November 2020

Wave of Political Arrests Continues in Hong Kong, With Jailing of Demosisto Trio

A wave of arrests has taken place in Hong Kong over the past week. Three former leading members of the now-disbanded Demosisto were the latest to be arrested, with Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam pleading guilty to charges related to a protest that took place last year. Wong, Chow, and Lam are 24, 23, and 26 respectively...

Annual Labor Demonstration Protests American Pork, with Controversy Regarding KMT Co-Optation Claims

The annual Autumn Struggle labor demonstration was held yesterday in Taipei. Autumn Struggle is traditionally one of the major labor demonstrations in Taiwan, along with International Workers’ Day on May 1st. Despite the name, it is not unusual for Autumn Struggle to take place during what is actually winter. However, this year’s demonstration saw significant controversy due to the perceived co-optation of the event by the KMT...

Much Remains Uncertain for Taiwan During Contested American Presidential Transition

Much uncertainty remains about what occurs next for Taiwan during America’s presidential transition. While Joe Biden has won the American presidential election, the Trump administration continues to refuse to concede the race, alleging voter fraud. As such, the Tsai administration finds itself in an awkward position at present. The Tsai administration obviously intends to build ties with the incoming Biden administration, but may hope to benefit from last-minute actions by the Trump administration that may aid Taiwan...

Pegatron Reports Show That Labor Abuses Continue at Taiwanese-Owned Factories in China

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron was in the news last week after reports that Pegatron was illegally using student labor in China. As a result, Apple has announced that it will be suspending business with Pegatron, though questions have been raised about Apple's claims that it intends to halt business with Pegatron until labor abuses stop at Pegatron factories...