US-Taiwan relations go into overdrive–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: This is another big show on the recent blooming US-Taiwan relationship, which has gone into overdrive. Up first, the State Department visit was low-key, but important. A Taiwan-US meeting in New York was crafty indeed. The waters around a Taiwan-US trade deal are murky. Taiwan representative to the US upgrades herself. US congressman proposes […]

Ma is “not guilty” and may covet KMT chair–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Pegatron chair calls Taiwan’s economy “lopsided”. A court rules Ma Ying-jeou and Jiang Yi-huah not guilty. Ma Ying-jeou may try to win back KMT chair. There is a proposal to end oaths delivered to Sun Yat-sen. But first, lots of headlines. Headlines Taiwan’s number of Covid-19 cases has passed 500, but the number of […]

The KMT pulls out of Chinese forum in protest–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Wired magazine hails three top Taiwan leaders. Indigenous groups protest China’s moves in Inner Mongolia. The KMT pulls out of the Cross-straits forum. The curious case of five Hong Kongers. But up first, headlines. Headlines: Yet again, Taiwan will grant a further 30-day extension of stay to foreign visitors who entered the country on […]

Taiwan responds to aggressive Chinese military moves–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: A cool advertisement wins an international award. Taiwan’s government responds to PLA incursions. Momentum for trade deals is mounting. The Dalai Lama looks to visit Taiwan. But with all the recent topic-heavy shows, today we’ve got lots of headlines. Headlines Human trials of COVID-19 vaccines in Taiwan conducted with Oxford University’s AstraZeneca have been […]

The Czech Taiwan visit a disaster for China

Summary: This is another big show focussing on the surprisingly impactful visit by the Czech delegation, which causes waves around the world. We kick off with the practical side of the Czech delegation’s visit to Taiwan. Prague Mayor Hrib’s city diplomacy. Czech Senate President channels Kennedy and charms Taiwan. Chinese threats cause an international backlash. […]

Big moves by the US on Taiwan relations–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: This is a big show on big moves in the US-Taiwan relationship. Up first: US talks ending strategic ambiguity and declassified documents. A memorial message to Taiwan, and China. A State official’s speech clarifies direction of ties. Trade talks with the US are set to begin as the US, EU, Japan and Taiwan call […]

Tsai’s American meat problems and opportunities–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee is to further investigate two affiliates of the KMT. Enoch Wu announces he’s not running for Taipei Mayor. The local political fallout over American pork continues. Why President Tsai is expending political capital on a US trade deal. China’s reaction to Taiwan’s new French office is priceless. But […]

NPP’s third scandal in a month–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: The New Power Party is facing its third scandal in a month, and has lost one of their most high profile members. The public disagrees with Ma’s statement on Taiwan being doomed to lose in a war. The most popular president in Taiwan’s history for development has been polled. A new TVBS satisfaction poll […]

NPP chaos and Trump speaks again on Taiwan–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: A memorial held has been held for Hau Pei-tsun, the anti-foreigner, hardline KMT former premier. Then it’s chaos in the NPP and the view from the TSP. The now-ratified US Democratic Party platform is more pro-Taiwan than before. And finally, Trump again speaks on Taiwan Headlines Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) on Monday received […]