Taiwan mourns chief of general staff, 7 other service members killed in Blackhawk emergency landing

Taiwan is mourning Chief of General Staff Gen. Shen Yi-ming and seven other members of the armed forces killed during the emergency landing of a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter Jan. 2 in northern Taiwan.   This is a day of great grief and sorrow for the whole country, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a special briefing … Continue reading “Taiwan mourns chief of general staff, 7 other service members killed in Blackhawk emergency landing”

TIBE Book Prize winners announced in Taipei

Winners of the 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition Book Prize were announced Jan. 2, showcasing Taiwan’s tremendous depth of publishing talent.   The Chinese-language awards recognize three writers each for the categories of fiction, nonfiction and children and young adults, as well as a single recipient for editing.   Chen Shu-yao, Lee Wei-jing and Lolita … Continue reading “TIBE Book Prize winners announced in Taipei”

Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature

The Anti-Infiltration Act was passed by the Legislature Dec. 31, 2019, underscoring the commitment of the government to safeguarding national security and Taiwan’s democracy.   Described as an effective democratic defense mechanism by the Ministry of the Interior, the legislation complements existing regulations governing lobbying, political donations, and presidential, vice presidential and civil servant elections … Continue reading “Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature”

President Tsai delivers New Year’s Day address

President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 1, 2020, that the government is committed to defending Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and sovereignty while promoting peace, stability and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific.   Taiwan will never accept China’s “one country, two systems,” Tsai said. The deteriorating situation in Hong Kong proves such a model is nonviable as democracy and … Continue reading “President Tsai delivers New Year’s Day address”

Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market

Taiwan-cultivated guavas are set to go on sale in the U.S. after the agricultural product was greenlighted for import, spotlighting government efforts to open up new markets for local farmers.   The decision comes on the heels of an operational work plan signed by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture and U.S. Animal and Plant Health … Continue reading “Taiwan guavas greenlighted for US market”

Executive Yuan announces New Year ASF prevention measures

Taiwan has stepped up efforts for preventing an outbreak of African swine fever ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, as the government continues its commitment to protecting the country’s hog farming industry.   With large numbers of travelers and an increased demand for pork products expected during the celebrations, several enhanced measures have … Continue reading “Executive Yuan announces New Year ASF prevention measures”

CEC gears up for 2020 presidential and legislative elections

The circulation, comment, report, release or review of all polls for the upcoming ROC (Taiwan) presidential and legislative elections is prohibited starting 12 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020, till 4 p.m. Jan. 11, according to the Central Election Commission.   Citing the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act and Civil Servants Election and Recall … Continue reading “CEC gears up for 2020 presidential and legislative elections”

Taichung to stage regional for FIRST Robotics Competition

A regional for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition is set to be staged at Feng Chia University March 6-8, 2020, in central Taiwan’s Taichung City, spotlighting government efforts promoting the country’s technological credentials on the world stage.   Organized by Central Taiwan Science Park Bureau under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the regional is … Continue reading “Taichung to stage regional for FIRST Robotics Competition”

Taiwan LGBT advocate named top 5 youth activist in Asia by CNN

Taiwan LGBT advocate Weng Yu-ching is one of Asia’s five leading youth activists for 2019, according to U.S.-based news provider CNN Dec. 26.   A staunch promoter of LGBT rights since her teens, the 24-year-old Weng is a driving force behind nonprofit Taiwan Marriage Equality Coalition. She has participated in numerous demonstrations and lobbying sessions, … Continue reading “Taiwan LGBT advocate named top 5 youth activist in Asia by CNN”

MOFA delivers 2019 report card

Steadfast diplomacy is paying handsome dividends for Taiwan by greatly expanding the country’s international space while safeguarding the values of freedom and democracy, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 26.   The year 2019 is one marked with tremendous achievements in promoting relations with the country’s diplomatic allies, the MOFA said, adding that … Continue reading “MOFA delivers 2019 report card”

