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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 KMT...at a KMT event. The Canadian government is humiliated after bullying on China's behalf. Transcript: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-apr-17-2021/
07:20
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.
05:54
April 12, 2021
Taiwan Headlines - April 11, 2021
Vaccines for travel abroad on horizon. Babies now a luxury item. Defence of Pratas upped. Twitter supports #MilkTeaAlliance, unlike Facebook and Google. Canada bullies forum on behalf of CCP. India-Taiwan ties improving, but denies helping Taiwan in Paraguay.
06:03
April 12, 2021
Digital Metropolis - Formosan Business Support Director Manuel Zehr - Renewable Energy
In this episode we talk to Manuel Zehr about Taiwan's renewable energy ambitions, the prospectus of offshore wind, and urban energy requirements. Each nation across the world continues to tackle their own metabolic requirements, one that goes continues to grow exponentially. We consider the implications of micro, regional , and global grids on geopolitics and urban sustainability.
42:32
April 7, 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: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-apr-5-2021/
06:44
April 6, 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: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-apr-4-2021/
07:10
April 6, 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: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-mar-26-2021/
07:23
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.
06:42
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: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-mar-22-2021/
06:50
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.
05:53
March 20, 2021
Taiwan Context – Singing Business
Michael Turton interviews Michael Klein. Klein is a long-time resident of Taiwan. A singer and songwriter, a musician with years of professional experience, and a professional sound engineer, he runs a trading company specializing in metal parts. Michael Klein shares his insights on doing business in Taiwan, cultural differences, and his time as a musician and singer.
44:01
March 19, 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.
07:33
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.
06:23
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".
05:03
March 9, 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.
07:02
March 6, 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.
06:47
March 5, 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.
06:30
March 4, 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.
06:05
March 3, 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.
05:28
March 1, 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 Headlines - February 27, 2021
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.
06:56
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.
05:24
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.
06:47
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.
06:35
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.
06:01
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.
06:01
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.
05:31
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.
06:05
February 18, 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 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: https://report.tw/taiwan-headlines-feb-10/
06:05
February 10, 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 9, 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.
06:03
February 7, 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.
05:47
February 5, 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 3, 2021
Digital Metropolis - BiiLabs CEO Lman Chu - Blockchain and Trust
As every part of our cities becomes technologically interconnected, the information that flows between them is becoming increasingly more vulnerable. We spoke to Lman Chu, the co-Founder and CEO of BIILabs, who is working to solve critical issues of trust and security for mobility and energy management. The Internet of Things is quickly turning into the Internet of Everything, meaning that data-misidentification and security breaches will become more ubiquitous and catastrophic. 
37:36
February 3, 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.
04:21
February 2, 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 1, 2021
Taiwan Context – Human Rights Defender
Michael Turton interviews Roy Ngerng is a researcher, writer, and activist. He was named a Human Rights Defender by the United Nations for his activism in Singapore. Roy writes on social protection and equality issues and the impact of digitalization on society. He currently works as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center.
45:28
January 31, 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.
05:53
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.
05:45
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.
06:11
January 27, 2021
Digital Metropolis - Turing Drive Executive Director Stephen Liu - Autonomous Driving and Public Transportation
In this episode, we tackle autonomous driving and public transportation. Joining us is Stephen Liu, executive director of business development at Turing Drive, a Taiwanese company developing self-driving systems. Since 2018, their specially-made domestic electric vehicles have operated more than 18,000 kilometers and carried more than 57,000 passengers. Stephen explains what it is like building urban technology for cities, the challenges in dealing with municipal legislation, and Turin’s intention to expand into the private market.
36:43
January 26, 2021
Taiwan Report News Brief – Biden admin bombshell on 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 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.
05:27
January 23, 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 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.
04:58
January 19, 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 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.
05:32
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.
04:56
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.
04:10
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.
05:22
January 10, 2021
Taiwan Context – Bilingual 2030 with Jenna Lynn Cody
Courtney Donovan Smith interviews Jenna Lynn Cody, a teacher trainer in Taiwan who recently finished her Master's degree and is working with the Bilingual 2030 plan. Jenna is here to tell us all about what Bilingual 2030 really means. It's not what many will expect with some genuine surprises. 
52:58
January 8, 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.
06:15
January 7, 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 3, 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.
05:33
January 3, 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 2, 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.
04:21
January 1, 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.
05:24
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.
03:33
December 30, 2020
Taiwan Headlines - December 29th, 2020
Taiwan records hottest year ever. Businesses falsely labelling pork could face a big fine. The Presidential Office's cybersecurity budget doubles. A new poll shows a closer race for Taipei mayor in hypothetical matchup. Another polls shows Johnny Chiang is in trouble in the race for next KMT chair. The Ministry of Culture is considering barring CCP and PLA publications. Taiwan's economy is closing in on "booming". Consumer confidence is slightly down. Vietnamese students growing fast. Trump signs Taiwan Assurance Act. Taiwan and Japan cooperate in space project.
