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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
May 08, 2021

Taiwan Catches Two Chinese Nationals Arriving by Dinghy

By Nick Aspinwall
At least one Chinese national said he had fled to Taiwan in search of “freedom and democracy,” raising questions about border security and refugee laws.

May 07, 2021

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines president received the unapproved Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
May 01, 2021

As Drought Worsens Chip Shortage, Taiwan Fights Brain Drain to China

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan, under pressure to alleviate a global chip shortage, is fighting a drought at home and recruitment of its engineers by Chinese competitors.

April 30, 2021

Duterte Hedges as China Challenges in the South China Sea

By Nick Aspinwall
Manila asserted its right to conduct military drills in the South China Sea, but President Duterte continues to approach the issue with caution.

April 24, 2021

Taiwan Security Officials Propose Ban on Chinese Flag

By Nick Aspinwall
A new bill would make displaying the PRC flag into a national security offense. Critics say it would violate freedom of speech.

April 23, 2021

Philippine General Criticized for Saying Community Pantries Are the Work of ‘Satan’

By Nick Aspinwall
Antonio Parlade Jr. faces fresh criticism for making unfounded claims that community leaders and government critics are linked to communist rebels.
April 17, 2021

Biden Delegation Pledges US Support for Taiwan Self-Defense

By Nick Aspinwall
An unofficial delegation led by former Senator Chris Dodd completed a three-day visit to Taiwan in a show of support from the Biden administration.

April 09, 2021

Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash

By Nick Aspinwall
Authorities are investigating after a crane truck slid and fell in front of a passenger train, leading to a crash that killed 50 people.

April 09, 2021

Philippine Man Dies After Being Forced to Exercise for Violating COVID-19 Curfew

By Nick Aspinwall
The incident is the latest in a long list of alleged human rights abuses that have attended one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns.

April 02, 2021

Taiwan Begins Slow Early Rollout of AstraZeneca Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has been a model in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned its focus to getting its population vaccinated.

April 02, 2021

Thousands of Families Are Being Displaced by Violent Clashes in Mindanao

By Nick Aspinwall
A renewal of conflict between the Philippine military and an extremist group has shaken the Bangasmoro Autonomous Region.
March 29, 2021

Manila Locks Down as COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
Millions of Filipinos will spend their second straight Easter Sunday under lockdown in an effort to stop a record surge of COVID-19 infections.

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