MAC poll shows majority support government’s cross-strait policy

The overwhelming majority of people in Taiwan support the government’s cross-strait policy based on the pillars of defending democracy and national sovereignty, according to a poll released by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council March 26.   Over 86 percent of respondents stand by President Tsai Ing-wen’s policy of promoting cross-strait interactions according to the principles … Continue reading “MAC poll shows majority support government’s cross-strait policy”

Corruption report ranks Taiwan 5th best in Asia-Pacific

Taiwan was ranked as the fifth least corrupt economy in the Asia-Pacific region in the latest Corruption Perception Index report released March 24 by Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.   The country’s score of 5.15 in the annual survey, improved from last year’s 5.37, saw it finish behind Singapore, Australia, Japan and … Continue reading “Corruption report ranks Taiwan 5th best in Asia-Pacific”

Taiwan’s 10 coolest technology startups unveiled by MOST

Taiwan’s 10 coolest tech startups for 2020 were unveiled March 26 by the Ministry of Science and Technology as part of government efforts to promote the country as a global hub of entrepreneurship and innovation.   Selected from a 2,620-strong field after three rounds of assessment, the teams produced submissions addressing a variety of challenges … Continue reading “Taiwan’s 10 coolest technology startups unveiled by MOST”

CECC advises against large public gatherings amid coronavirus pandemic

The Central Epidemic Command Center March 25 advised organizers to halt large-scale indoor and outdoor events—those with more than 100 and 500 people, respectively—to contain the spread of coronavirus in Taiwan.   Events with large crowds often require people to sit or stand in close proximity for extended periods, creating a dangerous environment that heightens … Continue reading “CECC advises against large public gatherings amid coronavirus pandemic”

Foreign Minister Wu talks Taiwan’s COVID-19 response on Fox Business

Taiwan’s strategy for combating coronavirus (COVID-19) relies on a whole of government approach and open communication backed by the lessons learned from dealing with severe acute respiratory syndrome, according to Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu March 24. The experience managing SARS in 2003 has helped Taiwan when compared with other countries confronting the disease, Wu … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu talks Taiwan’s COVID-19 response on Fox Business”

MOFA thanks world leaders for praising Taiwan’s COVID-19 efforts

Taiwan’s use of timely, transparent and high-tech methods to combat COVID-19 have been praised by leaders of allies and like-minded partners around the world, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 24.   New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an interview March 15 that when it comes to the new coronavirus, the … Continue reading “MOFA thanks world leaders for praising Taiwan’s COVID-19 efforts”

Premier Su approves 2nd COVID-19 relief act

Legislation comprising NT$40 billion (US$1.31 billion) in business and personal relief measures aimed at dampening the economic impact in Taiwan of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was approved March 24 by Premier Su Tseng-chang.   Drafted by the Ministries of Economic Affairs, Finance, Health and Welfare, Transportation and Communications, and Financial Supervisory Commission, the bill … Continue reading “Premier Su approves 2nd COVID-19 relief act”

Online museum offers high-tech take on Taiwan craft creativity

A recently launched online museum is showcasing top Taiwan craft creations in a virtual reality and 3D environment as part of government efforts to heighten global awareness of the country’s rich creative pedigree.   Overseen by state-backed Institute for Information Industry and National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) under the Ministry of Culture, … Continue reading “Online museum offers high-tech take on Taiwan craft creativity”

Taiwan bans airline transit to combat COVID-19

Airline passengers cannot transit in Taiwan from March 24 to April 7 as part of government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.   As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate and the number of imported infections in Taiwan grows, the CECC said the measure will reduce risk … Continue reading “Taiwan bans airline transit to combat COVID-19”

President Tsai praises personnel on front line of COVID-19 response

President Tsai Ing-wen praised the work of front-line personnel responding to the COVID-19 pandemic March 19 and said the government is sparing no effort containing the disease’s spread in Taiwan.   As the global coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, thousands of people are working around the clock to keep Taiwan safe, the president said, including … Continue reading “President Tsai praises personnel on front line of COVID-19 response”

