Taiwan Tourism Bureau criticism losing perspective

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau has been taking a fair bit of flak on social media of late and it seemed only fair to try and put these criticisms into context a little bit. Blog posts such as this one, ...

China’s live-fire drills – more than just saber rattling, this is propaganda and fake news

The live-fire military drills which the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) held yesterday have garnered a great deal of media attention this week both in Taiwan and around the world. Th...

Top 10 Things you REALLY didn’t know about Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Last week, British newspaper the Telegraph published a list of the top 10 things they claimed you did not know about Taiwan to accompany a travel article. It was a nice cu...

Why Taiwan must take measured response to John Bolton appointment 

On the face of it, relations between the U.S. and Taiwan could not be rosier than they are right now. The recently passed Taiwan Travel Act allows for greater high-level exchanges between the two c...

Top 10 places to visit during Taipei Children’s Month

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --This year’s annual children’s day may have already passed, but in Taipei they are going even further. April has been designated as Taipei Children’s Month and ...

Why China’s threats to Taiwan PM William Lai aren’t as ridiculous as they seem

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- It seems that the hyper-sensitive Chinese Communist Party has had its feelings hurt once again by Taiwanese Premier William Lai (賴清德). The CCP might be perfectly comfortable...

Taiwan’s Top 8 Fine Dining Restaurants

2018 has been a been a seminal year for fine dining in Taiwan, and we are still only in March. Earlier this month, Michelin, the globally acclaimed restaurant guide announced its first-ever Bib G...

Why Taiwan must work to be a bipartisan issue in US politics

I think it’s fair to say that US-Taiwanese relations are currently as healthy as they have been for some considerable time. The recent signing by President Donald Trump of the Taiwan Travel A...

Taiwan's Top Alcohol Attractions – the best brewery and distillery tours 

Taiwan may not have a huge tradition of alcohol consumption, but there is no denying that it has begun to embrace a much wider variety of beers and spirits in a big way in recent years. For a long tim...

The Communist propagandist masquerading as an independent commentator

The issue of low wages in Taiwan is not a new one. It is one that people have been complaining about and successive government have been trying to address, with various levels of success, for a while ...

A Cruise Ship Passenger Guide to Anping, Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a 9-year break, the Tainan City Government announced earlier this week that cruise ships are once again going to be docking in the historic Port of Anping this year....

Why China’s 31 incentives are doomed to failure

The Communist Party of China (CCP) has rolled the dice once more in an attempt to win over Taiwanese hearts and minds. However, their latest effort is more akin to blackmail than anything likely to pe...

Top 10 alternative things to see and do on Penghu

Penghu is a small archipelago of around 90 islands located in the Taiwan Strait midway between Taiwan and China. All of the islands that make up Penghu are only 141 square kilometres in size and th...

Taiwan's top views

Alexandra Stoddard, the famous lifestyle philosopher once famously said, “When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go”. She is, of course, absolutely right and ...

Why the CCP merging its Taiwan Affairs Office with Hong Kong and Macau matters to Taiwan

Earlier this week it was reported that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is planning to merge its Taiwan Affairs Office with its Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office as part of a Government streamlining...