Homegrown troupes sparkle at contemporary dance festival in New York

Two Taiwan art troupes are showcasing the country’s rich creative performance pedigree Jan. 14-15 at the Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia in New York, spotlighting the vibrancy of the nation’s performing arts landscape, according to the Ministry of Culture.   Co-staged by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York under the MOC and … Continue reading “Homegrown troupes sparkle at contemporary dance festival in New York”

Taiwan moves up to 32nd in Henley Passport Index

Taiwan moved up two spots to 32nd in the Henley Passport Index released Jan. 11 by London-headquartered citizenship and residency advisory firm Henley and Partners.   ROC (Taiwan) passport holders enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 145 countries and territories. This year’s HPI, based on data from Montreal-based International Air Transport Association, compared visa-free access … Continue reading “Taiwan moves up to 32nd in Henley Passport Index”

VP Lai vows to make Taiwan integral part of global supply chains

The government is committed to making Taiwan an integral part of global supply chains, cementing the country’s position in the world economy, according to Vice President Lai Ching-te Jan. 11.   The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world economic landscape profoundly, Lai said. This is illustrated by the restructuring of global supply chains and new … Continue reading “VP Lai vows to make Taiwan integral part of global supply chains”

Taiwan commits to advancing Summit for Democracy objectives

A total of 62 pledges aimed at combating corruption, promoting human rights and resisting authoritarianism were released Jan. 11 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of Taiwan’s commitment to advancing the objectives of the Summit for Democracy hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden.   Such measures include supporting passage of the Whistleblower Protection … Continue reading “Taiwan commits to advancing Summit for Democracy objectives”

Taiwan-Japan Economic and Trade Conference gets underway

The 45th Taiwan-Japan Economic and Trade Conference kicked off Jan. 11, underscoring the commitment of both sides to further strengthening robust relations, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Chiou I-jen, chairperson of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, said during his opening remarks that the virtual conference is particularly significant as the two sides continue … Continue reading “Taiwan-Japan Economic and Trade Conference gets underway”

President Tsai reiterates Taiwan’s commitment to combating COVID-19, urges public to get booster shot

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 8 that the government is committed to warding off COVID-19 to safeguard the health of citizens.   According to Tsai, close cooperation between the central and local governments as well as public compliance with the government’s disease management protocols are the keys to combating the coronavirus.   Anyone who is … Continue reading “President Tsai reiterates Taiwan’s commitment to combating COVID-19, urges public to get booster shot”

Taiwan, Canada set to start exploratory talks on bilateral investment agreement

Taiwan and Canada are set to start exploratory talks on a bilateral foreign investment promotion and protection agreement, according to the Executive Yuan Jan. 10.   The decision was reached during a virtual meeting earlier the same day between Minister without Portfolio John C. C. Deng and Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business … Continue reading “Taiwan, Canada set to start exploratory talks on bilateral investment agreement”

Tsai vows to rejuvenate Taiwan’s cultural industries

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 7 that the government is sparing no effort in revitalizing Taiwan’s cultural industries.   This is evidenced by the upgrade of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute from an incorporated foundation to an administrative public entity, Tsai said. The institution will expand its efforts in restoring the country’s audiovisual heritage … Continue reading “Tsai vows to rejuvenate Taiwan’s cultural industries”

MOFA welcomes Czechia push to strengthen ties with Taiwan

The decision by the Czech Republic to expand cooperation and exchanges with Taiwan as contained in a new government program statement is sincerely welcomed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Jan. 8.   Released the day before, the statement largely encompasses the Central European country’s relations with EU, NATO and Visegrad Group members. It also … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes Czechia push to strengthen ties with Taiwan”

Taiwan, Nigeria stage 2022 business forum

A business forum was staged Jan. 6 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan as part of joint efforts to advance strategic cooperation in trade and investment.   Opened by Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui and Nigeria’s Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Evelyn N. Ngige, the day-long … Continue reading “Taiwan, Nigeria stage 2022 business forum”

