Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Han traveled with woman he bought house for: report

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has traveled abroad with a woman surnamed Wang (王) several times, with the two staying at the same hotel at least once, Chinese-language Next Magazine reported yesterday. The two have traveled at least five times to China and other countries, sometimes with Han’s friend Chao Tung-chou (趙東洲), the magazine said, […]

Taipei Times articles: Han and Soong react to Anti-infiltration law

From Taipei Times: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday vowed to review the newly passed Anti-infiltration Act (反滲透法) if he is elected president and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regains control of the Legislative Yuan. The act is “a bad law” that would cause fear among the public once in effect, the KMT presidential candidate […]

Taipei Times: Anti-Infiltration Act: ‘China Times’ plans to sue Up Media over Anti-infiltration Act allegations

… The act aims to prevent meddling by external hostile forces, and ensure national security and social stability. Pan-blue camp politicians, including People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), his party’s presidential candidate, have criticized the act as reinstating an autocratic system in Taiwan. Chinese-language online news outlet Up Media reported on Tuesday that officials […]

Taiwan News: Top 28 YouTubers in Taiwan jointly urge fans to vote on Jan. 11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time, more than two dozen of the most-followed Taiwanese YouTubers, who have a combined total of over 20 million subscribers, have appeared in a video to call their fans to action with a message: do not give up your vote in the January elections. YouTube is a prime […]

Brookings: Taiwan’s January 2020 elections: Prospects and implications for China and the United States

… The results of the election will have significant implications for the PRC’s Taiwan policy and for the United States. Under Xi Jinping, the PRC has pursued a multifaceted pressure campaign against the Tsai administration over the last four years, constricting Taiwan’s remaining international space, restricting government-to-government cross-Strait communication, and ramping up military exercises and […]

Asia Times: Taiwan’s slow triumph through tourism

This has been a record year for tourist arrivals in Taiwan, as the island received its 11.11 millionth visitor of 2019 this month. Many followers of the tourism industry feared a downturn in arrivals after restrictions by Beijing on individual leisure travel from China to Taiwan imposed this year. In 2018, China accounted for 44% […]

Focus Taiwan: Full text of President Tsai’s New Year’s Day speech

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered her 2020 New Year’s address Wednesday in the Presidential Office reception hall. She stated that in the new year, “we are going to unite the Taiwanese people, and continue pressing forward to ensure more people are cared for, keep improving our economy, and make our democracy, […]