04:45
December 29, 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.
04:04
December 28, 2020
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 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.
04:37
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.
03:48
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.
04:49
December 24, 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
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!
07:15
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 Context – Tobie Openshaw
Michael Turton interviews Tobie Openshaw. Tobie is a filmmaker and well known in the foreign community in Taiwan. He's created many segments on BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and more. He's known for his coverage of funeral pole dancers of Changhua County and his work covering the stories of Betelnut Girls in Taiwan. Tobie has worked on a whole slew of side projects, including the Red Room Association, Urban Nomad Film Festival, and his involvement with various indigenous groups in Taiwan. Note: Some audio problems were fixed in this episode.
36:51
December 17, 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 9, 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 8, 2020
Digital Metropolis - Bitmark CEO Sean Moss-Pultz - Internet Property
How can we secure personal data in an age when it has become fully commoditized? This question and more are answered by Sean Moss-Pultz, the co-founder and CEO of Bitmark, working to create a property system for establishing value and legal control over the world's data. Property rights were invented for land (real property) and then ideas (intellectual property), but none extend to the digital world. Sean defines the digital property, defends it, and makes it economically divisible. Their most recent project helped track Covid-19 spread in a community. 
41:38
December 7, 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 7, 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 3, 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
Digital Metropolis - CEO Case Engelen, Titoma - Future Smart City Assembly
For the pilot episode, we interview Keesjan (Case) Engelen, CEO of Titoma, shares his extensive knowledge of the industry and shares what he sees as the future smart city assembly. Case also shares why he chooses to live in Taiwan. Digital Metropolis is a podcast hosted by Roman Shemakov, about the future of cities and those building it. He talks to cutting-edge leaders in urban planning, technology, and policy in order to understand the evolving implications of the space we inhabit. Tune in each week to learn about how digitized property, urban technology, and artificial intelligence will transform the way you buy, work, move, and imagine. Titoma is a B2B Electronics design and manufacturing firm located in Taipei specializing in Internet of Things manufacturing and consulting. Western companies approach Titoma with an idea, and Titoma takes the entire product from a napkin sketch all the way to shipping the product.
41:35
November 14, 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 9, 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 4, 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
Headlines - October 30th, 2020
LGBTQ+ Pride, Tsai, and some Camouflage Tanks. Headlines is an interim or supplementary show with Taiwan Report News Brief that cover's the day's articles that we found interesting.
19:05
October 30, 2020
Headlines - October 29th, 2020
Headlines is an off the cuff show covering Taiwan stories of the day that we found interesting, with some extra context that might help in better understanding them.
14:29
October 29, 2020
Headlines - October 28th, 2020
Headlines is an experimental show to see if we could free time for News Brief and will appear in between those shows. Headlines is an off the cuff show covering Taiwan headlines from papers with a little context and what might be missing from them. Taiwan Report News Brief will return shortly as will Current Affairs Taiwan, and a whole slew of new shows.  We hope you enjoy this pilot. We already have feedback that future shows will be spoken a slower to make it easier to follow.
20:58
October 27, 2020
Taiwan Context – Playerium: Rooting a New Gaming Firm
Michael Turton and Sean Su interview Playerium CEO Solomon Temowo. Solomon is the founder and CEO of Playerium, a software company specializing in software for gaming firms. He has worked in several countries in Europe and Asia. We explore his experiences in the gaming industry in Taiwan and elsewhere, what Taiwan's advantages are, and the kind of projects and products his firm works with and creates. 
51:12
October 23, 2020
Taiwan Context – Forward Taiwan: Changing the Expat Legal Framework
Michael Turton interviews Michael Fahey. Fahey is a longtime resident of the island. He is currently a lawyer with the well-known firm of Winkler Partners in Taipei. He has been instrumental in Forward Taiwan, a group dedicated to advancing issues involving foreigners in Taiwan. We discuss Forward Taiwan's work on behalf of foreigners, the local legal system, and related exciting topics.
43:47
October 21, 2020
Taiwan Context – A Life on The Beautiful Island
Michael Turton interviews Mark Caltonhill. Mark is a journalist, writer, comedian, singer, and cyclist who has lived in Taiwan for the better part of two decades. Join us for a stimulating discussion on his experiences and writings on The Beautiful Island.
43:11
October 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT takes a sharp, stunning pro-US turn
Three sets of statistics show how society is changing and how it isn't. Some political polling has shown some interesting results. The KMT takes a sharp pro-US turn. And we'll kick off with some headlines, but first I'd like to note that I am the co-organizer of the Compass Food & Music Festival coming up on October 17 & 18, so until about a week after the festival, there will be somewhat fewer shows from me than normal. 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).
