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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).
14:59
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).
14:35
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).
14:05
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).
14:50
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).
10:14
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).
16:04
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).
15:36
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).
13:02
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).
14:24
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).
11:49
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).
15:41
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).
14:23
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).
13:46
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).
12:18
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).
17:46
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
36:31
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 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).
10:11
May 15, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Trudeau won't call Taiwan a country
Up on today's program, we finally know what Apple is up to in Taiwan. Another prominent KMT member makes comments that cause outrage, and headaches for KMT chair Johnny Chiang. President Tsai is taking back the reins at the DPP, and the cabinet has resigned, opening the way for a reshuffle. The public is behind raising electricity rates. France stands up to China over Taiwan arms sales. Finally, the upcoming WHO/WHA battle over the inclusion of Taiwan adds new combatants, but Canada's prime minister won't admit that Taiwan is a country. 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).
08:27
May 14, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Han's prospects looking grim and WHO saga grows
Up today on the program, the President's party is to be scaled back, Apple is investing big in Taiwan, and Taiwan is considered a great place to invest. The Han recall is looking increasingly grim for the incumbent mayor, and more names are floated as his replacement on the KMT side. Finally, the WHO and WHA inclusion saga keeps growing. 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).
10:06
May 12, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief – Developments show how much the political ground has shifted
Medical marijuana is in the news. The US is apparently pressuring TSMC to build a chip fab in the US. Military ties boosted between Taiwan and the US, and a mysterious middle eastern country. More international support for Taiwan in the WHO pours in. If Han loses the recall, who will the KMT run? Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung appears to now be firmly in favor of changing China Airlines' name. AIT gets involved in a local political decision in a way they would never have in the past. Finally, the KMT response to the proposal to drop "unification" as a national goal is very, very interesting! Today's TRNB is a big show, with lots of analysis, so be sure to stick around to the end. 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).
15:49
May 11, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Two bombshells for the KMT (Fixed)
Up today on the program, the definition of "police weapons" may change, the government is stepping up on cyberattacks, sports are making a comeback, and Canada comes around. But it's two big potential bombshells that caught my eye: indictments over alleged vote-buying for Han Kuo-yu, and a move to remove "unification of the nation" as a national goal. Be sure to stick around for those! 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).
12:34
May 10, 2020
Taiwan Context - A Culinary History of Taipei, featuring Katy Hui-Wen Hung
The Taiwan Context hosted by Michael Turton, with special guest Katy Hui-Wen Hung, on the Culinary History of Taipei, offering some surprising twists and turns.
34:24
May 10, 2020
(Wrong Audio) Taiwan Report News Brief - Two bombshells for the KMT
Note: The wrong audio has been embedded within this program. A new version has been uploaded and the audio in this stream corrected. Up today on the program, the definition of "police weapons" may change, the government is stepping up on cyberattacks, sports are making a comeback, and Canada comes around. But it's two big potential bombshells that caught my eye: indictments over alleged vote-buying for Han Kuo-yu, and a move to remove "unification of the nation" as a national goal. Be sure to stick around for those! 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).
12:34
May 9, 2020
Taiwan Report New Brief - KMT in freefall and Canada's FM snubs Taiwan, twice
Up today on the show, the Canadian foreign minister snubs Taiwan twice. Paraguay holds a vote on dumping ties with Taiwan. Han Kuo-yu loses on appeal. The KMT is slumping in the polls, with their worst showing ever--while the DPP and the Tsai administration are riding high. The government is continuing to keep the cash spigot open... and much more. This is a juicy show, be sure to stick around. 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).
10:40
May 9, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - The coming WHA and WHO battle royale
More details are coming out on the Han recall vote, and accusations of Kaohsiung City Govt meddling are growing. KMT Chair Johnny Chiang may be targeting the powerful Huang Fuhsing. The gas hack is now suspected of being political. A petition is gaining steam on making Taiwan's so-called "marriage equality" laws a bit more equal in reality. The DPP is targeting a non-existent committee for elimination. Finally, a WHO battle royale is taking shape over Taiwan that will be very illuminating on Taiwan's place in the world. 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).
09:01
May 7, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Skulls from Scotland and the Love Ferris Wheel is back
More Coronavirus cash on the way, Han Kuo-yu defends himself with... the Love Motel Ferris Wheel! KMT spokesperson tows the Communist line on Chinese TV. Chunghwa Post seemingly wants to help Taiwan join the ranks of tinpot dictatorships. Skulls are on their way from Scotland. Huang Kuo-chang may be back at a rice cooker company. Though short term business is poor, the government is closing in on pledging NT$1 trillion to companies returning to Taiwan. Hackers attack gas companies. More mask diplomacy on the way, and possibly some serious support for Taiwan in the WHO. China Airlines used in a pro-Trump political ad as a stand-in for China. Finally, some fascinating comments from a retired PLA general. 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).
13:12
May 6, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #43 Massive Matsu Milk Tea
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss some a new race involving giant Matsu statues in Penghu and Taichung and the United Front efforts in Taiwan, the Han Kuo-yu recall updates. Comments on the Milk Tea Alliance and Taiwan's increasing warm power. Finally, talk about how Taiwan has become a more interesting and higher profile nation in the past few months. 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
25:37
May 4, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - KMT may become tougher on crime, and self-decapitation threatened
Up today on the program, the CEC is running into problems setting up polling booths for the Han recall vote, which may lead to a self-decapitation, two KMT lawmakers go tough on crime, but is it part of a broader strategy? Finally, Norway changes "Taiwanese" to "Chinese," a move backed by a district court. 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).
