Taiwan, US stage GCTF workshop on good energy governance

The Workshop on Good Energy Governance in the Indo-Pacific held under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework kicked off Nov. 20 in Taipei City.   Jointly organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and Australian Office Taipei, the … Continue reading “Taiwan, US stage GCTF workshop on good energy governance”

Tsai lauds 40 years of Taiwan-Tuvalu ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 20 that she looks forward to building on Taiwan and Tuvalu’s 40 years of friendship, pledging to deepen exchanges with the Pacific ally across the board as part of the government’s efforts advancing sustainable development in the region.   Tsai made the remarks during a meeting with Simon Kofe, Tuvalu’s … Continue reading “Tsai lauds 40 years of Taiwan-Tuvalu ties”

Taiwan joins US Coast Guard Qualship 21 program

Taiwan is officially part of the Qualship 21 program overseen by the U.S. Coast Guard, reflecting global recognition of efforts by the local commercial fleet in promoting safe, secure and environmentally sound maritime navigation.   The country is one of 27 flag administrations meeting all requirements for full participation in the initiative alongside such members … Continue reading “Taiwan joins US Coast Guard Qualship 21 program”

Taiwan climbs 7 spots to 20th in IMD World Talent Ranking

Taiwan moved up seven spots to 20th in the latest World Talent Ranking published Nov. 18 by Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development.   The country finished fifth in the Asia-Pacific ahead of Malaysia, 22nd; South Korea, 33rd; Japan, 35th; Indonesia, 41st; China, 42nd; Thailand, 43rd; and the Philippines, 49th. It trailed Singapore, 10th; Hong … Continue reading “Taiwan climbs 7 spots to 20th in IMD World Talent Ranking”

Taiwan-UK renewable energy conference wraps up in Taipei

Taiwan-U.K. Renewable Energy Conference wrapped up Nov. 15 in Taipei City, underscoring the effectiveness of government efforts in fast-tracking the country’s offshore wind power development while deepening cooperation with a key global industry partner.   Organized by Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and British Office Taipei, the daylong event was attended … Continue reading “Taiwan-UK renewable energy conference wraps up in Taipei”

Taichung to grace pages of Michelin Guide in 2020

Renowned foodie paradise Taichung City in central Taiwan will grace the pages of the 2020 Michelin Guide Taipei, further raising the country’s profile on the global gourmet stage.   The announcement, made by the publisher at a news conference Nov. 14 in Taipei City, was welcomed by attendees Lin Chia-lung, minister of transportation and communications; … Continue reading “Taichung to grace pages of Michelin Guide in 2020”

MOFA co-produced TV show set to air in India

The first episode of a TV program showcasing Taiwan’s diverse economy, society and culture is set to air at 8 p.m. on India’s Zee TV Nov. 16.   Co-produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the show is part of a series themed “Embracing Taiwan” made in partnership with regional broadcasters in New Southbound Policy … Continue reading “MOFA co-produced TV show set to air in India”

Tsai welcomes Japan’s new chief representative, reiterates commitment to joining CPTPP

President Tsai Ing-wen met with Hiroyasu Izumi, new chief representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Nov. 14 at the Presidential Office in Taipei City, pledging to continue fostering deeper relations between the two like-minded partners.   Cooperation and trade ties between the countries have gone from strength to strength over the past three years, with … Continue reading “Tsai welcomes Japan’s new chief representative, reiterates commitment to joining CPTPP”

NCKU Tainan’s chronic kidney disease solution wins iGEM gold

An innovative solution for chronic kidney disease developed by a team from Tainan City-based National Cheng Kung University in southern Taiwan is winner of gold at the recently staged International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston.   The solution manages p-Cresol accumulation stemming from CKD with a two-pronged approach utilizing NCKU-developed CreSolve and CreSense. The … Continue reading “NCKU Tainan’s chronic kidney disease solution wins iGEM gold”

President Tsai praises Taiwan’s offshore wind power development

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 12 that the government is fast-tracking development of the local wind power industry as part of efforts to realize renewable targets and transform Taiwan into a green-energy homeland.   Offshore wind farm Formosa 1 is an outstanding achievement, Tsai said. It will play an important role in further promoting industrial … Continue reading “President Tsai praises Taiwan’s offshore wind power development”

