2019 novel Coronavirus

China’s Response to COVID-19 Seen in a Rosy Light as Epidemic Worsens in Western Countries

In observing international coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, one has COVID-19 cases spread widely outside of China, the international media narrative has shifted. What was once hailed as a failed response to the disease outbreak is now sometimes hailed as a successful intervention into preventing the spread of the virus... Read More

New Measures Rolled Out to Combat COVID-19, Tsai Administration Touts Successes Internationally

Efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic continue in Taiwan. The Central Epidemic Command Center did not report any new cases yesterday, as a result of which there are 45 confirmed cases in Taiwan currently, but new measures have been rolled out in order to respond to the epidemic. With Taiwan's apparent successes in containing the coronavirus epidemic and rapid increases in production capacity for needed medical supplies, the Tsai administration has notably begun leveraging on this for soft power, as a way to draw distinctions between Taiwan and China... Read More

Taiwan News Publishes COVID-19 Misinformation as Epidemic Spreads

In the midst of the Coronavirus epidemic, publishing unsubstantiated rumors and misinformation poisons the well of public discourse, and performs a disservice to society. Perhaps the most egregious example of this in domestic English-language media is Taiwan News, an online media platform owned by Luis Ko, the CEO of I-Mei Foods, a major Taiwanese brand. Taiwan News recently published a number of articles making extraordinary claims about the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Two articles in particular deserve additional scrutiny; both were written by Keoni Everington, whose bylines list him as either “editor” or “staff writer” ... Read More