Taiwan’s govt: Avoid China, HK and Macau–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Headlines Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Thursday directed that the government’s COVID-19 relief funds be expanded by adding an additional budget of approximately NT$200 billion (US$6.79 billion).Su directed the allocation of the additional budget to help businesses affected by the pandemic and fund the procurement of disease prevention supplies and the purchase, research and development […]

Support for KMT hits all-time low–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Headlines: A warning system developed to monitor volcanic activity in northern Taiwan and guide disaster prevention measures will be launched by the end of this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).The system will target the Datun volcano system in Taipei and Turtle Island in Yilan, which are active volcanoes, defined as a volcano […]

Sharp spike in Taiwanese identity–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Headlines: After the first round for preordering the stimulus vouchers began on Wednesday, nearly 1 million eligible people from underprivileged groups on Thursday began receiving a subsidy to purchase vouchers in their postal savings account, the Department of Social Assistance and Social Work said.The NT$1,000 subsidy is for them to buy NT$3,000 worth of vouchers, […]

KMT occupies the legislature–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Consumer confidence rises, a bit Taiwan’s consumer confidence index (CCI) rose 3.9 points to 68.77 for June, ending four consecutive months of decline.The index rebounded for the first time since February amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and its six confidence sub-indexes all rose.However, it should be noted that the rise is small, and […]

KMT: Abolish 2 branches of govt, and welcome India–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Business updates Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Taiwan approved by the government in the first five months of this year totaled US$3.42 billion, an 11.95 percent increase from the same period last year.The Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement: “This shows that despite the effects of trade tensions and technology disputes between the […]

Naked provocations in Copenhagen–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Business updates Taiwan has moved up five places from last year to 11th in the latest annual world competitiveness ranking released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).The global top 10 was led by Singapore, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. […]

Buttcheeks, revenge recalls and an odd US flyover–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Agriculture roundup Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor (MOL) recently amended legislation to allow farms that grow fruits, vegetables, grains, orchids, livestock, or seafood to hire migrant workers, with up to 1,600 jobs available for application.Each farm can employee migrant workers for up to 35 percent of its workforce.However, according to government figures, the shortage of regular […]