Taiwan welcomes US Department of State’s approval of missile servicing package

The recent approval by the U.S. Department of State of a proposed missile servicing package requested by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office is sincerely welcomed by Taiwan’s government and people, the Presidential Office said July 10.   At an estimated cost of US$620 million, the package includes logistics support and technical services for … Continue reading “Taiwan welcomes US Department of State’s approval of missile servicing package”

Winners of 2020 Taipei Film Awards honored

The winners of 2020 Taipei Film Awards were honored July 11 in a glittering ceremony at Zhongshan Hall featuring industry luminaries and headlined by Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te.   Held as the closing event of the local government-organized Taipei Film Festival, the awards took on a special note as they were the first large-scale … Continue reading “Winners of 2020 Taipei Film Awards honored”

Tsai announces pay raise for Taiwan’s National Airborne Service Corps

President Tsai Ing-wen announced a pay raise for members of National Airborne Service Corps under the Ministry of the Interior July 10 in central Taiwan’s Taichung City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to fostering the recruitment and retention of aviation talents while strengthening the country’s disaster relief capabilities.   Pilots of the corps will receive a … Continue reading “Tsai announces pay raise for Taiwan’s National Airborne Service Corps”

MOTC unveils phase two of smart transportation development project

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications unveiled the second stage of the government’s smart transportation development project focused on enhancing the convenience and safety of transportation in Taiwan’s rural areas.   During a briefing at the Executive Yuan, Premier Su Tseng-chang said the plan is a key part of government efforts to rebalance regional development. … Continue reading “MOTC unveils phase two of smart transportation development project”

Digital stimulus voucher program launched by COA

A digital stimulus voucher program was launched by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture July 9, spotlighting the government’s commitment to revitalizing Taiwan’s agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry industries in the post-pandemic new life.   To take part in the voucher lottery, Taiwan nationals and foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens with residency must first register … Continue reading “Digital stimulus voucher program launched by COA”

MAC advises ROC (Taiwan) nationals against traveling to China, Hong Kong, Macao

ROC (Taiwan) nationals are advised against traveling to China, Hong Kong and Macao given the risk of prosecution under implementation rules pertaining to Article 43 of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, according to the Mainland Affairs Council July 9.   This position is taken given the broad-based provisions of the law, the MAC … Continue reading “MAC advises ROC (Taiwan) nationals against traveling to China, Hong Kong, Macao”

Taiwan’s passport ranked 33rd strongest globally

Taiwan’s passport is the 33rd strongest in the world, with holders enjoying visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 146 countries and territories, according to London-headquartered citizenship and residency advisory firm Henley and Partners July 6. Taiwan is one of the biggest climbers since 2010 out of the 199 countries and territories on the Henley Passport Index. … Continue reading “Taiwan’s passport ranked 33rd strongest globally”

MOE rolls out digital stimulus voucher program

The Ministry of Education announced a digital stimulus voucher program July 8, highlighting government efforts to help Taiwan’s sports sectors get back on track in the post-pandemic new life.   To be entered into the voucher lottery, Taiwan nationals and foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens with residency must first register online July 20-26. Four million … Continue reading “MOE rolls out digital stimulus voucher program”

Coronavirus entry rules for overseas tertiary students further eased in Taiwan

Tertiary students from low- and low-to-moderate coronavirus risk countries Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Sri Lanka are permitted to enter Taiwan effective July 8 as per the latest Central Epidemic Command Center directive.   Upon landing, the enrolled and graduating students must undergo temperature and basic health screenings before taking designated vehicles to approved … Continue reading “Coronavirus entry rules for overseas tertiary students further eased in Taiwan”

Schools in Taiwan to install classroom air conditioning by 2022

All of the 100,000 plus classrooms in elementary and high schools around Taiwan will be equipped with air conditioning by the summer of 2022, Premier Su Tseng-chang announced July 7. During a visit to a building improvement project at Tainan Municipal Baihe Elementary School in southern Taiwan, Su said ensuring a comfortable learning environment for … Continue reading “Schools in Taiwan to install classroom air conditioning by 2022”

