Miao Zong-Han

Miao Zong-Han

Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao

Miao Zong-Han joined Lianhe Zaobao's China Desk in 2022 and is based in Taiwan. Prior to joining Lianhe Zaobao, he worked as a journalist at a mainstream Taiwanese media for over six years during which he was stationed in Beijing for some time covering Chinese politics, economics, society, and cross-strait relations.

The “kemusan dance competition” at Ningxia Night Market in Taipei, in January 2024. (SPH Media)

[Big read] Will Taiwan ban TikTok and Douyin for fear of mainland China's influence?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Miao Zong-Han notes that as TikTok and Douyin grow in popularity in Taiwan, there are concerns about mainland China’s influence in terms of cultural invasion. Is this really a "subtle" way to guide society towards eventual reunification, or is it just pure entertainment for young people?
Campaign posters for various legislative member candidates in Taipei, Taiwan, on 27 December 2023. Next month Taiwan holds presidential and legislature elections. (An Rong Xu/Bloomberg)

DPP and KMT: Who will be the largest political party in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan?

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han notes that even if the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) stays in office after the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, it may be outnumbered in the Legislative Yuan. This would have implications for the advancement of cross-strait dialogue.
Pedestrians walk down a shopping street in Taipei, Taiwan, on 6 December 2023. (Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg)

[Big read] No cross-strait policy to appease all parties in Taiwan's presidential race

As the Taiwan presidential election day nears, Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han takes a look at the three presidential hopefuls, their stances and how the voters are responding. Meanwhile, cross-strait tensions will be high even after the election results, as major powers will attempt to influence the content of the new president’s inaugural address.
China's Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives for a news conference after the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 15 March 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Netizens and scholars react to Li Keqiang's sudden death

The sudden death of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang from a heart attack at the age of 68 has prompted an outpouring of shock, as well as tributes in the form of videos about his life and work, as well as quotes. Lianhe Zaobao journalists Chen Jing and Miao Zong-Han look back on Li's career and give a sense of the reactions to his passing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, on 18 October 2023. (Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via Reuters)

Russia’s reliance on China is growing, but will China benefit?

The outside world predicts that China and Russia are set to demonstrate a “no limits” relationship and join hands to counteract the US and its Western alliance. However, China seems to be gaining dominance in China-Russia relations as Moscow is trying to strengthen its already deep economic, military and energy cooperation with Beijing. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk and journalist Miao Zong-Han tell us more.
A man rides a bike past an installation of the logo of the Belt and Road Forum along a street in Beijing, China, on 15 October 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Ten years of the BRI: Raising China’s speaking rights amid geopolitical and debt risks

While China promotes its BRI to developing countries, these countries are often at risk of a poor economy, political instability and other domestic problems. This means that even as China’s influence is growing, the final result may be less than ideal, says Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han.
Armed vehicles and Taiwan military soldiers attend the annual Han Kuang anti-landing drill at Bali beach, New Taipei City, Taiwan, on 27 July 2023. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

Declaration of ‘Taiwan independence’ could start a war in the Taiwan Strait

During a recent geopolitics conference in Taipei, experts weighed in on the Taiwan Strait situation, assessing that political factors are more likely than military factors to trigger a war. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han tells us more about what the experts said.
A worker welding metal at a factory in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, on 15 July 2023. (AFP)

[Big read] Taiwanese businesses' declining interest in mainland China

After the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese economy faces arduous challenges and the Chinese government is trying its best to attract foreign businesses and investors. While Taiwanese business owners are obvious targets, China is only looking to attract Taiwanese companies of strategic value, specifically those in info-communications and machinery manufacturing. At the same time, Taiwanese business owners have become more guarded about investing in the mainland due to growing internal and external uncertainties. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han speaks with industry experts to find out more.
Former Olympic gold medalist Ding Ning in action with a student from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, on 17 July 2023. (CNS)

The cautious restarting of cross-strait academic exchanges

Cultural and academic exchanges between Taiwan and mainland China have restarted since being suspended due to the three-year-long pandemic. While official coordination of these exchanges are proving to be difficult to resume, it remains a priority, in particular for the mainland side. On the Taiwan side, wary of interference ahead of the Taiwan election, relevant authorities are tightening the scrutiny of mainlanders visiting Taiwan. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han tells us more.