Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 23

A plan to launch electronic identification cards has been suspended until a specific law has been established as a legal basis to govern the matter.The eID plan has received considerable pushback, including from within the DPP. The KMT reportedly lost over NT$160 million last year, adding to a mountain of debt and liabilities.Current Chair Johnny […]

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 19

Coronavirus outbreak grows. Old map in legislature questioned. Large scale corruption in the judiciary. Sunflower activists get repreive. Ex-presidential spox impeached. Foxconn moving into cars. China will sanction US officials over Taiwan.

US declassifies Framework which calls to defend Taiwan–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Wang Hao-yu gets recalled. Enoch Wu to glide to DPP Taipei head, and plans another legislative run. Pompeo lifts guidelines on official contacts with Taiwan, and most analysts get it totally wrong. US declassifies a Framework that includes defending Taiwan. First successful “revenge” recall Taoyuan residents on Saturday voted to recall DPP Taoyuan City […]

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 17

SpaceX will launch two Taiwan-made satellites, the Flying Squirrel and the Yushan, into orbit on Jan. 21. The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) has stated that alterations to a vehicle that the KMT had made were illegal.The party unveiled the truck featuring a pig’s face to promote its referendum drive opposing imports of pork containing traces […]

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 12

Two new domestic coronavirus cases. Central bank investigating speculation. NPP calls for law on eIDs. New missiles can target China’s interior. Taiwan rep to Holland invited to US embassy. Craft visit criticized by KMT. Japan office to honor friendship.

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 11

Record exports in 2020. Pingtung to get HSR, Science Park. Govt to spend big to get foreign investment. ROC flag makes appearance at Capitol riot. New passports hit the streets. Two more orgs now called “Chinese Taipei.” Pompeo lifts restrictions on official contact.

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 10

Taiwan’s population fell for the first time on record in 2020, down 0.18 percent, or 41,885 people, from the previous year.Taiwan will become a super-aged society by 2025, meaning that one in five citizens will be over the age of 65, mainly due to the falling birth rate and rapidly aging population.The number of marriages […]

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 7

Data released by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) shows that the number of people in Taiwan’s workforce averaged 11.964 million from January to November 2020.This represented growth of 0.16 percent from the same period in 2019 and is the lowest growth level ever recorded for that time frame.A DGBAS official said […]

Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 3

A labor broker has been fined NT$1 million by the Fisheries Agency for deducting too much from the pay of eight migrant fishery workers for the repayment of loans.The fine was levied in September, but only made the news public after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a withhold release order (WRO) against […]