06:00
May 3, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Kaohsiung City Govt may be looking to hinder Han recall group
Some quick coronavirus and economic updates, then on to allegations that Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's administration is targeting pro-recall ads. The DPP is working to crack down on PRC-ROC dual nationals. AIT is on a PR push, ostensibly to promote Taiwan's bid to enter the WHA, but in reality, they likely have a different motive. Finally, the Filipina deportation saga is increasing in scope.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report(dot)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).
08:04
May 2, 2020
Taiwan Report New Brief - Massive Matsu statues and their role in CCP's plans to annex Taiwan
Some quick coronavirus and economic updates, then on to some very puzzling comments from the National Security Bureau claiming to know Kim Jong-un is alive, which begs some questions. The Filipina deportation saga refuses to die down. Finally, massive Matsu statues and their political significance in the pro-annexation agenda. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report(dot)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. TRNB is also intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
08:21
May 1, 2020
Taiwan Report New Brief - Sunflowers convicted, Filipina deportation case turns into diplomatic spat
We kick off with some basic headlines and updates, including coronavirus, business, delays to the launch of electronic IDs, and the launching of a Coast Guard warship. The legislature is moving ahead with changing the passports and China Airlines. Sunflower activists have been found guilty, after having been cleared by a lower court. CCP Mouthpiece hyperventilates over the Netherlands changing their office name in Taipei, despite following a format used by other countries. Taiwanese want to join the WHA as "Taiwan." The govt is reportedly investigating 87 over working illegally in China. Finally, the Filipina deportation saga takes another weird turn. 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).
13:46
April 30, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #42 Hou You-yi is hot & is Tsai "pro-independence"?
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss some new polling showing Hou You-yi is a powerhouse, Han Kuo-yu may be headed to the outhouse, and Johnny Chiang has a house to fix, and it won't be easy. The KMT's prospects in 2022 currently look dire. Is President Tsai "pro-independence?" The Philippines has two different lines on whether they want a Filipina deported from Taiwan for attacking Duterte on Facebook. 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
43:02
April 27, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Taiwan's credibility on the line as the Philippines demands deportation of Filipina from Taiwan
Trying a different format today, let us know what you think of it in the comments. Coronavirus updates and news. A fire in Taipei claims five lives. Judicial Yuan explains why they don't want juries. Two new constitution proposals move forward. Gas prices hit a 20-year low. Former US ambassador petitions Taiwan for WHO inclusion. Somewhat problematic NPP poll released. The Philippines wants to deport Filipina from 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).
13:30
April 27, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - KMT calls PRC nationals foreigners... that's what Fan Yun was up to.
The government lowers rents on government properties. Restaurants are getting reamed. Taiwan chimes in on the South China Sea. Chiu Yi and Global Times, a match made in an alternative reality. What was Fan Yun up to about barring foreigners at Academia Sinica? Lao Ren Cha looked into it. Finally, a haircut.  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).
14:49
April 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - A govt falls over the recognition of PRC, and Fan Yun moves to foil foreigners
Packaging use down, but coronavirus creates exceptions on eating utensils. DPP lawmaker Fan Yun wants to block foreigners in Academia Sinica. Concerns over upcoming electronic IDs voiced. Apple reported contracting TSMC to make its own designed chips. Yet again, mixed business news. The Pro-China party loses power in Kiribati over Taiwan. Finally, a significant uptick in Chinese trolls targeting international media. 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).
15:15
April 25, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Taipei Times wrong on KMT move to invite Han, and courts disagree on flag-waving
The government says no coronavirus lockdown needed for now. Taiwan sports standing tall on the world stage. Waving Taiwan flag legal at sporting events, then not legal say different courts. What is Johnny Chiang up to with Han Kuo-yu? TSMC gets the message. China Airlines' name change may take a while. Taiwan moves to stop Chinese online streaming services. Chinese knock off Taiwan facemasks donated to Japan. The PRC launches the second amphibious assault ship. Taiwan and New Zealand may be getting closer. Foreign Minister says China sold to Paraguay, didn't donate. Finally, some good news from the Vatican. 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).
21:07
April 24, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - Pope snubs Taiwan in favor of China, Tao kids punished by Youtube
The government opens yet more subsidy floodgates this week. The jobless rate is up, but only slightly. The TPP is starting to show some of what they stand for, but still nothing too controversial. The navy coronavirus scandal is getting ever more embarrassing. Yet another GDP forecast shows no one has a clue. Is the PRC making a move on diplomatic partner Paraguay? Wu Sz-hui thinks maybe. The Pope publicly snubs Taiwan in favor of China. Finally, Youtube punishes Tao kids. 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).
