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Nick Aspinwall

Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei. He is a news editor at The News Lens International, a Taipei-based online media startup. He reports on migration, the environment, labor rights, and the human consequences of cross-strait politics. Follow him on Twitter @Nick1Aspinwall

How Direct Democracy Went Nuclear in Taiwan
January 18, 2019
How Direct Democracy Went Nuclear in Taiwan
A contentious vote on Taiwan’s nuclear future showed how the country’s public referendums went haywire.
How Direct Democracy Went Nuclear in Taiwan
Taiwan’s Newly Reshuffled Cabinet Looks a Lot Like Its Old Cabinet
January 17, 2019
Taiwan’s Newly Reshuffled Cabinet Looks a Lot Like Its Old Cabinet
Premier William Lai has vacated his post after the DPP’s crushing regional election defeat, but most of Taiwan’s ministers are staying on.
Taiwan’s Newly Reshuffled Cabinet Looks a Lot Like Its Old Cabinet
Taiwan and Southeast Asia Have a ‘People-Centric’ Exchange Problem
January 10, 2019
Taiwan and Southeast Asia Have a ‘People-Centric’ Exchange Problem
The New Southbound Policy promotes mutual study and tourism with neighbors. However, two recent cases suggest it is being exploited.
Taiwan and Southeast Asia Have a ‘People-Centric’ Exchange Problem
Xi Says Taiwan ‘Must’ Unify With China as Tsai Unveils Her Own ‘Four Musts’
January 02, 2019
Xi Says Taiwan ‘Must’ Unify With China as Tsai Unveils Her Own ‘Four Musts’
The leaders of China and Taiwan just presented starkly divergent paths to improving cross-strait relations.
Xi Says Taiwan ‘Must’ Unify With China as Tsai Unveils Her Own ‘Four Musts’
Taiwan’s African Swine Fever Response Stirs Cross-Strait Tensions
December 27, 2018
Taiwan’s African Swine Fever Response Stirs Cross-Strait Tensions
Taiwan and China cannot agree on information sharing to mutually combat a severe viral outbreak.
Taiwan’s African Swine Fever Response Stirs Cross-Strait Tensions
Taipei-Shanghai Forum Puts Ko Wen-je’s China Views Into Focus
December 20, 2018
Taipei-Shanghai Forum Puts Ko Wen-je’s China Views Into Focus
City-to-city cross-strait exchanges circumvent the national DPP and appear to be popular among Taiwan’s incoming mayors.
Taipei-Shanghai Forum Puts Ko Wen-je’s China Views Into Focus
‘Grave Concern’ as Cambodia Deports Taiwanese Alleged Scammers to China
December 15, 2018
‘Grave Concern’ as Cambodia Deports Taiwanese Alleged Scammers to China
The deportations raise questions about Taiwan’s ability to participate in joint investigations with Asian trade partners.
‘Grave Concern’ as Cambodia Deports Taiwanese Alleged Scammers to China
Taiwan’s Direct Democracy Experiment Stumbles at the Polls
December 06, 2018
Taiwan’s Direct Democracy Experiment Stumbles at the Polls
In 2017, the ruling DPP reformed the Referendum Act. The first referendum votes under the new act did not go smoothly.
Taiwan’s Direct Democracy Experiment Stumbles at the Polls
Taiwan’s Voters Have Dealt a Brutal Blow to the Ruling DPP
November 28, 2018
Taiwan’s Voters Have Dealt a Brutal Blow to the Ruling DPP
The KMT rode a “blue wave” in an election more about local concerns than the influence of China or the U.S.
Taiwan’s Voters Have Dealt a Brutal Blow to the Ruling DPP
Taiwan Set to Decide on Banishing Its ‘Chinese Taipei’ Olympic Moniker
November 21, 2018
Taiwan Set to Decide on Banishing Its ‘Chinese Taipei’ Olympic Moniker
The IOC warned against the upcoming referendum, which has sparked Beijing's wrath and galvanized supporters of independence.
Taiwan Set to Decide on Banishing Its ‘Chinese Taipei’ Olympic Moniker
What Taiwan’s Upcoming Elections Will Tell Us About Its Future
November 13, 2018
What Taiwan’s Upcoming Elections Will Tell Us About Its Future
The vote is set to serve as a referendum on Tsai Ing-wen’s anti-China stance. Challengers are picking up steam.
What Taiwan’s Upcoming Elections Will Tell Us About Its Future
Is Taiwan’s Drive to Legalize Gay Marriage Descending Into Chaos?
November 06, 2018
Is Taiwan’s Drive to Legalize Gay Marriage Descending Into Chaos?
With contradictory referendums set to hit November ballots, LGBTQ advocates are critical of President Tsai for not acting sooner.
Is Taiwan’s Drive to Legalize Gay Marriage Descending Into Chaos?
Taiwan: The Frontline of the Disinformation Wars
November 01, 2018
Taiwan: The Frontline of the Disinformation Wars
Shaken by a recent viral falsehood, Taiwan’s online ecosystem is repairing its democratic defense mechanisms.
Taiwan: The Frontline of the Disinformation Wars
6 Km From China, Taiwan's Kinmen Charts Its Own Path
September 04, 2018
6 Km From China, Taiwan's Kinmen Charts Its Own Path
As Taiwan pushes to distance itself from China, Kinmen Island wants to build a bridge to Xiamen and “become a peninsula.”
6 Km From China, Taiwan's Kinmen Charts Its Own Path
Taiwan's Silent Forest Wars
July 18, 2018
Taiwan's Silent Forest Wars
The fight to save Taiwan's endangered trees is ensnaring migrant workers – but at the expense of the real criminals?
Taiwan's Silent Forest Wars
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