20:03
October 10, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT takes a sharp, stunning pro-US turn
Three sets of statistics show how society is changing and how it isn't. Some political polling has shown some interesting results. The KMT takes a sharp pro-US turn. And we'll kick off with some headlines, but first I'd like to note that I am the co-organizer of the Compass Food & Music Festival coming up on October 17 & 18, so until about a week after the festival, there will be somewhat fewer shows from me than normal. 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).
20:03
October 10, 2020
Taiwan Context: The recent past, present and future of the KMT and a look at KMT chair Johnny Chiang
Host Donovan Smith interviews Albert Chiu, Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Tunghai University, who knows Johnny Chiang well, and was a part of the KMT's cross-strait reform committee - despite not being a KMT member and proposing ideas far beyond traditional KMT thinking on those issues. His experience and insights on the process and the party are fascinating.
52:56
October 6, 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 4, 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
Taiwan Report News Brief – The KMT pulls out of Chinese forum in protest
Wired magazine hails three top Taiwan leaders. Indigenous groups protest China's moves in Inner Mongolia. The KMT pulls out of the Cross-straits forum. The curious case of five Hong Kongers. 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).
14:52
September 21, 2020
Taiwan Context: Taiwan-US military relations w/Jason Pan
20-year journalist veteran (including on the military beat) Jason Pan of the Taipei Times joins host Courtney Donovan Smith to discuss Taiwan-US military relations, including historical context, recent Chinese incursions, and their purpose, US military reactions, US diplomatic moves and finally a look ahead at what may come next.
33:47
September 15, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan responds to aggressive Chinese military moves
A cool advertisement wins an international award. Taiwan's government responds to PLA incursions. The momentum for trade deals is mounting. The Dalai Lama looks to visit Taiwan. But with all the recent topic-heavy shows, today we've got 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).
16:16
September 12, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – The Czech Taiwan visit a disaster for China
This is another big show focusing on the surprisingly impactful visit by the Czech delegation, which causes waves around the world. We kick off with the practical side of the Czech delegation's visit to Taiwan. Prague Mayor Hrib's city diplomacy. Czech Senate President channels Kennedy and charms Taiwan. Chinese threats cause international backlash. The aftermath of the Czech visit. Possibly the funniest diplomatic letter in history is sent. 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).
17:02
September 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Big moves by the US on Taiwan relations
This is a big show on big moves in the US-Taiwan relationship. Up first: US talks ending strategic ambiguity and declassified documents. A memorial message to Taiwan and China. A State official's speech clarifies the direction of ties. Trade talks with the US are set to begin as the US, EU, Japan, and Taiwan call for co-operation in rebuilding global supply chains. The next show will catch you up on the visit by the Czech delegation, which was very consequential. 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).
16:59
September 6, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – The KMT is broke and may be headed to China
There's a KMT app for that. The KMT is broke and plans to borrow their way out of trouble. The KMT plans a drive to get a ractopamine referendum. The KMT is considering attending the Straits Forum in China, and you'll be surprised at the rumored delegation head. A new poll is out on local politicians, and a new poll on potential candidates for Taipei mayor has been released. Finally, a US Military Report is alarming reading. 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).
15:32
September 6, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #49 Czech it out! with Jason Pan
20 year journalist veteran Jason Pan of the Taipei Times joins host Courtney Donovan Smith to discuss the impact and import of the visit of the Czech delegation, recent improvements in US relations including the announcement of trade talks and the declassification of key documents, the KMT and racto-politics and finally the KMT party platform and the party congress.
30:45
September 5, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT: Hello 92 Consensus, Goodbye voters
Johnny Chiang buckles, the “1992 consensus” is back, and the proposed party platform's cross-strait entries are a disaster. An internal KMT poll shows some interesting results. Finally, a new Taiwan passport design intended to differentiate from China has been unveiled. 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).
16:38
September 4, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Tsai's American meat problems and opportunities
The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee is to investigate two affiliates of the KMT further. Enoch Wu announces he's not running for Taipei Mayor. The local political fallout over American pork continues. Why President Tsai is expending political capital on a US trade deal. China's reaction to Taiwan's new French office is priceless. 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).
15:08
September 1, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Tsai makes a big, risky bid for a trade deal with the US.
Holger Chen has been shot. The NPP gets a new chair. The charges have been dropped on the author who claimed Ko P trafficked organs. The Constitutional Court rules that the KMT's ill-gotten assets are indeed ill-gotten. A proposal to replace the "92 consensuses" with an "ECFA consensus" surfaces. President Tsai makes a big bid for a trade deal with 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).