Taiwan film festival set to kick off in Los Angeles

The third Taiwanese American Film Festival is set to kick off Nov. 16 at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles, showcasing six of the latest productions from Taiwan’s up-and-coming filmmakers.   Organized by U.S.-based organization Taiwanese American Professionals and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Taiwan Academy under Taipei Economic and Cultural Office … Continue reading “Taiwan film festival set to kick off in Los Angeles”

VP Chen eyes closer cooperation on regional security, crime-fighting

Taiwan is willing and able to work even closer with like-minded partners in tackling shared challenges relating to regional security and crime-fighting, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen Nov. 12.   The country’s engagement on such issues with the international community is characterized by dignity, equality and reciprocity, Chen said. As such, the government will … Continue reading “VP Chen eyes closer cooperation on regional security, crime-fighting”

French filmmaker granted citizenship for work showcasing Taiwan

French filmmaker Jean-Robert Thomann has officially been granted ROC (Taiwan) citizenship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to documenting the country.   A Taiwan-France Cultural Awards winner last year, 48-year-old Thomann was awarded for his catalog of films showcasing the country’s traditional cultural and social landscapes.   Inspired by prominent Taiwan directors like Hou Hsiao-hsien, … Continue reading “French filmmaker granted citizenship for work showcasing Taiwan”

MOE to honor winners of Taiwan International Student Design Competition

Winners of the Taiwan International Student Design Competition will be honored at special presentation ceremony organized by the Ministry of Education Dec. 6 in Taipei City.   A total of 74 designs selected from a 21,988-strong field produced by 810 universities in 66 countries and territories are to be recognized with certificates and prizes for … Continue reading “MOE to honor winners of Taiwan International Student Design Competition”

Tsai reaffirms commitment to Taiwan-US ties  

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 11 that Taiwan will continue enhancing cooperation with the U.S. and other like-minded partners to protect its democratic values and way of life while further contributing to the global rules-based order.   Relations between Taiwan and the U.S. have gone from strength to strength recently, as evidenced by this year’s … Continue reading “Tsai reaffirms commitment to Taiwan-US ties  “

President Tsai vows to boost Taiwan’s contribution to global health care

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 8 that Taiwan will boost contributions to global health care via expanded cooperation and exchanges with world-class organizations such as American Medical Association.   Epidemic prevention, medical care and public health transcend national boundaries, as health is a basic human right and universal value, Tsai said. Taiwan and its physicians … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to boost Taiwan’s contribution to global health care”

Taiwan successfully stages 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters

The fourth World Conference of Women’s Shelters wrapped up Nov. 8 in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City, spotlighting the country’s role as a leader in advancing gender equality and ending violence against women and girls.   Hosted by New Taipei City-based Garden of Hope Foundation and organized by Netherlands-headquartered Global Network of Women’s Shelters, the four-day … Continue reading “Taiwan successfully stages 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters”

MOFA awards winners of Trending Taiwan Short Film Competition

Winners of the Trending Taiwan Short Film Competition, an annual competition organized by the Department of International Information Services under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were awarded at a ceremony Nov. 6 in Taipei City.   The fifth edition of the event, which seeks to share eye-catching and heartwarming aspects of Taiwan and its society … Continue reading “MOFA awards winners of Trending Taiwan Short Film Competition”

Cyber exercise co-organized by Taiwan and US gets underway in Taipei

The first ever Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercise got underway Nov. 4 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s resistance to cyberattacks and sharing expertise with like-minded partners.   Co-organized by the Cabinet-level Department of Cyber Security and American Institute in Taiwan, the five-day event includes officials and experts from a … Continue reading “Cyber exercise co-organized by Taiwan and US gets underway in Taipei”

Team Taiwan defeats Venezuela in Premier 12 baseball tournament

Team Taiwan defeated Venezuela 3-0 in Group B of the Premier 12 Baseball Championship Nov. 6 in the central city of Taichung, moving a step closer to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.   Starting pitcher Chang Yi, a rookie sensation with the Orix Buffaloes professional baseball team in Japan, collected six strikeouts … Continue reading “Team Taiwan defeats Venezuela in Premier 12 baseball tournament”

