Taiwan supports Australian “freedom wine”–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Taiwan is standing in support of Australian “freedom wine”. Two airlines introduce boarding by facial recognition. Bureau of Labor Funds domestic investment division head arrested. The TPP accuses the government of spending big on “propaganda”. Headlines: Citing a recent surge in cases, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has removed Hong Kong from its […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Dec. 2–transcript

MRT situation looks bad With the hoped for date for restarting public Taichung MRT Green Line trials now passed, news is coming out that the initially planned official December 19 launch date may be in jeopardy as well.Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen now says there is “no timetable” for restarting, and added “we will not resume […]

KMT acting offal in the legislature–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Taiwan continues to lead in tech with a possible German acquisition. Taichung’s MRT woes look like they’re worse than thought. The KMT acting offal in the legislature, yes pun intended. Kao Chia-yu has had a terrible week. Finally, the Defense Ministry says the AIT director is wrong on arms sales. But up first, headlines. […]

Taiwan is not a part of China, says polling

Summary: There are calls for closer Australia ties. Lawmakers freeze half the eID budget, but the Executive Yuan says the new eIDs still on their way. Polls continue to show Taiwanese don’t trust China. Airlines still obey China, while China Airlines shrinks its font. But up first, headlines. Headlines: A research team at Academia Sinica’s […]

ICRT’s Taiwan This Week

ICRT’s Taiwan This Week, hosted by Gavin Phipps, with guests Courtney Donovan Smith and Nicola Smith of the Telegraph.

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Nov. 25–transcript

MRT is halted following malfunction Less than a week since the trial launch of Taichung’s MRT Green Line, it has been halted following a malfunction.Services were initially suspended for 1.5 hours on Saturday afternoon after one of the trains reported an abnormality at the terminal of the Taichung High Speed Rail Station.After an investigation the […]

CTi loses, KMT protests & Xi’s list–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: The CECC announces tougher pandemic measures for winter. CTi TV News license renewal has been rejected. The KMT ramps up protests over racto-pork alongside labour protest. The KMT continues to block the premier in the legislature. Revenge recalls begin to bite, with the first coming in January. And finally, Xi Jinping’s making a list, […]

Taiwan isn’t a part of China–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Paint attackers on Causeway Bay Books get minimal sentences. Taiwan is left out of a regional trade bloc. Top Biden aid leaves us in the dark after US representative’s call. US and Taiwan in U-turn on Marines training in Taiwan. Mike Pompeo states the obvious: Taiwan isn’t a part of China. But up first, […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Nov. 18–transcript

Taichung finally has an MRT Over 20 years since planning began, 11 years since construction started and years of delays Taichung finally has an MRT.And on day one, the crowds really came out, with just shy of 71,000 passengers from 7 am to 8 pm, which is impressive for a Monday.Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen was […]

The racto-pork battle gets weird, and WHO–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: DPP lawmakers want to ban the KMT logo. The racto-pork battle gets weird. The WHO battle that wasn’t, and the insurgency. But up first, some headlines. Headlines: Two days, and two big breakthroughs in transport.Monday, as I’m recording this, Taichung’s MRT system launched on a trial basis.Meanwhile, up in New Taipei, the new section […]