Taiwan launches cruise tourism R&D center in Kaohsiung

A cruise tourism R&D center was launched Dec. 24 in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, as part of public and private sector efforts to grow the country’s footprint in the potential-laden industry.   Based at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, the center is backed by the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and … Continue reading “Taiwan launches cruise tourism R&D center in Kaohsiung”

Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products banned

Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products have been banned after a pork liver paste from the Southeast Asian country tested positive for African swine fever virus, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Dec. 25.   Announcing the decision, COA head and Central Emergency Operation Center Director Chen Chi-chun said the suspect item was identified … Continue reading “Imports of canned Vietnamese pork products banned”

National Taiwan Ocean University unveils domestically developed lobster feed

Domestically developed feed suitable for supporting the growth of lobsters during the high-risk larval stage of six to 14 months was unveiled by Keelung City-headquartered National Taiwan Ocean University Dec. 25 in northern Taiwan.   Produced by NTOU in collaboration with Lienchiang County Government—the local authority overseeing Taiwan’s outlying Matsu archipelago—and the Fisheries Agency under … Continue reading “National Taiwan Ocean University unveils domestically developed lobster feed”

YouTube video promoting Taiwan viewed over 5 million times

A video promoting Taiwan produced by a pair of famous YouTubers has been viewed more than five million times on the online platform after it was released Dec. 21, spotlighting the country’s friendliness and diversity for a global audience.   Created by Nuseir Yassin from Israel and Alyne Tamir from the U.S., the clip titled … Continue reading “YouTube video promoting Taiwan viewed over 5 million times”

Exhibition of imperial curios underway at NPM southern branch

A special exhibition showcasing 619 curios from the royal collection of China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1911) kicked off Dec. 25 at the Southern Branch of National Palace Museum in Chiayi County.   Running through Dec. 26, 2021, “Curio Boxes of Qianlong Emperor” features various treasures the Qing ruler enjoyed during his reign in the eighteenth century. … Continue reading “Exhibition of imperial curios underway at NPM southern branch”

MOE forum strengthens Taiwan-Vietnam education ties

Taiwan-Vietnam Education Forum wrapped up Dec. 21 in Hanoi, underscoring the commitment of the government to expanding related exchanges and strengthening friendship with the New Southbound Policy target country.   Organized by the Ministry of Education, the five-day event attracted 218 representatives from 112 tertiary institutions. Discussions encompassed such topics as higher education reform, industry-academia … Continue reading “MOE forum strengthens Taiwan-Vietnam education ties”

Premier Su opens South Link Highway expansion project

The third and final South Link Highway expansion project was opened by Premier Su Tseng-chang Dec. 23 in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan.   Running from Caopu Village in Pingtung to Anshuo Village in southeastern Taiwan’s Taitung County, the project comprised an elevated bridge and a tunnel. It fulfils an NT$22.7 billion (US$751.28 million) government commitment … Continue reading “Premier Su opens South Link Highway expansion project”

Taiwan arts educators honored for exceptional contributions

Winners of the Arts Education Contribution Award were announced Dec. 23 at National Central Library in Taipei City, spotlighting the efforts of the country’s educators and institutions in developing the next generation of creative talent.   Organized by the Ministry of Education, the award was given across five categories for outstanding private institutions, schools and … Continue reading “Taiwan arts educators honored for exceptional contributions”

Taiwan thanks US president for signing NDAA 2020

The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act 2020 by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, which contains passages highlighting Taiwan’s national security and China’s attempted electoral interference, is sincerely appreciated by the country, according to the Presidential Office Dec. 21.   Taiwan and the U.S. share the fundamental values of freedom and democracy, PO Spokesperson … Continue reading “Taiwan thanks US president for signing NDAA 2020”

CIP honors Taiwan indigenous literature awards winners

Winners of the Taiwan indigenous literature awards organized by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples were honored Dec. 21 in Taipei City, spotlighting some of the country’s best aboriginal authors.   The four recipients come from the Atayal, Paiwan, and Truku tribes, finishing atop a 120-strong field in the categories of novella, poetry, essay and … Continue reading “CIP honors Taiwan indigenous literature awards winners”