15:51
August 30, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – NPP's third scandal in a month
The New Power Party is facing its third scandal in a month and has lost one of its most high profile members.  The public disagrees with Ma's statement on Taiwan being doomed to lose in a war.  The most popular president in Taiwan's history for development has been polled.  A new TVBS satisfaction poll ranked twelve politicians, and it's mostly bad news for the KMT, but also one bit of very good news for the party.  KMT Chair Chiang comes out for closer US ties.  An F-16 repair shop is to open in Taichung. US Republicans to keep pro-Taiwan language in their platform.  But up first some 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).
14:57
August 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – NPP chaos and Trump speaks again on Taiwan
A memorial held has been held for Hau Pei-tsun, the anti-foreigner, hardline KMT former premier. Then it's chaos in the NPP and the view from the TSP. The now-ratified US Democratic Party platform is more pro-Taiwan than before. And finally, Trump again speaks on 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).
14:57
August 25, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Ma Ying-jeou infuriates the govt and kicks KMT reformers
Taiwanese are split on allowing Chinese students to return. AIT joins President Tsai in commemorating the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. Ma Ying-jeou's remarks cause fury in the government and are a sneaky attack against KMT reformers. 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).
14:57
August 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Litany of bad behavior by China
China wants to poach young Taiwanese scientists. The Taiwan government announces Chinese hacking uncovered. China accuses Taiwan of paying social media influencers. Taiwan Defense Ministry issues a warning to China. Chinese spy ship spotted off the east coast. Poll shows plurality willing to fight if China attacks. The US navy may have just sent a big message to China over Taiwan. But up first, a bunch 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).
15:31
August 22, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief –Tsai makes moves on Taiwan-US relations.
This is a big show solely focused on Taiwan-US relations, including the Chinese Communist mouthpiece Global Times speculating on if the US is planning to set up a consulate in Taiwan, Health Secretary Azar's important visit, President Tsai is ramping up efforts to improve ties with the US and more tea leaf reading on Joe Biden's Taiwan stance. Headlines have been moved to tomorrow's show. 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).
19:09
August 20, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT reformers finally get some good news
A minimum wage hike is planned but is panned by businesses. Foxconn Chairman says China's days as the world's factory are over. Money is flowing back into Taiwan. Controls on Chinese investment to be tightened. Infighting in the KMT, but Johnny Chiang gets a big boost. 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).
15:37
August 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Bad news for the KMT, TPP & DPP in the Kaohsiung byelection
The EPA is looking to help with the garbage crisis, and for the rest of the show, we'll be going into the results of the Kaohsiung byelection, and why it was bad news for the DPP, even worse news for the KMT and no good terrible news for the TPP. 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).
13:39
August 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han Kuo-yu comes out for a KMT wet T-shirt event
Welcome to the Kaohsiung mayoral byelection pre-election special. I watched the rallies, so you didn't have to, and the KMT's turned out a mess.  I also go into what to watch for in the results in Saturday's byelection.  But, up first, some 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).
12:21
August 14, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Donald Trump speaks out on Taiwan
Tours to nowhere turn out to be surprisingly popular, go figure. Manufacturing is on the uptick. The Government touts their claimed success of Internet of Things policies. A small victory for an indigenous campaigner against the Taipei City Government. An environmental rally is held in Taichung, "tree men" and all. Former President Ma trashes the military's ability. Taiwan responds to Hong Kong arrests. Donald Trump makes some rare comments on Taiwan, and Mike Pompeo gets squishy. 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).
15:37
August 13, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #48 Kaohsiung election special ft. Michael Smith
CAT Kaohsiung election special ft. Michael Smith On this week's program ICRT Southern Taiwan Correspondent Michael Smith joins host (and ICRT's Central Taiwan Correspondent) Donovan Smith to discuss the upcoming Kaohsiung mayoral race, the candidates, their positioning and marketing, the Kaohsiung voter's response and the possible repercussions for the KMT--all with the most knowledgeable English language commentator on southern Taiwan! All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw
29:39
August 10, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Highest-level US visit since '79
A businessman has been charged with violating the National Security Act. KMT youth propose significant labor changes and a 32-hour workweek. Taiwan's drone fleet is taking off. The highest-level delegation from the US since 1979 shows promise. Two more foreign delegations show increasing support. 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).
14:38
August 8, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Corruption scandal shakes up the political scene
This is a big show focussing on the alleged bribery cases against lawmakers across party lines and an in-depth look at what it could mean for the parties involved and the fallout for each of them--plus which parties could benefit. But up first, as always, are some 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).
15:32
August 6, 2020
Taiwan Report 'Status Report'
A quick update on what's happening with Taiwan Report for August 2020.
02:04
August 6, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – 6 lawmakers and NPP chair accused of bribery
EVA Air offers a dream Hello Kitty trip to nowhere for Father's Day. Taiwan may be gunning for Hong Kong's finance industry. Six sitting legislators and the NPP chair are grilled in a bribery probe. Biden's top foreign policy advisor speaks out on Taiwan, possibly giving us some insight. But up first, some 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).
