics, and the amusing handles some politicians have taken.
September 14, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - Love from Lithuania, Canada and US
NOTE: This episode was recorded 6 days ago and was only published now due to technical problems. Taiwan is to establish a “Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania” and CCP flips out. Halifax defense and security forum to meet in Taipei. US military plane lands with package for new AIT head Oudkirk, and CCP flips out again.
July 27, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - KMT's Vaccine Politics
Three KMT-run counties and KMT want to buy vaccines, government says no. What’s curious is who is behind it, and who isn’t. KMT also suing Health Minister and CECC head Chen and head of the FDA over local vaccine approval.
July 24, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - TPP closes in on KMT in polling
Neither the DPP nor the CEC are doing the KMT any favours. Polling shows DPP and KMT continue to lose support, but lost supporters aren’t to ‘no party’, but other parties--and TPP is now less than 3% behind the KMT.
July 20, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - July 5: Ko P and the Deep Blues
A recent My Formosa poll showed the demographic with strongest “faith in” Ko P came from...deep blues! That’s striking considering Ko pitches himself as a centrist. However, a just-released video suggests Ko may now be pitching himself to those voters.
July 05, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - July 4: More election warring
New information has surfaced on subject of yesterday’s show: warring over elections. EY absentee voting proposal is only for referendums, and KMT & DPP appear to be politicking on whether it will apply in December. Chen’s recall date is now “tentative”. Important people involved: Jessica Chen (陳玉珍), Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文), Chen Po-wei (陳柏惟)
July 04, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - July 3, Warring over Elections
The third “revenge recall” is set for Taiwan Statebuilding Party lawmaker Chen Po-wei for Aug. 28--but the Aug. 28 referendums were bumped to December. KMT continues to push for absentee ballots, and shockingly the Executive Yuan will propose a draft.
July 04, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - July 2, Covid and the KMT
This week saw a break in the trend of Monday having the lowest Covid case count. KMT raises death rate questions. KMT figures jump the vaccine queue, but a DPP accusation doesn’t hold up. Miaoli lifts lockdown on foreign workers.
July 02, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - Apr. 21 Food Delivery Driver Union?
The Japanese de-facto embassy raises the flag at a curious time. TSMC and Foxconn are making bold moves toward world domination. Food delivery drivers are to be offered to join a union, but will heavy traffic nix it? Transcript:
April 22, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 17, 2021
Seven indicted over train crash and transport minister Lin is resigning and heading back to Taichung. The European trade office director slams the a KMT event. The Canadian government is humiliated after bullying on China's behalf. Transcript:
April 17, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 12, 2021
KMT scoffs at MOI suggestion to change emblem, accuses DPP of distracting from train crash. Government puts on brave face as drought deepens. GDP growth predictions stellar, time to crack open the XO? New West Asia Formosa Club founded.
April 12, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 12, 2021
KMT scoffs at MOI suggestion to change emblem, accuses DPP of distracting from train crash. Government puts on brave face as drought deepens. GDP growth predictions stellar, time to crack open the XO? New West Asia Formosa Club founded. 
April 12, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 5, 2021
COVAX vaccines arrive. Legal challenge to one remaining marriage equality barrier. Hsinta power plant to go coal-free. White Wolf subpoenaed over "red troops" recruit. BBC China correspondent comes here. Support from Belgium and France. North Korea isn't developing Taiwan's submarines. Transcript:
April 06, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 4, 2021
Worst train wreck in decades. Water cut two days a week in Central Taiwan. Mortality rate drops 30%. Short-term property sales taxes upped. Questions on transitional justice. Lots more great business news. PLAAF incursions spiking. WHO takes Taiwan cash. Transcript:
April 06, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 26, 2021
Central Taiwan will be on "red" water alert. Digital ministry proposal. Big infrastructure budget. Economy "red" hot. KMT's Hung supports PRC propaganda channel. MAC survey. Paraguay, Palau pressured to drop Taiwan. Taiwan supports anti-PRC united front. Lithuania wants trade office. Transcript here:
March 26, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 25, 2021
A public opinion poll has some interesting results with superficially contradictory results. Jaw Shaw-kong is making some unusual moves and stoking speculation on him and Dan Han. F-5 fighters in another crash. Taiwan's economy continues to boom, setting more records.