Tsai celebrates TAITRA’s 50th anniversary

President Tsai Ing-wen celebrated the 50th anniversary of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) at a ceremony July 7 in Taipei City, describing the nonprofit as instrumental in advancing the country’s international business interests.   More than 60 overseas offices have been set up worldwide under TAITRA’s watch, Tsai said. These are helping Taiwan companies … Continue reading “Tsai celebrates TAITRA’s 50th anniversary”

MAC strongly condemns article under Hong Kong’s national security law

Article 43 of the Hong Kong national security law was strongly condemned by the Mainland Affairs Council as its implementation rules took effect July 7.   Under the new stipulations, Hong Kong police are authorized to require political organizations and agents of foreign countries, including those of Taiwan, to provide information on their activities concerning … Continue reading “MAC strongly condemns article under Hong Kong’s national security law”

Taiwan stages virtual coronavirus-combating seminar for Africa

A virtual coronavirus-combating seminar involving participants from Taiwan and across Africa was staged July 6 by Taipei City-based Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and National Taiwan University Hospital.   Supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the event detailed the Taiwan Model and core components such as border controls, 14-day quarantines and surgical … Continue reading “Taiwan stages virtual coronavirus-combating seminar for Africa”

Taiwan tops EU e-bike import market in 2019

Taiwan’s e-bike exports to the EU soared 76.4 percent to US$430.4 million in 2019, surpassing China and Hong Kong to become the top supplier to the organization’s member states for the first time, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said July 6.   According to the MOEA, Taiwan accounted for 64.7 percent of the EU’s import … Continue reading “Taiwan tops EU e-bike import market in 2019”

President Tsai lauds National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park

President Tsai Ing-wen lauded National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park and the extensive of efforts of contributors in realizing the long-awaited facility during the official opening ceremony July 6 in Taipei City.   Sixteen years of hard work has paid handsome dividends, Tsai said. The park is a credit to all involved and represents the … Continue reading “President Tsai lauds National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park”

MOEA spotlights NSP’s role in mitigating economic impact of coronavirus

The New Southbound Policy is mitigating the impact of coronavirus on Taiwan’s economy and will remain a cornerstone regional engagement and integration measure going forward, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs July 5.   Taiwan’s exports to NSP target countries slowed due to a slump in demand caused by the virus first reported in … Continue reading “MOEA spotlights NSP’s role in mitigating economic impact of coronavirus”

Watercolor exhibition featuring Taiwan, Japan artists kicks off in Taipei

A watercolor exhibition kicked off July 4 at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei City, showcasing 102 paintings by 99 artists from Taiwan and Japan to mark the 50th anniversary of Taipei-based Taiwan Watercolor Association, according to the Ministry of Culture.   At the launch ceremony, MOC Deputy Minister Hsiao Tsung-huang said watercolors … Continue reading “Watercolor exhibition featuring Taiwan, Japan artists kicks off in Taipei”

Taiwan to reestablish representative office in Guam

Taiwan is set to reestablish the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam, spotlighting the government’s commitment to building its presence in the Indo-Pacific while highlighting the country’s strong partnership with the U.S., according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 3.   The decision reflects the growing strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, the … Continue reading “Taiwan to reestablish representative office in Guam”

Taiwan, Somaliland to set up representative offices

The ROC (Taiwan) and Republic of Somaliland will set up respective representative office in Hargeisa and Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to furthering engagement with East Africa, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs July 1.   During a press conference in Taipei, MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said the decision follows a bilateral … Continue reading “Taiwan, Somaliland to set up representative offices”

2 melt-blown lines commence operation in northern Taiwan

Two melt-blown lines for nonwoven fabrics used in producing surgical masks commenced operation July 1 in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City, according to the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.   Owned and managed respectively by locally headquartered Mytrex Health Technologies Inc. and Trimeltech Co. Ltd., the lines are each projected to turn … Continue reading “2 melt-blown lines commence operation in northern Taiwan”

