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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 14, 2019

Taiwan’s Han Kuo-yu Picks Running Mate as Scandals, Controversies Swirl

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu announced former premier Chang San-cheng as his vice presidential pick, while controversial comments and property acquisition scandals hamper his campaign.

November 09, 2019

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s ruling DPP rejected China’s offer of incentives to Taiwanese nationals, while the opposition KMT welcomed the move.
October 24, 2019

Taiwan and Hong Kong Spar Over Fate of Recently Freed Murder Suspect

By Nick Aspinwall
Hong Kong and Taiwan disagree on how to handle the potential return of Chan Tong-kai, wanted for murder in Taiwan.

October 17, 2019

U.S. Congressman Accuses China of ‘Visa Blackmail’ Due to Planned Taiwan Visit

By Nick Aspinwall
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney said Beijing denied visas to a U.S. congressional delegation due to their plans to also visit Taiwan.

October 10, 2019

Taiwan’s Human Rights Miracle Does Not Extend to Its Southeast Asian Foreign Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
Recent incidents affecting Southeast Asian foreign workers muddy Taiwan’s claims as a regional guarantor of human rights. 

October 02, 2019

Taiwan Condemns Attack on Hong Kong Activist Denise Ho and Destroyed Lennon Walls

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan officials denounced an attack on Denise Ho in Taipei and said it would deport Chinese nationals who deface Lennon Walls.
September 26, 2019

Taiwan Loses 2 Diplomatic Allies, Wins US Support Ahead of Crucial Presidential Election

By Nick Aspinwall
The diplomatic defections of Kiribati and the Solomon Islands were followed by a strong statement of U.S. support for Taiwan.

September 18, 2019

Taiwan Warns Against Travel to China, Hong Kong After Detention of Taiwanese Nationals

By Nick Aspinwall
Over 1 million Taiwanese nationals could be living or working in China, which remains Taiwan’s largest trading partner.

September 10, 2019

Taiwan Hosts Top Solomon Islands Official Amid Reports of a Diplomatic Switch to Beijing

By Nick Aspinwall
Solomon islands foreign minister visits Taipei days after a report said a diplomatic switch to Beijing was imminent.

September 07, 2019

Taiwan President Sues Scholars for Alleging Her Doctorate Degree is Fake

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai Ing-wen is taking legal action against unsubstantiated questioning of the veracity of her diploma as she heads into her bid for re-election.

August 31, 2019

Terry Gou May Run for Taiwan’s President. What Does His Foxconn Record Tell Us?

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s richest man is reportedly ready to declare his candidacy. Would he run the country like he ran his corporate empire?
August 30, 2019

Chennai’s ‘Man-Made’ Water Crisis

By Nick Aspinwall
The upcoming monsoon may end the immediate crisis, but the city’s serious infrastructure problems will be back.

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