March 25, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 22, 2021
Referendums picking up momentum. Polling turns up some interesting results, most think the US wants to "exploit" Taiwan. MOEA warns on water. Lithuanian elites establish pro-Taiwan group. New MAC head wants to reach out to PRC, but they slap back. Transcript at:
March 22, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 20, 2021
Vaccines to launch. Taiwan tops 1000 cases. Big budget for water infrastructure. MND wants far-strike capabilities. MOFA expands Europe education ties. PRC bullying in space. NPOs easier to open. US-Japan worry on Taiwan Strait. PRC tries to bully French senator.
March 20, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 13, 2021
Want Want drops FT case. TRA union strike for more working hours. Ma says 1C2S dead. UN map erases Taiwan's gender equality progress. US Indo-pac commander says PRC may attack within six years. Blinken wants trade deal with Taiwan.
March 13, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 13, 2021
Foreign workers get extension. Vaccines near launch. Taichung's MRT to relaunch. Pot penalties reduced for "personal use". Investigators raid companies poaching Taiwan talent. Central Bank admits US may declare Taiwan a "currency manipulator". Pompeo explains why he dropped Taiwan restrictions.
March 13, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 9, 2021
Water reservoirs dangerously low. 43% of women harassed at work. DPP poll shows Eric Chu way ahead to win KMT chair race. Referendums likely a go. China's MOFA says US 'playing with fire' on Taiwan. Taiwan, Palau contemplate "travel bubble".
March 09, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 6, 2021
Irrigation agency to pray to Matsu. Chen Po-wei recall passes first hurdle. Jaw vows to train 1000 influencers. KMT fights irrigation nationalization. Mixed NSP news. Guam removes Taiwan from "Greater China". US Indo-pac commander worried. Chinese Premier speaks on Taiwan.
March 06, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 5, 2021
Court rules same-sex marriage ban on foreign nationals from countries that ban it illegal. Taiwan #6 in economic freedom. Taiwan ties with Eswatini and Somaliland deepen. Lithuania to boost ties. Flanders and Japan support Taiwan. US embassy meet in Japan.
March 04, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 4, 2021
Jaw attacks Tsai administration over China. Sean Lien mulls KMT chair run. Government to subsidize 5G base stations. Taiwan's economy nears overheating. Australia supports Taiwan pineapple. White House calls Taiwan "critical security partner". Congress bill to diplomatically recognize Taiwan introduced.
March 04, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 3, 2021
Vaccines have arrived. Will the media obsession with Jaw end soon? Local demand for pineapples thwarts China. Local training fighter begins operational tests. Reuters interviews Johnny Chiang. President Tsai honoured overseas. USTR slams Taiwan trade, in spite of Tsai's efforts.
March 03, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - March 1, 2021
After China ban, local support for pineapples succeeding. Big budget for referendum. Eric Chu goes on tour. Big AIoT investment. Manufacturing sentiment hits 13-year high. Lawmakers sound alarm on United Front work in indigenous communities. Taiwan supplanting Confucius Institutes.
March 01, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 27, 2020
Matsu Pilgrimage gets Matsu's goahead. DPP suspends 3 lawmakers amid factional fight. Legislator Su quits DPP over SOGO case, but raises suspicions. Unemployment down, retail sales up. Hong Kongers moving in, but not one pro-communist family. China halts pineapple imports.
February 27, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 25, 2021
CECC shuffles around pandemic policies. Premier Su defends "Wuhan pneumonia" usage after Jaw says it dishonours China. Chiang and Ko downplay a KMT-TPP tie-up. TSMC hoarding water. Moody's upbeat on Taiwan. January exports hit record high.
February 25, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 24, 2021
Chinese children of locals get reprieve. Co-organizer pulls out of 228 event due to Ma invite. Jaw calls for parliamentary system. NDC to determine what "digital talent" is. Ma accuses US of infringing ROC sovereignty. WTO rep meets US counterpart.
February 24, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 22, 2021
Foreigners to be allowed back in and vaccines are coming. Chiang announced he'll run for KMT chair, but not president. KMT troubles in Taoyuan. Ko joins KMT forum. Su's popularity dips. Intelligence officers indicted. DGBAS predicts GDP, NT$ up.