NPM Children’s Gallery offering enhanced accessibility reopens July 1

National Palace Museum’s Children’s Gallery reopened July 1 in Taipei City, offering visitors an immersive experience while promoting access to Taiwan’s cultural heritage for those of all ages.   The gallery makes extensive use of digital media and interactive games to appeal to a broader audience, NPM said. No longer limited to those aged 5-12, … Continue reading “NPM Children’s Gallery offering enhanced accessibility reopens July 1”

VP Lai attends Chen Wen-chen commemoration in Taipei

Vice President Lai Ching-te attended an event commemorating the 39th anniversary of academic Chen Wen-chen’s death July 2 at National Taiwan University in Taipei City.   Chen was a staunch supporter of Taiwan’s democratic development, Lai said. It is important for the people to reflect on his contribution and stand with those in Hong Kong … Continue reading “VP Lai attends Chen Wen-chen commemoration in Taipei”

NYU scholar Jerome Cohen awarded state honor

New York University law professor Jerome Cohen was conferred with the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Gordon July 2 by Lily Hsu, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, in recognition of his work advancing Taiwan-U.S. relations.   During a virtual ceremony, Hsu said the honor represents the sincere appreciation … Continue reading “NYU scholar Jerome Cohen awarded state honor”

Premier Su vows to position Taiwan at heart of global tech industry supply chains

Premier Su Tseng-chang said July 2 that the government will continue prioritizing 5G and artificial intelligence technologies while strengthening the semiconductor industry’s material and equipment networks to place the country at heart of global supply chains for the tech sector.   Taiwan businesses are relocating operations of high-end products to the country from overseas amid … Continue reading “Premier Su vows to position Taiwan at heart of global tech industry supply chains”

MOFA strongly condemns passage of Hong Kong national security law

Passage of the Hong Kong national security law by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress was strongly condemned June 30 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The law reflects a complete negation of the commitment made by the Chinese Communist Party at the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 that the territory’s … Continue reading “MOFA strongly condemns passage of Hong Kong national security law”

Cruise ship tour of Taiwan’s outlying islands set to sail

Taiwan is set to become the first country in the world to resume cruise ship services as part of plans to boost tourism in the post-pandemic new life, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said June 30.   According to the MOTC, the government has teamed up with a domestic travel agency to offer island-hopping … Continue reading “Cruise ship tour of Taiwan’s outlying islands set to sail”

President Tsai lauds launch of 5G services in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 30 that the launch of 5G services in Taiwan marks a milestone in the country’s high tech industry while securing it a key position in the post-pandemic global economy.   The achievement is evidence that government efforts to transform the country into a digital nation and smart island are paying … Continue reading “President Tsai lauds launch of 5G services in Taiwan”

Taiwan releases 3rd national report on UN human rights covenants

The Executive Yuan released Taiwan’s third national report on the implementation of the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights June 29 in Taipei City, underscoring the government’s commitment to protecting freedom and human rights.   During the launch event, Premier Su Tseng-chang … Continue reading “Taiwan releases 3rd national report on UN human rights covenants”

Stimulus vouchers available for pre-order July 1

Stimulus vouchers aimed at spurring consumption in Taiwan are available for pre-order from July 1, highlighting government efforts to boost economic activity in the post-pandemic new life.   All Taiwan nationals and foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens with residency are eligible to receive the benefits by making an out-of-pocket payment of NT$1,000 (US$34) in return … Continue reading “Stimulus vouchers available for pre-order July 1”

8 foreign professionals granted ROC (Taiwan) citizenship

Eight foreign professionals were granted ROC (Taiwan) citizenship June 24 by the Ministry of the Interior as part of government efforts to deepen the country’s leading-edge talent pool.   Boasting extensive experience and superlative skills, the individuals are respective specialists in the fields of education, economics, medicine and technology. They are entitled to the same … Continue reading “8 foreign professionals granted ROC (Taiwan) citizenship”

Taipei named best leisure destination in Asia by Global Traveler

Taipei City was named Asia’s best leisure destination in the 2020 Leisure Lifestyle Award survey released June 26 by U.S.-headquartered Global Traveler, a magazine geared toward businesspeople.   The result marks the third straight year Taipei has claimed the top spot in the annual rankings. Other cities finishing in the top five were Singapore, Seoul, … Continue reading “Taipei named best leisure destination in Asia by Global Traveler”

