Taiwan and Australia: She’ll be right, mate?

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From Taipei: One of the first things that struck me about Taiwan is that I felt like I was in Cairns. The monsoon rain, the dark skies… You are wet, but you are also hot and sweating and you just have to settle into it. It’s a good thing the local drop is good and cheap, as any Aussie who as lived in Australia’s north would appreciate.

After travelling from Shanghai to Seoul to Taipei in succession, it took a few days to work out which apps I could use to navigate and pay for food, and which language I should use for the normal courtesies. Restrictions in each country require one to be flexible. It was certainly a journey along a spectrum from the highly regulated to the less regulated society.

While the two Koreas seem to be further away than ever from ‘reunification’, the threat to Taiwan is the opposite: reunification itself.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationThe Spectator Australia
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2024


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