15:11
August 1, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #47 In Memoriam: Taiwan President Lee Teng-Hui
Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and guest Sean Su (蘇襄) discuss the life and legacy of the late Taiwan President Lee Teng-Hui. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw
42:48
August 1, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Further support for Taiwan: A 3-part look at expanding US ties
China reacts viciously to reports of former President Lee Tung-hui ailing. Then we move on to a special three-part series on further signs of support for Taiwan. Part one is the Australian-US joint statement, which is a mixed bag. Part two focuses on a visit to the US by Taiwan representative Hsiao Bi-khim. The US side said ties are the "best ever," but it's what the US did on her visit that says a lot more. Part three: a US Congressman introduces the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, and this could be a very big deal if passed. And of course, up first is some 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).
14:60
July 30, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Breast size and truth enter the Kaohsiung mayoral race
TSMC is dominating the planet and propels the stock market to record high. Breast size and truth enter the Kaohsiung mayoral race, and you can't make this stuff up. The Kaohsiung mayoral campaign, Jane Lee and me. Chinese gravel ships continue to irritate. A woman receives dirt from China in the mail. And of course, plenty 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).
15:38
July 29, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Are Taiwanese ready for war?
A new New Power Party poll is out. The legislative speaker wants to undo a DPP referendum reform from just last year. Fan Yun finds out she was a surveillance target. Will Johnny Chiang survive as KMT chair until his term ends? A poll shows Taiwanese views on fighting a war with China. And a couple 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).
12:46
July 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT backs Jane Lee, not that they have a choice
White terror files have come to light, but crucial files are "contaminated." A holdout stalls railway plans in Tainan. KMT stands by Jane Lee, not that they have much choice. Taiwan responds in kind to HK visa denials. And today, we have plenty 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).
14:35
July 25, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Dangerous pandering to the PRC by the Taipei Mayor
The quota on ROC nationals abroad moving to Taiwan is to be lifted. Taiwanese prefer Biden over Trump by a hair. And finally, our big segment of the week: "Article walkthrough: Ko's dangerous misunderstandings on China, or is it intentional?" And of course, 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).
15:18
July 24, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Jane Lee's campaign hit with scandal over plagiarism
The Citizen Judge law passes over united opposition. The passport and China Airlines legislation passes but is just a suggestion. Jane Lee's campaign is under pressure as she tearfully rejects her master's degree. Foreign Minister warns to the media that the Chinese military threat is on the rise. The US Democratic Party draft party platform is more pro-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).
16:08
July 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT, TPP and NPP unite against DPP
President Tsai urges constitutional reforms and warns on power going to the party's head. The DPP is set to ram through judicial reforms against the united opposition of the KMT, the NPP, and the TPP. A bill is to be introduced in the US Congress authorizing US military intervention if China attacks. 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).
15:40
July 21, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – "800 warriors" head indicted for inciting violence
TSMC is truly massive and sucks big power. Control Yuan controversies continue. 13 deep blues have been indicted for encouraging violence. Taiwan gets some support from Belgium. A Taiwan-US organization grows on the world stage. Possible good news from India. 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).
14:36
July 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – HK gives Taiwan rep office a middle finger over "one China"
Control Yuan nominees voted in amid chaos. The Taiwan People's Party is set to shrink, intentionally. Hong Kong gives the middle finger to the Taiwanese representative office. 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).
11:47
July 17, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – DPP seizes back the podium after a melee.
The Han Kuang exercises are on, but tragedy has struck.  China is to impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin over Taiwan arms sale. Measuring the hate in the Kaohsiung byelection.  The DPP seizes back the podium after a melee.  The new representative to the US vows to build trust. 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).
