Brian Hioe

KMT Seeks to Attack Tsai Administration Over US and Chinese Vessels Passing Near Itu Aba/Taiping Island

The presence of Chinese and US military vessels around Itu Aba, also known as Taiping Island, earlier this month has led to allegations by KMT legislators against the Coast Guard Administration. By extension, the attempt would be to make the Tsai administration look as though it has compromised on national sovereignty...

China Threatens to End ECFA Ahead of Elections

Ahead of elections, China has threatened to end the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement that dates from the time of the Ma administration. In particular, China claims that Taiwan is currently violating the terms of the agreement under the Tsai administration by continuing to maintain trade barriers on some Chinese goods, while also alleging that the Tsai administration has increased the number of Chinese goods blocked from entering Taiwan...

4,000 Demonstrate in Late October Against Issue of Strays Killing Wild Animals

Around 4,000 demonstrated on October 29th against the prevalence of strays killing wild animals in Taiwan. The protest materialized out of online calls for action to be taken on the issue, rallying a number of students from colleges including National Chiayi University, National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Tsing Hua University. These calls began through Facebook and other social media platforms in September, with students aligning with environmental and animal protection groups...
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Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance journalist, as well as a translator. A New York native and Taiwanese-American, he has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and graduated from New York University with majors in History, East Asian Studies, and English Literature. He was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy from 2017 to 2018 and is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme.