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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
June 02, 2023

Taiwan’s 2024 Election Campaigns See Early Stumbles

By Brian Hioe
KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih faced an unexpectedly difficult start to his campaign, while the DPP courted controversy with some legislative nominations.

May 18, 2023

Taiwan’s Presidential Slate Is Set for 2024

By Brian Hioe
New Taipei mayor Hou Yu-ih, long considered the front-runner, was named as the presidential candidate of the opposition KMT.
May 04, 2023

More Taiwanese Nationals Arrested on Political Charges in China

By Brian Hioe
Li Yanhe, also known as Fucha, is the latest in a string of Taiwanese nationals to disappear in China, only to be confirmed as arrested months later.

May 01, 2023

In the Face of War, the Dangers of Pro-China Rhetoric in Taiwan

By Fang-Yu Chen, Wen Liu, and Brian Hioe
A subset of pro-China intellectuals and political elites in Taiwan are trying to convince the public that bolstering self-defense is somehow recklessly provocative.

April 14, 2023

How Serious Were China’s Latest Military Drills Near Taiwan?

By Brian Hioe
The April drills were shorter and farther away than those of August 2022, but included several new and worrisome features.

April 07, 2023

Tsai’s US ‘Stopovers’ and Ma’s Mainland Visit

By Brian Hioe
The recent travels of Taiwan’s president and her predecessor reflect wariness of Beijing's response, and the delicate diplomatic dance across the Taiwan Strait.
March 16, 2023

Honduras Announces Intention to Drop Taiwan, Recognize China

By Brian Hioe
President Xiomara Castro is making good on a campaign promise to switch diplomatic recognition to China.

March 07, 2023

Did Taiwan Call off Another US House Speaker Visit?

By Brian Hioe
A scoop from Financial Times says that Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has instead asked to meet Kevin McCarthy during a stopover visit to California.

February 15, 2023

Mass Data Leaks Sound Alarm About Taiwan’s Cybersecurity

By Brian Hioe
Underlying the leaks is the real concern that sensitive personal information could end up in Beijing’s hands.

February 02, 2023

Taiwan Cabinet Reshuffle Sets the Stage for 2024 Presidential Elections

By Brian Hioe
With President Tsai's term coming to an end next year, the DPP's cabinet reshuffle sends hints about the next generation of party leadership.

January 18, 2023

TSMC’s US Investments Spark Political Controversy in Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
Plans for new chip plants in the U.S. have sparked concerns about Taiwan’s “silicon shield” – and whether Washington has Taipei’s best interests at heart.
January 05, 2023

The Politics Behind Taiwan’s Military Draft Extension

By Brian Hioe
While extending the conscription period is a politically risky move, few other parties are ready to openly criticize the decision.

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