Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 22, 2021–transcript

A coalition of environmental activists has submitted over 700,000 signatures in support of a referendum to move the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal over concerns of damage to an algae reef in Taoyuan.The signatures submitted easily surpass the second-stage legal threshold, so it will likely be on the ballot on Aug. […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 20, 2021

The AstraZeneca vaccine has completed locally required tests, and is expected to start being administered next Monday, initially to health care workers and staff.Meanwhile, Taiwan on Thursday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,004 The government is planning a NT$160 billion (US$5.67 billion) infrastructure […]

Taiwan Healines, Mar. 13, 2021

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday announced that it has dropped defamation cases against the Financial Times, the Central News Agency (CNA) president and others after Want Want China Times Media Group suddenly rescinded its lawsuits.The group in 2019 filed a lawsuit against the UK-based newspaper, the state-run news agency and two others over a […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 12, 2021

Workers from other countries in Taiwan whose contracts are about to expire will be eligible to obtain a six-month extension, the Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) Workforce Development Agency has announced, citing the need to reduce international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Taiwan received last week have to pass just […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 9, 2021

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday urged people in Taiwan to conserve water and brace for shortages.The country’s reservoirs are at their lowest levels in decades due to scant rainfall and no typhoons in the second half of 2020.Water levels in six reservoirs have fallen below 20 percent capacity.The president did, however, announce that there […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 6, 2021

Irrigation agency to pray to Matsu. Pandemic toll hits 10, domestic vaccines could start production in July. Chen Po-wei recall passes first hurdle. Jaw vows to train 1000 influencers. KMT fights irrigation nationalization. Mixed news on NSP. Guam removes Taiwan from “Greater China”. US Indo-pac commander worried. Chinese Premier speaks on Taiwan.

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 3, 2021

Taiwan has received its first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines at Taoyuan International Airport from the COVAX allocation program. Today, Wednesday March 3rd, is the first day without headlines featuring Jaw Shaw-kong in weeks appearing on my feed of local news reports.While I don’t think it is happening quite yet, I will be watching to see […]

Taiwan Headlines, Feb. 18

Water crisis worsening. German company stiffs Taiwan on vaccines. Ma comments provoke ire. TVBS local leaders poll. Gold Cards up. KMT, DPP clash on constitutional reform. Coast Guard goes big on Taiwan. Domestic military production up. Hsiao Bi-khim gets pithy.

Taiwan Headlines, Feb. 10

Taoyuan outbreak not contained. Vaccines are coming. International students to be allowed in. 3Q recall passes first hurdle. Exports boom. President comments on China ties, China lies in return, and Chiang supports Tsai. Prague Mayor slams China, praises Taiwan ties.