Taiwan export orders up year on year for December 2019

Taiwan’s export orders increased 0.9 percent year on year for December 2019 to US$43.78 billion, the first monthly rise in four quarters, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs Jan. 20.   Orders for the main exports sectors of machinery, electronics, and information and communication technology rose 5.1 percent to US$1.77 billion, 4.7 percent to … Continue reading “Taiwan export orders up year on year for December 2019”

Taiwan youth envoys set for Indonesia, New Zealand

A dozen students from three Taiwan senior high schools are visiting Indonesia and New Zealand Jan. 30 to Feb. 10 as part of the Teen Diplomatic Envoys program organized by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs.   During the group’s trip to Jakarta, Wellington and Auckland, they will tour cultural sites, government and nongovernmental … Continue reading “Taiwan youth envoys set for Indonesia, New Zealand”

Taipei metro’s Circular Line launches public trial

Taipei metro’s Circular Line commenced a monthlong public trial Jan. 19, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.   The 15.4-kilometer, 14-stop line connects New Taipei Industrial Park and Dapinglin stations. It winds through the densely populated districts of Banqiao, Xindian, Xinzhuang and Zhonghe in New Taipei City.   Lee Cheng-an, head of New … Continue reading “Taipei metro’s Circular Line launches public trial”

Taiwan, US stage digital forum on enhancing people-to-people ties

Taiwan and the U.S. staged the Digital Dialogue Public Forum Jan. 17 in Taipei City, bringing together academics and officials from both sides to explore new ways of promoting closer people-to-people ties.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Institute in Taiwan, the fourth and final DDPF is held as part of … Continue reading “Taiwan, US stage digital forum on enhancing people-to-people ties”

MOFA thanks European Parliament for resolutions backing Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the European Parliament Jan. 16 for the passage of resolutions reaffirming support for Taiwan.   Passed the previous day in Strasbourg, the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy include articles reiterating support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of … Continue reading “MOFA thanks European Parliament for resolutions backing Taiwan”

NDC remains bullish on Taiwan economy in 2020

Taiwan’s economy will remain on the growth track in 2020 despite a decelerating global trend, the Cabinet-level National Development Council said Jan. 16.   Citing forecasts by domestic and foreign research institutions, the NDC said the country’s gross domestic product is set to increase by between 2.23 percent and 2.72 percent this year.   During … Continue reading “NDC remains bullish on Taiwan economy in 2020”

MOFA minister flies flag for Taiwan at Guatemala presidential inauguration

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu attended the inauguration of Guatemala President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei and Vice President Guillermo Castillo Jan. 14 in Guatemala City.   Special envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen and head of the Taiwan delegation, Wu congratulated Giammattei and Castillio on behalf of the government and people. It is the country’s sincere wish … Continue reading “MOFA minister flies flag for Taiwan at Guatemala presidential inauguration”

Tsai urges China to face reality, respect Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 14 that China must face reality and respect the fact that Taiwan’s sovereignty is not in doubt or up for negotiation.   “We’re a successful democracy, we have a pretty decent economy, we deserve respect from China,” Tsai said, adding that the country is already independent and is called the … Continue reading “Tsai urges China to face reality, respect Taiwan”

A-WEB secretary general praises Taiwan’s democracy, elections

Taiwan’s 2020 presidential and legislative election results demonstrate that the country is a fully fledged democracy, according to Jonghyun Choe, secretary general of South Korea-headquartered Association of World Election Bodies Jan. 13.   The atmosphere in which the elections took place was calm, rational and reflected the maturity of voters, Choe said, adding that there … Continue reading “A-WEB secretary general praises Taiwan’s democracy, elections”

Tsai reaffirms Taiwan’s commitment to stronger US, Japan ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 12 that Taiwan will continue working with its like-minded partners in the U.S. and Japan to safeguard the country’s freedom, democracy and sovereignty while further contributing to the international community.   Relations between Taiwan and the U.S. have grown from strength to strength, Tsai said. This is evidenced by expanded … Continue reading “Tsai reaffirms Taiwan’s commitment to stronger US, Japan ties”

