Taiwan

China, Vietnam and the Mekong Problem

China’s international rivers are becoming a focal point for contests over control of natural resources—and potentially international conflict.<p>China, in its powerful position as headwater nation, continues to actively promote hydropower development domestically and internationally. When downstream …

China

Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese

Andray Blatche, barring any injuries, will finally join Gilas Pilipinas in the next couple of days and will reinforce the Filipinos in their first …

Philippines

China asks US to properly handle issues regarding Taiwan - Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- China Friday urged the United States to properly handle issues regarding Taiwan, and not to have any official and …

News (China)

CARTOON: Taiwan Pulled from Climate Summit by Political Undertow

While EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan rowed into the waves of international negotiations, meeting with ministers outside the conference, he was ultimately left in the water when it came to entering the conference and affecting change within the system.<p>This is especially unfortunate as Taiwan is …

China

Shopping, Sleeping, and Not Driving Drunk: Taipei Startups to Watch Out For

With a slogan of <i>Let’s Rock the Island</i> one might expect startup festival MeetTaipei to be a somewhat raucous affair, but a quiet hum was more the measure of it on Friday morning. There were talks aplenty and people pitching on the various stages, plus startups at their stands willing to have a chat …

Chinese New Year

Taiwan delegate to national congress: 'I just told the truth'

Lu Li-an was confronted with a pointed question during last month's 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: "Now you have become a …

News (China)

The Best Way to See Taiwan’s Rugged Coast Is Slowly—and on a Bike

There comes a moment during every great endurance adventure when, no matter how fit you are, no matter how experienced, a simple, penetrating …

Google Maps

Here's a super-quick guide to what traders are talking about right now

Dave Lutz, head of ETFs at JonesTrading, has an overview of today's markets.<p>US stocks are rising on Thursday after several days of declines.<br>• European and Asian markets also gain.<p><b>Here's Lutz:</b><p>Good Morning! US Futures are in Rally mode as Commodity prices stabilizing, but Spoos are coming in off …

Markets

Global Entry Members Get E-Gate Access in Taiwan, with a Catch

Global Entry Members have another option for expedited access in a foreign country, in this case Taiwan. Unfortunately, there are some pretty …

Airports

China Open Superseries Premier: PV Sindhu breezes into quarter-finals on day of disappointments for India

The burden of flying the Indian Tricolor at the $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier badminton championships has fallen squarely on the shoulders …

Sports (India)

Behold the Sea Goddess: Matsu Worship, Tourism and Cross-Strait Relations

This summer, a statue of the goddess Matsu from Meizhou Island in China toured Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan in the name of religious exchange. As a once-repressed ‘feudal superstition’ – as it was officially labeled in Mao’s China – Matsu belief has been making a strong comeback.<p>In the late …

China

Can We Pull Taiwan Out of Its Identity Crisis?

Taiwan’s lack of upward mobility and corporate stagnation has left many friends and colleagues feeling disillusioned. Is it normal? Is there a way to escape?<p>One week after the passage of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals, News Director at Ketagalan Media and …

Silicon Valley

For Six Countries, Facebook's ‘Explore Feed’ Experiment Taking Its Toll on Media, NGOs and Political Groups

On October 19, 2017, Facebook began testing a new system for its newsfeed in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala and Cambodia.<p>In the experiment, Facebook users only see posts from their friends (alongside sponsored content) in their regular News Feed. Updates from news outlets, NGOs, …

Facebook

Say ‘nǐ hǎo’ to Duolingo’s new Mandarin language course for iOS and Android

Over 1 billion people worldwide speak Chinese as their native or second language, and that number is growing rapidly. Also growing is selection of …

Technology

Mainland to introduce more equality for Taiwan compatriots: spokesperson - Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland will continue to enable Taiwan compatriots on the mainland to enjoy equal treatment in terms of …

News (China)

US leads coal-gas-nuke panel at climate summit

On Nov. 13, Trump administration energy advisers along with coal, natural gas and nuclear power industry representatives conducted an hour-long panel at COP23 during which they prioritized international “energy security and economic development” above climate mitigation.<p>To those in the audience, …

Climate

Why Developing Nations Need Not Fear Automation

Fears of technology-induced unemployment have penetrated media headlines and policy discourse in both advanced and developing countries.<p>In 2017, economists Carl Frey and Michael Osborne concluded that 47 percent of jobs in the United States were at high risk of automation. A range of replications …

