Tsai pledges to continue late President Lee’s legacy

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 19 she would continue the legacy of late President Lee Teng-hui in allowing the will of the people to reshape Taiwan while deepening and bolstering freedom and democracy.   Lee, lauded as Mr. Democracy, will be remembered as an extraordinary statesman, agricultural specialist and philosopher, Tsai said. He devoted himself … Continue reading “Tsai pledges to continue late President Lee’s legacy”

President Tsai urges closer Taiwan-US ties at banquet for Undersecretary Krach

President Tsai Ing-wen urged closer Taiwan-U.S. ties based on expanded cooperation and exchanges across a broad spectrum of areas during a banquet for Undersecretary Keith Krach and his delegation at the presidential residence Sept. 18 in Taipei City.   It is hoped Taiwan and the U.S. continue enhancing bilateral relations as trusted partners and building … Continue reading “President Tsai urges closer Taiwan-US ties at banquet for Undersecretary Krach”

Winners of Presidential Hackathon awards honored in Taipei

Twelve winners of the 2020 Presidential Hackathon were honored Sept. 20 at the Presidential Office in Taipei City, spotlighting government efforts to address societal needs through innovation, interdisciplinary cooperation and open source data utilization.   During the award ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen said the collaborative spirit of the hackathon is best illustrated by the public … Continue reading “Winners of Presidential Hackathon awards honored in Taipei”

Taiwan, US, CABEI cooperate on supporting SMEs in Central America  

A microloan facility enabling small and medium enterprises in Central America to weather the effects of COVID-19 and prepare for post-pandemic economic recovery was announced Sept. 15 by Taiwan, the U.S. and Central American Bank for Economic Integration.   Involving Taipei City-based International Cooperation Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), Washington-headquartered U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) and … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, CABEI cooperate on supporting SMEs in Central America  “

MOFA welcomes former PM Yoshiro Mori, Japan delegation to Taiwan

The visit to Taiwan by former Japan Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and the accompanying delegation is warmly welcomed by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sept. 17.   Arriving Sept. 18, the group members include Keiji Furuya, chairman of Japan-ROC Diet Members’ Consultative Council, and Yasuaki Tanizaki, president of Japan-Taiwan Exchange … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes former PM Yoshiro Mori, Japan delegation to Taiwan”

President Tsai congratulates new Japan PM Yoshihide Suga

President Tsai Ing-wen offered her congratulation on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan Sept. 16 to Yoshihide Suga, who was elected as Japan’s 99th prime minister at an extraordinary parliamentary session held earlier that day.   According to the Presidential Office, Tsai is looking forward to working with Suga, who also doubles as … Continue reading “President Tsai congratulates new Japan PM Yoshihide Suga”

MOFA welcomes Undersecretary of State Krach, US delegation to Taiwan

The visit to Taiwan by Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, and the accompanying U.S. delegation is warmly welcomed by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sept. 17.   In country until Sept. 19, the group also includes Robert A. Destro, assistant secretary of the … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes Undersecretary of State Krach, US delegation to Taiwan”

MOFA thanks EU academics, lawmakers and political figures for op-ed supporting Taiwan

An op-ed urging more EU support for Taiwan published on media outlets in France and Germany by academics, lawmakers and political figures was deeply appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sept. 15.   Initiated by Nathalie Loiseau, chair of Subcommittee on Security and Defence under the European Parliament, the op-ed was co-written by … Continue reading “MOFA thanks EU academics, lawmakers and political figures for op-ed supporting Taiwan”

MOFA Minister Wu delivers powerful address at GTI Annual Symposium

The government and people of Taiwan are committed to defending the country’s free and democratic way of life against Chinese expansionism, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said Sept. 15.   Democracies around the world must cooperate and continue to defend shared values while sowing the seeds for the ultimate triumph of freedom, Wu said. If … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu delivers powerful address at GTI Annual Symposium”

