KMT takes a sharp, stunning pro-US turn–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Three sets of statistics show how society is changing, and how it isn’t. Some political polling has shown some interesting results. The KMT takes a sharp pro-US turn. And we’ll kick off with some headlines, but first I’d like to note that I am the co-organizer of the Compass Food & Music Festival coming […]

Ko P is running for president, Freddy Lim forms alliance–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je tackles a huge, massive problem. Oh, and Ko is also preparing to run for president. Freddy Lim launches another political grouping. But up first, lots of headlines. Headlines Taiwan’s monitoring indicators signaled steady growth in August after five straight months of sluggish growth.The composite index of monitoring indicators for August […]

Ma is “not guilty” and may covet KMT chair–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Pegatron chair calls Taiwan’s economy “lopsided”. A court rules Ma Ying-jeou and Jiang Yi-huah not guilty. Ma Ying-jeou may try to win back KMT chair. There is a proposal to end oaths delivered to Sun Yat-sen. But first, lots of headlines. Headlines Taiwan’s number of Covid-19 cases has passed 500, but the number of […]

The KMT pulls out of Chinese forum in protest–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Wired magazine hails three top Taiwan leaders. Indigenous groups protest China’s moves in Inner Mongolia. The KMT pulls out of the Cross-straits forum. The curious case of five Hong Kongers. But up first, headlines. Headlines: Yet again, Taiwan will grant a further 30-day extension of stay to foreign visitors who entered the country on […]

Taiwan responds to aggressive Chinese military moves–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: A cool advertisement wins an international award. Taiwan’s government responds to PLA incursions. Momentum for trade deals is mounting. The Dalai Lama looks to visit Taiwan. But with all the recent topic-heavy shows, today we’ve got lots of headlines. Headlines Human trials of COVID-19 vaccines in Taiwan conducted with Oxford University’s AstraZeneca have been […]

The Czech Taiwan visit a disaster for China

Summary: This is another big show focussing on the surprisingly impactful visit by the Czech delegation, which causes waves around the world. We kick off with the practical side of the Czech delegation’s visit to Taiwan. Prague Mayor Hrib’s city diplomacy. Czech Senate President channels Kennedy and charms Taiwan. Chinese threats cause an international backlash. […]

KMT: Hello 92 Consensus, Goodbye voters

Summary: Johnny Chiang buckles, the “1992 consensus” is back and the proposed party platform’s cross-strait entries are a disaster. An internal KMT poll shows some interesting results. Finally, a new Taiwan passport design intended to differentiate from China has been unveiled. But, up first, headlines: Headlines Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Taiwanese […]

Tsai’s American meat problems and opportunities–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee is to further investigate two affiliates of the KMT. Enoch Wu announces he’s not running for Taipei Mayor. The local political fallout over American pork continues. Why President Tsai is expending political capital on a US trade deal. China’s reaction to Taiwan’s new French office is priceless. But […]