Taipei Times: CIB detains 10 allegedly helping Chinese enter illegally

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday conducted raids on five locations in Taipei and New Taipei City, detaining 10 alleged members of an operation that took advantage of a legal loophole to enable more than 10,000 “tourists” to enter Taiwan over the past three years, including Chinese government officials and spies. Prosecutors said that it […]

Focus Taiwan: U.S. Rep. urges boycott of Chinese goods on human rights grounds

… In a House committee hearing commemorating International Human Rights Day, the Republican Yoho said that Chinese oppression of Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan only went unanswered because of the country’s economic dominance. While acknowledging that America “can’t force China to do anything,” Yoho said the country’s manufacturers and consumers could nevertheless exert pressure […]

Quick Take: Frozen Garlic & legislative election predictions

Today Frozen Garlic came out with a total home run of an analysis: This is the stuff that the Froze is absolutely brilliant at. Absolutely a must read.   I’m always relieved when his analysis is in the ballpark of where mine is. I’ve been thinking a lot recently, and looking at the numbers, and […]

Frozen Garlic: The state of the polls: 2019 vs 2015

… I think it is also notable that Tsai’s support is slightly higher this year than it was four years ago. In 2015, Tsai only broke 50% in two polls. This year, she has broken 50% in the three-way race in eleven polls, five of which were completed by Nov 28. (She also broke 50% […]

PV Tech: Industry hopeful about Taiwan’s solar momentum despite FiT cuts

Taiwan’s latest draft for solar feed-in tariffs (FiTs) includes a small reduction for large-scale and residential PV, with bonuses for remote projects and those using high-efficiency modules. The proposed subsidy reductions for large-scale PV next year should have a minimal impact on the industry, Tom Wang, general manager at inverter supplier LTI RE Energy, told […]

Quick Take: KMT takes on air pollution prior to election

It is highly unlikely that the timing is coincidental, and follows on the heels of seven KMT central Taiwan administration heads led by Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen earlier this month taking on state-owned Taipower over coal burning at the Taichung Power Plant.  Many credit the combination of campaigning on air pollution as her primary issue […]

Taipei Times: Ko says he plans run for president in 2024 if all is well

… Asked to comment about concerns from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou’s (郭台銘) supporters that if Ko runs for president in 2024, it might affect Gou’s chances of being elected if he decided to run, Ko said: “Do not worry about four years from now. We do and prepare what we should, […]

Quick Take: PFP vows to introduce ‘total nursing care’ policy

Nurses and caregivers and chronically underpaid and overworked, causing shortages and high turnover–a problem that will only get worse as the population ages.  Being top of the PFP party list gives Eva Teng (滕西華) a shot at getting into the legislature and addressing the issue, if the PFP can cross the 5% threshold on the […]