Kinmen County Government tops Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors

Kinmen County Government is winner of top Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors, according to the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications Dec. 20.   KCG outperformed in core service areas of management, staff and transportation, as well as successfully incorporated the main attractions of battlefield and southern Fujian culture into its shuttle service, … Continue reading “Kinmen County Government tops Taiwan Tourist Shuttle honors”

Chiayi Christian Hospital, Dr. Wei Fu-chan awarded MOFA’s Friend of Foreign Service Medals

Chiayi Christian Hospital and Dr. Wei Fu-chan of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital were awarded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Friend of Foreign Service Medals at a ceremony Dec. 19 in Taipei City.   Presented by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, the medals signify the deep appreciation of the government and people for CCH and the … Continue reading “Chiayi Christian Hospital, Dr. Wei Fu-chan awarded MOFA’s Friend of Foreign Service Medals”

VP Chen set for Palau visit to celebrate 20 years of ties

Vice President Chen Chien-jen is set to depart Dec. 28 on an official visit to Palau to celebrate 20 years of Taiwan-Palau diplomatic relations, marking a milestone in relations between the two allies.   During a news conference Dec. 19 at the Presidential Office, Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien said the three-day trip is an … Continue reading “VP Chen set for Palau visit to celebrate 20 years of ties”

AIDC, Lockheed Martin ink F-16 maintenance pact

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. and U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp. concluded a memorandum of understanding on F-16 aircraft maintenance Dec. 17 in Taichung City. The pact was inked by AIDC Chairman Hu Kai-hung and Randy Howard, director of F-16/F-22 business development for Lockheed Martin, at the headquarters of the state-backed outfit in the … Continue reading “AIDC, Lockheed Martin ink F-16 maintenance pact”

World science academy elects 3 Academia Sinica scholars

Academia Sinica academicians Chung Bon-chu, James C. Liao, and Lu Chih-yuan were among 36 new fellows elected to Italy-based The World Academy of Sciences Dec. 10, spotlighting their respective efforts in advancing human knowledge.   Chung, a distinguished research fellow in the Institute of Molecular Biology at Taiwan’s top research body, was selected for her … Continue reading “World science academy elects 3 Academia Sinica scholars”

Legislative Yuan passes prison law amendments

The ROC (Taiwan) Legislative Yuan passed the final reading of amendments to the Prison Act Dec. 17 in Taipei City, marking a milestone in the country’s ongoing judicial reform.   According to the Ministry of Justice, a dedicated team has been working on revising the act since 2008 to further human rights protections in the … Continue reading “Legislative Yuan passes prison law amendments”

MOFA outlines success of Taiwan’s UNFCCC campaign

Taiwan public and private sector support for the country’s bid to participate in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change has raised global awareness of the many ways Taiwan Can Help realize U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 13, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 16.   At the vanguard of these efforts during the … Continue reading “MOFA outlines success of Taiwan’s UNFCCC campaign”

GCTF Joint Committee staged in Washington

The annual Global Cooperative Training Framework Joint Committee concluded Dec. 6 in Washington, with representatives from Taiwan, Japan and the U.S. reviewing the initiative’s annual progress and charting the route for the year to come.   According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the one-day meeting also involved senior officials from the Ministries of Justice … Continue reading “GCTF Joint Committee staged in Washington”

International indigenous economy forum underway in northern Taiwan

An international indigenous economic development forum kicked off Dec. 15 in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City, bringing together 200-plus business representatives, experts and officials from home and abroad to discuss the latest trends, market opportunities and policy approaches.   Hosted by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples, the three-day event consists of keynote speeches, workshops, visits … Continue reading “International indigenous economy forum underway in northern Taiwan”

Taiwan table tennis mixed doubles duo qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Taiwan table tennis aces Cheng I-ching and Lin Yun-ju have qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo following victory in the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals Dec. 12 in Zhengzhou, China.   Cheng and Lin took 19 minutes to brush aside their opponents from Hungary in … Continue reading “Taiwan table tennis mixed doubles duo qualify for Tokyo Olympics”