NCKU aquatics expert honored by World Organisation for Animal Health

Professor Lo Chu-fang from National Cheng Kung University in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City was recognized March 22 by Paris-headquartered World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for her efforts in advancing shrimp disease research.   The Department of Biotechnology and Bioindustry Sciences chair, who has dedicated 20-plus years to combating white spot syndrome, is considered one … Continue reading “NCKU aquatics expert honored by World Organisation for Animal Health”

Taiwan ranks 25th in World Happiness Report

Taiwan ranked first in East and Southeast Asia as well as 25th globally in the latest World Happiness Report released March 20 by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, marking the country’s second year running finishing at its best-ever position in the annual survey.   Taiwan’s score rose to 6.455 out of 10, placing it … Continue reading “Taiwan ranks 25th in World Happiness Report”

ITRI cancer treatment technology wins bronze at Edison Awards

State-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute won bronze in the cellular research medical/dental category at the U.S.-based Edison Awards March 18 for its development of an innovative cancer treatment, spotlighting Taiwan’s R&D prowess.   ITRI’s iKNOBEADS, short for biomimetic knobby magnetic beads, are microparticles with tailorable sizes and shapes that can strengthen and activate T cells … Continue reading “ITRI cancer treatment technology wins bronze at Edison Awards”

Taiwan bars foreign arrivals amid COVID-19 pandemic

All noncitizens are temporarily barred entry to Taiwan as part of government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to a March 18 announcement by the Bureau of Consular Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The restrictions, which took effect March 19, do not apply to individuals holding a valid residence certificate … Continue reading “Taiwan bars foreign arrivals amid COVID-19 pandemic”

Taiwan to work with US, EU combating COVID-19

Taiwan is set to work with the U.S. and EU on combating COVID-19, spotlighting the country’s commitment to science diplomacy and sharing its expertise with like-minded partners, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 19.   The Taiwan-U.S. Joint Statement on a Partnership against Coronavirus signed by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu and American … Continue reading “Taiwan to work with US, EU combating COVID-19”

FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements

Since last month, Taiwan requires all arrivals who have traveled to certain countries and territories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to undergo 14-day home quarantine. This article provides answers to some frequently asked questions according to the latest information released by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  Which countries … Continue reading “FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements”

Taiwan shipbuilding industry revenue rises over 25 percent

Revenue brought in by Taiwan’s shipbuilding industry rose 25.2 percent to NT$27.1 billion (US$896.6 million) in 2019, according to data released March 16 by the Department of Statistics under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.   Container ships, luxury yachts and fishing vessels comprised 73 percent, 23.7 percent and 3.3 percent of earnings, respectively, the agency … Continue reading “Taiwan shipbuilding industry revenue rises over 25 percent”

Taiwan youngsters win 9 gold medals at IEYI 2019

Taiwan’s gold medal winners from International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2019 were presented with awards by Chu Nan-shyan, chief secretary of the Ministry of Education, March 13 at MOE headquarters in Taipei City.   At the event held last year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Chu said, the Taiwan team submitted 43 inventions to the competition, nine … Continue reading “Taiwan youngsters win 9 gold medals at IEYI 2019”

Briefing on Taiwan’s COVID-19 response co-hosted by MOFA, MOHW

A briefing on Taiwan’s COVID-19 prevention efforts was jointly held by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Welfare March 13 at MOFA headquarters in Taipei City, bringing together representatives of diplomatic and international organizations from more than 60 countries and territories to learn more about the country’s experience preventing spread of the new … Continue reading “Briefing on Taiwan’s COVID-19 response co-hosted by MOFA, MOHW”

Tainan manufacturer churns out innovative stone paper

Taiwan Lung Meng Advanced Composite Materials Co. is committed to combating the negative impact of climate change by investing in green products, most notably its game-changing stone paper.   Based in the southern city of Tainan, the manufacturing company strives to adopt eco-friendly practices. After 17 years of R&D at a cost of NT$1.5 billion … Continue reading “Tainan manufacturer churns out innovative stone paper”