Metrograph screens Taiwan films in New York

Taiwan films are being screened Dec. 31, 2021 to Jan. 13, 2022 at Metrograph in New York, according to the Ministry of Culture.   A total of 6 productions from Taiwan are taking center stage at the event as part of its Spectacles & Spirits series.   Headlining the Taiwan delegation for this year’s edition … Continue reading “Metrograph screens Taiwan films in New York”

MOFA eyes stronger Taiwan-Lithuania ties

Taiwan will continue deepening friendship and expanding exchanges with Lithuania while promoting regional and international peace, stability and prosperity, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Ho-jen Tseng Jan. 5.   Both sides harnessed the power of freedom and democracy in strengthening bonds amid the pandemic, Tseng said. The Baltic state’s donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses … Continue reading “MOFA eyes stronger Taiwan-Lithuania ties”

Taiwan, Vietnam ink MOU on trade promotion, cooperation

Taiwan and Vietnam inked a memorandum of understanding on trade promotion and cooperation Jan. 5, spotlighting government efforts to boost exchanges with the New Southbound Policy partner country, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.   Witnessed by Cynthia Kiang, director general of MOEA’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, the pact was signed by Richard R.C. … Continue reading “Taiwan, Vietnam ink MOU on trade promotion, cooperation”

President Tsai reaffirms commitment to sports development in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 3 that the government is leaving no stone unturned in promoting sports development and backing athletes representing Taiwan in the international arena.   Public and private sector efforts are helping ensure sports such as marathon are growing in popularity with the people, Tsai said. Athletes and coaching teams are benefiting … Continue reading “President Tsai reaffirms commitment to sports development in Taiwan”

VP Lai urges societywide approach to warding off COVID-19 variants

Enhanced public-private cooperation is key to combating COVID-19 with the emergence of the new omicron variant and persistence of the pandemic, according to Vice President Lai Ching-te Jan. 3.   Surgical masks have been essential in Taiwan’s coronavirus prevention efforts, with pharmacists all over the country having worked diligently on the front lines to help … Continue reading “VP Lai urges societywide approach to warding off COVID-19 variants”

Taiwan sets sights on joining APEC’s Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement

Taiwan is willing and able to join the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement proposed by New Zealand, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples.   Initiated during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings held in February 2021, the arrangement focuses on how to strengthen the economic empowerment of indigenous peoples. This is to … Continue reading “Taiwan sets sights on joining APEC’s Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement”

Taiwan, India sign cybersecurity cooperation pact

A memorandum of understanding on cybersecurity cooperation was concluded by Taiwan and India Jan. 3, underscoring the like-minded partners’ commitment to strengthening bilateral exchange and research, the National Center for High-performance Computing at the National Applied Research Laboratories under the Ministry of Science and Technology said.   Inked virtually by Shepherd Shi, director-general of the … Continue reading “Taiwan, India sign cybersecurity cooperation pact”

MOFA stages New Year’s Eve function for Indo-Pacific diplomats

Diplomats from 11 Indo-Pacific countries stationed in Taiwan took part in a specially organized New Year’s Eve function staged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underscoring the commitment of the government to strengthening bonds with the country’s like-minded partners.   Hosted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang at the MOFA’s Institute of Diplomacy and International … Continue reading “MOFA stages New Year’s Eve function for Indo-Pacific diplomats”

Tsai delivers 2022 New Year’s Day address

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 1, 2022, that the government is working to continue Taiwan’s global engagement, maintain economic momentum and strengthen the social security network, while safeguarding the country’s sovereignty in the face of challenges.   Taiwan’s civil society has steadily matured as evidenced by the recently held referendum, Tsai said. The country has … Continue reading “Tsai delivers 2022 New Year’s Day address”

Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 certificates available online

Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 certificates, recently recognized by the European Commission, are available online starting Dec. 28, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.   All people in Taiwan with a valid passport can apply for the certificates via the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website. For ROC (Taiwan) nationals, a passport number is required, along … Continue reading “Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 certificates available online”