19:03
April 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief - The KMT's cunning plan to woo youngsters with Ma Ying-jeou
Two admirals removed after failing to follow coronavirus guidelines, which likely aided the outbreak on a navy ship. DPP passes bill tripling subsidies. Facemasks can be ordered soon from convenience stores. Daily necessities appear to have ample stocks for the time being. The International Press Institute presses WHO to let in Taiwanese journalists. New proposed passport designs floated. Some surprisingly upbeat business news. KMT's plans to woo younger voters are becoming more apparent. The presidential spokesperson's shirt becomes a story. The Causeway Bay Books co-founder came under attack. Finally, Taiwan drops in world press freedom rankings. 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).
21:13
April 22, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #41 (04-20-2020) PRC's sand and census wars on Taiwan
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's upcoming recall vote, and explain why and how his joining the KMT's central standing committee is problematic--and why New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-yi was smart to avoid it, and what that might mean for the future of the KMT. The PRC is demanding naturalized Taiwan nationals in Taiwan to comply with their census, and why that is a threat to national security. An armada of illegal sand dredgers from China are shooed off by Taiwan, but it is a sign of growing threat. Taiwanese sports are making it big overseas, and much more!  All our podcasts from now on are at  anchor.fm/taiwanreport   You can find the Current Affairs Podcast on  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
28:37
April 20, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-20-2020) Han Kuo-yu's number of the beast problem
Apologies, yesterday's show had a technical mishap, so today's show features a few critical items from the day before. An outbreak on a navy ship leads to a significant spike in coronavirus cases. VP says social distancing is the "new normal" for at least a year and a half. Food safety is on the mind of the government, should we worry? The World Health Organization praises Taiwan, but the World Medical Association slams the World Health Organization over Taiwan. President Tsai rules Twitter. Land use law loses a controversial amendment. Fines to be increased after Taiwanese reporter for communist mouthpiece tells Donald Trump, "I'm from Taiwan." NPP reportedly in discussions on cooperating with other parties. A court blocks efforts to halt the Han recall vote and a date for the recall vote has set (and I was wrong about 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).
15:42
April 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-17-2020) Han Kuo-yu flabbergasts the "King of Hualien"
Once again, no new coronavirus cases! A post on PTT tipped off Taiwan authorities. More loans made available for SMEs, including foreign-owned ones. KMT questions Tsai administration's plans to issue vouchers, call for cash instead. MRT ridership is down 50%, and the airport is closing gates to save money. The number of furloughed workers jumps significantly in the last week. Some grateful, others not so much, for Taiwan's help. The White House reached out to Taiwan over masks. John Bolton calls for the US to recognize Taiwan. Taiwan says China has no legal right to represent Taiwan in the UN. Govt warns of Chinese militia. Local baseball a big hit overseas. The King of Hualien flabbergasted at Han's attempts to halt recall. Finally, the ever-shrinking Huangfuhsing wants to stop shrinking. 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).
18:07
April 17, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-16-2020) Changing China Airlines is happening, and it's not so hard after all
Taiwan gets two more imported coronavirus cases and considers mandatory testing of some returnees. Bank customers wearing a face mask soon will no longer be assumed to be bank robbers. South Korea to the rescue in central America. The supreme court upholds a life sentence; NPP lawmaker wants the death penalty. NPP proposes stronger sanctions on United Front infiltration. DPP lawmaker Kao Chia-yu gets smacked for standing up to her party. Some mixed but fascinating business reports. US military shows more support for Taiwan. That NYT Times ad seems to have worked. Taiwan pays a 150-year-old Scottish debt. Significant changes afoot for China Airlines as creative ideas flow on how to tackle the challenges. 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).
22:17
April 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-15-2020) Zero cases! Errr Singapore, 'Taiwan Airlines' gets more support
Taiwan marks the first day in a long time with zero new coronavirus cases! Taiwan has the lowest cases per million of any country in the world. The CECC considers a widespread community outbreak of the type we see around the world might be unlikely in Taiwan. Virus test kits with fast turnarounds could be coming in July, which could be a big boost towards getting back to normal. The govt is creating tons of part-time jobs. Taiwan's airport mulls shutting down one terminal. Singapore's first lady gets Taiwan's media into a sling. More international support for Taiwan. Taiwanese place ad in NYT, but was it worth it the money? Taiwanese baseball to be broadcast in English. Again, very mixed news on the economic front. Taiwan's military to go Iron Man. Czech courts recognize Taiwanese aren't safe in Chinese prisons. And the national carrier name debate heats up.  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).
18:50
April 15, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #40 (04-13-2020) Soft Power and the Propaganda Wars
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #40 (04-13-2020) Soft Power and the Propaganda Wars Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) take on the week's news, including China pressuring Taiwan militarily and via a massive propaganda push, updates on the Han Recall and his new lawsuit to try to stop it, the complexities of changing national airline names for Taiwan, a discussion on international media coverage of Taiwan, plans for subsidizing universities now that China is cutting some of their supply of students, the KMT chair Johnny Chiang making some right moves, EU parliament and overseas reaction to Taiwan's soft-power reputation. Note: For clarification, Wisconsin's State Council rejected China's request to pass a bill that would praise China and instead passed a resolution that blasted China. However, this action by China is part of a new aggressive push in a propaganda war. All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport You can find the Current Affairs Podcast on 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.