NIA announces 3rd 30-day extension of stay for foreign visitors

The National Immigration Agency under the Ministry of the Interior announced Sept. 14 a third automatic 30-day extension of stay for foreign visitors who have legally remained in Taiwan for 180 days or more.   According to the NIA, the extension applies to all foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before March 21 using a … Continue reading “NIA announces 3rd 30-day extension of stay for foreign visitors”

Memorial service schedule for former President Lee Teng-hui revealed

A memorial service for the late Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s first democratically elected president, is set to be held this week at three venues in New Taipei City, according to the Presidential Office Sept. 11.   Starting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19, the event will be staged primarily at the chapel of Aletheia University. Among the … Continue reading “Memorial service schedule for former President Lee Teng-hui revealed”

MOFA short spotlights Taiwan’s coronavirus-combating capabilities, need for UN system participation

A short film spotlighting Taiwan’s coronavirus-combating capabilities and need for participation in the U.N. system was released Sept. 11 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   “Blessings from Taiwan,” running for 2 minutes and 33 seconds, draws the curtains back on the efforts of everyday people on the front lines as they strengthen the country’s … Continue reading “MOFA short spotlights Taiwan’s coronavirus-combating capabilities, need for UN system participation”

Former VP Chen talks Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus with CNN

Former Vice President Chen Chien-jen sat down for an exclusive interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN show GPS Sept. 13 via video link from Taipei City to expound on the Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus.   Stringent contact tracing and tracking, rather than mass screening, has played a key role in Taiwan’s efficient and effective … Continue reading “Former VP Chen talks Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus with CNN”

Foreign Minister Wu calls for closer Taiwan-US trade ties

Taiwan is committed to forging a closer economic relationship with the U.S. through the negotiation of a bilateral trade agreement, as the like-minded partners look for new ways to cooperate post-pandemic, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said Sept. 10.   The decision to relax restrictions on U.S. beef and pork imports demonstrates the government’s commitment … Continue reading “Foreign Minister Wu calls for closer Taiwan-US trade ties”

Taipei Botanical Garden plays key role in protecting Taiwan’s endangered plants

The 8-hectare centrally located Taipei Botanical Garden is at the heart of a flagship government program—the Project for Future Green—headed by the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture.   Launched last year, the initiative adheres to the targets set out in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation adopted by the U.N. … Continue reading “Taipei Botanical Garden plays key role in protecting Taiwan’s endangered plants”

Taiwan, U.S. business associations ink joint statement calling for BTA

A joint statement calling for a Taiwan-U.S. bilateral trade agreement was inked by Taipei City-based Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce Sept. 9 in the capital, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.   Witnessed by MOEA Minister Wang Mei-hua, the statement was signed by CNAIC Chairman Lin … Continue reading “Taiwan, U.S. business associations ink joint statement calling for BTA”

Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue wraps up in Taipei

The Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue wrapped up Sept. 9 in Taipei City, spotlighting continued security cooperation between Taiwan and its like-minded partners in pursuit of regional peace, stability and prosperity, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Headlining the event was the keynote speech by ex-U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, … Continue reading “Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue wraps up in Taipei”

Taiwan, US, Japan, Guatemala stage 1st GCTF for Latin America, Caribbean

Taiwan, the U.S., Japan and host Guatemala successfully staged the first Global Cooperation and Training Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sept. 9.   The virtual event, which centered on coronavirus-combating efforts, good governance and post-pandemic recovery plans, is aimed at deepening friendship and collaboration among like-minded … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan, Guatemala stage 1st GCTF for Latin America, Caribbean”

Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue kicks off in Taipei

Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue, involving 20 academics, experts and officials from 13 countries across the region, kicked off Sept. 8 in Taipei City.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taipei-headquartered think tank Institute for National Defense and Security Research, the two-day event seeks to deepen cooperation among key stakeholders while … Continue reading “Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue kicks off in Taipei”

