About TASC

TASC Taiwan Asia Strategy Consulting provides corporate and other organizations with an economics advisory and forecasting service and customized research – along with a program of peer group sessions delivering timely business information and expert opinion in an interactive environment.

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The TBLF program and the coronavirus pandemic

After postponing our kick-off 2020 session in February and also the one due on 26 March (no notification issued for that), we will probably set a date in late April to get under way, with the notification landing in your in-box in the last week of this month, March. That will depend on the situation here in Taiwan remaining calm yet vigilant; should there soon be a flare-up in the number of people infected beyond its present moderate 59 (as of 16 March), we might well then have to think again. We will of course be taking the usual practical precautions – temperature screening on entry as well as hand sanitizing; and I have been assured that our usual venue’s owner
won’t mandate wearing a mask – although certainly anybody who wants to, can. But I am heartened to see other business-related events scheduled in the coming weeks, two such being the All-Chamber Spring Happy Hour on 16 April and the CCIFT (French Chamber) 2020 General Assembly on 9 April.

We aim to keep you informed

Meanwhile we will shortly be sending to our closer TBLF community an update on Taiwan’s economic outlook in its global, regional and local context, along with comment on the economic fallout from Covid-19; plus a piece by Ross Feingold to bring us up to speed on recent happenings in the ROC’s internal and external politics.

Our new intern…

...is Cindel Baudin, the latest of several such young, mainly French people from prestigious universities, who is also French and a graduate student on a Master’s program in Chinese language and culture at Paris Diderot University. She will principally be helping compile research-based content for the TBLF series of peer group forums; and, inter alia,with establishing a coherent presence for it online and in the major social media. Actually, Cindel has already spent some months here as an exchange student at Shi Da and understands why we foreigners from the far corners of the world like so much to live here.

Last Event – Thursday 21 November 2019

2020 Vision: the Policies, the People, the Prospects

A thought-provoking heads-up on the forthcoming general election

An interactive dialogue led by

Raymond R. Wu J.D. Ph.D.
Co-founder & CEO – e-telligence Research & Consulting Group

With Q&A and peer group discussion to follow.

Plus…briefing/update on Taiwan’s economic and political outlook
Political comment provided by Ross Feingold

This session was largely devoted to Taiwan’s forthcoming presidential and legislative elections, due to take place on 11 January 2020. Hence our title 2020 Vision: and I think we enabled our participants to see pretty clearly how they might play out. What we did not quite see was how emphatic would be President Tsai’s victory in her bid for a second and final term
in office. Not everybody’s preferred outcome, but at least we know in what general direction Taiwan’s political economy will be heading over the next four years.

For more information, call Michael on 0927 707 868 or send an email at michael@economist.com.tw



Joanna Cheng, November 25, 2018


MSF Report Close-Up, November 25, 2018


Michael Boyden, November 25, 2018


Peer Group, November 25, 2018


Ross Feingold, 31 May 2018


Thomas McGowan, April 28, 2017


Ross Feingold, March 24, 2017


Michael Boyden, March 24, 2017


Raymond J. Wu, Ph.D., March 24, 2017