MOFA Minister Wu announces Taiwan’s termination of diplomatic ties with Kiribati 

The ROC (Taiwan) has ended diplomatic relations with Kiribati to uphold national dignity following the Indo-Pacific country’s decision to establish official ties with China, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu said Sept. 20.   Taiwan’s embassy staffers, as well as those serving with the medical and technical missions, are to be recalled and all … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu announces Taiwan’s termination of diplomatic ties with Kiribati “

President Tsai reaffirms commitment to Taiwan’s semiconductor industry

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 19 that the government is committed to developing Taiwan’s semiconductor industry to ensure the country remains one of the top investment destinations for high-tech multinationals.   Domestic and foreign investment in the sector has increased over the last year, Tsai said. The trial launch of a 5-nanometer chip manufacturing process … Continue reading “President Tsai reaffirms commitment to Taiwan’s semiconductor industry”

MOFA short film spotlights Taiwan’s ICAO bid

A short film spotlighting how Taiwan Can Help realize the International Civil Aviation Organization’s objective of a seamless sky and ensure “No Country Left Behind” was released Sept. 19 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Available on the MOFA’s Trending Taiwan YouTube channel and affiliated social media platforms with subtitles in Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, … Continue reading “MOFA short film spotlights Taiwan’s ICAO bid”

Tsai pledges to deepen ties with global Muslim community

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 18 that Taiwan will continue working to build a welcoming environment for Muslims, spotlighting government efforts to strengthen ties with the Islamic world.   One of the world’s most widely practiced religions, Islam places great importance on peace, justice and caring for those in need, Tsai said, adding that these … Continue reading “Tsai pledges to deepen ties with global Muslim community”

Presidential Science Prize winners announced

Winners of the Presidential Science Prize were announced Sept. 18 in Taipei City, recognizing the lifelong contributions of the recipients toward advancing scientific research in Taiwan.   Local academics Chen Yuan-tsong, Lee Yuan-pern and Wei Fu-chan beat out four other nominees to claim the biennial honor. They will each receive a certificate, trophy and cash … Continue reading “Presidential Science Prize winners announced”

MOFA thanks allies for UN backing

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed thanks Sept. 18 for the joint support of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in backing the country’s meaningful participation in the activities, meetings and mechanisms of the U.N during the organization’s General Assembly in New York.   A total of 13 allies wrote to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urge the global … Continue reading “MOFA thanks allies for UN backing”

President Tsai celebrates Central American Independence Day

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 17 that the government is committed to enhancing public and private sector exchanges with Taiwan’s Central American allies Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Taiwan enjoys strong diplomatic ties with the three countries, Tsai said. The mutually beneficial and supportive relationship is achieving excellent outcomes in many joint endeavors, she added.   … Continue reading “President Tsai celebrates Central American Independence Day”

APEC talent development forum wraps up in Taipei

An Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on how industry-academia collaboration can strengthen talent development wrapped up Sept. 18 in Taipei City, spotlighting government efforts to boost exchanges among member economies.   Organized by the Ministry of Education under the heading “Regional Industry-Academia Collaboration for Talent Development: An Exchange of Skills Training, Internships and Jobs,” the three-day … Continue reading “APEC talent development forum wraps up in Taipei”

Tsai condemns Solomon Islands’ decision to establish ties with China

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 16 that the government sincerely regrets and strongly condemns the Solomon Islands’ decision to establish diplomatic relations with China.   China is using financial and political pressure to suppress Taiwan’s space, Tsai said. This poses a threat to the country and represents a brazen challenge to international order, she added. … Continue reading “Tsai condemns Solomon Islands’ decision to establish ties with China”

Taiwan wins tourism prize in Magellan Awards

A video produced by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications promoting Taiwan as a must see cycling destination won a Silver Magellan Award for the “Asia, Overall Destinations Eco-friendly ‘Green’ Destination” category Sept. 11.   In the 30-second short, adapted from a 3-minute original, a cyclist takes viewers on a journey to some of … Continue reading “Taiwan wins tourism prize in Magellan Awards”