Taiwan’s NDC outlines next phase of FIDP

The first stage of the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is making good progress, with the next phase set to focus on 5G infrastructure and digital transformation, the National Development Council announced Sept. 8.   According to the NDC, the NT$510 billion (US$17.29 billion) budget earmarked for the second stage of the eight-year initiative was … Continue reading “Taiwan’s NDC outlines next phase of FIDP”

IDIA lectures on Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 wrap up in Taipei

A pair of lectures on Taiwan’s experience combating COVID-19 and its cooperative efforts with international partners to curb the spread of the disease wrapped up Sept. 7 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Organized by MOFA’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the lectures offered deeper insight into Taiwan’s effective … Continue reading “IDIA lectures on Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 wrap up in Taipei”

President Tsai opens Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue

President Tsai Ing-wen opened the Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue Sept. 8 in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners in building a free, open and prosperous region.   COVID-19 is one of the greatest challenges to face humankind in the 21st century, Tsai said. Taiwan Can Help is the … Continue reading “President Tsai opens Ketagalan Forum: 2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue”

Taiwan’s foreign trade up 8.4 percent in August

Taiwan’s exports rose 8.3 percent year on year to an all-time high of US$31.17 billion in August, while imports grew 8.5 percent to US$24.71 billion, according to the Ministry of Finance Sept. 7.   The MOF attributed growth in exports to increasing demand for electronics and information and communications technology products caused by the recent … Continue reading “Taiwan’s foreign trade up 8.4 percent in August”

Registered businesses hit all-time high in Taiwan

The number of registered businesses in Taiwan totaled 712,156 as of July 31, an increase of 0.9 percent from the end of 2019 and the highest on record, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Sept. 7.   Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, business activity in Taiwan has continued to … Continue reading “Registered businesses hit all-time high in Taiwan”

Taiwan, EU, Japan and US stage supply chain restructuring forum

A supply chain restructuring forum jointly staged by Taiwan, the EU, Japan and the U.S. was held Sept. 4 in Taipei City, underscoring the like-minded partners’ commitment to securing key industries in the post-pandemic world, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The one-day event was organized by the MOFA together with the Ministry … Continue reading “Taiwan, EU, Japan and US stage supply chain restructuring forum”

Taipei gets top marks in education in latest EIU livability survey

Taiwan’s Taipei City bagged a perfect score of 100 in the education category of the 2020 livability survey by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, according to the Department of Education under Taipei City Government Sept. 5.   Excelling in indicators including availability and quality of education, Taipei ranks on par with global metropolises London, New York, … Continue reading “Taipei gets top marks in education in latest EIU livability survey”

Taiwan International Queer Film Festival gets underway

2020 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival kicked off Sept. 5, highlighting gender equality and human rights issues on the silver screen.   Organized by Kaohsiung City-headquartered Taiwan International Media and Education Association with the support of the Ministry of Culture, TIQFF features 24 titles playing in Taipei and Taoyuan Cities in northern Taiwan, Taichung City … Continue reading “Taiwan International Queer Film Festival gets underway”

MOFA lauds success of Czech Republic Senate president’s Taiwan visit

The historic visit to Taiwan by Czech Republic Senate President Milos Vystrcil has been a complete success, paving the way for greater cooperation with the Central European country in terms of democratic values, industrial supply chains, and trade and artistic exchanges, according to Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu Sept. 3.   In a press conference … Continue reading “MOFA lauds success of Czech Republic Senate president’s Taiwan visit”

Tsai awards posthumous honor to late Czech Senate president

President Tsai Ing-wen conferred a posthumous Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on late Czech Republic Senate President Jaroslav Kubera Sept. 3 for his significant contributions to strengthening Taiwan-Czech relations.   Kubera was a good friend of Taiwan, Tsai said, reiterating condolences on his passing earlier this year. The honor highlights the two … Continue reading “Tsai awards posthumous honor to late Czech Senate president”

