Taiwan Brief: The critical KMT chair race, part 1

This KMT chair race is hugely consequential, and will impact the future of not just the party, but Taiwan’s democracy. In part 1, we look at why it’s important, and the already declared candidates.

Taiwan Headlines July 3, warring over elections transcript

The third “revenge recall” is set for Taiwan Statebuilding Party lawmaker Chen Po-wei for Aug. 28–but the Aug. 28 referendums were bumped to December. KMT continues to push for absentee ballots, and shockingly the Executive Yuan will propose a draft.

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 25, 2021

A public opinion poll has some interesting results with superficially contradictory results. Jaw Shaw-kong is making some unusual moves and stoking speculation on him and Dan Han. F-5 fighters in another crash. Taiwan’s economy continues to boom, setting more records.

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. […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Mar. 10

The water crisis begins to bite The reality that a water crisis is happening is finally beginning to impact urban residents in central Taiwan after previously been largely the concern of farmers whose farms were ordered to lay fallow and industries and businesses forced to curtail water usage.The Deji Reservoir that supplies Taichung has dropped […]

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. 5, 2021

Court rules same-sex marriage ban on foreign nationals from countries that ban it illegal. Kao recall fails. GlobalWafers now #2 in silicon wafers. Taiwan #6 in economic freedom. Taiwan ties with Eswatini and Somaliland deepen. Lithuania to boost ties. Flanders and Japan support Taiwan. US embassy meet in Japan.

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 1, 2021

After China ban, local support for pineapples succeeding. Big budget for referendum. Eric Chu goes on tour. Big AIoT investment. Manufacturing sentiment hits 13-year high. Lawmakers sound alarm on United Front work in indigenous communities. Taiwan supplanting Confucius Institutes.

Taiwan Headlines, Feb. 22, 2021

Foreigners to be allowed back in and vaccines are coming. Chiang announced he’ll run for KMT chair, but not president. KMT not looking good in Taoyuan. Ko joins KMT forum. KMT referendums on track. Su’s popularity dips. Intelligence officers indicted. Hon Hai has vehicles on the way. DGBAS predicts GDP boom, but NT$ problems.