MOFA Minister Wu addresses GTI Annual Symposium

Taiwan is a role model in promoting freedom, democracy, rules-based order and good governance in the Indo-Pacific, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said during a special video address at the Global Taiwan Institute Annual Symposium in Washington.   The country’s commitment to the region is illustrated by the launch of the Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu addresses GTI Annual Symposium”

President Tsai reiterates commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 11 that Taiwan is committed to working with the U.S. and other like-minded partners in promoting freedom, democracy and human rights across the Indo-Pacific.   Tactics used to spread disinformation and misinformation are continuing to evolve and impact regional development, Tsai said. It is now more important than ever for … Continue reading “President Tsai reiterates commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”

Taiwan, US stage GCTF workshop on defending democracy

The International Workshop on Defending Democracy through Media Literacy, staged under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework, kicked off Sept. 10 in Taipei City.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Swedish Trade and Investment Council in Taipei, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, National Democratic Institute and … Continue reading “Taiwan, US stage GCTF workshop on defending democracy”

MOFA short film highlights Taiwan’s support for UN SDGs

A short film spotlighting the ways Taiwan Can Help realize the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 was released Sept. 6 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “A True Friend” documents the country’s contributions to improving the livelihoods and well-being of those in need the world over. It also demonstrates Taiwan’s commitment to promoting … Continue reading “MOFA short film highlights Taiwan’s support for UN SDGs”

African swine flu border inspections tightened in Taiwan

Taiwan’s African swine flu border inspections have been expanded to include X-rays of hand luggage for visitors from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture. Those found violating animal product import regulations flying from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia will be fined NT$30,000 (US$960), while the penalty is NT$10,000 for Singapore. … Continue reading “African swine flu border inspections tightened in Taiwan”

Team Taiwan wins U-18 Baseball World Cup

Team Taiwan is winner of the U-18 World Cup after defeating the U.S. 2-1 in the penultimate match of the tournament organized by Lausanne-based World Baseball Softball Confederation Sept. 8 in South Korea.   Taiwan scored first in the fifth inning with two consecutive hits by third baseman Wang Shun-ho and right fielder Lin Tzu-wei. … Continue reading “Team Taiwan wins U-18 Baseball World Cup”

Yunlin research center bolsters Taiwan’s floriculture industry

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert Tari-12 is found in only one place in the world: the Floriculture Research Center in western Taiwan’s Yunlin County. Featuring delicate petals patterned in pink, red and white, the hybrid orchid is among several experimental strains set for possible commercial cultivation in around three years’ time.   Established by Taiwan Agricultural Research … Continue reading “Yunlin research center bolsters Taiwan’s floriculture industry”

Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan’s transnational drug-fighting efforts

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 4 that the government is committed to strengthening Taiwan’s transnational drug-fighting efforts by forging closer working relationships with like-minded countries worldwide.   The government will continue signing agreements in key areas such as mutual judicial assistance and police cooperation so as to bolster the efficiency of the international security net, … Continue reading “Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan’s transnational drug-fighting efforts”

President Tsai reiterates Taiwan’s commitment to joining CPTPP

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 3 that Taiwan is committed to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and making a greater contribution to the regional economy.   Taiwan is willing and able to comply with the practices and rules of the high-standard CPTPP, Tsai said. Participation in the trade bloc would … Continue reading “President Tsai reiterates Taiwan’s commitment to joining CPTPP”

Tattoo exhibition set to open at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

A tattoo exhibition co-organized by Paris-based Musee du quai Branly—Jacques Chirac and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts is set to open Sept. 28 in southern Taiwan. Featuring more than 200 works tattooed onto silicone mannequins by artists from around the world, “Tattoo” includes pieces by award-winning Yang Chin-siang of Taiwan, as well as contemporaries from … Continue reading “Tattoo exhibition set to open at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts”