30:39
April 13, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-12-2020) A concerning People's Daily report on war
New coronavirus cases continue to show a strong downward trend, but Taiwan's death toll rises to six. New crowd management measures and a new app are on the way. Taipei gets face mask vending machines. Academia Sinica may have made a crucial breakthrough that possibly may lead to coronavirus treatments. Get coffee every day? Those servers are probably not washing their hands--but help may be on the way. No crowds for baseball? Make them yourself! Transport minister Lin Chia-lung again comments on changing the name of China Airlines. NCC raps CTV over finances. NPP lawmakers are sniffing around Kaohsiung, could a mayoral run be the reason? KMT picks a bigshot to head its online marketing campaign. The Tedros and WHO controversy takes some unexpected turns. Both the US and Chinese militaries have been very active in the region recently. Finally, a report in the People's Daily has me concerned. 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).
23:31
April 12, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-10-2020) [Fixed] Why irrigation law has significant political implications
Note: There was an error that resulted in the tail end of the show being cut out. This has since been fixed. Only one new coronavirus case, the government claims electronic surveillance is legal, and I look at the law in question, and the new online system for sending masks abroad goes down. Group comments on monkey business. TPP lawmaker makes a move...but don't read too much into...except maybe you should. Premier approves an irrigation bill. Who cares, you ask? It's a big deal, and I'll explain why. Johnny Chiang comments on the 1992 consensus. Will Han's strategy of laying low help him win the recall? The KMT thinks so. US worries on China lead to approval of cable links to Taiwan. US and PRC do flybys. PRC bans students from studying in Taiwan. Taiwan remembers who its friends are. Taiwanese show their outrage at WHO's Tedros by sending nice pictures. Taiwan slaps back at Tedros, showing how Taiwan helps Ethiopia. PRC Doubles down on Tedros' claim of Taiwanese racism. 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).
18:02
April 10, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-09-2020) Tedros claims Taiwan behind attacks, Han tries to derail recall
Taiwan makes more moves on the coronavirus but also makes some breakthroughs that offer hope. Hon Hai has finally found something useful to do with its Wisconsin plant. Taiwan students to the rescue with robots! MOE joins on in banning Zoom. A study shows most disinformation on the coronavirus is imported, no prizes at figuring out from where. Control Yuan steps in on labor insurance for migrant fishers, but will it be implemented? The economic outlook continues to be mixed, and government finances have taken a hit. Han Kuo-yu's lawyer takes legal action to block recall. President Tsai and Japan's Shinzo Abe show public support for each other. Two stories on ties with India, one that may be a big boost for local sports. Taiwan slams Tedros on the claim that Taiwan launched racist attacks against the WHO head. Finally, a lawmaker starts a fire in her office, threatening to burn down the legislature's second building. 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).
23:26
April 9, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-08-2020) Back to the revolutionary future for the KMT...and Han recall vote coming
Plenty of coronavirus news with more subsidies, face mask rules on their way, but new cases are down, and local scientists make a breakthrough.  Taiwan makes moves to bypass the WHA in May.  Taiwan to the rescue on the world stage.  HK's Carrie Lam defends attack on RTHK, asking about Taiwan's role in the WHO.  Taiwan bans Zoom from all official use.  French parliamentarians show support. The third runway at Taoyuan Airport gets EPA nod despite explosive concerns.  Business news is mixed.  NPP accuses President Tsai of breaking her word and demands changes to the Assembly and Parade Act.  Johnny Chiang goes back to the future with the Institute of Revolutionary Practice plan to promote party talent.  Finally, ahead of schedule, the second-stage signature drive is approved, clearing the way for the recall vote against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu to go forward in June.  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).
18:37
April 8, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #39 (04-06-2020) That BBC problem
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #39 (04-06-2020) Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) take on the week's news, including the back-and-forth between a KMT lawmaker and Premier Su after the lawmaker said "Taiwan is not a country" as well as proposals on changing the name of China Airlines and what to put in English on the passports. The government has launched a massive, NT$1.05 trillion stimulus package. The BBC continues its rich tradition of inadequate Taiwan coverage, and much more! All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
24:23
April 6, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-05-2020) Should Taiwan's passports read "Chunghua Minkuo"?
The CECC sends messages to crowded areas to tell people to keep away from each other and other coronavirus updates. The Taipei Times runs an editorial with creative ideas on how to build consensus on a new name for China Airlines and what to replace the "Republic of China" with on the passports. The second stage results of the Han recall signature drive will be announced in less than two weeks. Foreign Minister Wu takes Hong Kong to task. Some citizens are pushing Taiwan to go to the moon, and finally, a strict application of police procedures leads to a situation that seems more like a parody. 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).
12:08
April 5, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-04-2020) Older drivers and love from Italy
Coronavirus news, including more details on subsidies for businesses and the announcement if you don't wear your mask on public transportation, you're going to get hit with a hefty fine. With the nation facing a driver shortage, the government is moving to lift the 65 age cap on drivers of heavy vehicles, with some conditions. The US State Department calls for WHA observer status. Finally, some love from Italy's largest paper. 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 is intended to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
10:51
April 4, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-03-2020) Poll, pet police and who's on and off Taiwan's goody list
More details on government steps to contain the coronavirus and more details on the huge N$1.05 trillion package, lawmakers push for pet policy, and the KMT lawmaker at the center of a sovereignty spat says something surprising that is quoted on the KMT official website. Taiwan to the rescue, but who is on and off the list is revealing. HK government slaps RTHK over the WHO interview. Finally, the US and Taiwan convene a high-level virtual meeting, that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago--and not just because it was virtual.  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).
