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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

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
April 18, 2019
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
Gou’s entry into Taiwan’s 2020 presidential race further clutters a field packed with larger-than-life personalities.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Says a Sea Goddess Has Told Him to Run for President
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
April 13, 2019
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan will lead a delegation to Taipei next week, continuing celebrations of the Taiwan Relations Act.
High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
April 05, 2019
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen slammed a “provocative” encroachment of Chinese aircraft.
Taiwan Vows ‘Forceful Expulsion’ of Chinese Fighters Flying in Taiwanese Airspace
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
March 29, 2019
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
President Tsai Ing-wen visited Taiwan’s Pacific diplomatic allies, while Han Kuo-yu stopped in Hong Kong, Macau, and China.
Taiwan’s Presidential Frontrunners Just Tested Very Different Foreign Waters
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
March 21, 2019
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
The candidacy of William Lai, a supporter of Taiwanese independence, is a stunning challenge to the more centrist Tsai administration.
Taiwan’s Presidential Race Has a Surprise Contender: Tsai Ing-wen's Former Premier
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
March 15, 2019
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
The populist mayor of Kaohsiung is a cultural phenomenon who looks set to make his presence known in Taiwan’s presidential race.
Taiwan Is Swept by the ‘Han Wave’
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
March 06, 2019
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
KMT chairman Wu Den-yih’s idea of a cross-strait peace agreement did not go over well.
KMT’s Cross-Strait Peace Treaty Idea Sparks Controversy in Taiwan
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
February 28, 2019
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
Advocates say the bill is a positive step, but contains major shortcomings that prevent it from truly enshrining equality.
Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
February 20, 2019
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
3 Vietnamese workers lost their lives in Taiwan’s third fatal factory fire in the past 14 months.
Taiwan Suffers Yet Another Fatal Factory Fire, Igniting Familiar Labor Issues
Invite to President Tsai From US Senators Met With Cautious Skepticism in Taiwan
February 15, 2019
Invite to President Tsai From US Senators Met With Cautious Skepticism in Taiwan
Prominent observers and scholars are worried now is not the time to push for a radical paradigm shift in the unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relationship.
Invite to President Tsai From US Senators Met With Cautious Skepticism in Taiwan
Taiwan Grants Entry to Chinese Asylum Seekers But Questions Surround Its Refugee Policy
February 09, 2019
Taiwan Grants Entry to Chinese Asylum Seekers But Questions Surround Its Refugee Policy
The two Chinese asylum seekers spent 125 days in limbo, highlighting issues in Taiwan's approach to refugees.
Taiwan Grants Entry to Chinese Asylum Seekers But Questions Surround Its Refugee Policy
China Flies Aircraft Close to Taiwan After Taiwan Launches Live-Fire Drills
January 24, 2019
China Flies Aircraft Close to Taiwan After Taiwan Launches Live-Fire Drills
The moves come shortly after Xi told Chinese troops to prepare for war, kicking off a potentially volatile 2019.
China Flies Aircraft Close to Taiwan After Taiwan Launches Live-Fire Drills
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?
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