Tier 1 anti-human trafficking status awarded to Taiwan for 11th consecutive year

Taiwan maintained its Tier 1 ranking for the 11th consecutive year in the 20th Trafficking in Persons Report released June 25 by the U.S. Department of State.   The country shares the recognition in the Asia-Pacific with Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and South Korea. Hong Kong drops to the Tier 2 watchlist while China … Continue reading “Tier 1 anti-human trafficking status awarded to Taiwan for 11th consecutive year”

Taiwan eases entry regulations for foreign nationals

Taiwan’s entry regulations for foreign nationals changed June 29 as part of government efforts to gradually reopen the country while spurring economic activity in the post-pandemic new life.   Travelers planning to visit Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits can apply for a permit at overseas offices, the Ministry of Foreign … Continue reading “Taiwan eases entry regulations for foreign nationals”

80-plus Taiwan films feature at online Marche du Film

More than 80 offerings are featured in the Taiwan Cinema selection at Cannes Film Festival’s online Marche du Film running June 22-26, according to the Taiwan Creative Content Agency under the Ministry of Culture.   Comprising animations, documentaries, narrative features, projects, restored classics and shorts, the films spotlight the creativity of Taiwan’s movie industry and … Continue reading “80-plus Taiwan films feature at online Marche du Film”

Industrial output continues growing in May for Taiwan

Taiwan’s industrial production index rose 1.51 percent year on year to 110.18 in May, spotlighting growth momentum of the local electronics industry, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs June 23.   Of the four subindexes comprising the overall benchmark, manufacturing—worth nearly 92 percent of the weighting—picked up 1.68 percent from a year ago while … Continue reading “Industrial output continues growing in May for Taiwan”

Taiwan, Australia, Japan, US stage GCTF online workshop

A virtual workshop on preparing for a potential second wave of coronavirus held under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework was staged June 24 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to building an effective disease-fighting network.   Jointly organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Welfare, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan … Continue reading “Taiwan, Australia, Japan, US stage GCTF online workshop”

PO announces Control Yuan president and member nominees

The Presidential Office announced its nominees for the Control Yuan June 22, with former PO Secretary-General Chen Chu set to head the government branch responsible for investigating and disciplining public agencies and servants.   During a press conference held at the PO in Taipei City, chairperson of the nomination committee and former Vice President Chen … Continue reading “PO announces Control Yuan president and member nominees”

President Tsai addresses Copenhagen Democracy Summit

President Tsai Ing-wen discussed the need for like-minded countries to defend shared values in the face of rising authoritarianism, as well as Taiwan’s efforts in combating coronavirus, during her special address June 19 at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit.   Organized by Denmark-headquartered Alliance of Democracies, a nonprofit founded by the Scandinavian country’s former Prime Minister … Continue reading “President Tsai addresses Copenhagen Democracy Summit”

MOFA releases Q1 trade promotion report card

Taiwan’s representative offices around the world working in tandem with the Ministry of Economic Affairs helped significantly boost foreign trade and investment in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 20. During a challenging period for the world economy, overseas offices have put the spotlight on Taiwan’s high-tech prowess … Continue reading “MOFA releases Q1 trade promotion report card”

Tang Prize laureates for Sinology, rule of law announced in Taipei

The 2020 Tang Prize winners for Sinology and rule of law were announced June 20 and 21, respectively, by Taipei City-based Tang Prize Foundation.   Wang Gungwu was recognized for contributions to overseas Chinese studies, while nongovernmental organizations Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Colombia-based Dejusticia: The Center for Law, Justice and Society, and Lebanon-headquartered The Legal … Continue reading “Tang Prize laureates for Sinology, rule of law announced in Taipei”

Tang Prize laureates for sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science unveiled