20:32
April 3, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-02-2020) Tsai's clever social distancing of Taiwan from China
Several big news items on the coronavirus, including a call for companies that cannot practice social distancing to shut, restaurants re-arrange their tables and chairs and baseball will start the season in empty stadiums. President Tsai goes big on aiding the world with much-needed supplies to combat the coronavirus crisis, making the PRC look bad in the process by not only donating and not selling items, but Taiwan is also providing far more than the PRC and unlike the PRC's dodgy and faulty products, Taiwan's donations so far appear to be top quality. USTR weighs in on trade with Taiwan with a mixed report. Premier Su calls a KMT lawmaker "unqualified to be a lawmaker" after she says "Taiwan is not a country", and the KMT demands an apology. Johnny Chiang's KMT lineup is starting to grow clearer.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show. 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).
14:37
April 2, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (04-01-2020) Su lays down conditions for passport name change
Debate on adultery law to proceed.  Railways to soon be an electric avenue.  Transgender activists call for change.  Migrant workers tired of living in fire traps.  Plenty of news on the coronavirus, including Su commenting the govt may spend NT$1 trillion.  The WHO controversies roll on.  Johnny Chiang appeals to the young to reform the KMT, not just bitch about it--but act fast; you've got until Sunday to apply. Premier Su lays down some daunting conditions for removing "ROC" from the covers of the passport in English, leaving only "Taiwan"--but it may be a challenge to Johnny Chiang's sincerity.  It finally looks like Wei Ming-ku may take a stab at regaining his lost crown. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show. 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).
19:38
April 1, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-31-2020) CECC seems worried, rape, power struggle and Burger King
Big show today!  The CECC says they are looking to strengthen measures against the coronavirus, are they worried about something?  Hao Po-tsun has passed away.  Johnny Chiang meets Wu Sz-huai, they agree to a consensus.  Men are rape victims too, as the Late Late Show's Brian Tseng and Taipei City Councillor Froggy Chiu make public.  Big data to be used to beat big wind.  Audrey Tang touts blockchain ledgers.  Taiwan to allow more overseas workers in for government construction cases.  A very odd power struggle appears to be forming between the Minister of the Interior and the head of the National Police Agency, and Premier Su seems to be backing the head of the NPA.  Most Taiwanese want the "Republic of China" off the passports, at least in English.  Burger King China attacks Burger King Taiwan.  WHO, stung by bad PR, finally utters the "T" word.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show. 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).
20:50
March 30, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #38 (03-29-2020) Doing Hard Time in Quarantine
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) actually prefer social distancing by avoiding each other in yet another remote podcast episode. This week Donovan talks about doing hard time under quarantine and later the broader implications. The Taiwan People's Party attacks the Taiwan head of the COVID-19 response team. The KMT pushes to lower the voting age to 18 and to allow 20-year-olds to run for office. There's yet more news on KMT's Wu Sz-Huai. A talk about Taiwan's adultery laws. Also, a mention of WHO's mal-treatment of Taiwan. The news outlets kicked from the PRC are welcome in Taiwan. If you would prefer to listen to the show, our podcast version is at anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
45:24
March 29, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-28-2020) WHO head blames Taiwan for his woes
Updates on the Wuhan coronavirus, including info on how to find out if you can get subsidies and benefits, a bad BBC report, and privacy concerns going forward.  Premier Su says "science" will guide policy on ractopamine, a major irritant in US trade relations, but whose science will he follow?  The US and EU disagree on just that. WHO head blames Taiwan for criticism, and accused Taiwan of having "political motivations" for wanted to join the organization. Taiwanese distrust of the PRC continues to rise to record levels.  Johnny Chiang is making decisive moves so far to repair the party's reputation, but the hard stuff has yet to come.  Finally, corruption in Taiwan and the head of the National Policy Agency is being investigated.    As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
20:31
March 28, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-27-2020) The police visited me 5 times during my quarantine
Now that everyone involved is safe, sound and free, I can go public with it: I was quarantined. The police showed up five times at my door thinking I had broken quarantine. I hadn't. A former judge and his son charged for renting a ship, smuggling coal from North Korea to Vietnam. Farmer pension plan proposed. The constitutional court is to consider whether or not a law that shields rapists should continue. Trump, as expected, has signed the TAIPEI Act. Reportedly the US is considering blocking TSMC from selling to Huawei. Both the US and Taiwan militaries on the move and the PRC can't' seem to figure out what the body of water is separating themselves from Taiwan. Half a million people want Tedros out, and Taiwan in, the WHO. Finally, some good news for fish.   As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service. This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
15:08
March 27, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-26-2020) Big subsidies, Chiang fires shot across the bow at Wu Sz-huai and 3Q cranky on China
Govt claims to protect privacy, then outlines how they're doing exactly that.  Big subsidies are on the way, with some details released--will they help you?  With controversy over KMT legislator-at-large Wu Sz-huai ongoing, KMT chair Johnny Chiang issues threat to misbehaving legislators-at-large, which if he takes strong action would send a strong message. Finally, 3Q wants tests for visiting Chinese and wants to get Hong Kongers to join the ROC military.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
16:32
March 26, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-25-2020) Taiwan holding up well, all things considered.
