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Tatung Ownership Struggle Comes to an End, but Much Remains Opaque

The Tatung Company ownership struggle has come to a temporary end, with a group of investors led by Wang Kuang-hsiang, the head of the Shanyuan Group and a construction magnate, claiming seven out of nine seats on Tatung’s board of directors last week. After elections, Tatung’s shares rose by 10% in value, a sign of investor confidence in the company. However, much remains opaque about what exactly took place within the company...

New Passport Design Announced by Tsai Administration, Following Passport Contest by NPP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed a new design for the Taiwanese passport on Wednesday. The new passport design was unveiled under the auspices of preventing confusion between Taiwan and China, a particularly salient issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tsai administration cited cases of Taiwanese travelers being mistaken for Chinese travelers in the course of the pandemic—due to the words “Republic of China” on the passport—to justify the change...

NPP Central Committee Elections Sees Huang Jie’s Departure, Kao Yu-ting Elected as Chair

The NPP saw its central committee elections last week, with a three-day voting period ending on August 27th, and results announced on August 28th. However, after a month that saw a series of departures from the party, the voting process again saw controversy after Kaohsiung city councilor Huang Jie abruptly withdrew from the party on August 26th, when the party was still in the middle of its voting. The final results led to Kao Yu-ting's elections as party chair...

Despite Stable Outlook, Taiwan Must Contend with Successive Global Waves of COVID-19

Taiwan marked one hundred days since the last case of domestic transmission of COVID-19 on July 17th, with the last case of local COVID-19 transmission having taken place on April 8th. It appears as though the COVID-19 situation is still under control in Taiwan, Taiwan having managed to avoid the expansive lockdowns that the rest of the world has seen. However, with the second and third waves of COVID-19 taking place globally and five new imported cases added today, Taiwan is likely to see an uptick in imported cases going forward...

Will the Dalai Lama Visit Taiwan?

The issue of whether the Tsai administration will allow a visit by the Dalai Lama to Taiwan has again become a political issue, following the reformation of the Taiwan Parliament Group for Tibet. Although the group existed in the past, it has been restarted by independent legislator Freddy Lim for the new legislative session. The Taiwan Parliament Group for Tibet has called on the Tsai administration to invite the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan...