Geneva reception promotes need for Taiwan to participate in activities, mechanisms, meetings of WHO

A reception was hosted May 19 by Taiwan’s representative office in Geneva to promote the need for the country to participate in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization.   Attended by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and the visiting Taiwan delegation, the event also involved counterparts and officials from allies Belize, Guatemala, … Continue reading “Geneva reception promotes need for Taiwan to participate in activities, mechanisms, meetings of WHO”

MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia

An exhibition highlighting Southeast Asian crafts kicked off May 17 at the National Tainan Living Art Center in southern Taiwan, underscoring government efforts to deepen cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the region.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Southeast Asia Aesthetics Living Exhibition spotlights bamboo weaving, fabric dyeing and traditional musical instruments from … Continue reading “MOC crafts exhibition deepens cultural exchanges with Southeast Asia”

MAC poll shows majority in Taiwan disapprove of China’s threats

The overwhelming majority of people in Taiwan oppose China’s military threats and ongoing efforts to suppress the country’s international space, according to a poll released May 16 by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council.   Around 82 percent of respondents said such actions undermine the cross-strait status quo, as well as regional peace and stability. A … Continue reading “MAC poll shows majority in Taiwan disapprove of China’s threats”

Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-EU ties for future success at Europe Day banquet

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 15 that Taiwan is committed to working even closer with the EU in strengthening exchanges and creating more opportunities for the people of both sides and throughout the Indo-Pacific.   Taiwan and the EU are natural partners and share synergies in potential-laden sectors such as digital economy, energy and transportation, … Continue reading “Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-EU ties for future success at Europe Day banquet”

Heartwarming short shows how Taiwan Can Help advance global health

A heartwarming short showing how Taiwan Can Help change lives for the better was jointly released May 14 by Taipei City-based Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Titled “Plant Love,” the 13-minute film documents how three medical professionals from the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital are working wonders for cleft lip and palate … Continue reading “Heartwarming short shows how Taiwan Can Help advance global health”

10 Taiwan startups to showcase products at VivaTech in Paris

A delegation of 10 Taiwan enterprises is set to showcase their innovative products and solutions at Viva Technology, one of Europe’s leading startup events, May 16-18 in Paris.   The country’s pavilion at VivaTech is organized by Taiwan Tech Arena, a Taipei City-based incubation hub supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It will … Continue reading “10 Taiwan startups to showcase products at VivaTech in Paris”

CPC, Japan’s JERA sign deal to co-purchase LNG from Mozambique

CPC Corporation, Taiwan, is partnering with Japan’s JERA Co. Inc. on a long-term agreement to procure liquefied natural gas from Mozambique, the state-run energy supplier announced May 13.   Under the accord inked with Mozambique LNG1 Company Pte. Ltd., CPC and JERA will co-purchase 1.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) for a base term of … Continue reading “CPC, Japan’s JERA sign deal to co-purchase LNG from Mozambique”

Taiwan stages TB prevention workshop for Vietnam officials

A workshop on the control and prevention of tuberculosis for health care professionals from Vietnam kicked off May 13 in Taipei City.   Organized by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the 12-day event features discussions and seminars on topics such as clinical treatment, disease screening, and public health … Continue reading “Taiwan stages TB prevention workshop for Vietnam officials”

Indigenous group flies flag for Taiwan at Moscow a cappella festival

Taiwan’s O-Kai Singers won third in the small group category at the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival, spotlighting the rich artistic and performing heritage of the country’s indigenous peoples.   The four-member group, based in Taipei City, beat out 31 other groups to finish in the top three and claim prize money of 600,000 rubles … Continue reading “Indigenous group flies flag for Taiwan at Moscow a cappella festival”

Taiwan pavilion opens at Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition

The Taiwan pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opened May 11, showcasing works by local talent Cheang Shu-lea that explore such themes as gender, sexuality and surveillance.   Organized by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Taiwan event is running at the 17th-century Palazzo delle Prigioni prison through Nov. 24. It … Continue reading “Taiwan pavilion opens at Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition”