Plenty of coronavirus news, most of it pretty reassuring considering the chaos overseas.  The KMT ill-gotten assets are stuck in legal limbo.  KMT Chair Johnny Chiang announcing they're hiring for an online push to reach out to young people.  Taiwan conducts large-scale military exercises.  Finally, the economic news--while not great--is surprisingly stable all things considered.    As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
17:40
March 25, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #37 (03-23-2020) Balder than Bald
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) are continuing with their social distancing in this podcast episode. Michael is stuck in a noisy room, so you'll hear plenty of ambient noises from Taiwan. This week the duo cover PRC fishing boats attacking Taiwan coast guard, the Taiwanese stock market crash, pressure on international workers, and amnesty for them and those on visas by the National Immigration Office, the third year of Lee Ming Che in PRC political imprisonment, death penalty phased out slowly, New Tide Faction and their beef with Su, Han Kuo Yu getting balder than bald, Johnny Chiang rehashing old formulas. If you would prefer to listen to the show, our podcast version is at anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
24:36
March 23, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-22-2020) KMT leaders let the pigeons fly on Johnny Chiang invite
Japan is reportedly considering including Taiwan in regional trade pact CPTPP.  Coronavirus updates.  Lawmakers want to crack down on uncooperative disease carriers. The KMT to vote on milking the membership for more moolah.  KMT heavyweights let the pigeons fly (stand up) new KMT chairs invite to a big party meeting.  Worried about all those PRC military fly-bys and encircling maneuvers?  Lawmaker Wu Sz-huai isn't worried.  Finally, according to a UN agency, Taiwan is the happiest country in the region.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
14:14
March 22, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-21-2020) Carrots and Sticks from the NIA
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has announced a 30-day extension for foreign visitor visas, and announced a program to get visa overstayers (often undocumented workers) to turn themselves in that offers generous terms--but then darkly warns that when the period is over they're going to launch tougher laws and a widespread crackdown.  Coronavirus is in the news, of course. New airline Starlux shuts operations.  Tighter fuel fume rules to go into effect. Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's "Hong Kong village" plan panned. Is the Taoyuan Airport expansion finally coming unstuck?  Finally, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu once again does what he does best--sticking it to the PRC.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show. 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).
15:11
March 21, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-20-2020) Chinese attack Taiwan's coast guard
Kaohsiung Mayor works to make peace with former speaker Wang Jin-pyng by bringing him a birthday cake.  Lay judges are on the way. Greenpeace slams Taiwan over human rights abuses.  A lot of Wuhan coronavirus updates. PRC misinformation, and boy are they pissed at the world's positive coverage of Taiwan's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Lee Ming-che was arrested in the PRC three years ago and remains in custody.  Finally, a mysterious coordinated attack by 10 boats on the Taiwanese coast guard raises eyebrows. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show. 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).
17:25
March 20, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-19-2020) Chiang Kai-shek lives via Tomb Sweeping Day.
We bring lots of updates on the Wuhan coronavirus situation. The KMT hints at Han Kuo-yu's influence in the party while his defense against recall is being plotted aggressively — with a potential conflict of interest. Wei Ming-ku may be planning to reclaim the Changhua County Commissioner post in 2022, and yes, you should care about that as we'll explain. Chiang Kai-shek lives via Tomb Sweeping Day at the expense of the ancestor's traditions. Two GDP forecasts are surprisingly rosy, and in our silly segment, the Ministry of Health knows how to keep you in LINE.  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. The purpose of the show is to bring the listener up to speed on the week's events for our weekly analysis show, Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT).
17:11
March 19, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-18-2020) KMT city caucus appeals to WHO for justice against DPP administration. Not kidding.
Lots of coronavirus news as Taiwan closes borders to foreigners and companies are deputized to block employees from leaving the country.  Hints are coming out as to what happened in Haiti...but maddeningly few and reports are contradictory.  The spat between Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen and the Executive Yuan has turned very ugly...and very absurd as the Taichung KMT city council caucus calls on the WHO for support against the DPP administration as if somehow the WHO actually recognized Taiwan.  KMT chair Johnny Chiang reveals his self identity.  Finally, a couple of silly stories on what a Taiwanese sports channel did in the face of a cancelled NBA schedule and...why hasn't KMT Tainan city councillor and briefly KMT chair candidate Hsieh Lung-chieh jumped into a Taichung canal yet?  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
19:49
March 18, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-17-2020) Johnny Chiang, Wu Sz-huai, Joseph Wu and Chen Shi-chung all popping up
Scandal in Ko Wen-je's TPP, KMT Chair Chiang to go on tour, Lawmaker Wu Sz-huai says the "Chinese mainland" is the enemy, the government on steroids on the coronavirus, Macau treats Taiwan as domestic, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu again takes the battle to the PRC and a pop-up of the health minister is a hit.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.  This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
15:56
March 17, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #36 (03-17-2020) Social Distancing
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) practicing some social distancing and do a remote audio-only episode of Current Affairs Taiwan. In their isolated anti-coronavirus cages, they talk about negative population group, Wu Sz-huai and requests regarding sensitive data from the ministry of defense,  fake news and cyber defense, KMT 1992 consensus (Again), Han Kuo-Yu's recall update, Confucianism, and more coronavirus talk. If you would prefer to listen to the show, our podcast version is at anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
27:30
March 16, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-15-2020) What the heck is happening in Haiti?