Tsai attends NSC briefing on Hong Kong developments

President Tsai Ing-wen attended a National Security Council briefing on the latest Hong Kong developments Sept. 2 in Taipei City.   Taiwan fully supports freedom and democracy in Hong Kong, and hopes to see stability return to society soon, she said. All of the country’s relevant agencies and ministries are instructed to keep a close … Continue reading “Tsai attends NSC briefing on Hong Kong developments”

Team Taiwan clinches 3rd at International Earth Science Olympiad

Team Taiwan won three golds and one silver to claim third at the 13th International Earth Science Olympiad in Daegu, South Korea, according to the Ministry of Education Sept. 2. Held Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, IESO involved 163 high schoolers from 43 countries and territories competing in subjects such as geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography … Continue reading “Team Taiwan clinches 3rd at International Earth Science Olympiad”

Taiwan Muslim Youth Exchange Program wraps up in Taipei

The Taiwan Muslim Youth Exchange Program concluded Aug. 30 in Taipei City, affording 42 youths from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore the opportunity to learn more about the country’s economic, political and social development.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TMYEP featured intensive lectures on Taiwan’s agricultural and green energy technologies, as well … Continue reading “Taiwan Muslim Youth Exchange Program wraps up in Taipei”

MOFA launches Trending Taiwan short film competition

The Trending Taiwan Short Film Competition kicked off Aug. 31 as part of government efforts to raise the country’s profile in the international arena via digital diplomacy.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the fifth edition of the annual event involves filmmakers from home and abroad creating short videos about Taiwan that capture … Continue reading “MOFA launches Trending Taiwan short film competition”

Taiwan, Sweden ink R&D synergy cooperation pact

A memorandum of understanding on academic R&D synergy cooperation was inked by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) Aug. 27 in Stockholm.   Under the pact, the two sides will work together in advancing interdisciplinary research in information, communication and systems technology, as well as life and materials … Continue reading “Taiwan, Sweden ink R&D synergy cooperation pact”

President Tsai addresses American Legion National Convention

President Tsai Ing-wen addressed the 101st American Legion National Convention held in Indianapolis via a recorded video message Aug. 28, pledging to continue working with the U.S. and other like-minded partners in defending freedom and democracy.   The best way to ensure peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific is to preserve the robust relationship between … Continue reading “President Tsai addresses American Legion National Convention”

Taiwan human rights film festival to screen 11 works from home and abroad

The Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival is set to screen 11 works from home and abroad on topics spanning digital rights, migration, political persecution, same-sex discrimination and social justice.   Organized by the National Human Rights Museum, the event will run Sept. 6-8 at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei City and Sept. 17-25 … Continue reading “Taiwan human rights film festival to screen 11 works from home and abroad”

Team Taiwan shines at World Skills Competition in Kazan

Team Taiwan won five golds, five silvers, five bronzes and 23 medallions of excellence at the 45th World Skills Competition Aug. 22-27 in Kazan, Russia, according to the Ministry of Labor Aug. 27.   The 51-category performance ranked Taiwan fourth behind China, Russia and South Korea among 63 participating countries and territories.   According to … Continue reading “Team Taiwan shines at World Skills Competition in Kazan”

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts named among world’s 100 greatest places

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, southern Taiwan’s first national theater and the largest performing arts facility under one roof, has been named one of the world’s 100 greatest places by U.S.-based Time magazine Aug. 22.   Located in the city’s Fengshan District on a 9.9-hectare site, NKCA was recognized by Time for its unique … Continue reading “National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts named among world’s 100 greatest places”

Taiwan unveils indigenously developed self-driving electric minibus

An indigenously developed self-driving electric minibus was unveiled Aug. 26 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of the government to advancing the country’s autonomous electric vehicle industry.   Created by state-backed Automotive Research and Testing Center headquartered in central Taiwan’s Taichung City, WinBus is the result of collaboration among more than 20 local suppliers of … Continue reading “Taiwan unveils indigenously developed self-driving electric minibus”

