Tsai’s Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability reaches SKN

President Tsai Ing-wen arrived July 14 in St. Kitts and Nevis on the second leg of her Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability to Taiwan’s four Caribbean allies, according to the Presidential Office.   Upon touching down at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Tsai was greeted by Prime Minister Timothy S. Harris, other senior government officials … Continue reading “Tsai’s Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability reaches SKN”

President Tsai departs on Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability

President Tsai Ing-wen departed July 11 on her Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability to Taiwan’s Caribbean allies Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.    The 12-day presidential visit, which includes U.S. stopovers in New York and Denver, aims to expand the country’s international space and create mutually beneficial … Continue reading “President Tsai departs on Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability”

Taiwan wins big at IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

Taiwan is the big winner in the 2019 IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, claiming four first-place prizes in the 12-category competition, according to organizer U.S.-headquartered International Data Corp. July 9.   Among the winning projects were two Taipei City Government initiatives—Crossing Learning Barriers: Omni Smart Education and Transportation 2.0: Artificial Intelligence Driven Transportation Management. … Continue reading “Taiwan wins big at IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards”

Taiwan attends Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement meeting

Taiwan attended the recent Sixth Meeting of the Parties of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement as a participating fisheries entity in Mauritius, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 9.   The engagement shows how Taiwan Can Help SIOFA realize U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 14 while protecting its interests and rights in the … Continue reading “Taiwan attends Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement meeting”

Presidential gifts unveiled for Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability

A selection of gifts for President Tsai Ing-wen to present to top-level officials during her upcoming Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia was unveiled by the Presidential Office July 9 in Taipei City.   The items are handcrafted by celebrated Taiwan artists … Continue reading “Presidential gifts unveiled for Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability”

MOFA welcomes latest US arms sales to Taiwan

The latest arms sales to Taiwan approved by the U.S. Department of State are sincerely appreciated by the government and the people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 9.   The decision reflects the commitment of the U.S. to the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, as well as the importance placed on … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes latest US arms sales to Taiwan”

Taiwan startups secure deals worth over US$20 million at Singapore trade show

Taiwan companies secured orders worth NT$640 million (US$20.5 million) at Innovfest Unbound in Singapore, spotlighting the success of government efforts to promote emerging enterprises, the Ministry of Science and Technology said July 9.   Organized by Taiwan Tech Arena, the country’s pavilion at Southeast Asia’s largest innovation trade show spotlighted 28 new ventures in fields … Continue reading “Taiwan startups secure deals worth over US$20 million at Singapore trade show”

Team Taiwan bags 12 medals at 30th Summer Universiade in Naples

Team Taiwan has won 12 medals—four gold, five silver and three bronze—for seventh in the overall standings as of Day 5 at the 30th Summer Universiade running July 3-14 in Naples, Italy.   Lee Chih-kai is leading the charge in the individual tally with gold in the men’s pommel horse, silver in the team and … Continue reading “Team Taiwan bags 12 medals at 30th Summer Universiade in Naples”

Countdown begins to Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Taichung

The Asian Para Table Tennis Championships is set to kick off July 23 at Providence University in central Taiwan’s Taichung City, marking the nation’s first time hosting the biennial contest.   Organized by Taiwan’s Paralympic committee, the five-day tournament will see some 300 athletes from 20 countries and territories, including more than 30 Paralympians, battle … Continue reading “Countdown begins to Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Taichung”

Contemporary arts exhibition opens at Taiwan’s embassy to Holy See

An exhibition spotlighting the nation’s vibrant arts scene kicked off July 3 at Taiwan’s embassy to the Holy See as part of government efforts to bolster cultural exchanges with the diplomatic ally.   “The Light of the World—Contemporary Arts from Taiwan” features 26 artworks by 23 talents. These include pieces by sculptor Iyo Kacaw and … Continue reading “Contemporary arts exhibition opens at Taiwan’s embassy to Holy See”