Tsai spotlights Taiwan’s gender equality progress at World Conference of Women’s Shelters

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 5 that the government is leaving no stone unturned in promoting gender equality while making Taiwan a more free and safe country for women and girls.   Safeguarding women’s rights remains a top government priority, Tsai said. Real progress is being made in eliminating gender-based discrimination and raising awareness of … Continue reading “Tsai spotlights Taiwan’s gender equality progress at World Conference of Women’s Shelters”

NCKU research project advances sustainable aquaculture in Taiwan

A water quality monitoring project implemented by National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, is assisting local farmers adapt to climate change and promoting sustainable development of the country’s aquaculture sector.   Developed under NCKU’s Implementation Plan Adapted to Environmental Change in Tainan Coastal Area (IMPACT), the project employs big data to analyze … Continue reading “NCKU research project advances sustainable aquaculture in Taiwan”

President Tsai touts NATMA role in Taiwan-US ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Nov. 4 that the North American Taiwanese Medical Association has played a crucial role in furthering Taiwan-U.S. ties.   NATMA has consistently been a leader in the Taiwan expatriate community in the U.S, Tsai said. This has placed it at the forefront of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations, she added.   … Continue reading “President Tsai touts NATMA role in Taiwan-US ties”

MOC initiative for young cultural ambassadors held in Taipei

An initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Culture was held Nov. 2 in Taipei to help local young people interested in becoming cultural ambassadors for the city.   Under the activity organized by National Taiwan Museum and Taipei First Girls High School, around 40 TFGHS students served as tour guides for more than 200 foreign … Continue reading “MOC initiative for young cultural ambassadors held in Taipei”

MOTC minister opens 2019 International Air Safety Summit

Taiwan Can Help the International Civil Aviation Organization realize its seamless sky vision while enhancing regional flight and passenger safety, according to Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung Nov. 4.   Safeguarding civil aviation operations is a mission common to all stakeholders, Lin said. As a member of the international community, Taiwan must be … Continue reading “MOTC minister opens 2019 International Air Safety Summit”

Taiwan smart coffee cup bags gold in British Invention Show

A temperature adjustable coffee cup designed by Taiwan student Lin Yu-chien is a gold medal winner at the recently staged annual British Invention Show in London.   The device, equipped with a digital regulator enabling coffee lovers to set their preferred temperature from minus 5 C to 100 C without sacrificing flavor, earned Lin the … Continue reading “Taiwan smart coffee cup bags gold in British Invention Show”

US golfer Korda defends Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA crown

Nelly Korda of the U.S. successfully defended her Swinging Skirts LPGA Championship title Nov. 3 in New Taipei City, edging out Mingee Lee of Australia and Caroline Masson of Germany.   Virtually untouchable over the first two rounds, Kora finished the third with a three-shot lead. But her commanding position eroded after mixing two birdies … Continue reading “US golfer Korda defends Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA crown”

MOFA co-produced TV show set to air in Philippines

The first episode of a TV show showcasing Taiwan’s diverse economy, society and culture is set to air during prime time on CNN Philippines Nov. 3.   Co-produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CNN Philippines, the production is part of a series themed “Embracing Taiwan” made in partnership with regional broadcasters in four … Continue reading “MOFA co-produced TV show set to air in Philippines”

Taiwan to host 2019 International Air Safety Summit

2019 International Air Safety Summit opens Nov. 4 in Taipei City, featuring 350 academics, experts and officials from 37 countries and territories discussing the latest industry and flight services developments.   Organized by Taipei-based China Aviation Development Foundation and U.S.-headquartered Flight Safety Foundation, the 72nd edition of the annual event is being staged in Taiwan … Continue reading “Taiwan to host 2019 International Air Safety Summit”

MOST-organized science and technology forum wraps up in Taipei

The 2019 Global Science and Technology Leaders Forum wrapped up Oct. 31 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to sharing Taiwan’s expertise with the international community.   Organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the two-day event was attended by more than 300 academics, business representatives and officials from 18 countries and territories … Continue reading “MOST-organized science and technology forum wraps up in Taipei”