Taiwan to donate 150K Medigen COVID-19 vaccine doses to Somaliland

Taiwan will donate 150,000 Medigen COVID-19 vaccine doses to Somaliland as part of its commitment to safeguarding the health of the people in the Horn of Africa partner and combating coronavirus worldwide, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 28.   Wu Chen-chi, acting head of the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland, and Hassan Mohamed … Continue reading “Taiwan to donate 150K Medigen COVID-19 vaccine doses to Somaliland”

MOFA thanks Formosa Club for urging EU support of Taiwan-Lithuania ties

A Formosa Club letter urging the presidents of the European Commission and Council to support the development of Taiwan-Lithuania ties is warmly welcomed by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 24.   Signed by the club’s co-chairs and members of the European Parliament and 24 national parliaments across Europe, … Continue reading “MOFA thanks Formosa Club for urging EU support of Taiwan-Lithuania ties”

Taiwan to host World Movement for Democracy’s 11th Global Assembly

Taiwan will host the World Movement for Democracy’s 11th Global Assembly in 2022, underscoring the government’s commitment to strengthening cooperation among like-minded partners in resisting authoritarianism.   Taking place Oct. 24 to 27 in Taipei City, the event brings together around 400 activists and experts from dozens of countries. They will share experiences in building … Continue reading “Taiwan to host World Movement for Democracy’s 11th Global Assembly”

ROC (Taiwan) air force C-130s deliver Typhoon Rai relief supplies to Philippines

Two ROC (Taiwan) air force C-130s delivered 10 metric tons of relief supplies to the Philippines Dec. 25-26 as part of government efforts to assist the Southeast Asian country bounce back from Typhoon Rai, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.   Taking off from Pingtung air force base in southern Taiwan, the transports touched down … Continue reading “ROC (Taiwan) air force C-130s deliver Typhoon Rai relief supplies to Philippines”

Taiwan, UK sign reciprocal driver’s license pact

A memorandum of understanding on driver’s license exchanges was concluded by Taiwan and the U.K. Dec. 23, underscoring the commitment of the like-minded partners to further expanding bilateral exchanges, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Inked by Kelly Wu-chiao Hsieh, head of Taipei Representative Office in the U.K., and British Office Taipei Rep. … Continue reading “Taiwan, UK sign reciprocal driver’s license pact”

President Tsai vows to attract more overseas investment in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 22 that boosting overseas investment in Taiwan remains a cornerstone of the government’s approach to cementing the country’s position in global supply chains.   Due to the accelerated restructuring of global supply chains amid coronavirus, many countries around the world have moved parts of their supply chains to New Southbound … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to attract more overseas investment in Taiwan”

Taiwan supports post-Typhoon Rai relief, reconstruction in the Philippines

Taiwan donated US$500,000 to the Philippines Dec. 22 in support of relief and reconstruction efforts following Typhoon Rai, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The extreme weather event, which impacted the central and southern regions—including Mindanao and Visayas islands—triggered severe flooding and landslides, the MOFA said, adding that it is estimated to have … Continue reading “Taiwan supports post-Typhoon Rai relief, reconstruction in the Philippines”

President Tsai unveils Hsinchu innovation school plaque

President Tsai Ing-wen unveiled the plaque for the Industry Academia Innovation School of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Dec. 21, spotlighting the government’s commitment to making the country an integral part of global supply chains.   According to Tsai, the IAIS is the first research institute established through industry-academia cooperation in Taiwan. To ensure … Continue reading “President Tsai unveils Hsinchu innovation school plaque”

MOFA welcomes EC’s recognition of Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 certificates

The decision by the European Commission to recognize Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates is sincerely appreciated and welcomed by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 21.   As per the measures announced earlier the same day, certificates issued under the Taiwan Digital COVID-19 Certificate System will be connected to the … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes EC’s recognition of Taiwan’s digital COVID-19 certificates”

