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Nick Aspinwall

Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei. He is a news editor at The News Lens International, a Taipei-based online media startup. He reports on migration, the environment, labor rights, and the human consequences of cross-strait politics. Follow him on Twitter @Nick1Aspinwall

Taiwan’s New Power Party Faces Crisis After Departure of Heavyweights
August 17, 2019
Taiwan’s New Power Party Faces Crisis After Departure of Heavyweights
Two legislators and the party chairperson have quit the NPP, throwing the “third force” party into turmoil.
Taiwan’s New Power Party Faces Crisis After Departure of Heavyweights
Taiwan Slams China’s Decision to Freeze Individual Travel to Taiwan
August 03, 2019
Taiwan Slams China’s Decision to Freeze Individual Travel to Taiwan
Beijing’s terse announcement comes ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election and amid Taipei's support for Hong Kong protesters.
Taiwan Slams China’s Decision to Freeze Individual Travel to Taiwan
Taiwan Shaken by Concerns Over Chinese Influence in Media, Press Freedom
July 27, 2019
Taiwan Shaken by Concerns Over Chinese Influence in Media, Press Freedom
A report alleging that some Taiwanese media outlets receive instructions from Chinese officials has been countered with a libel lawsuit.
Taiwan Shaken by Concerns Over Chinese Influence in Media, Press Freedom
Taiwan President to Stop in Denver as US-Taiwan Ties Strengthen
July 19, 2019
Taiwan President to Stop in Denver as US-Taiwan Ties Strengthen
Tsai’s 2-day stopovers in New York and Denver have drawn significant attention as Taiwan seeks to leverage its bond with the US.
Taiwan President to Stop in Denver as US-Taiwan Ties Strengthen
Taiwan’s KMT Will Choose Its Candidate to Challenge a Resurgent President Tsai
July 12, 2019
Taiwan’s KMT Will Choose Its Candidate to Challenge a Resurgent President Tsai
KMT contenders struggle to pull away from each other as political momentum shifts back to the ruling DPP.
Taiwan’s KMT Will Choose Its Candidate to Challenge a Resurgent President Tsai
Taiwan Politicians Continue to Align Themselves With Hong Kong Protestors
July 05, 2019
Taiwan Politicians Continue to Align Themselves With Hong Kong Protestors
Protestors in Hong Kong demanding the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill find a reliable ally in Taiwan.
Taiwan Politicians Continue to Align Themselves With Hong Kong Protestors
Taiwan’s Airline Employees Are Striking for the 2nd Time in 2019
June 27, 2019
Taiwan’s Airline Employees Are Striking for the 2nd Time in 2019
A strike by over 2,000 EVA Airways flight attendants is entering its second week, further dampening a difficult 2019 for the major Taiwan airline.
Taiwan’s Airline Employees Are Striking for the 2nd Time in 2019
Taiwan’s President Clears Her Primary Challenge. Will Her Party Get on Board?
June 21, 2019
Taiwan’s President Clears Her Primary Challenge. Will Her Party Get on Board?
Now that Tsai Ing-wen has vanquished her primary challenger, she must get her party behind her in Taiwan’s general election.
Taiwan’s President Clears Her Primary Challenge. Will Her Party Get on Board?
Polls Are Open as Taiwan’s President Tries to Fend Off Primary Challenger
June 11, 2019
Polls Are Open as Taiwan’s President Tries to Fend Off Primary Challenger
President Tsai Ing-wen is locked in a fierce primary battle with her former premier, William Lai.
Polls Are Open as Taiwan’s President Tries to Fend Off Primary Challenger
Taiwan’s Democracy Is Utterly Confounded by Populist Mayor Han Kuo-yu
June 05, 2019
Taiwan’s Democracy Is Utterly Confounded by Populist Mayor Han Kuo-yu
The controversial Kaohsiung mayor, now a presidential frontrunner, was never supposed to make it this far. It’s an increasingly familiar story.
Taiwan’s Democracy Is Utterly Confounded by Populist Mayor Han Kuo-yu
Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Couples Got Married Today. What Rights Will They Receive?
May 24, 2019
Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Couples Got Married Today. What Rights Will They Receive?
Taiwan’s new law grants same-sex partners many of the same rights as heterosexual couples, but it has left some disappointed.
Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Couples Got Married Today. What Rights Will They Receive?
Taiwan’s Ruling Party Is Getting Tough on China Ahead of 2020 Elections
May 20, 2019
Taiwan’s Ruling Party Is Getting Tough on China Ahead of 2020 Elections
DPP legislators have prioritized a flurry of new measures aimed to clamp down on cross-strait engagement between Taiwan and China.
Taiwan’s Ruling Party Is Getting Tough on China Ahead of 2020 Elections
Taiwan Picks Up International Support After Being Barred from World Health Assembly
May 10, 2019
Taiwan Picks Up International Support After Being Barred from World Health Assembly
The World Health Organization has declined to invite Taiwan for the third consecutive year at the behest of Beijing.
Taiwan Picks Up International Support After Being Barred from World Health Assembly
Will Taiwan Become a Refuge for Dissidents Wanted by China? Not So Fast.
May 04, 2019
Will Taiwan Become a Refuge for Dissidents Wanted by China? Not So Fast.
Taiwan has not fully opened its doors to dissidents, despite recent high-profile cases.
Will Taiwan Become a Refuge for Dissidents Wanted by China? Not So Fast.
Uber’s Taiwan Operations in Jeopardy as Drivers Protest Rule Changes
April 26, 2019
Uber’s Taiwan Operations in Jeopardy as Drivers Protest Rule Changes
Taiwan’s transportation ministry is set to pass a new regulation that Uber says could hinder its ability to continue operating in the country.
Uber’s Taiwan Operations in Jeopardy as Drivers Protest Rule Changes
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
April 18, 2019
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
Gou’s entry into Taiwan’s 2020 presidential race further clutters a field packed with larger-than-life personalities.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
April 13, 2019
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead a delegation to Taipei next week, continuing celebrations of the Taiwan Relations Act.
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
April 05, 2019
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen slammed a “provocative” encroachment of Chinese aircraft.
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
March 29, 2019
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
President Tsai Ing-wen visited Taiwan’s Pacific diplomatic allies, while Han Kuo-yu stopped in Hong Kong, Macau, and China.
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
March 21, 2019
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
The candidacy of William Lai, a supporter of Taiwanese independence, is a stunning challenge to the more centrist Tsai administration.
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
March 15, 2019
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
The populist mayor of Kaohsiung is a cultural phenomenon who looks set to make his presence known in Taiwan’s presidential race.
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
March 06, 2019
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
KMT chairman Wu Den-yih’s idea of a cross-strait peace agreement did not go over well.
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
February 28, 2019
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
Advocates say the bill is a positive step, but contains major shortcomings that prevent it from truly enshrining equality.
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
February 20, 2019
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
3 Vietnamese workers lost their lives in Taiwan’s third fatal factory fire in the past 14 months.
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
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