Thank you so much.
In the final ex-beneficiary...
What’s the argument against releasing this information? What’s the argument against, say, there’s some company in the Cayman Islands and you’ve done...?
Have you come across anything in part of that push that was...?
This arrangement, have you come across anything that intersects with money laundering or anti-money-laundering, because I know Taiwan has, ever since the Mega Financial got fined two years ago, Taiwan has at least made efforts to...
These are publicly listed companies. There’s a certain level of transparency they’re supposed to have, but you try and call people and, they absolutely won’t talk to you. Like company spokesmen, this position, you can never get a hold of these [laughs] people. There’s a very guarded but also very ...
One of the main things we have to do is we have to write about company earnings, financial results, and just trying to get them to say, "OK, we are going to announce them at this time, on this date," absolutely impossible.
That’s absolutely fascinating. One thing on the transparency side, talking about companies, a lot of companies in Taiwan are very untransparent, and it’s a constant struggle for us when we...
What changes with that?
It depends how tied up they are with our friends from the military.
Sending it to the legislation and then...?
AI mobility sandbox. That’s very interesting. It’s next week, you were saying.
Is there anything coming up, any initiatives? You mentioned, is it AI sandbox?
I always find it funny how attacked many men feel if you talk about women’s issues. When men feel attacked by this, I’m like, "What are you talking about that angry?"
I heard it.
No, I don’t know that. I’d love to.
That’s quite high for Asia. [laughs] Japan and South Korea are at one or two percent. Hong Kong’s a bit better than Taiwan.
Yeah, and senior management. Actually, right now, Taiwan is in about 10 percent of all board positions.
This advocates for getting a minimum of 30 percent of companies on the main stock exchange to have 30 percent of their board positions taken by women.
For us, there’s the 30 Percent Club, I’m not sure if you’ve heard about it, in London. It started in London...
Before he came he was like, "I want to look at some recent comments and some recent news about, where does Taiwan stand?" I asked our team here of reporters, "Have you seen anything recently about...?" "It’s not a conversation in Taiwan." I’ve been looking for people who are writing ...
Our chairman, Peter Grauer, he came to Taiwan last September. He did a conference on corporate governance. One of the things he really advocates for is women on company boards.
I think a lot of news organizations, we haven’t done it, but want to do a story about being Taiwan’s first woman President and she’s like, "No, I’m not talking about it. I’m the President of Taiwan, I’m not a woman President of Taiwan. I will not talk to you." ...
We work together on trying to...We see one problem within our organization and so we try hard to rectify that. One thing we can do is at least make women more visible and more prominent and normalize that if you’re talking about stock markets or economies that it’s a woman ...
Where is it published, is it published?
That’s fine, that’s fine, I read Chinese.
Where is it? A running column? Is it published?
Would you at some point in the future, I don’t know when, we’d have to prepare, be willing to do an interview, just a chat like this?
This is interesting. I’m just thinking, this would be a great story to do.
Do you see what you’re doing as the antidote to that pushing it in the progressive liberal direction rather than another potential antidote which at least people feel is moving back into authoritarianism?
You could say, talking about a broader question right now that there is a bit of a challenge to traditional bigger democracies around the world right now that you see in the bigger democracies, maybe, US some steps back or some cynicism about the benefits of democracy.
This is fascinating stuff, I have to say. [laughs]
That’s very interesting.
Sure. Deliberately so, I think. [laughs]
I see, this is something that previously was not published.
Budgets are published anyway, right? We get a book. You can go to the Ministry of National Defense and get that...
Yeah, I’m sure.
Certainly, this year it’s become...Maybe the last couple of years, actually, right?
All of this is open data, like the websites and all that somewhere where you can get them?
Explain to me this project.
That really would be radical.
It sounds incredible.
What kind of issues do people usually bring up with you when you’re there on Wednesdays? Is it just all kinds of complaints directed toward the government or are there certain kinds of complaints that come up often?