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Recall and referendum reform would be a mistake for Taiwan

The past month in Taiwanese politics has been dominated by two things: referendums and recalls. Back on December 18th, there were four referendums held on topics as diverse as nuclear power, pork i...

Taiwan reports rise in illegal pork mailed from Southeast Asia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of packages containing pork products banned due to the risk of African swine fever (ASF) entering Taiwan doubled last year, officials said Wednesday (Jan. 5), c...

KMT's 'fighting blue' faction caused its referendum rout: Scholar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Tunghai University political science professor Shen Yu-cheng (沈有忠) says the rise of the “fighting blue” faction of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition part...

Taiwan's referendums steeped in irony

Since the early 1990s, there has been one clear distinction between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP): The KMT views Taiwan as part of China, and the DPP d...

Taiwan's DPP seeking to drum up enthusiasm ahead of 4-vote referendum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese will vote to either accept or reject four political proposals on Saturday (Dec. 18), with Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF) indicating unaffiliated vote...

US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue to avoid topic of pork

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The second U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD), which will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 23), will not cover issues related to American pork imports ...

Supply chains to feature in US-Taiwan trade talks: Economics minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The second U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD), set to begin on Tuesday (Nov. 23), will focus on supply chains and not pork imports, according to T...

Taiwan president 'unafraid' of going through with upcoming 4-in-1 referendum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is also the chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said on Sunday (Nov. 13) that the party is not afraid of going thr...

President urges Taiwanese not to let political affiliation affect referendum vote

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday (Oct. 30) said that the upcoming four-in-one referendum is not a matter of winning or losing but rather one whose results will det...

Poll predicts Taiwan government defeat in four December referendums

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four referendums planned for December are likely to turn out in defeats for the government of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), according to an opinion poll published Tuesday ...

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' discusses Taiwan's political complexities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan was the focus of the latest episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," which aired Sunday (Oct. 24). Oliver said Taiwan’s relations with Ch...

Taiwan's DPP assures public US pork imports safe for consumption

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said on Saturday (Aug. 28) that Taiwan’s food safety has not been impacted by American pork imports that began on January 1, 2...

Top Asian News 8:14 a.m. GMT

Asia Today: Cases in Japan hit record amid holiday travel TOKYO (AP) — The daily tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day at 2,508, the Health Ministry said ...

Taiwan postpones 4 referendums from August to December due to COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four referendums originally scheduled for Aug. 28 will take place on Dec. 18 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Friday (July 2)....

Decision on upcoming referendums expected soon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) is holding a meeting Thursday afternoon (July 2) to decide whether to proceed with the four referendums scheduled for Aug....