Taiwan’s passport ranked 30th strongest globally

Taiwan’s passport is the 30th strongest in the world, with holders enjoying visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 146 countries and territories, according to London-headquartered citizenship and residency advisory firm Hanley and Partners July 2. In the third quarter update of the Henley Passport Index featuring 199 countries and territories, Taiwan was named one of the … Continue reading “Taiwan’s passport ranked 30th strongest globally”

Taiwan extends visa waiver for Brunei, Philippines, Russia, Thailand passport holders

A trial program offering passport holders from Brunei, the Philippines, Russia and Thailand visa-free entry to Taiwan for up to 14 days will be extended for another year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said July 2.   Citizens from the four countries can continue enjoying visa waiver privileges through July 31, 2020. Applicants must have … Continue reading “Taiwan extends visa waiver for Brunei, Philippines, Russia, Thailand passport holders”

President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-Belize relations

President Tsai Ing-wen said July 2 that Taiwan and Belize are working hand in hand to deepen exchanges and friendship in the 30th year of bilateral ties.   Taiwan and the Central American ally are true friends and partners in prosperity, Tsai said. This is reflected by greater cooperation in areas such as education and … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-Belize relations”

MOFA announces Tsai’s Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability

President Tsai Ing-wen is departing July 11 on the Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The 12-day state visit, which includes two U.S. stopovers, is aimed at further strengthening cooperation, exchanges and friendship between … Continue reading “MOFA announces Tsai’s Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability”

Taiwan earns promotion to APG regular follow-up list

Taiwan was promoted to the regular follow-up list maintained by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) June 28, underscoring the effectiveness of government efforts in implementing globally recognized controls and initiatives.   The country showed substantial compliance in seven of the 11 effectiveness ratings featured in the 3rd Round Mutual Evaluation Report produced by … Continue reading “Taiwan earns promotion to APG regular follow-up list”

Taiwan removed from EC illegal fishing warning list

Taiwan was removed from the European Commission’s warning list for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing June 27, underscoring the effectiveness of government measures aimed at bringing local industry practices in line with global standards.   The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture said the recognition is a vote of confidence in efforts to reform … Continue reading “Taiwan removed from EC illegal fishing warning list”

6th East Asia Democracy Forum wraps up in Taipei

The sixth annual East Asia Democracy Forum was held June 26 in Taipei City, deepening regional exchanges on countering authoritarian challenges to freedom and rules-based global order.   Organized by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the one-day event was attended by more than 150 foreign and domestic academics, democracy advocates and officials. Topics discussed at … Continue reading “6th East Asia Democracy Forum wraps up in Taipei”

TECRO, AIT exchange letter of intent on establishing Baggage Screening Facilitation program

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. and the American Institute in Taiwan exchanged a signed letter of intent on establishing a Baggage Screening Facilitation program at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport June 25 in Arlington, Virginia.   Inked earlier by TECRO Deputy Rep. Louis M. Huang and AIT Managing Director John J. Norris … Continue reading “TECRO, AIT exchange letter of intent on establishing Baggage Screening Facilitation program”

President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-US cooperation

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 25 that Taiwan is committed to expanding cooperation and exchanges with the U.S. while promoting a more free and open Indo-Pacific.   In the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, the like-minded partners are working even closer together across a broad spectrum of areas such as national defense and … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-US cooperation”

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches, Taiwan-US Formosat-7/COSMIC-2 deployed

Formosat-7/COSMIC-2, a group of six satellites jointly developed by Taiwan and the U.S., was launched at 2:30 a.m. EST June 25 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking a milestone for the country’s space technology industry.   An initiative between the National Space Organization and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the satellite constellation was … Continue reading “SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches, Taiwan-US Formosat-7/COSMIC-2 deployed”

Taiwan-EU gender mainstreaming workshop kicks off in Taipei

A Taiwan-EU workshop on gender mainstreaming got underway June 24 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of both sides to advancing awareness of the important public policy concept.   Co-organized by the Cabinet-level Gender Equality Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Economic and Trade Office, the event involves experts and officials from Australia, Indonesia, … Continue reading “Taiwan-EU gender mainstreaming workshop kicks off in Taipei”

