HomeAuthorMichael Turton, Author at Taiwan Report

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… The deals with Kaohsiung were only part of Beijing’s efforts — it also wooed Nantou and Hualien, local governments run by non-ruling party politicians. The purpose of these policies, generally trade and tourism sweeteners, is to build support for Beijing in local areas, and to create centers of resistance and evasion towards Taiwan’s central government China policy. Beijing has not reserved this policy for Taiwan alone. In fact, it is a strategy that it...

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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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The dominant narrative of Tsai’s comeback makes great copy but it is the wrong framing. We all know the story. A popular challenger comes out of nowhere to challenge the President, who is down in the polls. The KMT candidate, persistently down in the polls, takes action to suppress and distort embarrassing poll data, which is showing that he might lose. In the end, despite starting down in the polls, seemingly headed for defeat early...

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Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle the KMT chair race and the many calls for reform of the party, many of which are quite sensible–such as scrapping the 1992 consensus and bringing the party’s China policies in line with mainstream public opinion–but will the party enact them. Only two candidates for chair are in the race, but a bunch are on the sidelines and others are trying to push their favourite...

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The election results are in and hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) break down what it all means! President Tsai has been re-elected with a record margin, but Han Kuo-yu also crushed the results of Eric Chu in the last election. Han also unified the pan-blue camp, marginalizing the PFP. So, what will this mean for the race for the KMT party chair? Election results pulled up some interesting results for all...

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On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and we look into why his support started to wane earlier this year–and not because of Hong Kong as the international...

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On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and we look into why his support started to wane earlier this year–and not because of Hong Kong as the international...

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This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss the presidential debate, the future of the KMT, polling and how youth have turned away from the KMT. The “anti-infiltration” bill proposed by the DPP causes concerns, as does the infiltration itself–but it’s a tricky line to balance if freedoms are to be preserved. Socially conservative KMT campaign strategies south of the Zhuoshui River, New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi is tops in the...

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This week, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) delve into the duelling rallies in support of, and calling for the recall of, KMT presidential candidate and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu. Former president says if President Tsai wins re-election she will raise electricity rates. Tsai’s revival in the polls is no surprise as Mike explains, and Donovan goes into where the DPP is concentrating their rallies. The Wayne Chiang/Enoch Wu race in Taipei...

BEIJING (Loiters) –  Taiwanese food is catching on among culinary enthusiasts the world over, raising tensions with Mainland China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province. In Mainland China, the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) blamed Taiwanese overseas for increasing tensions. “The feelings of 1.3 billion Chinese are hurt each time someone sells beef noodle and says it’s ‘Taiwan-style,’” said Liu Jieyi, the head of Mainland China’s TAO, amidst rising tensions. In Washington, administration officials asked both...