MOC, Biennale of Sydney ink pact supporting Taiwan indigenous artist

The Ministry of Culture and the Biennale of Sydney signed a memorandum of understanding in support of Taiwan indigenous artist Aluaiy Kaumakan’s participation in the Australian event next year, underscoring the government efforts to strengthen cultural exchanges with the New Southbound Policy partner country.   The MOU was signed by Fan Huei-chun, head of the … Continue reading “MOC, Biennale of Sydney ink pact supporting Taiwan indigenous artist”

MOFA conveys typhoon condolences to the Philippines

The government and people of Taiwan convey their condolences to those affected by Typhoon Rai, which struck the central and southern regions of the Philippines Dec. 16, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Official statistics reveal that ensuing floods and landslides have affected more than 780,000 households in the Southeastern Asia country, the … Continue reading “MOFA conveys typhoon condolences to the Philippines”

Foreign Minister Wu gives exclusive La Repubblica interview

Taiwan is on democracy’s first line of defense against China’s expanding authoritarianism, according to Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu.   Faced with ever-increasing military provocation, psychological warfare and attempts to block Taiwan’s international participation from China, the government is committed to defending the country’s free and democratic way of life, Wu said.   Wu made … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu gives exclusive La Repubblica interview”

Taiwan, US, Japan, Australia stage GCTF Joint Committee Meeting

Taiwan, the U.S., Japan and newly designated full partner Australia staged the annual Global Cooperation and Training Framework Joint Committee Meeting Dec. 17 in Taipei City, reviewing the results of 2021 workshops and planning for the year ahead.   The event involved Harry Ho-jen Tseng, deputy minister of foreign affairs; Douglas Yu-tien Hsu, director general … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan, Australia stage GCTF Joint Committee Meeting”

President Tsai receives French National Assembly delegation

Taiwan is committed to strengthening its cooperation with France and other like-minded partners from the European Union in contributing to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific as well as development and prosperity around the world, according to President Tsai Ing-wen Dec. 16.   Over the last few years, Taiwan and France have enjoyed close cooperation … Continue reading “President Tsai receives French National Assembly delegation”

MOFA lauds Lithuania for backing Taiwan

The Lithuanian government’s commitment to standing with Taiwan is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 15.   Despite persistent economic and diplomatic pressure from China, Lithuania remains resolute to developing relations with Taiwan, the MOFA said. The EU member state’s unwavering backing for the country merits the … Continue reading “MOFA lauds Lithuania for backing Taiwan”

MOFA welcomes arrival of French National Assembly delegation

The arrival of a six-member French National Assembly delegation is sincerely welcomed by the government and people of Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 15.   Led by Francois de Rugy, chair of the France-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group, the delegation also consists of Jean-Luc Reitzer, Frederique Dumas, Jean Francois Mbaye, Aina Kuric … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes arrival of French National Assembly delegation”

NGO Leaders Forum staged by MOFA in Taipei

A forum enhancing public-private partnership while promoting exchanges between locally-based nongovernmental organizations and their international counterparts was staged Dec. 14 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Themed International Participation and Warm Power: Taiwan NGOs at the Helm of the Asia-Pacific, the one-day event involved 200-plus NGO leaders and experts from … Continue reading “NGO Leaders Forum staged by MOFA in Taipei”

MOFA thanks former Japan PM Abe for rock-solid support of Taiwan

Rock-solid support of Taiwan as stated by former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 14.   In a keynote speech during the 2021 Taiwan-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue, Abe said Taiwan must be a leader and rise up to spread … Continue reading “MOFA thanks former Japan PM Abe for rock-solid support of Taiwan”

President Tsai opens Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue

President Tsai Ing-wen opened the 2021 Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue Dec. 14 in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners in promoting a secure, peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.   According to Tsai, no amount of external pressure can shake Taiwan’s commitment to freedom, human rights, the rule of … Continue reading “President Tsai opens Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue”

Foreign Minister Wu gives exclusive interview to The Independent

The government is fully committed to defending Taiwan without relying on other countries, according to Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu.   Despite constant military coercion from China, maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and avoiding provocation have been the government’s cross-strait policy, Wu said. Democratic allies involved in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu gives exclusive interview to The Independent”