President Tsai calls for Taiwan-EU bilateral investment deal

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 2 that Taiwan hopes to begin discussions on a bilateral investment agreement with the European Union encompassing expanded economic and trade cooperation.   Taiwan is a natural and trusted partner for the EU, with both sides sharing core values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law, Tsai … Continue reading “President Tsai calls for Taiwan-EU bilateral investment deal”

MOFA welcomes Israel’s decision to add Taiwan to green travel list

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sept. 2 welcomed an announcement by the government of Israel three days ago designating Taiwan as a low-risk travel location.   Effective Aug. 30, select visitors from Taiwan may apply at Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei for a special permit exempting them from quarantine requirements after entering Israel. … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes Israel’s decision to add Taiwan to green travel list”

Czech Republic senate president delivers landmark Legislative Yuan address

Czech Republic Senate President Milos Vystrcil delivered a landmark speech Sept. 1 at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei City, voicing his support for Taiwan and desire for further deepening the relationship between the two like-minded partners in areas such as trade and economic cooperation.   During his 30-minute address, Vystrcil said although democratic countries each … Continue reading “Czech Republic senate president delivers landmark Legislative Yuan address”

MOFA unveils Taiwan’s new passport design

The new front cover design for Taiwan’s passport was unveiled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a special press conference Sept. 2 in Taipei City, with the official launch date set for January 2021.   The design will help ensure the dignity and rights of Taiwan’s citizens when travelling abroad, the MOFA said, adding … Continue reading “MOFA unveils Taiwan’s new passport design”

MOFA welcomes Japan’s decision to lift travel restrictions for Taiwan business travelers

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sept. 1 welcomed the decision by the Japan government earlier the same day to lift travel restrictions for business visitors from Taiwan in a move set to take effect by the end of September.   According to the MOFA, Taiwan residents with upcoming business trips to Japan should present a … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes Japan’s decision to lift travel restrictions for Taiwan business travelers”

MOI vows to crack down on forced labor in Taiwan

No stone will be left unturned in cracking down on forced labor in Taiwan and further strengthening the country’s anti-human trafficking regime, according to Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-Yen Sept. 1.   Taiwan is a Tier 1 country in the latest Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the U.S. Department of State, Chen … Continue reading “MOI vows to crack down on forced labor in Taiwan”

MOFA expresses gratitude for release of US cables supporting Taiwan’s security

The release of two declassified cables demonstrating U.S. support for Taiwan’s security is sincerely appreciate by the government and the people, the Ministry of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 31.   Published on the American Institute in Taiwan’s website, the cables from 1982 center on U.S. arms sales and the Six Assurances. The first, … Continue reading “MOFA expresses gratitude for release of US cables supporting Taiwan’s security”

Taiwan, Czech Republic ink MOUs on expanding business, technology cooperation

Taiwan and the Czech Republic concluded three memoranda of understanding Aug. 31 in Taipei City, underscoring the commitment of both sides to deepening cooperation post-pandemic, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.   Under a pact regarding artificial intelligence of things and smart city development, Taiwan’s Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency and the Czech Republic’s … Continue reading “Taiwan, Czech Republic ink MOUs on expanding business, technology cooperation”

Tsai inaugurates F-16 maintenance center in Taichung City

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 28 that the government is strengthening Taiwan’s defensive capabilities as part of efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and maintain regional peace and stability.   Peace depends on national defense, Tsai said. This relationship also creates the conditions for associated efforts to promote industrial development by setting up supply chains, carrying … Continue reading “Tsai inaugurates F-16 maintenance center in Taichung City”

MOFA Minister Wu talks Taiwan defensive capabilities in Fox News interview

Taiwan is on the front line of the Chinese threat and remains determined to defend its national security and democratic way of life, according to Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu Aug. 29.   The country’s defensive preparedness has always angered China and caused it to seriously protest any kind of U.S. arms sales, Wu said. … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu talks Taiwan defensive capabilities in Fox News interview”

