tirsdag 31. august 2021

Facing China 'Squeeze', Taiwan Launches English-Language News Platform

Taiwan launched a new English-language news and media streaming platform on Monday aiming to give it a greater voice on the world stage and help to tackle Beijing's "squeeze" of the Chinese-claimed island on the world stage.

Taiwan+, backed by T$775 million ($28 million) in government funding, will broadcast content online focusing on news, as well as features about Taiwan, from food and tourism to culture and technology. President Tsai Ing-wen, in a recorded message to the launch party at a Taipei museum, said Taiwan needed a platform to highlight to the world the island's diversity, democratic achievements and aspiration to contribute to the international community.

"It is our own international media platform, a key part of our collective effort to show what Taiwan has to offer," she said.

Taiwan+'s founding comes at a time when China is increasingly active in English-language media, putting across the ruling Communist Party's views to an outside audience, especially via state television's English language news channel China Global Television Network, or CGTN.