Tsai wins Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election

Tsai Ing-wen of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party claimed victory Jan. 11 to earn a second term as president of the ROC (Taiwan).   Garnering 8.17 million votes, or 57.13 percent, Tsai defeated Han Kuo-yu of the major opposition party Kuomintang by 2.65 million votes. James Soong of the opposition People First Party collected 4.3 … Continue reading “Tsai wins Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election”

NDC Open Government Data Platform upgraded

Taiwan’s Open Government Data Platform has been upgraded, underscoring the government’s commitment to improving administrative transparency and promoting civic participation, according to the Cabinet-level National Development Council Jan. 9.   The upgraded platform now has an interactive section to easily facilitate citizen requests for information while providing real-time responses, with more detailed requests forwarded to … Continue reading “NDC Open Government Data Platform upgraded”

Taiwan makes headway on establishing National Human Rights Commission

Taiwan’s National Human Rights Commission will be established in the shortest possible time as part of efforts to continue bringing local laws and practices more in line with global standards, the Control Yuan said Jan. 8.   A task force is undertaking all requisite NHRC preparatory work, the Control Yuan said. This measure reflects the … Continue reading “Taiwan makes headway on establishing National Human Rights Commission”

MOFA hosts international media event on Taiwan’s presidential, legislative elections

An international media event on Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections was hosted by Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu Jan. 9 in Taipei City.   With the seventh direct presidential election taking place Jan. 11, it is important journalists from home and abroad witness how the people cast their ballots to consolidate Taiwan’s democratic system … Continue reading “MOFA hosts international media event on Taiwan’s presidential, legislative elections”

Taiwan gears up for Jan. 11 presidential, legislative elections

The numbers of eligible voters for Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and vice presidential election is 19.31 million, an increase of 528,114 from the 2016 contest, according to the Central Election Commission Jan. 7.   Taiwan’s six special municipalities comprise 69.27 percent, with New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung cities accounting for 17.2 percent, 11.91 percent and 11.66 … Continue reading “Taiwan gears up for Jan. 11 presidential, legislative elections”

Premier Su opens final stages of Su-Hua Highway improvement project

The final two stages of the Su-Hua Highway improvement project were opened by Premier Su Tseng-chang Jan. 6 in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan.   Running from Suao Township in Yilan to Sioulin Township in eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County, the eight-tunnel, 12-bridge stages complete a 10-year, NT$55.17 billion (US$1.83 billion) project replacing the highway’s coastal route. … Continue reading “Premier Su opens final stages of Su-Hua Highway improvement project”

Taiwan receives record number of international visitors in 2019

Taiwan welcomed a record 11.84 million international tourists last year, a 7 percent increase over 2018, spotlighting the effectiveness of government policies to attract more visitors, according to the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Jan. 6.   The figures cap a remarkable year for the country’s tourism industry, the bureau said, … Continue reading “Taiwan receives record number of international visitors in 2019”

Taiwan tops Asia in latest DGE gender equality rankings

Taiwan ranks ninth globally and first in Asia based on data used to compile the latest U.N. Gender Inequality Index, according to the Cabinet-level Department of Gender Equality Jan. 3.   Scoring 0.053 out of 1, with a higher value indicating greater inequality, Taiwan trails Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Finland and France, … Continue reading “Taiwan tops Asia in latest DGE gender equality rankings”

MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences

Condolences conveyed by allies and like-minded partners following the deaths of Gen. Shen Yi-ming, chief of the general staff, and seven other service members during the emergency landing of a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter in northern Taiwan are deeply appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan. 3.   The … Continue reading “MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences”

Taiwan mourns chief of general staff, 7 other service members killed in Blackhawk emergency landing

Taiwan is mourning Chief of General Staff Gen. Shen Yi-ming and seven other members of the armed forces killed during the emergency landing of a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter Jan. 2 in northern Taiwan.   This is a day of great grief and sorrow for the whole country, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a special briefing … Continue reading “Taiwan mourns chief of general staff, 7 other service members killed in Blackhawk emergency landing”