MOFA thanks like-minded partners for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation

The staunch support of like-minded partners for Taiwan’s participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization is deeply appreciated by the people and government, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 11.   One day before, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei posted a message on its official Facebook account … Continue reading “MOFA thanks like-minded partners for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation”

Taiwan orchid exhibition kicks off in Paraguay

The Taiwan orchid exhibition kicked off May 10 in Paraguay, spotlighting the nation’s expertise in flower cultivation and strengthening agricultural and business exchanges with the South American ally.   Sponsored by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture and organized by state-run Taiwan Sugar Corp., the six-day event is showcasing more than 60 varieties of Phalaenopsis orchids, … Continue reading “Taiwan orchid exhibition kicks off in Paraguay”

Tsai breaks ground on indigenous submarine facility in Kaohsiung

President Tsai Ing-wen broke ground May 9 on an indigenous submarine production facility in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan.   The government is beefing up national defense capabilities to safeguard cross-strait and regional peace and stability, Tsai said. Development of homegrown weapons systems is a core component of this undertaking, she added.   According to Tsai, … Continue reading “Tsai breaks ground on indigenous submarine facility in Kaohsiung”

MOFA thanks Japan, Germany, Australia for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation

The support of Japan, Germany and Australia for Taiwan’s participation in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization is sincerely appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 9.   It is heartening to know the three like-minded countries stand with Canada, the EU, U.K. and U.S. in recognizing the need … Continue reading “MOFA thanks Japan, Germany, Australia for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation”

President Tsai touts government efforts to improve working environment for nurses

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 8 that the government is leaving no stone unturned in strengthening working conditions for nurses and attracting talents to this vital occupation.   Nurses are crucial in delivering quality health care, Tsai said. To ensure they enjoy full rights and dignity in the workplace, a host of new measures have … Continue reading “President Tsai touts government efforts to improve working environment for nurses”

Smartphone app for identifying medicines unveiled by Taiwan university

A smartphone application capable of identifying medicines based on their appearance was unveiled May 7 by National Yang-Ming University in Taipei City.   Designed for home care professionals, AIGIA can recognize around 400 commonly used drugs and provide detailed information on the pharmaceuticals in English, Indonesian, Malay and Vietnamese. It is designed to work in … Continue reading “Smartphone app for identifying medicines unveiled by Taiwan university”

Tsai meets with SKN Foreign Minister Brantley, pledges to strengthen bilateral ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 6 that the government is working to deepen friendship and expand exchanges across the board between Taiwan and Caribbean ally St. Kitts and Nevis.   Agriculture, education, information communications technology, medical services and tourism are just some of the many potential-laden areas in which the like-minded countries can advance existing … Continue reading “Tsai meets with SKN Foreign Minister Brantley, pledges to strengthen bilateral ties”

MOFA condemns China for blocking Taiwan’s WHA participation

Beijing is condemned in the strongest possible terms for blocking Taiwan’s participation in the 72nd World Health Assembly on the basis of the “one China principle,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 6.   Forcing the World Health Organization to exclude Taiwan from the WHA runs counter to the principle set out in … Continue reading “MOFA condemns China for blocking Taiwan’s WHA participation”

President Tsai praises robust Taiwan-Tuvalu relations

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 3 that the government will strengthen cooperation and exchanges with Tuvalu across the board so as to create more mutually beneficial opportunities for the people of both countries. Taiwan and Tuvalu are committed to promoting sustainable national development while facing pressing challenges together, Tsai said. This includes combating climate change … Continue reading “President Tsai praises robust Taiwan-Tuvalu relations”

Global oral health conference wraps up in Taichung

The Global Oral Health Conference in Taiwan wrapped up May 4 in the central city of Taichung, strengthening international cooperation on integrating dental services into general health promotion strategies.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the two-day event was themed Total Patient Care. The conference drew more than 300 academics, experts and … Continue reading “Global oral health conference wraps up in Taichung”

