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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
September 11, 2020

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Story Continues as Neighbors Fend Off New Outbreaks

By Nick Aspinwall
Unlike countries like Vietnam and New Zealand, Taiwan has managed to keep its five-month streak of no local COVID-19 transmissions alive.

September 10, 2020

Filipino Health Workers Protest Overseas Work Restrictions

By Nick Aspinwall
A nurses’ group has called for the government to lift a deployment ban imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 05, 2020

Duterte Eyes Former Investigation Chief to Lead Embattled Health Insurance Agency

By Nick Aspinwall
Dante Gierran has been nominated to lead PhilHealth, under fire for numerous corruption allegations, despite having no experience in the public health sector.

September 05, 2020

Czech Delegation Pledges Support for Taiwan, Vows Not to Bow to Chinese Threats

By Nick Aspinwall
A delegation headed by the Senate president and the mayor of Prague won hearts in Taiwan and shrugged off threats from China’s foreign minister.

August 31, 2020

Tsai Takes a Political Risk to Pursue a Taiwan-US Trade Agreement

By Nick Aspinwall
Her Friday announcement that she would ease restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports led to a backlash from opposition politicians and local farmers.

August 31, 2020

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
The president said he was unfamiliar with a group calling to install him as head of a new government, despite video showing him at the group’s convention in 2018.
August 20, 2020

Chen Chi-mai Wins Kaohsiung Mayor By-Election, Leaving Taiwan’s KMT In Turmoil

By Nick Aspinwall
The ruling DPP snatched back control of a southern stronghold while the opposition KMT is once again forced to reflect on its future.

August 14, 2020

Taiwan and US Pledge Health Partnership, Possible Trade Agreement After Azar Visit

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday her country would seek a trade agreement and closer security ties with the United States.

August 14, 2020

Killing of Philippines Peace Consultant Sparks Scrutiny of Government Investigations

By Nick Aspinwall
The death of activist Randy Echanis drew criticism of Quezon City’s police force, along with government probes of politically motivated killings.

August 07, 2020

US Health Secretary Alex Azar to Visit Taiwan in Rare Cabinet-Level Exchange

By Nick Aspinwall
Azar plans to meet with several top officials to promote U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 07, 2020

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges

By Nick Aspinwall
Metro Manila is back in lockdown and the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases.
July 28, 2020

Duterte Takes Aim at ‘Oligarchs’ in Address to Nation as Philippines’ COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine president threatened to shut down major telecom operators and said Beijing was “in possession” of the South China Sea.

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