Taiwan’s promotion to APG regular follow-up list confirmed

Taiwan’s promotion to the regular follow-up list maintained by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering was confirmed after the country’s mutual evaluation report was adopted at the APG’s annual meeting Aug. 18-23 in Canberra, Australia.   The upgrade will become official after the report is published on the group’s website in early October following a … Continue reading “Taiwan’s promotion to APG regular follow-up list confirmed”

Taiwan provides 3.5 tons of medical aid to Venezuela

Taiwan has delivered 3.5 tons of medical aid to Venezuela, helping strengthen the health and well-being of 106,000 patients in the South American country, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aug. 22.   As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is deeply concerned about the situation in Venezuela, the MOFA said. This … Continue reading “Taiwan provides 3.5 tons of medical aid to Venezuela”

VP Chen touts progress in smart manufacturing promotion

The government is sparing no effort in fast-tracking Taiwan’s industrial transformation by assisting local firms improve digital and smart manufacturing capabilities, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen during the opening of the Intelligent Asia Exhibition Aug. 21 in Taipei City.   Under the government’s five-plus-two innovative industries initiative, Taiwan’s machinery sector posted record output of … Continue reading “VP Chen touts progress in smart manufacturing promotion”

MOST celebrates 60 years of scientific achievement

A special event marking the 60th anniversary of the Ministry of Science and Technology was staged Aug. 20 in Taipei City, underscoring the MOST’s achievements in shaping the technological landscape of Taiwan.   Established in 1959 as the National Long-Term Science Development Committee, the MOST was initially tasked with overseeing Taiwan’s research organization planning and … Continue reading “MOST celebrates 60 years of scientific achievement”

President Tsai eyes expanded cooperation with Australia

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 19 that Taiwan is committed to expanding cooperation with Australia as part of efforts to safeguard freedom, democracy and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.   Australia and Taiwan are on the same page when it comes to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region, Tsai said. The government anticipates … Continue reading “President Tsai eyes expanded cooperation with Australia”

MOFA touts success of medical fund in Taiwan’s Pacific allies

A 12-month, US$2 million government-administered medical fund has enhanced the health and well-being of the people in Taiwan’s Pacific allies, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Launched during the 2018 Pacific Islands Forum, the fund involved six major hospitals in Taiwan and facilitated first-class treatment for 955 patients in Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, … Continue reading “MOFA touts success of medical fund in Taiwan’s Pacific allies”

Assistive devices for patients with late-stage ALS unveiled by MOST

Two locally developed systems for helping patients with late-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis communicate were unveiled by the Ministry of Science and Technology Aug. 16 in Taipei City.   The eye-controlled device and a brain-computer interface were created under the auspices of the MOST’s Breakout program in conjunction with a team led by National Taipei University … Continue reading “Assistive devices for patients with late-stage ALS unveiled by MOST”

Tsai reaffirms commitment to expanding Taiwan-US trade ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 15 that Taiwan is committed to starting negotiations with the U.S. on a bilateral trade agreement and expanding related exchanges across all sectors.   Taiwan and the U.S. have enjoyed increasingly close industrial cooperation since the government took office in May 2016, Tsai said. This is evidenced by the number … Continue reading “Tsai reaffirms commitment to expanding Taiwan-US trade ties”

Cabinet delivers strong Taiwan economic growth report card

Taiwan’s economy grew 2.41 percent in the second quarter of the year, 0.63 of a percentage point above the May forecast, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.   The strong showing is largely due to robust domestic investment and better-than-expected exports, the Cabinet said, adding that this reflects the effectiveness of related … Continue reading “Cabinet delivers strong Taiwan economic growth report card”