The presidential office issued a stinging rebuke to the UN Women organization over leaving President Tsai off the list of global women heads of state. Haiti demands Taiwan's ambassador leave and a new replacement sent--but why?  Taiwan's population has shrunk so far this year.  Coronavirus updates.  More nefarious behavior by the PRC against Taiwan.  New KMT Chair Johnny Chiang meets embattled Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu.  Taichung Mayor Lu yet again blasts the central government.  Finally, there are some disappointments in the TAIPEI act.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website at www.report.tw. Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service (to www.anchor.fm/taiwanreport) This is the fastest way to get the latest show.  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).
16:03
March 15, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-14-2020) Everybody must get stoned.
KMT lawmaker Wu Sz-huai reportedly tries to get hands on classified military documents, but the press gets it wrong.  A new suicide law spurs debate of health versus freedom of the press, the NPP, TPP and the KMT unite against the DPP over land law but the DPP's majority shuts them down, travel ban may be extended to parts of the US, the world press continues to tout Taiwan as a world model and a Taiwan manufacturer produces paper that--if the reporting is accurate--is a miraculous gamechanger.    As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
17:01
March 14, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-13-2020) Implications locally and internationally on Taiwan's handling of the coronavirus
The CEC preps for future referendums and recalls and weighs in on when Kaohsiung Mayor Han's recall vote will take place, MAC snubs a communist troll, TAIPEI act waits on Donald Trump, coronavirus updates, interesting comments from Terry Gou, and some analysis on the implications of Taiwan's handling of the coronavirus both locally and internationally going forward.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
16:18
March 13, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-12-2020) PRC hints to the DPP and warns KMT
The TPP plans to go all out in the 2022 local elections, Netflix to take on the Formosa Plastics Group, PRC media shows why DPP is proposing to change Academia Sinica's name, gov't cracks down on Huawei, Han recall signatures submitted, coronavirus updates, PRC again meddles with Taiwan's attempt to bring citizens home, PRC drops hints it could work with DPP rather than the KMT, and finally the KMT engages in a Taiwan-style issue swap over land use law. As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
14:48
March 12, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #35 (03-09-2020)
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) dig into the results and impact of the KMT chair race, and what it means for the future of the party--and how problems are appearing right out of the gate, including the PRC snubbing the new chair and what that might mean.  A recent poll suggests Taiwanese identity has soared, but the poll itself may not be accurate. The coronavirus has caused high profile businesses to go under.  Finally, in a very bizarre case, legislative speaker Yu Shyi-kun is threatened by an 88-year-old accusing him of murdering his friend's family. If you would prefer to listen to the show, our podcast version is at anchor.fm/currentaffairstaiwan All our podcasts from now on are at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
25:39
March 9, 2020
Notice: All Taiwan Report News Brief episodes have been moved to anchor.fm/taiwanreport
Are you wondering where all that sweet daily Taiwan Report News Brief episodes have been moved to? What about those Taiwan Context episodes? They've all been moved to anchor.fm/taiwanreport where you can find all of our podcasts. Of course they'll have their own individual channels which you can find at www.report.tw
00:29
March 8, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-08-2020) KMT votes for change in chair race
The RCA lawsuits rumble on with a poor result for ex-workers, Taiwan's libraries are booming, CCP mouthpiece Global Times again talks war with Taiwan, Taiwan firms caught up in Uighur horror show and the KMT makes a big statement in their chair by-election!  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcast service.
11:59
March 8, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-07-2020) Something weird to the speaker cometh
The legislative speaker gets bizarre threats, Ko Wen-je cleared of trafficking in organs, government issues guidelines for events amid coronavirus outbreak, Taiwan tops Asia in gender equality but not all is well and will the new KMT chair to be elected today drop the 1992 consensus?  Important note: all of our podcasts, including this one, CAT and others are now all here: https://anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw. Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
20:25
March 6, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-05-2020) US House shows love for TAIPEI
Taiwan remains a free nation, good news on the coronavirus front, more places block Taiwanese visitors, 3Q takes aim at the Taishang in Wuhan, US House passes TAIPEI act, DPP boots out TAPA members and Johnny Chiang makes a couple of interesting comments.   As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
14:36
March 5, 2020
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-04-2020) Administration opens the cash floodgates with interesting priorities
Taiwan Report News Brief (03-04-2020) Administration opens the cash floodgates with interesting priorities  Immigrants under the spotlight, problems with the PRC rumble on as the Coronavirus rages on, the administration goes on a spending spree, govt assures us 2% GDP growth is "no problem" this year in spite of banks downgrading their predictions and the race for the KMT enters the final stretch as Johnny Chiang is accused of being a secret independence supporter and communist fellow-traveler.   As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
22:56
March 4, 2020
Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #34 (03-02-2020) 228 Gaffes and the King of Hualien
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss the ongoing Fu Kun-chi ("King of Hualien") saga, the KMT chair byelection goes into the final stretch, the interesting lack of endorsements in the KMT chair race, who might run in May 2021, could China Airlines change its name, the coronavirus outbreak and Han Kuo-yu's gaffes at a 228 memorial ceremony. Listen to all our other podcasts at our main feed at anchor.fm/taiwanreport As always, follow along with the news and get the latest shows, Taiwan Quick Take, and more at our website Report.tw. May Jam in Tainan sponsored this show, for more information visit https://www.mayjam.com/en/
25:44
March 2, 2020
News Brief (03-02-2020) The King of Hualien
Drone registration on the horizon, coronavirus cases rise, mixed messages on whether to fear your pets, US severs Taiwan from China — at least on a map, deep drop in traffic at Taoyuan airport, big decisions on the way regarding CKS Memorial, Hau likens KMT reform to "pulling up weeds" and could the King of Hualien become the King of the KMT? As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
20:11
March 2, 2020
News Brief (03-01-2020) The curious case of the missing endorsements
Tough new drunk driving measures are set to kick in, more measures announced in the battle against the coronovirus, including one targeting foreign workers.  The CECC and Health Ministry, however, come out against a crackdown against undocumented caregivers. Ko Wen-je posts a picture of himself when he was 18, and the KMT central standing committee and chair races are heating up.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.  Be sure to subscribe to us on Youtube (and click the bell) or on your favorite podcast service.