TIBE Book Prize winners announced in Taipei

Winners of the 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition Book Prize were announced Jan. 2, showcasing Taiwan’s tremendous depth of publishing talent.   The Chinese-language awards recognize three writers each for the categories of fiction, nonfiction and children and young adults, as well as a single recipient for editing.   Chen Shu-yao, Lee Wei-jing and Lolita … Continue reading “TIBE Book Prize winners announced in Taipei”

Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature

The Anti-Infiltration Act was passed by the Legislature Dec. 31, 2019, underscoring the commitment of the government to safeguarding national security and Taiwan’s democracy.   Described as an effective democratic defense mechanism by the Ministry of the Interior, the legislation complements existing regulations governing lobbying, political donations, and presidential, vice presidential and civil servant elections … Continue reading “Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature”

President Tsai delivers New Year’s Day address

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 1, 2020, that the government is committed to defending Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and sovereignty while promoting peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific.   Taiwan will never accept China’s “one country, two systems,” Tsai said. The deteriorating situation in Hong Kong proves such a model is nonviable as democracy and … Continue reading “President Tsai delivers New Year’s Day address”

Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market

Taiwan-cultivated guavas are set to go on sale in the U.S. after the agricultural product was greenlighted for import, spotlighting government efforts to open up new markets for local farmers.   The decision comes on the heels of an operational work plan signed by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture and U.S. Animal and Plant Health … Continue reading “Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market”

CEC gears up for 2020 presidential and legislative elections

The circulation, comment, report, release or review of all polls for the upcoming ROC (Taiwan) presidential and legislative elections is prohibited starting 12 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, till 4 p.m. Jan. 11, according to the Central Election Commission.   Citing the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act and Civil Servants Election and Recall … Continue reading “CEC gears up for 2020 presidential and legislative elections”

Executive Yuan announces New Year ASF prevention measures

Taiwan has stepped up efforts for preventing an outbreak of African swine fever ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, as the government continues its commitment to protecting the country’s hog farming industry.   With large numbers of travelers and an increased demand for pork products expected during the celebrations, several enhanced measures have … Continue reading “Executive Yuan announces New Year ASF prevention measures”

Taichung to stage regional for FIRST Robotics Competition

A regional for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition is set to be staged at Feng Chia University March 6-8, 2020, in central Taiwan’s Taichung City, spotlighting government efforts promoting the country’s technological credentials on the world stage.   Organized by Central Taiwan Science Park Bureau under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the regional is … Continue reading “Taichung to stage regional for FIRST Robotics Competition”

Taiwan LGBT advocate named top 5 youth activist in Asia by CNN

Taiwan LGBT advocate Weng Yu-ching is one of Asia’s five leading youth activists for 2019, according to U.S.-based news provider CNN Dec. 26.   A staunch promoter of LGBT rights since her teens, the 24-year-old Weng is a driving force behind nonprofit Taiwan Marriage Equality Coalition. She has participated in numerous demonstrations and lobbying sessions, … Continue reading “Taiwan LGBT advocate named top 5 youth activist in Asia by CNN”

MOFA delivers 2019 report card

Steadfast diplomacy is paying handsome dividends for Taiwan by greatly expanding the country’s international space while safeguarding the values of freedom and democracy, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 26.   The year 2019 is one marked with tremendous achievements in promoting relations with the country’s diplomatic allies, the MOFA said, adding that … Continue reading “MOFA delivers 2019 report card”

Taiwan launches cruise tourism R&D center in Kaohsiung

A cruise tourism R&D center was launched Dec. 24 in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, as part of public and private sector efforts to grow the country’s footprint in the potential-laden industry.   Based at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, the center is backed by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and … Continue reading “Taiwan launches cruise tourism R&D center in Kaohsiung”

Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products banned

Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products have been banned after a pork liver paste from the Southeast Asian country tested positive for African swine fever virus, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Dec. 25.   Announcing the decision, COA head and Central Emergency Operation Center Director Chen Chi-chun said the suspect item was identified … Continue reading “Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products banned”

National Taiwan Ocean University unveils domestically developed lobster feed

Domestically developed feed suitable for supporting the growth of lobsters during the high-risk larval stage of six to 14 months was unveiled by Keelung City-headquartered National Taiwan Ocean University Dec. 25 in northern Taiwan.   Produced by NTOU in collaboration with Lienchiang County Government—the local authority overseeing Taiwan’s outlying Matsu archipelago—and the Fisheries Agency under … Continue reading “National Taiwan Ocean University unveils domestically developed lobster feed”

YouTube video promoting Taiwan viewed over 5 million times

A video promoting Taiwan produced by a pair of famous YouTubers has been viewed more than five million times on the online platform after it was released Dec. 21, spotlighting the country’s friendliness and diversity for a global audience.   Created by Nuseir Yassin from Israel and Alyne Tamir from the U.S., the clip titled … Continue reading “YouTube video promoting Taiwan viewed over 5 million times”

Exhibition of imperial curios underway at NPM southern branch

A special exhibition showcasing 619 curios from the royal collection of China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1911) kicked off Dec. 25 at the Southern Branch of National Palace Museum in Chiayi County.   Running through Dec. 26, 2021, “Curio Boxes of Qianlong Emperor” features various treasures the Qing ruler enjoyed during his reign in the eighteenth century. … Continue reading “Exhibition of imperial curios underway at NPM southern branch”

MOE forum strengthens Taiwan-Vietnam education ties

Taiwan-Vietnam Education Forum wrapped up Dec. 21 in Hanoi, underscoring the commitment of the government to expanding related exchanges and strengthening friendship with the New Southbound Policy target country.   Organized by the Ministry of Education, the five-day event attracted 218 representatives from 112 tertiary institutions. Discussions encompassed such topics as higher education reform, industry-academia … Continue reading “MOE forum strengthens Taiwan-Vietnam education ties”

Premier Su opens South Link Highway expansion project

The third and final South Link Highway expansion project was opened by Premier Su Tseng-chang Dec. 23 in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan.   Running from Caopu Village in Pingtung to Anshuo Village in southeastern Taiwan’s Taitung County, the project comprised an elevated bridge and a tunnel. It fulfils an NT$22.7 billion (US$751.28 million) government commitment … Continue reading “Premier Su opens South Link Highway expansion project”

Taiwan arts educators honored for exceptional contributions

Winners of the Arts Education Contribution Award were announced Dec. 23 at National Central Library in Taipei City, spotlighting the efforts of the country’s educators and institutions in developing the next generation of creative talent.   Organized by the Ministry of Education, the award was given across five categories for outstanding private institutions, schools and … Continue reading “Taiwan arts educators honored for exceptional contributions”

Taiwan thanks US president for signing NDAA 2020

The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act 2020 by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, which contains passages highlighting Taiwan’s national security and China’s attempted electoral interference, is sincerely appreciated by the country, according to the Presidential Office Dec. 21.   Taiwan and the U.S. share the fundamental values of freedom and democracy, PO Spokesperson … Continue reading “Taiwan thanks US president for signing NDAA 2020”

CIP honors Taiwan indigenous literature awards winners

Winners of the Taiwan indigenous literature awards organized by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples were honored Dec. 21 in Taipei City, spotlighting some of the country’s best aboriginal authors.   The four recipients come from the Atayal, Paiwan, and Truku tribes, finishing atop a 120-strong field in the categories of novella, poetry, essay and … Continue reading “CIP honors Taiwan indigenous literature awards winners”

Kinmen County Government tops Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors

Kinmen County Government is winner of top Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors, according to the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Dec. 20.   KCG outperformed in core service areas of management, staff and transportation, as well as successfully incorporated the main attractions of battlefield and southern Fujian culture into its shuttle service, … Continue reading “Kinmen County Government tops Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors”