Tsai calls for Taiwan-EU investment agreement

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 29 that Taiwan is committed to concluding an investment agreement with the EU as part of efforts to keep bilateral economic relations on the fast track.   Taiwan-EU ties are going from strength to strength as illustrated by record two-way trade and investment numbers, Tsai said. This healthy state of … Continue reading “Tsai calls for Taiwan-EU investment agreement”

Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan kicks off in Taipei

The Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP) kicked off Oct. 28 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of Taiwan, the U.S. and Pacific island nations to deepening cooperation and expanding exchanges.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hawaii-based East-West Center, PILP aims to bring participants up to speed on the latest … Continue reading “Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan kicks off in Taipei”

Global Youth Trends Forum set to open in New Taipei City

A two-day global youth forum is set to kick off Nov. 9 in New Taipei City involving 350 participants from home and abroad growing grassroots initiatives aimed at realizing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.   Organized by the Youth Development Administration under the Ministry of Education, the event will feature attendees devise … Continue reading “Global Youth Trends Forum set to open in New Taipei City”

Taiwan ranks 15th in World Bank Doing Business report

Taiwan is ranked 15th among 190 economies and seventh in the Asia-Pacific, according to the Doing Business report released Oct. 24 by Washington-based World Bank.   Scoring 80.9 out of 100, Taiwan finished ahead of regional neighbors Thailand, 21st; Japan, 29th; and China, 31st, but trailed New Zealand, first; Singapore, second; Hong Kong, third; South … Continue reading “Taiwan ranks 15th in World Bank Doing Business report”

Tsai vows to boost Taiwan’s design prowess

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 23 that the Taiwan Design Center will be upgraded to a national design institute in 2020 as part of government efforts to enhance the country’s soft power.   Taiwan’s vibrant design capabilities are a component of national power and strategic force spurring the country’s global competitiveness, Tsai said. Policies promoting … Continue reading “Tsai vows to boost Taiwan’s design prowess”

COA accelerates Taiwan-Australia lychee growing cooperation

Six new varieties of Taiwan-cultivated lychees will be shared with Australia as part of a groundbreaking related cooperation program between like-minded Indo-Pacific partners, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Oct. 23.   Co-organized by the COA, the federal Department of Agriculture and Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the program seeks to capitalize on … Continue reading “COA accelerates Taiwan-Australia lychee growing cooperation”

Hualien gears up for 8th annual Taiwan KOM Challenge

The eighth annual Taiwan King of the Mountain Challenge gets underway Oct. 25 in eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County, involving 730 cyclists from 42 countries and territories contesting one of the world’s toughest hill climb courses.   Organized by Taiwan Cyclist Federation and the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the 105-kilometer race … Continue reading “Hualien gears up for 8th annual Taiwan KOM Challenge”

Tsai praises Taiwan’s human rights progress at 40th FIDH Congress

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 21 that the government is leaving no stone unturned in promoting human rights and making Taiwan a more fair and just country.   Safeguarding human rights remains a top priority for the government, Tsai said. Real progress has been achieved in removing job restrictions and eliminating discrimination against women in … Continue reading “Tsai praises Taiwan’s human rights progress at 40th FIDH Congress”

Taiwan’s Interpol bid wins global support

The staunch backing of allies and like-minded partners for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in Interpol is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oct. 19.   Allies Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kingdom of Eswatini, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Paraguay, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the … Continue reading “Taiwan’s Interpol bid wins global support”

Taiwan Biennial Film Festival kicks off in Los Angeles

A film festival showcasing Taiwan’s success in advancing gender equality and LGBTQ rights kicked off Oct. 18 at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angles.   Co-presented by Taiwan Academy under Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, the Ministry of Culture and UCLA Film and Television Archive, the 11-day event features a … Continue reading “Taiwan Biennial Film Festival kicks off in Los Angeles”

Taiwan illustrator’s works on show in Madrid

An exhibition co-organized by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Spain showcasing the works of Taiwan artist Jimmy Liao opened Oct. 9 at Museo ABC in Madrid.   Running through Jan. 26, the display is titled “The Essential and the Invisible” and features 174 of Liao’s original pieces, according to the Ministry of Culture.   … Continue reading “Taiwan illustrator’s works on show in Madrid”