17:08
July 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan's govt: Avoid China, HK, and Macau
Presidential campaign funding figures have been released, and there is something very revealing in the numbers. KMT chair Johnny Chiang says he'll resign if KMT loses the Kaohsiung city council speaker race. The Control Yuan rules in favor of nurses. Is Taiwan eyeing stronger ties with India? Taiwan calls on citizens to avoid China, Hong Kong, and Macau altogether. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:45
July 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Taiwan pranks British Columbia: Report
More students to be allowed to return. A push to abolish two branches of government grows. Taiwan still wants to join the WHO, despite the US withdrawal. The Taiwan government plays a joke on British Columbia. Ma Ying-jeou weighs in on the 92 consensus. Will the Dalai Lama visit? A rock star in the legislature is pushing for that to happen. The head of the FBI accuses China of trying to block US visits to Taiwan. President Tsai warns China of potential countermeasures to new security law. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:06
July 9, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Support for KMT hits all-time low
We make a deep dive into the KMT's woes in the polls, and Johnny Chiang's efforts to win back the youth vote. Plus, a little ECFA and a bunch 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:51
July 8, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Sharp spike in Taiwanese identity
Taiwan's second successful recall takes place in Yilan. A poll shows surging identification as "Taiwanese," and I've got lots on that subject. It looks like the Somaliland military base report wasn't true. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
10:15
July 5, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – CCP Propaganda porn
Chen Chu's visit to the legislature is called off at the last minute. ARC holders are now treated like normal people, at least in one respect. The Taiwan Defense Act reaches the US House. A report is out that Taiwan could build a military base in Somaliland. Taiwan is to re-open the representative office in Guam. Two Chinese reporters have been kicked out. And finally, CCP Propaganda porn. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:05
July 4, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han fans revenge plans grow and Pingtung is headless
Military instructors in schools to go. The KMT faces fines over their occupation of the legislature. Han fans revenge plans continue to grow. Pingtung City is now headless. More government subsidies are on the way. Next year's economy is predicted to be good. ARC holders are yet again treated differently. Military guns are blazing. Taiwan finds a friend with even fewer friends in the world than Taiwan. John Bolton speaks on whether a Biden win would be suitable for 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:37
July 3, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Boxing lessons for KMT lawmakers, for real
A Kaohsiung mayoral by-election poll suggests a blowout. The battle between the administration of Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen and the central government has exploded politically and turned personal. Hong Kong national security law goes into effect, and Taiwan reacts. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
10:51
July 2, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT occupies the legislature
Foreign fishing crews' labor insurance coverage found lacking. Fears in the KMT over the Kaohsiung by-election. A poll on the most popular politicians is released and makes for captivating reading.  The KMT dramatically occupies the legislature and dukes it out with the DPP. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
13:03
June 29, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Silliness and stupidity over the Senkakus
Controversial KMT legislator Wu Sz-Huai (吳斯懷) has come out swinging... against the KMT. Big expansion plans for offshore wind are in the works. Saint Lucia questions a Taiwanese donation. More support from the US Congress. Silliness and stupidity over the Senkakus. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:25
June 28, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Escape from HK and the extreme separatist TPP
Interesting details related to the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election. Some interesting comments on the Taiwan People's Party. The US issue warrants for Taiwanese. The Hong Kong support office and laws potentially disappoint. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
13:18
June 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT: Abolish 2 branches of govt, and welcome India
The Taiwanese fishing fleet again is under pressure over abuse. The "King of Hualien" gets more jail sentences. Taichung's battle with Taipower takes another nasty turn. The KMT joins the call to abolish two branches of government. Johnny Chiang has finally gotten some love in the KMT for his proposal to remove the 1992 consensus from the party's cross-strait platform. The Milk Tea Alliance adds a new member. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
12:50
June 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Independence support rockets & Kaohsiung race firms up
A new locally-developed jet trainer has its first official flight in Taichung. The administration's Control Yuan picks are criticized by all three major opposition parties. Taiwanese identity and independence views are shifting surprisingly fast. Johnny Chiang is taking a lot of flak over the 92c removal proposal. Finally, the KMT, TPP candidates for Kaohsiung Mayor announced, and it's shaping up to be an exciting race, indeed! 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:18
June 24, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT Reform: The backlash begins
Temples and corruption. Ex-legislative aides arrested for spying for China. Chinese sand thieves detained. Plan to allow recall campaigns to raise more money moves forward. An uncontroversial appointment to Washington, DC. Justin Huang withdraws from Control Yuan's consideration. Taiwan People's Party to have a big conference. Finally, KMT Reform: The backlash begins. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
11:50
June 22, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – KMT Reform Special
The KMT reform committee has released their report. Has it produced a viable blueprint for the way forward for the KMT to regain their footing? Will their new cross-strait proposals fly with the public? Has KMT chair Johnny Chiang hit a home run, or a damp, grilled squid? Let’s take a look! 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
11:56
June 21, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Naked provocations in Copenhagen, Taiwan is declared FMD free
A possible boost for foreign students. A beautification plan is launched. Chen Chu to head up Control Yuan, and President Tsai makes a sneaky pick. More woes for Johnny Chiang. Finally, the Chinese take on Tsai speaking at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:42
June 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Bolton book bombshells: What Trump really thinks of Taiwan and more
Restrictions are being lifted on some travel. The KMT wants to put the assets issue behind it, down to zero. The DPP chooses Chen Chi-mai, while the KMT is still mulling candidates for the Kaohsiung by-election. And finally, Bolton book bombshells: What Trump really thinks of Taiwan and more. I had to move some stories to tomorrow to fit in these big, timely stories. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
12:37
June 18, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Chiang cozies up to the US and Taiwan finally a country in Wikipedia
Tourists are again on the move locally. Two rallies for justice were held over the weekend. Taiwan is to host the world's only Pride parade in 2020. NTU nixes a transitional justice plan. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out in Hsu suicide. Wikipedia victory as Taiwan is labeled a "country". A US senator has introduced a Taiwan Defense Act. The KMT chair supports Taiwan-US ties, but does the KMT? Taiwan is looking to boost business ties with Israel. Finally, a bunch of Czech Republic news. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
17:04
June 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Rallies, threats to the President, and who will run in Kaohsiung?