Taiwan Film Festival Berlin gets underway

The second Taiwan Film Festival Berlin kicked off May 5 in the German capital, spotlighting the vibrancy of the nation’s movie production sector through screenings of six innovative works.   Running through June 16, the event features documentaries “Black Bear Forest” and “Father,” historical baseball epic “Kano,” societal dramas “Alifu, the Prince/ss” and “Lokah Laqi,” … Continue reading “Taiwan Film Festival Berlin gets underway”

Tsai eyes expanded Taiwan-Guatemala cooperation, exchanges

President Tsai Ing-wen said the government will ramp up Taiwan-Guatemala cooperation and exchanges as part of efforts to further deepen friendship and relations between the countries.   Bilateral ties are going from strength to strength, Tsai said. This is illustrated by the number of successful joint projects in areas spanning education, infrastructure, medicine, public health … Continue reading “Tsai eyes expanded Taiwan-Guatemala cooperation, exchanges”

MOFA thanks international medical organizations for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation

The strong support for Taiwan’s participation in activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization by leading international medical organizations is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 2.   In a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Medical Association President Leonid Eidelman and … Continue reading “MOFA thanks international medical organizations for backing Taiwan’s WHO participation”

Taiwan to initiate 1st stage ban on single-use plastic straws

Single-use plastic straws will no longer be provided to those making dine-in purchases at department stores, educational institutions, fast food outlets, government agencies and shopping centers starting July 1 in Taiwan.   Announced in June 2018 by the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration, the measure does not cover biodegradable or plastic straws for takeout purchases. This … Continue reading “Taiwan to initiate 1st stage ban on single-use plastic straws”

APEC smart health care conference wraps up in Taipei

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference on smart health care for noncommunicable diseases wrapped up May 1 in Taipei City, strengthening regional collaboration in using information and communication technology to tackle major public health threats.   Organized by the Health Promotion Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the APEC Conference on Smart Healthcare for … Continue reading “APEC smart health care conference wraps up in Taipei”

MOFA thanks Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania parliamentarians for supporting Taiwan’s WHO participation

The support for Taiwan’s participation in activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization by lawmakers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is sincerely appreciated, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 1.   A total of 80 Lithuanian members of parliament, more than half of the nation’s legislators, signed a letter April 24 … Continue reading “MOFA thanks Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania parliamentarians for supporting Taiwan’s WHO participation”

Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB

The Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on drug-resistant tuberculosis got underway April 30 in Taipei City, bringing together international experts and officials to discuss best practices and the latest ideas on managing the public health challenge.   Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, … Continue reading “Taiwan, US, Japan stage GCTF workshop on drug-resistant TB”

Badminton star Tai Tzu-ying sets record for most total weeks as world No. 1

Taiwan star Tai Tzu-ying set a new record for most accumulated weeks as women’s singles world No. 1, according to the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released April 30.   Tai has held the top spot for a total of 125 weeks, besting by one the mark she previously shared with China’s Li Xuerui. The … Continue reading “Badminton star Tai Tzu-ying sets record for most total weeks as world No. 1”

President Tsai praises Taiwan’s improving business environment

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 29 that Taiwan’s business environment is going from strength to strength under a host of progressive policies aimed at bolstering the fundamentals of the national economy.   The time is ripe for businesses to invest in Taiwan and take advantage of its advanced infrastructure development, comprehensive intellectual property rights protection, … Continue reading “President Tsai praises Taiwan’s improving business environment”

Taipei establishes sister city ties with Belize capital

Taipei and Belmopan established sister city relations April 29 to boost cultural, environmental, trade and tourism ties between the capitals of Taiwan and Central American diplomatic ally Belize.   The agreement was concluded by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle at a ceremony in the former metropolis. According to Taipei City Government, … Continue reading “Taipei establishes sister city ties with Belize capital”

Tsai meets US senators, vows to deepen security partnership

President Tsai Ing-wen met with a U.S. delegation led by Sens. Chris Coons and Maggie Hassan at the Presidential Office April 28 in Taipei City, pledging to deepen the robust security partnership between the two sides.   Strong security collaboration is underscored by U.S. support for enhancing Taiwan’s national defense capabilities through such measures as … Continue reading “Tsai meets US senators, vows to deepen security partnership”