Three TV policy presentations set for presidential election

Three televised policy presentations will be staged later this month for the three candidates contesting the 15th ROC (Taiwan) presidential election, according to the Cabinet-level Central Election Commission Dec. 11.   The first event is set for Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Chinese Television System Inc., with the other two … Continue reading “Three TV policy presentations set for presidential election”

Puppet master documentary screened in Singapore

A Taiwan documentary about the life of renowned traditional glove puppeteer Chen Hsi-huang was screened Dec. 7 at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in the Southeast Asian city state, spotlighting his tireless efforts preserving the art form.   Directed by Yang Li-chou and produced by homegrown auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien, the 99-minute film examines the complicated … Continue reading “Puppet master documentary screened in Singapore”

EPA responds to Taiwan’s Climate Change Performance Index ranking

Taiwan’s third-last finish in the 2020 Climate Change Performance Index results from faulty carbon emissions data and ignores progress in related policy measures, according to the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration Dec. 10.   The 58-economy CCPI, released earlier this month by nongovernmental organizations Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe, placed Taiwan ahead of Saudi Arabia … Continue reading “EPA responds to Taiwan’s Climate Change Performance Index ranking”

President Tsai pledges to boost Taiwan’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities

President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 6 that the government will continue enhancing Taiwan’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities as part of efforts further strengthening national defense.   Developing state-of-the-art vessels is a top policy priority, Tsai said. In addition to boosting the effectiveness of patrols and ensuring the safety of Taiwan’s women and men in uniform, these … Continue reading “President Tsai pledges to boost Taiwan’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities”

Taiwan bags 19 honors at Golden Pin Design Award

Taiwan ruled the roost at the 2019 Golden Pin Design Award held Dec. 5 at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei City, claiming 19 out of 30 top honors.   Organized by government-backed Taiwan Design Center and the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, this year’s edition attracted over 7,000 entries … Continue reading “Taiwan bags 19 honors at Golden Pin Design Award”

APEC automotive dialogue kicks off in Taiwan for 1st time

An Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation dialogue on strengthening regional automotive sector exchanges and linkages kicked off Dec. 4 in Taipei City, the first time Taiwan has hosted the event in its 20-year existence.   Co-organized by the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Transportation and Communications, the biannual dialogue involves more than 100 officials and industry representatives … Continue reading “APEC automotive dialogue kicks off in Taiwan for 1st time”

Taiwan rated only country in Asia with ‘open’ civic space

Taiwan is the only country in Asia with open civic space according to the People Power Under Attack report released Dec. 4 in Bangkok, spotlighting the nation’s status as a regional beacon of freedom and democracy.   Published by South Africa-headquartered nongovernmental organization CIVICUS, the report divides countries and territories into five groups—from best to … Continue reading “Taiwan rated only country in Asia with ‘open’ civic space”

Regional environmental education center launched by Taiwan, US in Taichung

The Global Environmental Education Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Center opened Dec. 3 in the central city of Taichung, highlighting the commitment of Taiwan and the U.S. to ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment.   Located on the campus of National Taichung University of Education, the center is jointly operated by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration, U.S. Environmental … Continue reading “Regional environmental education center launched by Taiwan, US in Taichung”

Taiwan’s CPC Corp unveils new office in India

CPC Corporation, Taiwan, unveiled its latest office Dec. 2 in the Indian capital of New Delhi, as the state-backed petroleum firm continues boosting its presence in New Southbound Policy target countries.   Approved by the Indian authorities in September, the new location follows on the heels of offices set up in Singapore, Dubai and Indonesia, … Continue reading “Taiwan’s CPC Corp unveils new office in India”

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 9 that Taiwan is committed to starting negotiations with the U.S. on a bilateral trade agreement and expanding related exchanges across the board to boost economic growth.   Taiwan is a reliable commercial partner for the U.S., Tsai said. This is evidenced by the number of U.S.-headquartered heavyweights such as … Continue reading “Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties”