Taiwan cyclist wins Best Asian Rider in Tour de Taiwan

Team Taiwan member Feng Chun-kai took home Best Asian Rider in Tour de Taiwan March 5 as the country’s top professional cycling event wrapped up in the southern city of Kaohsiung.   Completing the five-stage, 661.35-kilometer north-south route of the competition in a time of 14:39:57, Feng claimed the symbolic Blue Jersey by beating Japanese … Continue reading “Taiwan cyclist wins Best Asian Rider in Tour de Taiwan”

TRDI exhibition presents evolution of Taiwan chair design

An exhibition portraying the evolution of national chair design opened March 10 at Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei City’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, drawing attention to the creative energy behind the everyday furniture item.   Co-hosted by Taiwan Design Research Institute and homegrown DHH studio, “Sit Down Please” runs through July 5 and showcases … Continue reading “TRDI exhibition presents evolution of Taiwan chair design”

361 Taiwan nationals and family members return from Wuhan

Two charter flights carrying 361 Taiwan nationals and their family members from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where a new coronavirus was first discovered late last year, touched down March 10 and 11 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.   All passengers underwent health screening on arrival, with none found exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, the … Continue reading “361 Taiwan nationals and family members return from Wuhan”

President Tsai praises Taiwan’s COVID-19 preparedness

President Tsai Ing-wen said March 9 that efforts by Taiwan’s public and private sectors to contain the spread of COVID-19 are winning global recognition, spotlighting the country’s dedication to safeguarding residents’ health and well-being.   Taiwan’s ability to combat the coronavirus behind the epidemic underscores the resilience of its people, Tsai said. All segments of … Continue reading “President Tsai praises Taiwan’s COVID-19 preparedness”

Taiwan’s efforts combating COVID-19 earn international praise

Taiwan’s timely and transparent efforts combating COVID-19 have been the subject of praise across international media, featuring in articles from 243 outlets spotlighting growing support worldwide for the country’s inclusion in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 6.   In an article titled … Continue reading “Taiwan’s efforts combating COVID-19 earn international praise”

Tsai praises robust Taiwan-US ties in meeting with AIT Chairman Moriarty

President Tsai Ing-wen praised the healthy state of Taiwan-U.S. ties March 5, pledging to continue working with Washington in promoting peace and democracy throughout the Indo-Pacific.   Taiwan and the U.S. have advanced from a bilateral partnership to a global one, with cooperation now spanning a wide spectrum and making key contributions to regional development, … Continue reading “Tsai praises robust Taiwan-US ties in meeting with AIT Chairman Moriarty”

MOFA thanks UK lawmakers for supporting Taiwan

A letter by 55 U.K. lawmakers sent to the World Health Organization expressing grave concern over its unfair treatment of Taiwan is highly appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 4.   Signed by Lord Rogan and Martin Vickers—co-chairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group—and 53 other lawmakers from both houses of the … Continue reading “MOFA thanks UK lawmakers for supporting Taiwan”

CPC receives 1st shipment of carbon neutral LNG

The country’s first shipment of carbon neutral liquefied natural gas arrived at Yung-An LNG Receiving Terminal March 4 in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, underscoring government efforts to reduce Taiwan’s carbon emissions.   According to state-owned CPC Corp. headquartered in Kaohsiung, the 64,000 tons of LNG are part of a deal with Singapore-based Shell … Continue reading “CPC receives 1st shipment of carbon neutral LNG”

Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-Australia ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said March 3 that the government is committed to expanding Taiwan-Australia cooperation and exchanges across the board as part of efforts to further strengthen bilateral relations.   Ties between the two sides have gone from strength to strength recently, Tsai said, as evidenced by an organic equivalency arrangement signed in January granting … Continue reading “Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-Australia ties”

12 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital in Taiwan

A total of 12 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 have been released from hospital in Taiwan after recovering, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center March 3.   The CECC said since the country’s first case—a female national returning from Wuhan—was confirmed Jan. 21, around 12,400 individuals have been tested for the new coronavirus initially reported in … Continue reading “12 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital in Taiwan”

