Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei and an editor-at-large for Ketagalan Media. He reports on migration, the environment, labour rights, and the human consequences of regional geopolitics in East and Southeast Asia.
The killings in the Philippines grow more brazen
The recent murder of a well-known activist signals a turning point in the campaign to eliminate dissent.
Taiwan voters reject Beijing, but not populism
Tsai Ing-wen’s party used fear of Beijing to see off a weak opponent. She’ll have much to prove during her second term.
Martial law is lifted, but “state of emergency” persists in Mindanao
The role of the military on the strife-torn island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.
Can Taiwan’s President fend off a populist wave?
The next election is cast as a Clinton v Trump-like contest between a breezy populist and “adult in the room”.
Taiwan’s gay marriage law victory not an obvious win for its President
Passage of a historic law is unlikely to bolster Tsai Ing-wen in her struggle at the ballot box.
The high seas danger to workers in Taiwan’s fishing fleet
Alleged killings, fisherman lost and punishing work hours leave Taiwan’s lucrative fishing industry at risk of sanction.
In the Philippines, activists increasingly face a “living hell”
Victims of “red tagging,” or the false branding of activists as communist insurgents, can be fatal in the Philippines.