February 23, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 20. 2021
Rapid COVID test developed. TSMC ahead of schedule on 3nm. Amazon teams up with Foxconn in India. Mayor quits KMT. Big bucks for buses. KMT objects to NCC over Jaw. Space agency on the way. Biden team wants chips fast.
February 20, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 19, 2021 Late Edition
Coalition marches on 228, calls for liquidation of KMT. NDC predicts strong growth. Major shakeup of national security team. Taiwan welcomes new WTO head. Trouble in the Senkakus. US support for WHO entry. Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act is back.
February 19, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 19, 2021
BioNTech reverses position on vaccines. Johnny Chiang on Time's 100 Next list. Jaw making statements. Han Kuo-yu’s secret meetings. Chang Ya-chung joins KMT chair race. Wu Sz-huai makes unpopular statements, again. Ministry of Digital Development proposed. Big funding for pork.
February 18, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 18, 2021
Water crisis worsening. German company stiffs Taiwan on vaccines. Ma comments provoke ire. TVBS local leaders poll. Gold Cards up. KMT, DPP clash on constitutional reform. Coast Guard goes big on Taiwan. Domestic military production up. Hsiao Bi-khim gets pithy.
February 18, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 10, 2021
Taoyuan outbreak not contained. Vaccines are coming. International students to be allowed in. 3Q recall passes first hurdle. Exports boom. President comments on China ties, China lies in return, and Chiang supports Tsai. Prague Mayor slams China, praises Taiwan ties. Transcript here:
February 10, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 7, 2021
Huang Jie survives recall. Forex reserves hit record high. Protest against Myanmar coup. CTS, PTS and Homeplus team up to grab Channel 52. US survey shows increasing support for defending Taiwan militarily. Japanese lawmakers call for local Taiwan Relations Act.
February 07, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 5, 2021
New COVID death, two new transmissions. School out for extra days. Childcare subsidies rise. Principal charged with selling Sri Lankans for labour. Military reservists rule changes. Taiwan democracy tops Asia. US Navy in Taiwan Strait. Guyana renegs on Taiwan office.
February 05, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - February 2, 2021
Pandemic measures continue to grow. DPP lawmakers to take on anthem, constitution. PMI booming. Taiwan second in Asia-Pacific healthcare. Turks caught spying. Taiwan and Poland team up on crime.
February 02, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 30, 2021
One new death from Covid. Four indicted for docking foreign worker's pay. NPP bill asking MOI to investigate national emblem passes. DPP bill to decommission Taichung coal-fired generators passes. GDP growth surpasses China's. More strong words of support from US.
January 30, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 28th, 2021
Recall drive against Kao Min-lin comes up short. New Party and KMT city councillors questioned. New water measures. Google invests big. Chipmakers up automotive chip capacity. The economy is hot. Cyberattacks are up. Military kit revealed. Beijing increasingly talks war.
January 28, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 27th, 2021
Covid cluster grows. Taiwan's population drops. Most are satisfied with job, gender equality. Man eggs CKS statue. Government Chinese IT kit to go. International pressure over automotive chips. Flying squirrel, Yuhan launched into space. PRC belligerence rises. Hsiao Bi-khim quarantined.
January 27, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 23rd, 2021
eID plans suspended. KMT bleeding cash. Nuke referendum on. Exports surge, FDI droops. American business bullish on Taiwan. Bloomberg honours Hsiao Bi-khim. Craft shows support on way out. EU Parliament supports Taiwan.
January 23, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 19th, 2021
Coronavirus outbreak grows. Old map in legislature questioned. Large scale corruption in the judiciary. Sunflower activists get reprieve. Ex-presidential spox impeached. Foxconn moving into cars. China will sanction US officials over Taiwan.
January 19, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 17th, 2021
Taiwan to launch Flying Squirrel and Yushan into space. DGH chides KMT's pig vehicle. Wang Hao-yu recalled. New domestic coronavirus case. Foreigners get extension. Japan is closing borders. Taiwan's navy to skip port calls. The Journalist moves online. Chunghwa Telecom makes a profit. Crowdfunding soars. Tax target missed. Central bank begs public on US$. Indonesia defers fees decision. CFR warns on war. Tsai talks with US UN ambassader. Taiwan rep meets another US ambassador. Danish lawmakers support Taiwan in WHO.