An industrial spy verdict has been handed down, but with one surprise. President Tsai vows to bring in more foreign professionals, but I'll believe it when I see it. Han is out, but not before holding a party for himself, and you'll want to hear what he had to say. Anti-recall and memorial rally in Taipei is suspicious. Acting Kaohsiung Mayor named, takes office. Mayoral by-election date set, but who will run? 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
15:39
June 14, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Buttcheeks, revenge recalls and an odd US flyover
TSMC to invite suppliers to the US. Curious change in KMT messaging. Rallies, rallies everywhere, and Han throws himself a party while the White Wolf stands up for justice. Buttcheeks in politics? In Taiwan, yes! Revenge recalls are on the way. Prosecutions have been handed down in the Denise Ho paint attack. Taiwan's military drops in ranking, but a new plane flies. There have been some curious plane activities in Taiwan's airspace. Finally, ties with a Chinese university to get greater scrutiny. Correction: Froggy Chiu's video was posted to Facebook, not Youtube. Apologies. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:52
June 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Recall fallout and the road ahead
Subsidies are on their way, but the message to non-citizen taxpayers continues to be, "sorry, but no dice"... or not according to a report in the Taiwan News. The Dajia Matsu pilgrimage is back. Should office-holders resign if they run for another office? Some lawmakers think so. But of course, the meat of the show is the fallout from the Kaohsiung recall vote and looking ahead to what's next. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
12:42
June 8, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #46 Han 666 Recall Special
Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and guest Sean Su (蘇襄) discuss the total blowout regarding Kaohsiung Mayor's Han Kuo-Yu's recall vote, what the scene was like on the ground, how this might be a victory of youth activism against populism and demogoguery, Han and Chiang press conferences, Han's future going forward, what this means for the KMT, who the DPP might choose as interim mayor, and possible DPP and KMT candidates for mayor after that. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw
41:17
June 6, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han gets a knife in the back from an old friend
There is good news for lovers of organic food from America. The MOI has some good ideas on changes to Taiwan's election laws, but some bad ones on visa overstayers. Changing the names of China Airlines and on passports looks set to move forward in the legislature. Finally, Wang Jin-pyng drops a couple of bombshells, and Hou You-y says something very in character, and crafty. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:24
June 5, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Fraud, gangsters and the criminal diaspora
Taiwan govt makes an unusual strategic investment move. Taiwan's military advances. Fraud, gangsters, and the criminal diaspora--that's my big story today! Some Han recall and recent polling updates. Finally, Taiwan called on China to apologize for the Tiananmen massacre, which of course, China totally did (actually no.) 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
13:47
June 4, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Prediction on the recall and women in government
The government is sending odd signals on foreign residents and stimulus vouchers. Carrefour is taking over Wellcome and Jasons Market Place. The government suffers a big data leak, which could be very worrying. Chinese devices are leaky. A fairly high profile KMT figure bolts to the TPP, and has some very interesting things to say about why. UDN ranks local governments by female participation, and I find an interesting correlation. Finally, updates and analysis on the Han recall, which is shaping up to be an interesting race--plus you'll get my prediction on that. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:23
June 3, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – No to singing the praises of reuniting with the motherland
The government is throwing around subsidies like rice at a wedding. GDP forecast cut, but Taiwan towers in R&D. Plans for "Kinmen Airlines" announced. NTNU to no longer sing the praises of reuniting with the motherland. What's up with the Transitional Justice Commission? Taiwan wants more American missiles. The Criminal adultery law has been struck down. Taiwan has reacted with horror to the new national security law passed in Beijing to control Hong Kong. Finally, China held a 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law shindig, because they're such a fun bunch of guys. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
16:35
May 30, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Poll: Hou Yu-yi is a powerhouse, but the KMT is in the doghouse
Since today is a big show, we had to move some stories to tomorrow. A vote-buying conviction for former Fantasy 4 members. A wee bit on the HK reaction. "Peaceful reunification" back on the PRC menu. Will the Han recall campaign succeed? Some doubts enter the picture. Finally, polls released show Hou Yu-yi is a powerhouse, but the rest of the KMT is in the doghouse. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:36
May 29, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Viva Taiwan! And the cabinet's testosterone levels too high for the KMT
Government subsidies announced and a super fun sounding tourism plan. Some mixed economic news. The "King of Hualian" wants to join legislative Q&A sessions from prison. The KMT is slamming the new cabinet for being overly testosterone-enhanced. The Han recall is going to get lots of cops, and the recall organizer goes on a legal attack spree. And finally, Viva 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
13:40
May 28, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – HK security law: Pres Tsai's response may add insult to injury
