Highest-level US visit to Taiwan since ‘79–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: A businessman has been charged with violating the National Security Act. KMT youth propose major labour changes, and a 32-hour workweek. Taiwan’s drone fleet is taking off. The highest-level delegation from the US since 1979 shows promise. Two more foreign delegations show increasing support. Headlines The average temperature in Taiwan last month hit 30.2 […]

6 lawmakers and NPP chair accused of bribery–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: EVA Air offers a dream Hello Kitty trip to nowhere for Father’s Day. Taiwan may be gunning for Hong Kong’s finance industry. Six sitting legislators and the NPP chair are grilled in a bribery probe. Biden’s top foreign policy advisor speaks out on Taiwan, possibly giving us some insight. But up first, some headlines. […]

KMT backs Jane Lee, not that they have a choice–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: White terror files have come to light, but crucial files are “contaminated.” A holdout stalls railway plans in Tainan.  KMT stands by Jane Lee, not that they have much choice.  Taiwan responds in kind to HK visa denials.  And today we have plenty of headlines.  Headlines Temperatures in Taipei reached their highest level in […]

KMT, TPP and NPP unite against DPP–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: President Tsai urges constitutional reforms and warns on power going to the party’s head. The DPP is set to ram through judicial reforms against the united opposition of the KMT, the NPP and the TPP. A bill is to be introduced in the US Congress authorizing US military intervention if China attacks. Headlines Taiwan’s […]

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 […]