ROC (Taiwan) citizenship granted to 9 foreign professionals

Nine more high-level foreign professionals have been granted ROC (Taiwan) citizenship without having to relinquish their original nationalities, according to the Ministry of the Interior Feb. 26.   The nine—specializing in arts, economics, education, medicine and technology—include professionals from Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar and the U.S.   All the new citizens are notable for their exceptional … Continue reading “ROC (Taiwan) citizenship granted to 9 foreign professionals”

Premier Su backs Taiwan’s COVID-19 fighting measures

Premier Su Tseng-chang said March 2 that measures introduced by the government to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 are progressing as planned, with the spread of the disease-causing coronavirus effectively curtailed.   Following a briefing at the Central Epidemic Command Center in Taipei City, Su said actions taken include enforcing strict border controls and quarantine … Continue reading “Premier Su backs Taiwan’s COVID-19 fighting measures”

Taiwan commemorates February 28 Incident

Taiwan commemorated the February 28 Incident with a series of nationwide ceremonies, spotlighting the government’s commitment to healing historical scars while continuing to pursue truth and reconciliation.   During an event at National 228 Memorial Museum in Taipei City, President Tsai Ing-wen offered her condolences on behalf of the government to victims of the incident … Continue reading “Taiwan commemorates February 28 Incident”

TECO inks organic food agreement with New Zealand’s NZCIO

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand and New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office signed an organic food agreement Feb. 26, a move expected to boost agricultural exchanges and deepen economic ties between Taiwan and the southwestern Pacific country.   Under the new arrangement taking effect this May, each side will recognize the other’s … Continue reading “TECO inks organic food agreement with New Zealand’s NZCIO”

Taipei geared up for Tour de Taiwan kickoff

Tour de Taiwan, the nation’s top professional cycling event and part of the Union Cycliste Internationale Asia Tour, is set to kick off March 1 in Taipei City.   Nearly 100 cyclists from 30 countries and territories representing 17 teams, including five locals competing for Team Taiwan, will battle it out over the five-stage, 661.35-kilometer … Continue reading “Taipei geared up for Tour de Taiwan kickoff”

Taiwan launches White Terror online database

An online database profiling victims of political persecution during Taiwan’s White Terror period was launched by the Transitional Justice Commission Feb. 26 in Taipei City.   Containing data from more than 410,000 pages of court martial documents, files and records, the database is the result of collaboration among Taipei-based National Human Rights Museum, National Archives … Continue reading “Taiwan launches White Terror online database”

Tsai looks to strengthen Taiwan-Germany ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Feb. 25 that Taiwan is committed to forging a closer relationship with Germany through expanded cooperation and exchanges in areas such as health care and trade, spotlighting the two sides’ long-standing friendship.   Ties between Taiwan and Germany have gone from strength to strength recently, as reflected by letters of intent … Continue reading “Tsai looks to strengthen Taiwan-Germany ties”

Taiwan passes COVID-19 relief act

A bill aimed at mitigating any impact from a COVID-19 outbreak was signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen Feb. 25 at the Presidential Office in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to ensuring public health while maintaining social and economic stability.   At the signing ceremony, Tsai said the legislation is testament to the … Continue reading “Taiwan passes COVID-19 relief act”

Team Taiwan triumphs at world tug of war championships

Team Taiwan claimed five gold medals and one silver at the World Indoor Tug of War Championships organized by Netherlands-based Tug of War International Federation Feb. 20-23 in Letterkenny, Ireland.   Women’s teams led the way through victories in the senior 500- and 540-kilogram weight classes, as well as the under-23 500-kg class, with all … Continue reading “Team Taiwan triumphs at world tug of war championships”

