KMT reformers finally get some good news–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: A minimum wage hike is planned, but is panned by businesses. Foxconn Chairman says China’s days as the world’s factory are over. Money is flowing back into Taiwan. Controls on Chinese investment to be tightened. Infighting in the KMT, but Johnny Chiang gets a big boost. But up first, lots of headlines. Headlines Taiwan […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News–transcript

TCM poisoning scandal continues to widen A third traditional Chinese medicine clinic has been added to the list of places prescribing medicines to patients containing highly toxic cinnabar and lead tetroxide, which had led to many cases of organ failure and could potentially be fatal.The number of people confirmed poisoned has risen to 28 as […]

Han Kuo-yu comes out for a KMT wet T-shirt event–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Welcome to the Kaohsiung mayoral byelection pre-election special. I watched the rallies so you didn’t have to, and the KMT’s turned out a mess. I also go into what to watch for in the results in Saturday’s byelection. But, up first, some headlines. Headlines Taiwan’s official statistics bureau has lowered its forecast for the […]

Donald Trump speaks out on Taiwan–Taiwan Report News Brief transcript

Summary: Tours to nowhere turn out to be surprisingly popular, go figure. Manufacturing is on the uptick. The Government touts their claimed success of Internet of Things policies. Small victory for an indigenous campaigner against the Taipei City Government. Environmental rally is held in Taichung, “tree men” and all. Former President Ma trashes the military’s […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News–transcript

TCM poison scandal spreads A second Taichung-based traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic has been ordered to suspend business after city authorities found it had also allegedly prescribed drugs laced with heavy metals to patients.A court, meanwhile, has now ordered these two traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and one medicine dealer based in Taichung to be detained […]

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 […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report transcript

TCM clinic poisons clients A doctor at a Taichung-based traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic has been suspended for 30 days for prescribing drugs containing heavy metals that led to lead poisoning in at least fifteen patients.The case first came to light after a Taichung City Councilor told reporters Friday he had been hospitalized for a […]

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. […]