President Tsai announces easing of restrictions on US beef, pork imports

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 28 that Taiwan has agreed to ease regulations governing imports of U.S. beef and pork, setting the stage for the government to enter into negotiations with Washington on a future bilateral trade agreement.   Relevant ministries have been instructed to set standards for residue levels of ractopamine, an additive used … Continue reading “President Tsai announces easing of restrictions on US beef, pork imports”

Taiwan to continue campaign for UN participation

The government remains committed to taking part in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the U.N., demonstrating that Taiwan is willing and able to contribute to global initiatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 28.   Its statement follows an op-ed titled “Recover Better Together—Taiwan Can Help” written by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu … Continue reading “Taiwan to continue campaign for UN participation”

President Tsai addresses Indo-Pacific Leaders Dialogue session

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 27 that Taiwan will continue working with like-minded Indo-Pacific partner Australia in promoting peace, stability and prosperity throughout the region for the benefit of the people.   Collaboration and mutual assistance saw Taiwan and Australia weather the first wave of COVID-19, Tsai said. This synergy should be harnessed in starting … Continue reading “President Tsai addresses Indo-Pacific Leaders Dialogue session”

Taipei Music Center poised to bolster Taiwan’s music industry

Taipei Music Center was inaugurated Aug. 27 in the city’s Nangang District, marking the latest in a series of government measures designed to promote Taiwan’s music industry.   At the launch ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen said the state-of-the-art center, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and operated under the auspices of Taipei City Government, is … Continue reading “Taipei Music Center poised to bolster Taiwan’s music industry”

Taiwan retains 3rd in latest BERI global investment report

Taiwan retained its third spot ranking among 50 major countries and territories surveyed in the latest Profit Opportunity Recommendation report by U.S.-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence S.A.   Scoring 61 out of 100 in the triannual report, Taiwan finished behind Switzerland, 70 and Norway, 62. The country trumped its Asian neighbors South Korea, 60; Singapore, … Continue reading “Taiwan retains 3rd in latest BERI global investment report”

Taiwan, US issue joint declaration on 5G security

Taiwan and the U.S. issued the Joint Declaration on 5G Security Aug. 26 in Taipei City, underscoring both sides’ commitment to protecting next-generation communication networks, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Under the initiative, the two will work to raise awareness globally about the opportunities and risks posed by 5G networks through the … Continue reading “Taiwan, US issue joint declaration on 5G security”

MOFA thanks 70 global lawmakers for backing Czech senate delegation’s visit to Taiwan

Backing from 70 global legislators for the upcoming visit of a delegation led by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil to Taiwan is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 26.   Among the support was a joint international statement initiated by members of the European Parliament Alexandr Vondra … Continue reading “MOFA thanks 70 global lawmakers for backing Czech senate delegation’s visit to Taiwan”

MOFA welcomes upcoming visit by Czech senate delegation

The forthcoming visit of a delegation led by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil is sincerely welcomed by the government and people, with parliamentary exchanges set to enhance economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 25.   According to the MOFA, Taiwan and the Czech Republic share the … Continue reading “MOFA welcomes upcoming visit by Czech senate delegation”

Taiwan to set up representative office in southern France

Taiwan is set to open a representative office in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, as part of government efforts to bolster Taiwan-France cooperation and exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 25.   According to the MOFA, France is a core member state of the EU and a key trade partner of Taiwan. The move is … Continue reading “Taiwan to set up representative office in southern France”

226 Taipei, Taichung eateries feature in 2020 Michelin Guide

A total of 226 eateries in Taipei and Taichung cities feature in the 2020 Michelin Guide, according to the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Aug. 24.   Taipei boasts 170 venues, while Taichung in central Taiwan accounts for 56. Among them 26 star restaurants, 54 Bib Gourmand restaurants, 79 plate restaurants … Continue reading “226 Taipei, Taichung eateries feature in 2020 Michelin Guide”