Taiwan Quick Take: A coming rematch between Wu Den-yih and Han Kuo-yu for KMT chair?
As those of you who follow Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) or have been reading posts here on Taiwan Report know, KMT chair Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) tenure has been a disaster on almost all fronts. In spite of his term officially ending in May of 2021, the local press has been openly speculating on which KMT […]
Taiwan Quick Take: Wu’s woes: Han promises to reform “out of touch” KMT, candidates dodge party list
KMT Chair Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) woes are compounding, and even the man he bent over backwards to put forward as the party’s presidential nominee (over his own ambitions) has knives out gunning for his job. In theory, Wu has until (if I recall correctly off the top of my head) May 2021 left on his […]
Taiwan Quick Take: Han says outsiders not allowed in Kaohsiung recall march (update)
UPDATE: It turns out that the two march routes are perpendicular to each other, and at one point their paths will cross. Hundreds of police are being mobilized to avert trouble. Dueling Kaohsiung marches on December 21 will be widely viewed as a test of strength. On the one hand is a march in support […]
Quick Take on Taiwan: Putting on a brave face, or is KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu’s team in denial?
It is normal in elections, regardless of how bad the polls look, to put on a brave face and express confidence. That certainly isn’t specific to Taiwan. In spite of how the polls look, one would expect the Han camp to pooh-pooh how bad the situation is. This quote in the Taipei Times is the […]
Quick Take: Is Han’s hardcore support base beginning to crumble?
Frozen Garlic, in his most recent post on checking out two Han Kuo-yu rallies, had this to say (be sure to read the entire piece here, it’s worth the read): “On the drive home I kept asking myself whether I should take these disappointing crowds seriously. I think it does matter. Han’s rise has been […]
Donovan’s Quick Take: Hou You-yi relents and rallies with Han Kuo-yu
Until now, New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) of the KMT has been openly dismissive of presidential candidate Daniel Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) run for the presidency, stating he was too busy to attend Han’s campaign rallied or take up the post of campaign manager for New Taipei City because he claimed he was too busy […]
Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 08.04.2019 Pilot 11
Hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) take on a huge news week! Ko Wen-je announces he’s launching a new political party, and wants Terry Gou to be president. Terry Gou returns from Japan and secretly meets with Wang Jin-pyng. Speculation is rife, so we speculate! Dan Han the Cabbage Man is ripped […]
Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 07.21.2019 Pilot 09
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and with Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) they kick off with the Want Want Group suing the Financial Times, Taiwan’s Central News Agency and the DPP’s secretary-general. They follow on with Han Kuo-yu’s adventures this week, then look in on the latest on three other possible, maybe candidates Terry […]
Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 07.15.2019 Pilot 08
Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is still on the East Coast, but we were very fortunate to have Chang Jui-chuan 張睿銓 step in to give his take on the KMT primary and the Han Kuo-yu candidacy, Gou, Wang and Chu’s next steps and discord in the NPP as Lin Fei-fan joins the DPP.
Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 07.07.2019 Pilot 07
NOTE: Next week’s video will be recorded on Monday, January 15 after the KMT primary results are announced. It’s a lonely show with Michael Turton (麥哲恩) on vacation, but Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) kicks off with a brief wrap on Ko’s China trip, then goes into a deep dive on the candidates in the KMT […]