The 2020 Tang Prize winners for sustainable development and biopharmaceutical science were announced June 18 and 19, respectively, by Taipei City-based Tang Prize Foundation.   Jane Goodall was honored for contributions to primatology and environmental conservation, while Charles Dinarello, Marc Feldmann and Tadamitsu Kishimoto were jointly recognized for advancing inflammatory disease treatment.   According to … Continue reading “Tang Prize laureates for sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science unveiled”

MOFA releases World Refugee Day short film

A short film showcasing Taiwan’s humanitarian assistance efforts in Africa and Asia was released June 19 in the run-up to World Refugee Day by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Taiwan Story-Together Stronger” draws the curtain back on aspects of the MOFA’s long-term collaboration with local and overseas nongovernmental organizations, as well as like-minded partners, in … Continue reading “MOFA releases World Refugee Day short film”

MAC unveils action plan to support Hong Kongers

The Mainland Affairs Council launched an action plan June 18 to support Hong Kongers’ pursuit of freedom and democracy while offering assistance to those wishing to contribute to Taiwan.   During a press conference in Taipei City, MAC Minister Chen Ming-tong said the action plan is in response to a planned move by China to … Continue reading “MAC unveils action plan to support Hong Kongers”

CECC announces new quarantine rules for foreign business visitors

Qualified foreign nationals visiting Taiwan for short-term business purposes can apply to reduce their 14-day mandatory quarantine beginning June 22, as the country gears up to reopen borders for international trade activities in the post-pandemic new life.   According to the Central Epidemic Command Center, the rule applies to travelers arriving from the low-risk countries … Continue reading “CECC announces new quarantine rules for foreign business visitors”

Presidential Office to stage Dragon Boat Festival celebratory event

The Presidential Office is staging a special celebratory event June 25 to 27 on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei City as part of the annual Dragon Boat Festival.   Organized by Taipei-headquartered General Association of Chinese Culture, the temple fair-inspired extravaganza will feature a farmers’ market, folk recitals, indie band concerts, puppet shows, stage plays and … Continue reading “Presidential Office to stage Dragon Boat Festival celebratory event”

MOE launches measure helping foreign students return to Taiwan

A measure aimed at helping foreign students resume their studies in Taiwan was launched by the Ministry of Education June 17, highlighting the country’s return to normalcy after the government’s successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Applications are now open for students from low-risk countries and territories listed by the Central Epidemic Command Center, … Continue reading “MOE launches measure helping foreign students return to Taiwan”

Taiwan climbs 5 spots to 11th in IMD world competitiveness report

Taiwan moved up five spots to 11th in the latest World Competitiveness Yearbook published June 16 by Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development, hitting its highest spot in the annual report since 2016.   In the survey of 63 major economies, Taiwan placed third in the Asia-Pacific region ahead of Australia, 18th; China, 20th; New … Continue reading “Taiwan climbs 5 spots to 11th in IMD world competitiveness report”

Asia-Pacific HQ of Bosch eBike Systems opens in Taichung

Taichung City is the new home of Germany-headquartered Bosch eBike Systems’ Asia Pacific headquarters, spotlighting Taiwan’s increasing attractiveness for foreign investors looking to expand their presence in the region.   An inauguration ceremony was held June 16 in the central Taiwan metropolis to mark the occasion. Attendees included government officials, Bosch executives and Thomas Prinz, … Continue reading “Asia-Pacific HQ of Bosch eBike Systems opens in Taichung”

World Organization for Animal Health designates Taiwan FMD-free

Taiwan is designated foot and mouth disease free where vaccination is not practiced by Paris-headquartered World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 16.   The new status, which applies to Taiwan and outlying Matsu and Penghu islands, was welcomed by the MOFA. The result is testament to the … Continue reading “World Organization for Animal Health designates Taiwan FMD-free”

FinTech cooperation agreement inked by Taiwan, Canada

The Cabinet-level Financial Supervisory Commission has concluded a financial technology cooperation agreement with the Canadian Securities Administration, spotlighting efforts to promote global partnerships in the potential-laden sector.   The Canadian agency is the securities regulatory authority for the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.   According to … Continue reading “FinTech cooperation agreement inked by Taiwan, Canada”