11:23
March 1, 2020
News Brief (02-29-2020) Tsai takes stand on transitional justice
Coronavirus spreads and more events close, US senators once again express support, the PRC does another flyby, Taiwan slams the Jimmy Lai arrest, the latest on the KMT chair race and President Tsai steps up on transitional justice.  As always, all English articles used in the report are linked to on our website Report.tw.
16:31
February 29, 2020
News Brief (02-28-2020) 228 Pan-Blue Blues
A whole lot of coronavirus (COVID-19) news, US Employees stand up for Taiwan, Taipei tries out self-driving buses, Taiwanese banks increase their exposure to the PRC, some Pan-Blue Gaffes and more...
16:15
February 28, 2020
News Brief (02-27-2020) Lots of Panning
Euthanasia ban panned Mazu pilgrimage finally delayed, President Tsai scales down inauguration, white terror database released, land use plans panned, ban on euthanasia of strays questioned, govt backs off on prosecuting critics, EPA smacks down Taichung city govt, KMT punts on "king of Hualien" and the KMT chair race continues.
18:57
February 27, 2020
News Brief (02-26-2020) Solar Shining
Migrants, Gender Pay Gap, Solar Shining, Public Shaming, Mazu on the March, Illegal Taxi Drivers, and more...
12:40
February 26, 2020
News Brief (02-25-2020) Virus news, China Airlines, KMT Chair Race, Taiwan Identity Poll...
Virus News, Petition to change the name of China Airlines, KMT chair race amid more bad news, huge news with new Taiwan identity poll, China to procure body armor units...
13:29
February 25, 2020
News Brief (02-23-2020) More Virus Outbreak, Transitional Justice, KMT dip in voter count expected
Lots of headlines on the COVID-19 virus, Premiere Su promotes his achievements and extends transitional justice, KMT chair-race voter-count expected to drop.
14:31
February 23, 2020
News Brief (02-21-2020) Politics Can't Stop This Party
Virus outbreak prompts government action, and the US reacts, Taiwan pork response to Italy, KMT supports Han amidst Kaohsiung Recall Campaign, A KMT lawmaker's response causes a stir, the case for US-Taiwan free trade agreement is made, Taiwan gains support from Latin-American lawmakers, and politics can't stop this party...
20:22
February 21, 2020
News Brief (02-20-2020) The Han Recall hits 450,000
Han Recall Petition, Potential Changes in Exec Yuan, Trouble in KMT, US may target TSMC, Taiwan hits back at Italy, PRC threatens Czech Companies, Pay rises to paint slightly brighter future.
21:14
February 20, 2020
News Brief (01-08-2020) What to look for the in the election: Third parties.
A quick dive in the prospects and importance of the most likely third parties to enter the legislature in Saturday's elections, including the Taiwan People's Party, the People First Party, the New Power Party and the Taiwan Statebuilding Party.
15:07
January 8, 2020
News Brief (12-17-2019) Trial Run
This is an inaugural, trial run of what may become a several times a week 10 minute report.  Unlike an ICRT news report (which we recommend you listen to throughout the day) this is intended to provide context on political and foreign affairs topics, and to provide background information for our longer weekly show Current Affairs Taiwan.  NOTE: subtitles are edited, and can be added by clicking the "cc" below the video. Topics covered in this show include popular Youtuber Potter King puts out a video with him flirting with President Tsai Ing-wen--but promoter in China objects to her being called "president".  King stands firm, foregoing lots of money to protect the president's dignity...in a video of him flirting with her.  Also, KMT presidential nominee says failure to attract any investors for his promised Kaohsiung "Love River Love Ferris wheel" is the fault of the port authority and Minister of Transportation Lin Chia-lung, a poll shows that Su Tseng-chang's cabinet's satisfaction rating in up and the most popular and widely known cabinet minister is Minister of Transportation Lin Chia-lung, Taiwan's AIDC signs a deal with US defence giant Lockheed Martin to build an F-16 maintenance centre in Taichung and why that is potentially a big deal, and the CPJ report on Communist China's United Front efforts to undermine press freedom in Hong Kong.
10:23
December 17, 2019