DPP seizes back the podium after a melee–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Headlines Taiwan is still full of reminders of the authoritarian era under Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his son Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), with a total of 1,814 sites, monuments and office spaces named in memory of them, an average of one for every 20km2 in the nation, a Transitional Justice Commission report said.Excluding the 227 statues […]

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 […]

CCP Propaganda porn–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Headlines A new case of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease was reported in Taiwan on Friday, marking a second day imported infections have been confirmed this week. Two military officers and one soldier are in critical condition and a female sergeant is recovering at Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital’s Zuoying branch after their small boat capsized […]

Boxing lessons for KMT lawmakers, for real–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

KMT lawmakers take boxing lessons, seriously After occupying the Legislative Yuan for only 20 hours before being overrun by DPP lawmakers during their protest of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) nomination of Chen Chu (陳菊) to head the Control Yuan, former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu Li-lun (朱立倫) announced over Facebook on Wednesday that he and […]

Escape from HK and the extreme separatist TPP–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Interesting details related to the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election I’ve been doing some research on the KMT and Taiwan People’s Party candidates for mayor in the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election.But first I have to issue a correction.In a report a few days ago I incorrectly said that KMT candidate Jane Lee’s father, Li Jung-tsung (李榮宗), was previously […]

KMT reform: The backlash begins–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Snakeheads seized A criminal group that allegedly collaborated with Chinese “snakeheads,” or human smugglers, has been busted, according to the National Immigration Agency’s Border Affairs Corps.The sold Republic of China (ROC) passports to human traffickers in China, making a profit of about NT$20 million (US$674,309) over the past 12 months, Border Affairs Corps officials said.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 […]