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Nick Aspinwall

Nick Aspinwall

Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei.

Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei. He is an editor at Ketagalan Media a Taiwan-focused online media outlet. He reports on migration, the environment, labor rights, and the human consequences of cross-strait politics. Follow him on Twitter @Nick1Aspinwall

Posts by Nick Aspinwall
January 16, 2020

The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party

By Nick Aspinwall
The upstart TPP secured five legislative seats, a major win for a party formed only five months ago by a mayor with presidential ambitions.

January 10, 2020

Taiwan Candidates Rally as KMT Official Accused of Attempting to Bribe Chinese Defector

By Nick Aspinwall
Wang Liqiang, the self-proclaimed Chinese spy, reportedly received death threats in an attempt to coerce him to recant his allegations and falsely implicate Taiwan’s DPP in corruption.
January 07, 2020

Taiwan: The Tsai Doctrine

By Nick Aspinwall
Under President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan has turned away from China and embraced the rest of the world. But the country has found out the hard way that diplomacy can carry moral cost.

January 03, 2020

Taiwan Passes Anti-Infiltration Act Ahead of Election Amid Opposition Protests

By Nick Aspinwall
President Tsai Ing-wen defended the new law, which is designed to curb Chinese influence in Taiwan’s politics. Opposition lawmakers slammed the act and pledged a review.

December 26, 2019

Taiwan Authorities Bust Illegal Logging Ring as Island’s Forest Wars Rage On

By Nick Aspinwall
50 tons of timber worth over $3.3 million were seized in an operation targeting a gang trafficking wood from protected trees, the latest assault on Taiwan’s hated “mountain rats.”

December 20, 2019

Taiwan Probes Alleged Visa Scam as Concerns Mount Over Chinese Election Influence

By Nick Aspinwall
Taipei prosecutors have raided multiple travel agencies for allegedly facilitating the illegal entry of Chinese government officials into Taiwan.
December 13, 2019

Taiwan Pushed to the Sidelines as COP25 Climate Summit Concludes

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan sent a delegation to the summit’s sideline events even as a new climate index blasted its performance in meeting the emissions targets set by the Paris Agreement.

December 06, 2019

Tao Indigenous Community Demands Removal of Nuclear Waste From Taiwan’s Orchid Island

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s president offered compensation to indigenous residents for storing nuclear waste on Orchid Island without their consent. Tao elders promptly rejected the offer.

November 29, 2019

Taiwan’s Election Thrown Into Turmoil After Claims by Alleged Chinese Spy

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan detained two Chinese executives over election influence allegations and proposed an anti-infiltration bill after confessions from Wang Liqiang.

November 22, 2019

Tsai Ing-wen Calls for Taiwan-US Bilateral Trade Agreement

By Nick Aspinwall
The TAIPEI Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last month, also urges negotiations for an FTA, but political obstacles prevent a deal from happening immediately.

November 14, 2019

Taiwan’s Han Kuo-yu Picks Running Mate as Scandals, Controversies Swirl

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu announced former premier Chang San-cheng as his vice presidential pick, while controversial comments and property acquisition scandals hamper his campaign.
November 09, 2019

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s ruling DPP rejected China’s offer of incentives to Taiwanese nationals, while the opposition KMT welcomed the move.

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