Intelligence

Q&A: MC Dallas Waldo Talks Rapping in Mandarin, Chinese Hip-Hop Politics

Ahead of Taiwan Hip-Hop Festival – the country's first outdoor event devoted to the genre– this weekend in Kaohsiung, 28-year-old Canadian rapper Dallas Waldo [阿龍] talks to <i>The News Lens International</i> about rapping in Mandarin, hip-hop culture in Taiwan and China, and the harshest disses he's dealt …

China

Taiwan says shut out of U.N. climate talks due to China pressure

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan said its environment minister has been prevented from attending an annual U.N. climate meeting even with credentials as a non-governmental participant due to pressure from China.<p>It represents the latest case of self-ruled Taiwan not being able to take part in an …

China

Hong Kong's Government Has a Strange Problem — Too Much Money

On Oct. 31, Hong Kong’s treasury published the government’s monthly financial position and the results were record-breaking — the government recorded a fiscal surplus in the first half of the financial year (FY) 17/18.<p>This is the first such surplus since 1999, when the government started publishing …

Hong Kong

Goodbye Confucius, Hello Matzu: Is Taiwan Becoming a Chinese-Language Education Hub?

The global craze to learn Chinese has moved in tandem with China’s rise, with the number of students surging since the mid-2000s. Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s five-year-old daughter Arabella has been part of the trend, enabling her to show off her Mandarin skills by singing and reciting …

China

Indonesia Opens its First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum

Indonesia’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art has opened its doors for a public, giving art enthusiasts the chance to view the works of Indonesian and international artists.<p>The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) holds nearly 800 paintings and …

Museums

Daring to Drone in Myanmar

Last week, a group of journalists were sentenced to two months in prison for flying drones in Myanmar, posing questions over the legality and feasibility of unmanned aerial photography in the country.<p>Like many legal matters in Myanmar, the situation is murky. Lawyers interviewed by local media …

Drones

New Global Smartphone Boom Gives Tech-Reliant Taiwan A Second Chance

Taiwanese officials worry so much that their technology-reliant island will lose competitiveness to the fast-maturing supply chain of China that they’re spending $358 million this year on a business park that’s supposed to foster sub-industries such as the Internet of things. But the existing tech …

Terry Gou

Pan-Asian destroyers on their way to World of Warships

MMO developers Wargaming have announced that a brand new branch of Pan-Asian Destroyers from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea are …

Military

DPP Bows to Big Business as Tsai Fails to Uphold Pledge to Protect Workers

New amendments to the Labor Standards Act (LSA) rubber stamped by the Executive Yuan last Thursday (Nov. 9) sliced open class divisions in Taiwanese society, pitting workers and their unions against corporate interests.<p>The new amendments, drawn up by a team led by Premier William Lai (賴清德) and now …

The Workplace

Global Climate Summit Dominated by Budget Cuts, Red Tape

As the first week of the Nov. 6-17 U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, drew towards a close, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada reiterated their commitment to increase financial help to developing countries to US$100 billion per year by 2020. But right now, the grants given for this …

Climate

Taiwan Cannot Develop Renewable Energy While Secretly Subsidizing Fossil Fuels

Taiwan plans to triple its renewable energy production to 20 percent by 2025 but carefully hidden subsidies threaten to keep Taiwan tied to coal, oil and gas.<p>Bringing this much green power online is a tough ask, even discounting a parallel commitment to draw down nuclear energy to zero from the …

Renewable Energy

REVIEW: Spectrosynthesis Exhibition: Is this Rainbow Fragmented?

There were lots of ethnic Chinese penises on display at “Spectrosynthesis - Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now.”<p>I didn’t mind that at all — at first.<p>The exhibit was framed as the first show to exhibit queer Asian art. Curated by Sean C.S Hu (胡朝聖) and backed by Hong Kong collector Patrick Sun and his …

Art

Trump's Asia Trip was Surprisingly Predictable

Any anticipation of the outcome of Donald Trump's Asian trip was blurry, for the president’s temper has shown to be unpredictable.<p>His rhetoric towards China was aggressive, and he ridiculed the PRC’s stance on climate change as a hoax. In recent weeks, his tone towards the North Korean leadership …

China