Kaohsiung mayor first special municipality chief to face recall vote

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will face a recall vote on June 6, nearly 18 months after he began his four-year term at the end of December 2018. The mayor of the southern city, the third largest...

Anti-Han parade goes off without hitch in S. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Saturday (May 31), the last weekend before Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) recall vote, civic groups held a parade in Kaohsiung's Qiaotou District. At 4:0...

New Taipei mayor boasts highest national approval rating

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) has received the highest public approval rating of all local government heads in a recent poll by Global Views Monthly magazine. Accord...

Taiwan's DPP, health minister both polling well amid coronavirus pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) are performing well in opinion polling due to the government’s ha...

Taiwan in the post-coronavirus global order

Some prominent analysts have recently analyzed how the current coronavirus crisis will change the global order. In their March article in Foreign Affairs, Kurt Cambell and Ruch Doshi discussed the geo...

Taiwan's Kaohsiung hostess clubs, dance halls to reopen Wednesday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) announced Tuesday (May 19) that all hostess clubs (酒店) and dance halls (舞廳) in the city will be allowed to reopen Wednesday (May 20), prov...

S. Taiwan mayor's video appeal faces criticism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) City Councilors on Monday (May 18) criticized Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who appealed to the public not to vote on June 6 in a vi...

Kaohsiung mayor may visit Dongsha Islands to assert Taiwan’s sovereignty

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) may visit Taiwan’s outlying islands in the South China Sea to assert territorial authority following reports that China’s Peop...

S. Taiwan mayor asks supporters not to take part in recall vote

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), facing a recall vote early next month, is calling on his supporters not to turn out to polling stations. The Kuomintang (KMT) mayor ha...

Protesters launch creative ad campaign in Kaohsiung

An anti-Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) political party countered the Kaohsiung city government's dismantling of the mayoral recall "billboard" by spraying with a pressure washer the words “vote ...

Tsai reappoints Su as Taiwan's premier

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday (May 8) announced that she is reappointing Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) as the country's premier. At a press conference hel...

Mayoral recall group outsmarts Kaohsiung officials with digital ad

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An advertisement reminding voters to opt to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) appeared on a building in the city Wednesday (May 6). On Wednesday evening, the grou...

S. Taiwan mayor refuses to participate in recall briefing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Members of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) staff on Monday (April 27) said that he would not be participating in a proposed televised recall briefing session, as he...

Taiwan medical workers petition against general virus testing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) suggestion Thursday (April 23) to have 4,000 frontline medical workers and 5,000 civil servants tested for the Wuhan ...

Han to sit on KMT’s decision-making body, drawing criticism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The move by embattled Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to become a member of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party’s decision-making body has raised eyebrows among s...