Content owners urge the blocking of China-based websites that host a huge variety of unlicensed programming free of charge. Online piracy of television programs remains rampant in Taiwan in the absence of a mechanism to block offending websites, which are largely based in mainland China. A Chinese-language search on Google for “free Taiwanese TV programs”…

Anti-nuclear sentiment has been matched by enthusiasm for renewable energy and efforts to help combat global climate change. On June 15, the Legislative Yuan passed the landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act (GGRMA), clearly confirming Taiwan’s commitment to the fight against global climate change. The bill, which had been pending in the legislature since…

The annual talks under the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) provide an invaluable platform for high-level dialogue on relevant issues in the interest of further strengthening the bilateral economic relationship. The Taiwan delegation to these TIFA Council meetings is headed by a Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and the American side by a…

From her base in Washington, D.C., Xiaobing Feng, regional manager for Asia of The Advocacy Center under the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, recently spent several weeks in Taiwan looking at opportunities for increased participation by American companies in Taiwan’s government procurement. In 2014, U.S. companies won 179 contracts worth US$276 million out of…

Should dishwashing detergent be governed by the food safety law? Should marketing surveys for cosmetics require approval by an independent review board? Through the annual Taiwan White Paper and other channels, AmCham Taipei has sought to call attention to laws and regulations that, while well-intended, have the inadvertent consequence of impairing Taiwan’s economic competitiveness and…