January 17, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 12th, 2021
Two new domestic coronavirus cases. Central bank investigating speculation. NPP calls for law on eIDs. New missiles can target China's interior. Taiwan rep to Holland invited to US embassy. Craft visit criticized by KMT. Japan office to honor friendship.
January 12, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 11th, 2021
Record exports in 2020. Pingtung to get HSR, Science Park. Govt to spend big to get foreign investment. ROC flag makes appearance at Capitol riot. New passports hit the streets. Two more orgs now called "Chinese Taipei." Pompeo lifts restrictions on official contact.
January 11, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 10th, 2021
Taiwan's population declines. Hon Hai joins car business. Taipei to challenge racto-pork import laws in court. FSC ups whistle-blower rewards tenfold. TutorABC probed over China ties. Japanese like Taiwan. Air Force 10th most powerful. US Ambassador to UN to visit.
January 10, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 7th, 2021
Taiwan's workforce growth anemic. Taiwan ranks high in gender equality. Taiwan launches a "pork dashboard". KMT kicks off mass signature drive. Johnny Chiang doubles down on accusations of Tsai as "authoritarian". A string of positive economic news. No fly policy to UK extended. NCC finds malicious software in local company's China-made smartphones. MAC "shocked" at HK arrests. US Dept of State makes more pro-Taiwan moves.
January 07, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 3rd, 2021
A labor broker has been fined for abusing foreign fishermen. NT$ ends year strong. Foreigners left Taiwan's stock market, but it boomed anyway. MOE to help makers hit by US tariffs. Taiwanese again rally for Trump. Chen Shui-bian to not talk politics. Tsai's New Year's comments on racto-pork, and Ma's response. Tsai's New Year's comments on China, and their response. US defense bill supports Taiwan.
January 03, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - January 1st, 2021
International students also to be barred from entering. The racto-pork ban has been lifted, and the government rules local bans invalid, but KMT plans to fight. NHI premiums rise today. The legislature passes 2021 budget. Stock market boomed in 2020. An incompetent spy found guilty. Taiwan and New Zealand firm up trade ties.
January 01, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - December 31st, 2020
Foreigners to be barred from entering Taiwan. A Taiwanese teen is confirmed to have the new, more virilant Covid strain. Premier Su now more unpopular than popular according to a poll. DPP punishes 2 lawmakers. Legislature makes moves against property speculation, and Chinese dredging. Manufacturing continues to expand. China's TAO makes offensive comments towards Taiwan.
December 31, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 30th, 2020
Water situation is getting increasingly dire. Taiwan is preparing for faster detection of earthquakes and tsunami. 20 million vaccines are on their way. Sexual harassment is now gender neutral. A US company reverses the traditional pattern of investment in Taiwan. Flights to London cancelled for January. MOFA unlikely to send delegation to US inauguration.
December 30, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 28th, 2020
New fundraising rules for TPP brass. Chen Shui-bian announces radio show. Ma Ying-jeou calls for President Tsai to step down. New baseball head eyes sixth team. MediaTek now #1 maker of smartphone chipsets. Taiwan is a good place to invest according to BERI.
December 28, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 26th, 2020
Volcano alert system to be tested. Adulthood to be set at 18. Business sentiment is good. There's been a big uptick in foreign journalists in Taiwan. New passport stamps are on their way. Taiwan saves lives in Belize. A Hong Kong magazine likens President Tsai to an empress.
December 26, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 25th, 2020
The DPP passes laws to aid the lifting of the ban on US racto-pork. The minimum wage is set to rise, but so are labor insurance and pension premiums. Unemployment is down. Taiwan and Indonesian officials are set to meet to hash out differences.
December 25, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 24th, 2020
Covid updates, KMT-affiliated poll, KMT calls off protest, the "King of Hualien" gets new prison digs and some good economic news.
December 24, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 23rd, 2020
After 253 days, Taiwan gets a domestic Covid case. Taiwanese rally for Trump. Adultery will no longer be criminal. Hung Jie recall a go, but Chen Shui-bian's son dodges the bullet. Gogoro gets awarded, but Taiwan loses to Malawi in the Economist and much more!
December 23, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - October 30th, 2020 - LGBTQ+ Pride, Tsai, and some Camo Tanks
Headlines is a show about the news headlining in Taiwan
October 30, 2020