Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has developed several herbal formulas that traditional Chinese medicine doctors say are effective in treating COVID-19. The most prominent of these is Taiwan Chingguan Yihau (NRICM101), marketed under the name Respire Aid and developed by Taiwan’s National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine (NRICM). The treatment is made up of ten…

To capture a greater share of the booming digital assets business, Taiwan needs more comprehensive regulation and proactive government support for the industry. During his four years in office, former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Jason Hsu spoke of turning Taiwan into a “crypto nation.” It was always a long shot; the island’s financial services…

Taiwan’s first two virtual banks have quickly accumulated customers, and the market is expanding with a third such bank on the way. But Taiwan’s oversaturated banking market will likely require that the digital lenders adopt new tactics and technologies to become truly competitive. Taiwan’s financial industry is known for its conservatism. Firms and regulators alike…

The highly transmissible Omicron variant poses clear risks that must be managed, but a roadmap for reopening is still needed. The capricious coronavirus is full of unpleasant surprises, the latest being the ultra-transmissible Omicron variant that threatens to upend Taiwan’s mostly COVID-free existence. With around 18,000 total recorded cases and 850 deaths as of mid-January,…

After surviving the harrowing mid-2021 local COVID-19 outbreak, the capital’s foreign restaurateurs are cautiously optimistic about the coming year. Herban Kitchen was having a stellar 2021. With Taiwan a safe haven from pandemic-induced turmoil, the Taipei vegetarian restaurant hit a three-year sales high in early May. Not only were regulars packing the restaurant, but veggie-loving…

Booming exports, especially ICT products, are driving demand for industrial plots of land, factories, and logistics facilities to a new high. Ever since the U.S.-China trade dispute began, demand for industrial real estate in Taiwan has been ticking up. Demand strengthened with the launch of the Tsai Ing-wen administration’s reshoring initiative in 2019, which offers…