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Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom, as well as a freelance journalist and translator.

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom, an online magazine covering politics and youth culture in Taiwan founded in 2014. He is a freelance journalist, as well as a translator. From 2017 to 2018, he was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

Posts by Brian Hioe
July 19, 2024

As Constitutional Challenge Advances, KMT Previews Its Use of Controversial New Legislative Powers

By Brian Hioe
At least two investigative committees have now been convened using the new powers, highlighting issues the KMT has long complained about.

July 02, 2024

Taiwan Raises Alert Level for Travel to China After New Legal Guidelines Targeting ‘Taiwan Independence’

By Brian Hioe
The warning came amid signs that China might widen the scope of its legal pressure to include ordinary Taiwanese citizens.
June 17, 2024

Taiwan’s Coast Guard Under Fire After Chinese National Rides a Speedboat to New Taipei

By Brian Hioe
A former PLAN officer, surnamed Ruan, reportedly wanted to defect to Taiwan, but the incident has raised concerns about Taiwan's coastal defense.

June 04, 2024

China Dials up Military, Economic Pressure Campaign Against Taiwan’s New President

By Brian Hioe
The tactics are familiar: military exercises, economic coercion, and pressure on Taiwanese celebrities.

May 29, 2024

Despite Protests, Taiwan’s KMT, TPP Pass Controversial Bills to Expand Legislative Powers

By Brian Hioe
Up to 100,000 people turned out in protests against the bills, which will expand the power of Taiwan’s opposition-controlled legislature. 

May 22, 2024

Tens of Thousands Protest Bill to Expand Legislative Power in Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
A move by the KMT and its ally, the TPP, to quickly pass the controversial bill sparked an angry response reminiscent of the 2014 Sunflower Movement.
May 20, 2024

With Lai Ching-te Inauguration, Taiwan Has a New President

By Brian Hioe
Lai’s inaugural address was consistent with his pro-status quo platform on cross-strait relations. Domestic politics could pose a more immediate flashpoint, however.

May 02, 2024

KMT Continues Outreach to Beijing With Legislators’ Trip to China

By Brian Hioe
Less than a month after former President Ma Ying-jeou's meeting with Xi Jinping, the KMT sent 17 sitting legislators to China as an “ice breaker.”

April 18, 2024

Taiwan’s Incoming Lai Administration Takes Shape

By Brian Hioe
Lai Ching-te's choice of Cabinet appointments suggests that he will continue to emphasize continuity with the Tsai administration.

April 10, 2024

Taiwan’s Former President Meets Xi Jinping During China Trip

By Brian Hioe
Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition KMT held a second meeting with Xi Jinping – his first as a private citizen – during an 11-day trip to China.

March 19, 2024

Sunflower Movement 10th Anniversary Reflects Taiwan’s Current Political Divisions

By Brian Hioe
From talk of revising the CSSTA to the KMT's return to leadership of the legislature, the Sunflower Movement is echoing in Taiwan's politics today.
March 02, 2024

China-Taiwan Boat Collision Near Kinmen Continues to Reverberate in Taiwanese Politics

By Brian Hioe
It’s an early test case of the new dynamics of power between the KMT and the DPP, and the impact on cross-strait relations. 

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