Tsai spotlights Taiwan’s green energy development progress

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 16 that development of Taiwan’s green energy sector is on the fast track as evidenced by milestone offshore wind and land-based photovoltaic projects.   Formosa I off the coast of Miaoli County in northern Taiwan and the solar farm in central Taiwan’s Changhua Coastal Industrial Park are expanding the country’s … Continue reading “Tsai spotlights Taiwan’s green energy development progress”

MOC co-organized pavilion showcases Taiwan publications at Frankfurt Book Fair

A total of 832 Taiwan publications are going on display at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair Oct. 16-20 in Germany, showcasing the depth and breadth of the nation’s literary talent to the international community.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Taipei Book Fair Foundation, the Taiwan Pavilion includes work from 117 publishers under … Continue reading “MOC co-organized pavilion showcases Taiwan publications at Frankfurt Book Fair”

Digital Minister Tang shows Taiwan Can Help promote democracy in New York Times op-ed

Digital Minister Audrey Tang shared her insights on the role of digital diplomacy in strengthening Taiwan’s democracy while healing rifts and creating consensus across society in an op-ed published Oct. 15 by The New York Times.   “In Taiwan, digital technology is boosting civic dialogue and infusing government with the spirit of social innovation,” Tang … Continue reading “Digital Minister Tang shows Taiwan Can Help promote democracy in New York Times op-ed”

President Tsai names TSMC founder as envoy for APEC Leaders’ Summit

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 14 that Morris Chang, founder and former chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., will be her envoy at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in Santiago, Chile.   Chang is eminently qualified to attend the biggest economic forum in the region, Tsai said. His peerless international reputation and … Continue reading “President Tsai names TSMC founder as envoy for APEC Leaders’ Summit”

Tsai pledges to build stronger Taiwan in Double Tenth National Day address

President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to build a stronger Taiwan by defending the country’s sovereignty, bolstering economic capabilities and expanding exchanges with the world in her Republic of China (Taiwan) Double Tenth National Day address delivered Oct. 10 in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei City.   Citizens must remain resilient and united, Tsai … Continue reading “Tsai pledges to build stronger Taiwan in Double Tenth National Day address”

Taiwan ranks 12th in WEF Global Competitiveness Report

Taiwan ranks 12th among 141 economies in the latest Global Competitiveness Report released Oct. 9 by Geneva-based World Economic Forum.   Scoring 80.2 out of 100, Taiwan finished ahead of neighbors South Korea, 79.6; Malaysia, 74.6; and China, 73.9, but behind Singapore, 84.8; Hong Kong, 83.1; and Japan, 82.3. Singapore topped the survey ahead of … Continue reading “Taiwan ranks 12th in WEF Global Competitiveness Report”

President Tsai delivers opening address at Yushan Forum

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 8 that Taiwan is willing and able to work alongside like-minded partners to help develop and safeguard the Asia-Pacific.   The president made the remarks while delivering the opening address at the two-day Yushan Forum in Taipei City organized by Taipei-based think tank Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation. Also known as the … Continue reading “President Tsai delivers opening address at Yushan Forum”

Taiwan, US stage inaugural Pacific Islands Dialogue in Taipei

Taiwan and the U.S. staged the inaugural Pacific Islands Dialogue Oct. 7 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the like-minded partners to advancing the shared vision of a more free and open Indo-Pacific.   The daylong event is seen as an invaluable platform for expanding the reach of Taiwan’s assistance projects and coordinating related … Continue reading “Taiwan, US stage inaugural Pacific Islands Dialogue in Taipei”

Tsai pledges more support for migrants from NSP target countries

President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 6 that the government will continue prioritizing support for migrants from New Southbound Policy target countries as part of efforts to deepen Taiwan’s ties with the region.   Recent arrivals from the NSP region are adding diversity to the country’s culture and playing a crucial role in society, Tsai said. … Continue reading “Tsai pledges more support for migrants from NSP target countries”