APEC Local Innovation Ecosystem Forum concludes in Taipei

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Local Innovation Ecosystem Forum concluded June 25 in Taipei City, boosting exchanges among member economies on new approaches to urban-rural development.   Organized by the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the two-day event was attended by around 200 public and private sector representatives from countries … Continue reading “APEC Local Innovation Ecosystem Forum concludes in Taipei”

Taiwan-India higher education forum wraps up

The second Taiwan-India forum for university directors, presidents and vice chancellors concluded June 22 in the South Asian country, strengthening higher education cooperation between the two sides.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the one-day event in Warangal city was attended by representatives of more than 60 Taiwan and Indian tertiary institutions. Discussions spanned … Continue reading “Taiwan-India higher education forum wraps up”

Tsai opens PPSEAWA conference, pledges to keep empowering women

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 23 that she will continue promoting policies aimed at empowering women in Taiwan and throughout the Indo-Pacific so as to enable all members of society share in the fruits of prosperity.   As the first female president of Taiwan, ensuring women’s empowerment remains a central plank in the government’s policymaking … Continue reading “Tsai opens PPSEAWA conference, pledges to keep empowering women”

Taiwan keeps Tier 1 ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report

Taiwan maintained Tier 1 status for the 10th consecutive year in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report released June 20 by the U.S. Department of State. The country fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, the report said, with the government continuing to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts in investigating trafficking, … Continue reading “Taiwan keeps Tier 1 ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report”

IFJ urges UN to end discrimination against Taiwan journalists

A resolution urging the U.N. to end its discrimination against Taiwan reporters was announced June 17 following the 30th Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Tunisia.   The resolution condemns the “discriminatory exclusion” of Taiwan reporters from the World Health Assembly on the grounds they were using passports issued by a non-U.N. member … Continue reading “IFJ urges UN to end discrimination against Taiwan journalists”

Taiwan, Poland ink agreement on legal cooperation

Taiwan and Poland concluded an agreement on legal cooperation in criminal matters June 17 in Taipei City, further strengthening relations between the like-minded partners.   The pact was signed by Weber Ven-bin Shih, head of the Taipei Representative Office in Poland, and Maciej Artur Gaca, director general of the Polish Office in Taipei. Also present … Continue reading “Taiwan, Poland ink agreement on legal cooperation”

Formosa Circus Art to spotlight Taiwan culture in India, Indonesia

Formosa Circus Art is set to embark on a tour of Indonesia and India as part of government efforts to deepen cultural exchanges with the New Southbound Policy target countries.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the tour will see the Taiwan performing arts troupe stage its show “The Heart of Asia” in … Continue reading “Formosa Circus Art to spotlight Taiwan culture in India, Indonesia”

Old copper refinery to reopen as tourist attraction in New Taipei

A disused copper refinery in New Taipei City’s Ruifang District is set to become a tourist attraction under a public art project arranged by Taipei City-based Taiwan Power Co.   Known locally as 13 Levels, the 86-year-old facility has remained off-limits due to concerns over contamination. Following extensive cleanup and refurbishment efforts, the refinery will … Continue reading “Old copper refinery to reopen as tourist attraction in New Taipei”

Taiwan takes center stage at NewImages VR film festival in Paris

Taiwan is the featured country at the NewImages Festival, one of France’s leading platforms for digital arts and cinema, running June 19-23 in Paris.   Organized in collaboration with Taiwan Cultural Center in Paris, the Taiwan program comprises screenings of eight locally produced extended and virtual reality films, three forums with industry experts, and the … Continue reading “Taiwan takes center stage at NewImages VR film festival in Paris”

MAC urges HK government to revoke extradition bill

The government of Hong Kong must listen to the voice of the people and revoke its extradition bill, according to Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council June 16.   Allowing residents to be sent from Hong Kong to China infringes on the rights of the people in the special administrative region and Taiwan’s sovereignty, the MAC said. … Continue reading “MAC urges HK government to revoke extradition bill”

