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 […]

Recall fallout and the road ahead–Taiwan News Brief transcript

Coronavirus updates The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will end its daily COVID-19 press briefings and instead give briefings once a week starting next week.That likely means that soon I won’t be starting every show with coronavirus updates! Business updates The consumer price index (CPI) last month declined 1.19 percent from a year earlier, the […]

Fraud, gangsters and the criminal diaspora–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Coronavirus updates The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday that it plans to relax its COVID-19 control measures on trains and domestic flights after June 7, as the disease has been slowing in Taiwan.Passengers taking Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and High Speed Rail (HSR) trains will still be required to have their temperatures […]