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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Taiwan sends mixed messages to foreigners–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Taipei Mayor Ko joins opposition to NCC hearings on CTi TV news, which may be influenced by China’s United Front. Stimulus vouchers are to be given to APRC holders and diplomats. The Taiwan govt supports businesses over workers in Indonesian worker spat. And lots of headlines. Headlines: Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen held a press […]

Talk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Could vaccines be on the way for Taiwan? Prosecutors say a poo attack was a Chinese conspiracy. Lithuania pledges support for ‘those who fight for freedom’ in Taiwan. US marines are in Taiwan participating in training. Talk of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Headlines: Bubble tea emojis have been approved and added to Unicode […]

Taiwan prepares for a Biden presidency & WHO–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Pandemic changes are still coming. Some foreigners may get stimulus vouchers, but only a few. Taiwan GDP forecasts boosted, with 2021 expected to be strong. A German foundation flees Hong Kong for Taipei. More moves to improve Taiwan-Indian ties. Once again, support is building for Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly. Taiwan prepares […]