Taiwan’s Presidential Office launches trailblazing sleepover promotion

A trailblazing sleepover promotion affording international visitors the opportunity to experience firsthand Taiwan’s historic President Office Building was launched Aug. 12 in Taipei City.   Initiated by the PO, Taipei-based General Association of Chinese Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and Taiwan Visitors Association, the promotion also … Continue reading “Taiwan’s Presidential Office launches trailblazing sleepover promotion”

Traditional arts, music stars honored at Golden Melody Awards

The 30th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music was held Aug. 10 in Taipei City, spotlighting the diversity of Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage.   Organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts under the Ministry of Culture, the awards saw 18 prizes presented to local artists and groups drawn from 1,078 submissions.   … Continue reading “Traditional arts, music stars honored at Golden Melody Awards”

Taiwan wins gold at 2019 Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship

Taiwan overcame a spirited India to claim its first gold in the Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship Aug. 11 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.   In a best-of-five matchup, Taiwan took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20 on the strength of its robust defense and powerful attacks of opposite spiker Chang Yu-sheng. India fought … Continue reading “Taiwan wins gold at 2019 Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship”

Taiwan stages APEC conference on medical information sharing

An Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference on medical information sharing wrapped up Aug. 9 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s success in advancing APEC health and well-being initiatives.   Organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the event involved more than 300 academics, business representatives, experts and officials from Taiwan and other APEC member economies … Continue reading “Taiwan stages APEC conference on medical information sharing”

Team Taiwan bags 2 golds, 2 bronzes at informatics Olympiad

Team Taiwan bagged two golds and two bronzes for sixth overall in the medal standings at the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to the Ministry of Education Aug. 11.   Billed as the world’s largest computer programming and problem-solving competition for high-school students, the event took place Aug. 4-11 and involved … Continue reading “Team Taiwan bags 2 golds, 2 bronzes at informatics Olympiad”

Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA set for New Taipei City

Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA tees off Oct. 31 at Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City, with 81 top female talents from home and abroad battling it out for US$2.2 million in prize money.   Co-sponsored by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, the tournament runs through Nov. 3 and is considered the … Continue reading “Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA set for New Taipei City”

Legal cooperation pact inked by Taiwan, Nauru

Taiwan and Indo-Pacific ally Nauru concluded an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters Aug. 7 in Taipei City, underscoring the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners in combating crime.   Under the pact, Taiwan and Nauru will collaborate in areas such as acquiring documentary evidence and testimonies, executing searches and seizures, and … Continue reading “Legal cooperation pact inked by Taiwan, Nauru”

APO smart manufacturing center of excellence launched in Taichung

Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organization launched its Center of Excellence on Smart Manufacturing Aug. 6 in Taichung, reflecting global recognition of the central Taiwan city’s high-tech prowess.   Proposed by Taiwan and approved during the APO’s Governing Body Meeting April 10-12 in Manila, the facility is the second of its kind in the country following the … Continue reading “APO smart manufacturing center of excellence launched in Taichung”

Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union annual meeting kicks off in Taiwan

The 49th General Assembly and 83rd Council Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union kicked off Aug. 5 in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to promoting regional peace and prosperity.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the three-day event is themed Ocean Democracy and a Sustainable Indo-Pacific Region. It involves around 100  lawmakers … Continue reading “Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union annual meeting kicks off in Taiwan”

Taiwan young agricultural ambassadors to visit Thailand, India

Two groups of Taiwan young agricultural ambassadors will visit Thailand and India later this month as part of government efforts to forge closer ties with New Southbound Policy target countries, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aug. 2.   Each comprising 15 university students, the teams will meet with local officials; visit farms, produce … Continue reading “Taiwan young agricultural ambassadors to visit Thailand, India”

Tsai celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 1 that the government is committed to promoting the rights of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples and enhancing public awareness of their culture and history.   Great strides have been made in improving the lives and well-being of the country’s original owners since their designation was changed in a constitutional amendment 25 … Continue reading “Tsai celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day”