Some interesting business news. Speculation is mounting on who will challenge Taichung's Mayor Lu Shiow-yen in the next election. The Han recall is heading into the final stretch. The government is applying more oversight on Chinese entry permits. Finally, Taiwan responds to the proposed Chinese national security they plan to impose on Hong Kong. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
12:19
May 26, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #45 Total Recall: Han Strikes Back
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss updates on Kaohsiung Mayor's Han Kuo-Yu's recall vote, President Tsai's second inauguration, a look at 2022 and 2024 elections, TSMC's new US factory plans, KMT as an opposition party, and some punchable punching paunchy punch-offs. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw
32:54
May 24, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Rain gear politics, DPP moves to deconstruct one-party state era legacy
Some reasonably good news on the economic front, considering. There are signs of life at Hon Hai's (Foxconn's) Wisconsin plants. Thousands of same-sex marriages have been recorded one year on the passage of the law, making it legal. Flooding in Kaohsiung brings out the obligatory rain gear politics. The DPP appears to be making another move to strip away a martial law era relic of KMT institutional dominance, and the KMT lost a whole ton of money last year. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT). Some reasonably good news on the economic front, considering. There are signs of life at Hon Hai's (Foxconn's) Wisconsin plants. Thousands of same-sex marriages have been recorded one year on the passage of the law, making it legal. Flooding in Kaohsiung brings out the obligatory rain gear politics. The DPP appears to be making another move to strip away a martial law era relic of KMT institutional dominance, and the KMT lost a whole ton of money last year. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
07:19
May 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han anti-recall campaign gets dirty Wu says what!? PRC drops "peaceful"
The Han anti-recall campaign is getting dirty, with explosive new allegations. KMT Chair Johnny Chiang admits he's got an uphill climb on reforming the party. Japan, the Czech Republic, and the US all show Taiwan some love. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says he'll ensure no more diplomatic partners will bolt...wait, what!? Finally, China drops the word "peaceful" in front of "reunification" in key speech, should we be worried? 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
17:47
May 22, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Inauguration special: Tsai suggests country founded at the dawn of the 1950s
This inauguration special covers who showed up and a possible bombshell statement by President Tsai that seems to suggest the Republic of China, Taiwan, was born at the dawn of the 1950s. Her speech also suggests significant changes coming to the military. She stands calm but firm on China relations, but they're already upset. A possible bombshell, or not, on constitutional reform. Finally, we get into some of the international response to her inauguration. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
12:36
May 21, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #44 Baby Steps
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss national unification goals with unexpected supporters of a related bill, Taiwan withdraws from trying for a spot at the World Health Assembly, Han telling his followers not to go to the recall poll, DPP attempting to get irrigation, farmers and fishers cooperatism under control, a quick pass at the first anniversary of equal marriage in Taiwan, the cabinet resignation and turnover and some names of who might take which positions. We apologize for some background noise this week as we are still doing remote recordings. All our podcasts from now on are at https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport Find the Current Affairs Podcast on https://anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw
36:32
May 18, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – The TPP makes a pan-green move as DPP retreats
The New York Times and others have applied to set up bureaus in Taiwan. Chinese hacking efforts are getting more sophisticated. Chinese Communist mouthpiece says something intriguing that may point to economic turbulence ahead. The TPP makes a pan-green move as DPP retreats and what this action might say about the TPP. Finally, I got something wrong on yesterday's show, but I learned that Han Kuo-yu's call for his supporters to skip the recall vote is much more mysterious. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
14:15
May 17, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han calls on supporters to NOT vote in the recall. Seriously!
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han calls on supporters to NOT vote in the recall. Seriously! This is a big show with lots of can't miss analysis, and moved some topics to tomorrow to focus on only four stories today: Han Kuo-yu is calling for his supporters NOT to vote in the recall election! DPP caves to fears over upsetting China, while the KMT is showing signs of some distancing from the PRC. In the WHA vote coming up, India will be a crucial vote--they're officially on the fence, but we explain why they're important and include interesting clips from Indian media advocating for Taiwan for you. 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. It is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
13:43
May 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Sorry to pop your bubble, China
A marriage equality survey is out, offering a look at where society is on the eve of the first anniversary of marriage equality.  TSMC is going to be made in the USA.  Returning Taiwanese firms pledges have reached NT$1 Trillion...yes, with a "T."  The outgoing VP is giving away his salary and pension.  The "King of Hualien" is going to jail.  Finally, three stories on the poor, poor PRC being snubbed. 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 lis