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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
November 19, 2020

Taiwan, Frozen Out of RCEP, Explores Trade Agreement Options With US

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan reiterated Sunday its desire to join the CPTPP, and negotiators are in Washington this week hammering out a potential free trade agreement with the United States.

November 14, 2020

Taiwan Accused of Failing to Protect Medical Rights of Southeast Asian Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
A coalition held a protest outside Taiwan’s disease control center after several migrant workers said they were illegally terminated after getting sick.
November 13, 2020

Philippines Names Police Chief Who Oversaw Bloodshed, Ignored Lockdown Rules

By Nick Aspinwall
The appointment this week of Debold Sinas is another worrying sign for human rights in the Philippines.

November 06, 2020

Thousands Still Without Power as Philippines Recovers From Super Typhoon Goni

By Nick Aspinwall
An island of 260,000 could be without power until Christmas, while hundreds of thousands remain in evacuation centers in the midst of a severe coronavirus outbreak.

November 06, 2020

As Taiwan Watches US Election, It May Need Time to Trust a Biden Administration

By Nick Aspinwall
Joe Biden projects as a strong supporter of Taiwan should he win the presidency, but people in Taiwan still feel jilted by perceived slights by past Democratic administrations.

October 30, 2020

Taiwan Has ‘Brunch With Tsai’ After Her LGBT Support Angers Prayer Breakfast Organizers

By Nick Aspinwall
The president’s breakfast date was canceled at the last minute over her support for the LGBT+ community. Taiwanese internet users weren’t having it.
October 17, 2020

China Tried to Pry India and Taiwan Apart. They Only Grew Closer.

By Nick Aspinwall
China told Indian media not to call Taiwan a country ahead of its national day. It became the perfect opportunity for Taiwan and India to celebrate their friendship.

October 15, 2020

Philippine House Speaker Squabble Ends, Clearing Way for Budget Deliberations

By Nick Aspinwall
A disagreement over a term-sharing plan led to a standoff between two rivals for the House speaker position that almost turned ugly.

October 09, 2020

KMT Pushes for Formal US-Taiwan Ties in Course Change for Beijing-Friendly Party

By Nick Aspinwall
Two recently passed resolutions hint at a strategic shift within the KMT, but could also be aimed at fracturing the ruling DPP’s careful approach toward relations with the U.S.

October 08, 2020

Philippines Reports Slight Downturn in COVID-19 Cases

By Nick Aspinwall
An independent research group says the country’s COVID-19 curve is flattening, but questions remain about trends outside of Metro Manila.

October 03, 2020

Taiwan Debates Military Preparedness Measures as Chinese Threats Escalate

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan is considering an increase in reservist call-ups as the U.S. mulls abandoning its longtime policy of “strategic ambiguity.”
October 02, 2020

Philippines Scrambles to Open Schools Despite Calls for Postponement

By Nick Aspinwall
The education department is rushing to deliver learning modules that would allow students to take classes at home, but not everyone is convinced it’s safe.

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