Taoyuan City wins Intelligent Community of the Year

Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, was named June 13 the Intelligent Community of the Year by New York-headquartered think tank IC Forum, spotlighting the metropolis’s advanced application of information and communication technology and smart city solutions.   According to ICF, participants were assessed based on six factors: advocacy, broadband, digital equality, innovation, knowledge workforce and sustainability. Taoyuan … Continue reading “Taoyuan City wins Intelligent Community of the Year”

International Dongsha Conference wraps up in southern Taiwan

The International Dongsha Conference concluded June 14 in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City, strengthening exchanges on marine ecology and spotlighting the nation’s conservation work at Dongsha Atoll National Park.   Organized by the Cabinet-level Ocean Affairs Council, the two-day event brought together officials and scholars from countries including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the U.K., U.S. … Continue reading “International Dongsha Conference wraps up in southern Taiwan”

Tsai seeks expanded Taiwan-US-Japan cooperation in Indo-Pacific

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 13 that Taiwan is determined to ramp up cooperation with the U.S. and Japan in countering rising challenges to rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.   Taiwan will deepen trilateral ties and work closely with the like-minded partners in promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity for the benefit of all, Tsai … Continue reading “Tsai seeks expanded Taiwan-US-Japan cooperation in Indo-Pacific”

President Tsai eyes stronger Taiwan-US ties, more Indo-Pacific cooperation

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 12 that Taiwan will continue working with the U.S. to strengthen bilateral ties and promote a more free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.   Relations between the like-minded partners are at an all-time high, Tsai said. The closeness of ties is reflected by greater cooperation in addressing authoritarian challenges to rules-based … Continue reading “President Tsai eyes stronger Taiwan-US ties, more Indo-Pacific cooperation”

Green Island Human Rights Art Festival to kick off June 15

The Green Island Human Rights Art Festival is set to kick off June 15 at the Green Island White Terror Memorial Park in southeastern Taiwan’s Taitung County, shedding light on the lives and sacrifices of those detained at the former political prison.   Organized by the National Human Rights Museum, the three-month festival is themed … Continue reading “Green Island Human Rights Art Festival to kick off June 15”

MOFA’s 2019 Mosaic Taiwan gets underway in Taipei

The 2019 edition of Mosaic Taiwan, an international youth leadership program organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was officially launched June 11 in Taipei City.   Involving 30 young students and professionals from Canada and the U.S., the initiative enables participants to learn more about Taiwan’s culture, economy, history and society.   MOFA Vice … Continue reading “MOFA’s 2019 Mosaic Taiwan gets underway in Taipei”

ITRI, Applied Materials sign open innovation agreement

A memorandum of understanding on open innovation was concluded by Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute and U.S.-headquartered Applied Materials Inc. June 11 in the northern Taiwan county.   Under the pact inked by ITRI President Edwin Liu and Applied Materials President and CEO Gary Dickerson, the two sides will establish a platform to share information … Continue reading “ITRI, Applied Materials sign open innovation agreement”

International conference on disaster mitigation, earth sciences concludes in Taipei

The Promoting International Collaboration of Earth Sciences and Smart Disaster Reduction in Southeast Asia conference wrapped up June 10 in Taipei City, strengthening regional cooperation across such areas as environmental adaption and risk assessment.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the one-day seminar was co-organized by Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s foremost research institution. … Continue reading “International conference on disaster mitigation, earth sciences concludes in Taipei”

Tsai touts Taiwan’s contributions to global law enforcement

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 10 that Taiwan is strengthening global law enforcement and is willing and able to play an even bigger role in combating international crime.   Taiwan boasts strong law enforcement capabilities and occupies a strategic position in the heart of the Indo-Pacific, Tsai said. This uniquely qualifies the country to stand … Continue reading “Tsai touts Taiwan’s contributions to global law enforcement”

President Tsai unveils TCUSA plaque in Taipei

President Tsai Ing-wen unveiled the plaque for the Taiwan Council for U.S. Affairs June 6 in Taipei City, describing the event as another milestone for the like-minded partners in the 40th year of the Taiwan Relations Act.   Democracy is the shared value upon which the Taiwan-U.S. relationship is founded, Tsai said. It also forms … Continue reading “President Tsai unveils TCUSA plaque in Taipei”

