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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
July 02, 2020

UN Rights Office Criticizes ‘Impunity’ and ‘Systematic’ Violence of Philippines Drug War

By Nick Aspinwall
The UN rights chief slammed the drug war, adding fuel to calls for an international investigation. The Philippine government responded by promising to investigate drug war killings.

July 02, 2020

Taiwan Opens Office to Help People Fleeing Hong Kong in Wake of National Security Law

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan on Wednesday launched a new office to process applications by Hong Kong nationals seeking to work, study, or seek asylum in the country.
June 26, 2020

Taiwan President Asserts Sovereignty Over Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan and China

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan’s claim over the Diaoyutai/Senkakus after opposition politicians pushed her to respond to a Japanese move to change their administrative name.

June 19, 2020

Changing of the Guard as William Lai Replaces Taiwan’s Epidemiologist Vice President

By Nick Aspinwall
Chen Chien-jen ended his single term as vice president after playing a key role in Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 response.

June 16, 2020

Rappler Journalists Convicted of Libel in Chilling Verdict for Philippine Press Freedom

By Nick Aspinwall
Domestic and international watchdogs condemned the verdict, which may put countless local journalists and internet users at risk of charges they cannot fight.

June 12, 2020

Jeepney Drivers Face Charges Amid Heightened Protest Crackdown in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
6 jeepney drivers were arrested last week and subsequently released on bail for protesting lost wages during the coronavirus lockdown.
June 10, 2020

Taiwan’s ‘Han Wave’ Comes Crashing Down

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu will be removed from his post after infuriating Kaohsiung residents during his brief tenure as mayor.

June 05, 2020

Taiwan to Loosen COVID Social Distancing Restrictions, Announces Global Assistance Measures

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has confirmed just 443 cases of COVID-19, is set to ease social distancing seating restrictions in public places.

June 05, 2020

The Philippines’ Broad Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Aim at Dissent

By Nick Aspinwall
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the recently-passed legislation, which will allow authorities to classify dissent as terrorism.

May 29, 2020

Taiwan Says It Will Draft Plan to Help Hong Kongers as National Security Law Looms

By Nick Aspinwall
Beijing's plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong has reopened a debate over how Taiwan should help Hong Kongers intending to seek asylum or residency.

May 29, 2020

Human Rights Watch Report Details Harm to Children, Urges UN Probe Into Philippine Drug War

By Nick Aspinwall
A new report details the suffering of children who lose fathers and relatives in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.
May 26, 2020

This Is How Duterte Could Declare Martial Law in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
Experts fear the Philippine president is testing the waters for a constitutionally viable declaration of nationwide martial law.

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