Bamboo works by 2 Taiwan artists on show at Japan’s Setouchi Triennale festival

Two Taiwan artists are participating in Setouchi Triennale 2019—one of Japan’s biggest art festivals—as part of government efforts to raise the nation’s cultural profile overseas.   Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, bamboo installation works “Love in Shodoshima” by Wang Wen-chih and “Beyond the Border—Wave” by Lin Shuen-long are on display at Shodoshima island, Kagawa … Continue reading “Bamboo works by 2 Taiwan artists on show at Japan’s Setouchi Triennale festival”

Taiwan, EU agree on mutual recognition of butterfly orchid testing results

An administrative arrangement on the mutual recognition of examination results for variety protection of Phalaenopsis and Doritaenopsis, or butterfly orchids, was concluded by Taiwan and the EU April 26 in Taipei City.   Under the three-year pact, which takes effect June 1, the two sides’ breeders and traders can use origin tests to apply for … Continue reading “Taiwan, EU agree on mutual recognition of butterfly orchid testing results”

President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-US ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 25 that the government will continue strengthening ties with the U.S. as the two sides mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.   Taiwan-U.S. exchanges are expanding in frequency and scope, Tsai said. The third arms sale package announced earlier this month under the administration of U.S. President … Continue reading “President Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-US ties”

VP Chen vows to support innovation, spur sustainable development in Taiwan

Strengthening the local culture and climate of innovation remains a cornerstone of the government’s policy for advancing Taiwan’s sustainable development, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen April 24. Innovation drives technological progress, facilitates industrial upgrades and helps create more quality jobs, Chen said. No effort will be spared in supporting its development and maintaining Taiwan’s … Continue reading “VP Chen vows to support innovation, spur sustainable development in Taiwan”

Creative Expo Taiwan gets underway in Taipei

Creative Expo Taiwan kicked off April 24 in Taipei City, drawing a record 570 exhibitors from 25 countries and territories to showcase the latest cultural and design trends.   Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the 12-day fair is spotlighting Taiwan crafts, design concepts, history, lifestyles and performing arts at five venues: Huashan 1914 Creative … Continue reading “Creative Expo Taiwan gets underway in Taipei”

President Tsai touts strength of Taiwan-Belize relations

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 23 that Taiwan-Belize ties are going from strength to strength and she looks forward to further enhancing this close partnership.   Taiwan and Belize will celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations in October, Tsai said, adding that she had the chance to experience the friendship and support for Taiwan in … Continue reading “President Tsai touts strength of Taiwan-Belize relations”

Taiwan’s Kuo Hsing-chun wins 3 golds, sets 3 world records at Asian Weightlifting Championships

Kuo Hsing-chun of Taiwan won three gold medals and set three world records in the women’s 59-kilogram category at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships April 23 in China.   Kuo’s first was in the snatch when she lifted 106 kg to break her own record of 105 kg set at the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships. … Continue reading “Taiwan’s Kuo Hsing-chun wins 3 golds, sets 3 world records at Asian Weightlifting Championships”

National Theater and Concert Hall forges ties with European partners

Taiwan’s National Theater and Concert Hall agreed April 19 to collaborate on artistic exchanges with France’s Chaillot—National Theater of Dance and Spain’s Mercat De Les Flors Dancehouse.   Under the three-year commitment, the three sides will work together in fostering a more globalized approach to performance design and delivery. This is to be achieved largely … Continue reading “National Theater and Concert Hall forges ties with European partners”

Taiwan retains 4th in latest BERI global investment report

Taiwan retained its fourth spot ranking among 50 major countries and territories in the latest Profit Opportunity Recommendation report by U.S.-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence SA. Finishing behind Switzerland, Norway and Singapore in that order, Taiwan trumped its Asian neighbors South Korea, fifth; Japan, eighth; and China, 21st. Taiwan’s combined score of 65, down two … Continue reading “Taiwan retains 4th in latest BERI global investment report”

