Consideration of the economic outlook for 2016 also has to take the upcoming presidential and legislative elections into account. President Ma Ying-jeou was elected in 2008 on a platform of reinvigorating Taiwan’s economy and cooling tensions in the Taiwan Strait through unprecedented cross-Strait trade agreements. But after his reelection in 2012, public confidence in the…

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Despite flat-rate data packages pinching the margins of telecom operators and creating network congestion, Taiwanese consumers are still signing up for 4G in droves. Dony Wang is underwhelmed by Taiwan’s 4G LTE service. The project manager for a Taipei-based clean-energy company purchased an iPhone 6 for his wife last fall. Since then, his wife has…

Taiwan medical tourism is becoming increasingly popular, especially with Chinese patients. But is prioritizing tourists a misuse of medical resources? Since 2009 when the Executive Yuan designated medical tourism as one of six “emerging industries” earmarked for development, the government has annually set aside budget to promote Taiwan medical tourism abroad as a method for healthcare treatment….