HomeAuthorCourtney Donovan Smith, Author at Taiwan Report

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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…

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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…

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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...

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For years prominent commentator (and my co-host on Current Affairs Taiwan) Michael Turton has pointed out that both the carrots and the sticks employed by the PRC are intended to portray itself as the victim.  In their framing, in spite of all their peaceful efforts and generous offers to Taiwan “compatriots”, stubborn Taiwan “secessionists” colluding with the US continue to be ungrateful.  They generally portray these “secessionists” as being a minority trampling on the wishes...

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SETN is reporting that when asked about changing the name of China Airlines to avoid confusion overseas, Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) replied that although the Transport Ministry is the largest shareholder in the airline, it would be better to get a consensus with the general public, then discuss the issue. Clearly Taiwan having a flagship airline with the name China Airlines is confusing, and with widespread fear over the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus...