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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
June 30, 2021

US Clears F-16 Sale to Philippines as South China Sea Tensions Brew

By Nick Aspinwall
Whether Manila can afford them is another question.

June 26, 2021

Apple Daily Stays Alive in Taiwan After Closure in Hong Kong

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan also recalled its diplomats from Hong Kong last weekend after city officials forced them to support Beijing’s “one China” claim.
June 19, 2021

Taiwan Under Fire for Racist Policies Toward Southeast Asian Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese factories, along with one county government, are implementing discriminatory policies that prohibit freedom of movement for Southeast Asian workers.

June 12, 2021

Taiwan, US Trade Officials Set to Meet in ‘Coming Weeks’

By Nick Aspinwall
Trade talks might be back on the agenda, picking up the momentum from a flurry of late action by the Trump administration.

June 11, 2021

A Long Road Ahead for the Philippine Economy

By Nick Aspinwall
The World Bank slashed its growth projection for this year, indicating an economic recovery may take longer than expected.

June 07, 2021

Police Killing Leads to Calls for Reform in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
An apparently drunk officer killed a 52-year-old mother, leading the country’s new police chief to order some police to wear body cameras.
June 05, 2021

Taiwan Receives Vaccine Donation From Japan as Outbreak Continues

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s rush to vaccinate its population has led to political bickering over the potential use of domestically produced COVID-19 inoculations.

May 29, 2021

Taiwan Confronts COVID-19 Outbreak, Accuses China of Blocking Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s government is attempting to recapture public trust amid its first large-scale community coronavirus outbreak.

May 28, 2021

Philippines Set to Receive Turkish-Made Attack Helicopters

By Nick Aspinwall
The United States reportedly approved export licenses for the helicopters, which are powered by American engines, earlier this month.

May 22, 2021

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Spike Threatens to Unravel Its Success Story

By Nick Aspinwall
While it’s not too late to turn the tide, Taiwan’s recent spike in coronavirus cases has revealed flaws in the island’s internationally lauded containment measures.

May 19, 2021

Duterte Threatens ‘All-Out Offensive’ After More Violence in Mindanao

By Nick Aspinwall
A recent spike in clashes is threatening a fragile peace between the Philippine government and Moro Muslims in Mindanao.
May 18, 2021

Taiwan Ordered to Address Forced Labor on Its Fishing Vessels

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s government has long resisted calls to address systemic labor abuse on its fishing boats, but it is now facing pressure from within.

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