Tsai vows to keep strengthening Hakka culture, ethnic diversity in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 20 that the government is making significant progress in strengthening Hakka culture and ethnic diversity in Taiwan.   It remains a top priority of the government to keep revitalizing Hakka culture while safeguarding the language and heritage of Taiwan’s minority groups, Tsai said. This is being achieved under relevant legislation … Continue reading “Tsai vows to keep strengthening Hakka culture, ethnic diversity in Taiwan”

Taiwan golfer Pan Cheng-tsung claims maiden PGA Tour title

Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung claimed his first Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour title at the RBC Heritage April 21 in South Carolina.   Pan finished the tournament 12 under par, one stroke ahead of runner-up Matt Kuchar of the U.S. The 27-year-old demonstrated considerable poise in a thrilling final round, grabbing the lead with a birdie … Continue reading “Taiwan golfer Pan Cheng-tsung claims maiden PGA Tour title”

‘More Than Blue’ flies flag for Taiwan at Filmfest DC

Taiwan movie “More than Blue” is featuring in the Washington DC International Film Festival running April 25 to May 5 in the U.S. capital.   Participating with support from the Ministry of Culture and Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S., the 2018 release by director Gavin Lin is a touching romantic drama … Continue reading “‘More Than Blue’ flies flag for Taiwan at Filmfest DC”

Taiwan retains 42nd global ranking in press freedom

Taiwan retained its ranking of 42nd in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released April 18 by France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF). On a scale of 0-100, with zero the best possible result, Taiwan scored 24.98, down 1.62 points from the previous edition. This positioned it among the 24 percent considered to have “good” or … Continue reading “Taiwan retains 42nd global ranking in press freedom”

NARL inks pact with Nvidia on boosting Taiwan’s driverless vehicle R&D

A memorandum of understanding on promoting the development of driverless vehicle technology was concluded by the National Applied Research Laboratories and U.S.-based Nvidia Corp. April 18 in Taipei City.   The institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology is set to work with the graphics chipmaker in providing comprehensive simulation services to firms at … Continue reading “NARL inks pact with Nvidia on boosting Taiwan’s driverless vehicle R&D”

Taipei counts down to 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan

2019 Creative Expo Taiwan gets underway April 24 in Taipei City, highlighting the country’s dynamic cultural and creative industry and internationally renowned spirit of innovation.   Organized by the Ministry of Culture and Taiwan Design Center, the 12-day event is taking place at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei Expo Park, … Continue reading “Taipei counts down to 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan”

President Tsai inspects front-line air force base in Penghu

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 17 during a visit to a front-line air force base in Taiwan’s outlying Penghu County that the government and people are deeply grateful for the sacrifices of the nation’s fighting men and women.   Increasing activity by military aircraft and ships dispatched from China is causing concern for like-minded countries … Continue reading “President Tsai inspects front-line air force base in Penghu”

Tsai reiterates Taiwan commitment to free, open Indo-Pacific

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 16 that Taiwan is ready, willing and able to work with the U.S. and other like-minded partners in promoting a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.   As the two sides mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA40), the government is fully committed to partnering in the U.S. … Continue reading “Tsai reiterates Taiwan commitment to free, open Indo-Pacific”

President Tsai attends TRA40, AIT40 reception

President Tsai Ing-wen attended a reception marking the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and 40th anniversary of the American Institute in Taiwan April 15 in Taipei City.   The TRA, which represents a commitment to the shared values of freedom and democracy by the enduring partners, has helped make Taiwan an indispensable force … Continue reading “President Tsai attends TRA40, AIT40 reception”

VP Chen reaffirms government’s commitment to strengthening pediatric care

The government is committed to developing a more comprehensive health services network for children and newborns so as to provide the next generation with the best standard of care, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen April 13.   Reducing infant mortality is a target of these efforts, with the Ministry of Health and Welfare planning … Continue reading “VP Chen reaffirms government’s commitment to strengthening pediatric care”