MOFA thanks G-7 foreign, development ministers for underscoring peace and stability across Taiwan Strait

The statement issued Sunday by the Chair of the Group of Seven Foreign and Development Minsters’ Meeting, stressing the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and their concern about China’s coercive economic policies, is sincerely appreciated by the government and people of Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 13.   … Continue reading “MOFA thanks G-7 foreign, development ministers for underscoring peace and stability across Taiwan Strait”

Tsai pledges to advance democracy, human rights at ADHR Award ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 10 that Taiwan is committed to playing a more active role in advancing the universal values of democracy and human rights in the international community.   The path to democracy and safeguarding human rights has never been an easy one, Tsai said, adding that the country has overcome tremendous hardships … Continue reading “Tsai pledges to advance democracy, human rights at ADHR Award ceremony”

Digital Minister Tang, TECRO Rep. Hsiao fly flag for Taiwan at Summit for Democracy

Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang and Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. head Hsiao Bi-khim highlighted Taiwan’s commitment to standing firm in the face of authoritarianism alongside other members of the free world during the Summit for Democracy.   Hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, the Dec. 9 to 10 virtual event … Continue reading “Digital Minister Tang, TECRO Rep. Hsiao fly flag for Taiwan at Summit for Democracy”

ROC (Taiwan) terminates diplomatic ties with Nicaragua

The ROC (Taiwan) government has terminated diplomatic relations with Nicaragua to uphold national dignity and sovereignty, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 10.   Embassy and technical mission personnel are to be recalled, the MOFA said, adding that all bilateral cooperation projects and aid programs ended with immediate effect.   Taiwan, as a … Continue reading “ROC (Taiwan) terminates diplomatic ties with Nicaragua”

1st Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation wraps up in Taipei

The 1st session of the Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation concluded Dec. 9 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the like-minded partners to deepening exchanges across the board, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Convened by Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi and his Slovak counterpart Karol Galek, the three-day event … Continue reading “1st Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation wraps up in Taipei”

Taiwan to take part in Summit for Democracy

Representatives from Taiwan’s public and civic sectors will take part in the Summit for Democracy to share the country’s related achievements with the free world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 8.   Hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden, the Dec. 9 to 10 virtual event brings together leaders of the public, civic and … Continue reading “Taiwan to take part in Summit for Democracy”

MOFA co-hosts AmCham Taiwan 70th anniversary celebrations

Celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan were staged Dec. 8, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.   According to a statement released by the MOFA, the event was co-hosted by the ministry and AmCham Taiwan at the Taipei Guest House. High-profile participants included President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister … Continue reading “MOFA co-hosts AmCham Taiwan 70th anniversary celebrations”

President Tsai opens 2021 Austronesian Forum

President Tsai Ing-wen opened the 2021 Austronesian Forum Dec. 7 in Taipei City, pledging to work with like-minded partners in maintaining the dynamism of Austronesian communities while spurring sustainable development across the Indo-Pacific.   The government’s efforts in cooperating with Austronesian societies are paying dividends, Tsai said. Such progress is evidenced in areas spanning culture, … Continue reading “President Tsai opens 2021 Austronesian Forum”

Foreign Minister Wu hosts welcome banquet for Slovakia delegation

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu hosted a welcome banquet for the Slovakia delegation Dec. 6 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the government to deepening friendship and expanding exchanges between Taiwan and the EU member state.   Led by Karol Galek, state secretary of Slovakia’s Ministry of Economy, the 43-member group comprises officials, researchers, … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu hosts welcome banquet for Slovakia delegation”

President Tsai vows to make southern Taiwan integral part of global supply chains

President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to shape Kaohsiung City into a key player in making southern Taiwan an integral part of the world economy Dec. 6, underscoring the government’s commitment to cementing the country’s position in global supply chains.   The government is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to promote the development of innovation … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to make southern Taiwan integral part of global supply chains”