Chiayi Christian Hospital, Dr. Wei Fu-chan awarded MOFA’s Friend of Foreign Service Medals

Chiayi Christian Hospital and Dr. Wei Fu-chan of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital were awarded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Friend of Foreign Service Medals at a ceremony Dec. 19 in Taipei City.   Presented by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, the medals signify the deep appreciation of the government and people for CCH and the … Continue reading “Chiayi Christian Hospital, Dr. Wei Fu-chan awarded MOFA’s Friend of Foreign Service Medals”

VP Chen set for Palau visit to celebrate 20 years of ties

Vice President Chen Chien-jen is set to depart Dec. 28 on an official visit to Palau to celebrate 20 years of Taiwan-Palau diplomatic relations, marking a milestone in relations between the two allies.   During a news conference Dec. 19 at the Presidential Office, Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien said the three-day trip is an … Continue reading “VP Chen set for Palau visit to celebrate 20 years of ties”

AIDC, Lockheed Martin ink F-16 maintenance pact

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. and U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp. concluded a memorandum of understanding on F-16 aircraft maintenance Dec. 17 in Taichung City. The pact was inked by AIDC Chairman Hu Kai-hung and Randy Howard, director of F-16/F-22 business development for Lockheed Martin, at the headquarters of the state-backed outfit in the … Continue reading “AIDC, Lockheed Martin ink F-16 maintenance pact”

World science academy elects 3 Academia Sinica scholars

Academia Sinica academicians Chung Bon-chu, James C. Liao, and Lu Chih-yuan were among 36 new fellows elected to Italy-based The World Academy of Sciences Dec. 10, spotlighting their respective efforts in advancing human knowledge.   Chung, a distinguished research fellow in the Institute of Molecular Biology at Taiwan’s top research body, was selected for her … Continue reading “World science academy elects 3 Academia Sinica scholars”

Legislative Yuan passes prison law amendments

The ROC (Taiwan) Legislative Yuan passed the final reading of amendments to the Prison Act Dec. 17 in Taipei City, marking a milestone in the country’s ongoing judicial reform.   According to the Ministry of Justice, a dedicated team has been working on revising the act since 2008 to further human rights protections in the … Continue reading “Legislative Yuan passes prison law amendments”

MOFA outlines success of Taiwan’s UNFCCC campaign

Taiwan public and private sector support for the country’s bid to participate in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change has raised global awareness of the many ways Taiwan Can Help realize U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 13, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16.   At the vanguard of these efforts during the … Continue reading “MOFA outlines success of Taiwan’s UNFCCC campaign”

GCTF Joint Committee staged in Washington

The annual Global Cooperative Training Framework Joint Committee concluded Dec. 6 in Washington, with representatives from Taiwan, Japan and the U.S. reviewing the initiative’s annual progress and charting the route for the year to come.   According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the one-day meeting also involved senior officials from the Ministries of Justice … Continue reading “GCTF Joint Committee staged in Washington”

International indigenous economy forum underway in northern Taiwan

An international indigenous economic development forum kicked off Dec. 15 in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City, bringing together 200-plus business representatives, experts and officials from home and abroad to discuss the latest trends, market opportunities and policy approaches.   Hosted by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples, the three-day event consists of keynote speeches, workshops, visits … Continue reading “International indigenous economy forum underway in northern Taiwan”

Taiwan table tennis mixed doubles duo qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Taiwan table tennis aces Cheng I-ching and Lin Yun-ju have qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo following victory in the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals Dec. 12 in Zhengzhou, China.   Cheng and Lin took 19 minutes to brush aside their opponents from Hungary in … Continue reading “Taiwan table tennis mixed doubles duo qualify for Tokyo Olympics”

Three TV policy presentations set for presidential election

Three televised policy presentations will be staged later this month for the three candidates contesting the 15th ROC (Taiwan) presidential election, according to the Cabinet-level Central Election Commission Dec. 11.   The first event is set for Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Chinese Television System Inc., with the other two … Continue reading “Three TV policy presentations set for presidential election”