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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
February 20, 2021

BioNTech Says Taiwan Will Receive Vaccines After Concerns China Impeded Deal

By Nick Aspinwall
The German manufacturer vowed to provide vaccines to Taiwan after worries that the Chinese government had tried to block a deal for 5 million doses.

February 13, 2021

Clubhouse Gave Taiwan and China a Rare Opportunity for Cross-Strait Dialogue

By Nick Aspinwall
The voice chat app’s brief moment in the sun revealed the stark difference in how Chinese and Taiwanese users experience the internet.
February 12, 2021

Philippines Vaccine Program Hindered by Delays, Public Distrust

By Nick Aspinwall
The government’s mass vaccination start date is in flux, and Filipinos still harbor fears after a 2016 dengue vaccine scandal eroded public confidence in vaccinations.

February 05, 2021

Taiwan Will Restrict Lunar New Year Activities Due to COVID-19 Threat

By Nick Aspinwall
The country could also receive its first vaccine doses in February, although it must work around its exclusion from the World Health Organization.

February 05, 2021

Chinese Ship Intrusion, Myanmar Coup Lead to Infighting Among Philippine Officials

By Nick Aspinwall
On Twitter, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. blamed the Myanmar coup on Western institutions and questioned the competence of Duterte’s spokesperson.

February 01, 2021

US Brushes Off Chinese Threat That Taiwan Independence ‘Means War’

By Nick Aspinwall
There was unfounded speculation that Joe Biden would neglect Taiwan’s defense needs, but the first week of his relationship with Taipei has shown good signs.
January 28, 2021

Independent Philippines Human Rights Probe Launches New Investigations

By Nick Aspinwall
Investigate PH was created in response to a U.N. decision not to launch an independent international probe into Philippines human rights abuses.

January 23, 2021

Taiwan Tightens COVID-19 Regulations Amid String of Hospital Infections

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan is working to contain a domestic outbreak and maintain its remarkable success in containing the coronavirus.

January 21, 2021

Philippines Ends Accord Barring State Forces From National University

By Nick Aspinwall
Allowing military and police forces to enter University of the Philippines campuses could put students and activists at risk and endanger academic freedom.

January 18, 2021

Taiwan Visit by Trump’s UN Envoy Canceled, Ending a Wild Ride in Taiwan-US Relations

By Nick Aspinwall
The canceled visit by Ambassador Kelly Craft spared Taiwan an enlarged domestic controversy over its handling of the final days of the Trump administration.

January 09, 2021

Taiwan’s Opposition Party Pushes for Referendum on US Pork Ban

By Nick Aspinwall
The Kuomintang wants to overturn a government decision to allow imports of U.S. meat containing traces of a controversial feed additive.
January 08, 2021

Duterte’s Security Detail Received a ‘Gift’ of Unauthorized Chinese Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine president has ordered his security unit not to cooperate with those probing their use of an unapproved China-made vaccine.

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