VP Chen touts Taiwan’s indigenous languages development efforts

Taiwan’s tribal languages are being preserved and promoted as part of government efforts to further safeguard the ethnic diversity of the country, Vice President Chen Chien-jen said Dec. 9.   Language is the foundation of cultural identity, Chen said. As more children learn and speak indigenous tongues, they will grow to serve as guardians of … Continue reading “VP Chen touts Taiwan’s indigenous languages development efforts”

MOFA delivers Q3 trade promotion report card

Efforts by Taiwan’s representative offices around the world in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs helped increase foreign trade and investment in the third quarter of 2019 while strengthening the country’s relationship with its allies and like-minded partners, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 9.   By staging investment tours, trade fairs … Continue reading “MOFA delivers Q3 trade promotion report card”

VP Chen vows to advance human rights, transitional justice in Taiwan

Advancing human rights and transitional justice in Taiwan through historical research is the best way of healing rifts and creating a more free, fair and prosperous society, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen Dec. 7.   As a beacon of freedom and democracy in Asia, Taiwan cherishes human rights, Chen said. The country has overcome … Continue reading “VP Chen vows to advance human rights, transitional justice in Taiwan”

Taiwan troupes selected to perform at France’s Festival Off d’Avignon

Four Taiwan troupes have been selected to feature at the 2020 Festival Off d’Avignon running July 3-26 in France, spotlighting the vibrancy of the nation’s performing arts sector.   Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the groups are modern dance outfits Hung Dance and Resident Island Dance Theatre, Nanguan opera company La Cie MaxMind and … Continue reading “Taiwan troupes selected to perform at France’s Festival Off d’Avignon”

Tsai lays out roadmap for Taiwan’s technological development

President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 5 that the government will spare no efforts in promoting the space industry and setting up a dedicated agency to coordinate Taiwan’s digital development, ensuring the country maintains its position as a global innovation leader.   Technological prowess continues to drive Taiwan’s economic growth, with various government initiatives delivering real-world … Continue reading “Tsai lays out roadmap for Taiwan’s technological development”

ASF drill scheduled for Christmas Day in Taiwan

An African swine fever response drill is scheduled for Christmas Day in Taiwan as part of government efforts to ensure the country maintains maximum vigilance in the face of the ever-present threat from the virus, according to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Dec. 6.   Based on the scenario of ASF outbreaks at three randomly … Continue reading “ASF drill scheduled for Christmas Day in Taiwan”

Taiwan-Denmark play examines relationship between democracy, populism

A Taiwan-Denmark play examining the fraught relationship between democracy and populism is underway until Dec. 7 in downtown Copenhagen.   “Folkekongen,” staged by Taipei City-based Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group and Copenhagen-headquartered Husets Theater is inspired by the work of Elfriede Jelinek—an Austrian writer awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature.   Also drawing from the … Continue reading “Taiwan-Denmark play examines relationship between democracy, populism”

PILP with Taiwan wraps up in Taipei

Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan wrapped up Dec. 4 in Taipei City, underscoring the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners such as the U.S. in advancing sustainable development throughout the region.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hawaii-based East-West Center, PILP brings participants up to speed on the latest political, … Continue reading “PILP with Taiwan wraps up in Taipei”

Taiwan, US launch regional environmental education center in Taichung

The Global Environmental Education Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Center opened Dec. 3 in the central city of Taichung, highlighting the commitment of Taiwan and the U.S. to ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment.   Located on the campus of National Taichung University of Education, the center is jointly operated by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration, U.S. Environmental … Continue reading “Taiwan, US launch regional environmental education center in Taichung”

CPC Corp. unveils new office in India

Taiwan’s leading petroleum company CPC Corp. unveiled its latest office Dec. 2 in the Indian capital of New Delhi, as the state-backed company continues to boost its presence in New Southbound Policy target countries.   Approved by the Indian authorities in September, the new location follows on the heels of offices set up in Singapore, … Continue reading “CPC Corp. unveils new office in India”