1st Taiwan-EU digital economy dialogue wraps up in Brussels

The first Taiwan-EU Dialogue on Digital Economy concluded June 5 in Brussels, strengthening exchanges on topics spanning artificial intelligence, e-governance, technological transformation of traditional businesses, and related opportunities and challenges.   Delegations to the two-day event were headed by Chen Mei-ling, minister of the Cabinet-level National Development Council, and Roberto Viola, head of the Directorate-General … Continue reading “1st Taiwan-EU digital economy dialogue wraps up in Brussels”

VP Chen lauds new Applied Materials facility in Tainan

The manufacturing and R&D facility established by U.S.-headquartered Applied Materials Inc. in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, is a vote of confidence in the country’s continuously improving business environment, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen June 5. Since setting up shop in Taiwan 30 years ago, Applied Materials has been a major partner of the local … Continue reading “VP Chen lauds new Applied Materials facility in Tainan”

MOFA, AIT co-stage public forum on future course of Taiwan-US ties

A public forum on charting the future course of Taiwan-U.S. relations was co-staged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Institute in Taiwan June 3 in Taipei City.   Moderated by Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang, the event reviewed the results of AIT’s groundbreaking Digital Dialogues. It is seen as another example of close … Continue reading “MOFA, AIT co-stage public forum on future course of Taiwan-US ties”

Taipei to host Muslim cultural festival for Eid al-Fitr

A Muslim arts and cultural festival will be staged June 9 at Daan Forest Park in Taipei City to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.   Organized by Taipei City Government, the event is set to feature concerts, dance performances, workshops and a halal food market. Also included are outdoor forums on the customs, … Continue reading “Taipei to host Muslim cultural festival for Eid al-Fitr”

International climate prediction workshop wraps up in Taipei

The International Workshop on Climate Prediction wrapped up June 4 in Taipei City, deepening regional collaboration on advances in weather forecasting models.   Co-organized by the Central Weather Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and South Korea-based Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Climate Center (APCC), the two-day seminar was attended by more than 100 academics … Continue reading “International climate prediction workshop wraps up in Taipei”

Transitional Justice Commission exonerates 2,006 political persecution victims

A total of 2,006 victims of political persecution during the authoritarian era were exonerated May 30, underscoring the government’s commitment to restoring historical truths and redressing judicial wrongs.   The fourth set of exonerations unveiled by the Transitional Justice Commission includes individuals unjustly convicted for their involvement in Formosa Magazine, a pro-democracy publication launched in … Continue reading “Transitional Justice Commission exonerates 2,006 political persecution victims”

Golden Pin Salon events set for Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Macao

The Golden Pin Design Award’s salon series gets underway this month in Taipei City, Kuala Lumpur and Macao as part of government efforts promoting cooperation and exchanges between top Taiwan and regional talents.   Organized by Taiwan Design Center under the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau, the Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon … Continue reading “Golden Pin Salon events set for Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Macao”

Taiwan, South Korea film institutes sign collaboration agreement

A memorandum of understanding on promoting film preservation and cultural exchanges was concluded by the Taiwan Film Institute and the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) May 28 in Seoul.   Under the pact, the organizations will collaborate in training digital restoration professionals, restoring classic films, arranging screening events, and translating and publishing related research. Inked by … Continue reading “Taiwan, South Korea film institutes sign collaboration agreement”

Nikkei Asia Prizes honors 82-year-old Taiwan prawn farming pioneer

The winner of the 2019 Nikkei Asia Prizes science and technology category is Liao I-chiu, an 82-year-old chair professor from National Taiwan Ocean University in the northern port city of Keelung, for his decadeslong efforts in developing the prawn farming industry.   During the presentation ceremony May 29 in Tokyo, Liao said he is grateful … Continue reading “Nikkei Asia Prizes honors 82-year-old Taiwan prawn farming pioneer”