Taiwan nationals from Diamond Princess placed under 14-day quarantine

All 19 Taiwan nationals evacuated Feb. 21 from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, are in 14-day quarantine at three facilities around Taiwan.   According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the evacuees returned to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on a charter flight run by Taoyuan City-headquartered China Airlines. On-site examination … Continue reading “Taiwan nationals from Diamond Princess placed under 14-day quarantine”

Taiwan, US stage disinformation tech challenge

U.S.-Taiwan Tech Challenge: Countering Disinformation and Propaganda wrapped up Feb. 20 at Taipei International Convention Center, bringing experts, journalists and officials together to explore methods for reducing the reach of disinformation and cultivating media literacy among the public.   Organized by American Institute in Taiwan and Global Engagement Center of the U.S. Department of State … Continue reading “Taiwan, US stage disinformation tech challenge”

Taiwan’s special municipalities earn top marks for carbon reduction

All six of Taiwan’s special municipalities earned a place on the 2019 Cities A List published by U.K.-based Carbon Disclosure Project, Feb. 18, reflecting global recognition of countrywide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   A total of 105 out of over 850 participating metropolitan areas around the world obtained the A ranking, with Taipei … Continue reading “Taiwan’s special municipalities earn top marks for carbon reduction”

Tsai thanks allies for supporting Taiwan’s international participation

President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Central American allies Belize and Guatemala as well as Caribbean ally Haiti Feb. 18 for backing Taiwan’s participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of international organizations.   Faced with China’s campaign of coercion, Taiwan sincerely appreciates the firm backing of its diplomatic allies and like-minded partners for the country’s attendance … Continue reading “Tsai thanks allies for supporting Taiwan’s international participation”

Taiwan evacuees from Wuhan released after quarantine

A total of 246 Taiwan nationals and family members evacuated from Wuhan, China, earlier this month amid a COVID-19 outbreak were released from quarantine Feb. 18 after completing their 14-day mandatory stay at one of three facilities around the country.   According to the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, … Continue reading “Taiwan evacuees from Wuhan released after quarantine”

Cloud Gate founder Lin Hwai-min set for London talk

Lin Hwai-min, founder and former director of the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, is set to talk about his career Feb. 20 at the Laban Theatre in London during an event spotlighting his long-term contributions to the evolution of Taiwan’s dance and arts scenes.   Organized by Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. in collaboration … Continue reading “Cloud Gate founder Lin Hwai-min set for London talk”

Yangmingshan Flower Festival delights visitors with visual feast

The 2020 Yangmingshan Flower Festival kicked off Feb. 15 in Taipei City’s Beitou District with multiple species of cherry blossoms among the many floral attractions on offer.   Organized by Taipei City Government, the annual event is expected to attract nearly one million people, Mayor Ko Wen-je said at the opening ceremony. The festival, which … Continue reading “Yangmingshan Flower Festival delights visitors with visual feast”

Taiwan steps up COVID-19 screening

Taiwan implemented a stricter screening regime Feb. 16 as part of government efforts to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 that was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.   According to the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, mandatory screening is now required for all individuals … Continue reading “Taiwan steps up COVID-19 screening”

Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the Czech Republic parliament Feb. 15 for two letters urging Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, to grant Taiwan observer status in the World Health Assembly.   One letter was sent by Petr Fiala and Vojtech Pikal, vice presidents of the lower house, with another … Continue reading “Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan”

Vice Premier Chen confident in government’s coronavirus preparations

Taiwan’s government is working flat out to strengthen the country’s capabilities in containing a potential outbreak of pneumonia stemming from the new coronavirus first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai said Feb. 14 while visiting a public hospital in New Taipei City.   According to Chen, patients’ travel history has … Continue reading “Vice Premier Chen confident in government’s coronavirus preparations”

MOFA welcomes Philippines’ decision to lift Taiwan travel ban

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Feb. 14 welcomed the decision by the government of the Philippines earlier the same day to immediately lift travel restrictions on visitors from Taiwan.   This positive development reflects the Southeast Asian country’s recognition of the effective and strict protocols implemented by Taiwan to prevent the spread of a new … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes Philippines’ decision to lift Taiwan travel ban”