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”

Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan’s investment climate at AmCham Taipei’s Hsieh Nien Fan

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 25 that the government is committed to strengthening the country’s robust investment climate while advancing Taiwan-U.S. mutual interests and shared values with like-minded partners such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.   2020 has been a year of challenges, Tsai said. But government policies are proving effective in … Continue reading “Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan’s investment climate at AmCham Taipei’s Hsieh Nien Fan”

Taiwan science parks deliver record half-year revenues

Taiwan’s three science parks reported revenues of NT$1.37 trillion (US$46.35 billion) for the first half of 2020, up 12.24 percent year on year and setting a record high for the opening two quarters, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology.   MOST statistics released Aug. 24 reveal exports from the parks grew 10.08 percent … Continue reading “Taiwan science parks deliver record half-year revenues”

Reciprocal driver’s license pact inked by Taiwan, Israel

An agreement allowing legally certified drivers in Taiwan and Israel to obtain licenses issued by either side without sitting for written or road skills tests was concluded Aug. 24 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The pact, which is set to take effect Sept. 15, was inked on behalf of … Continue reading “Reciprocal driver’s license pact inked by Taiwan, Israel”

President Tsai commemorates 1958 artillery bombardment of Kinmen

President Tsai Ing-wen took part in a ceremony commemorating 62 years since the Aug. 23 Artillery Bombardment of outlying Kinmen County, promising as commander in chief to take full responsibility for protecting Taiwan’s sovereignty.   The efforts of military personnel who fought in the country’s defense, as well as the sacrifices of their families, are … Continue reading “President Tsai commemorates 1958 artillery bombardment of Kinmen”

AI to play bigger role in developing Taiwan’s health care, medical industries

No stone is being left unturned in ensuring Taiwan artificial intelligence continues spurring the development of health care and medical industries at home and abroad, Vice President Lai Ching-te said Aug. 23.   As one of the leading countries in the global information and communication technology sector, Taiwan possesses extensive experience in building and operating … Continue reading “AI to play bigger role in developing Taiwan’s health care, medical industries”

VP Lai vows to advance Taiwan’s AI technology, public health

Vice President Lai Ching-te said Aug. 21 that the government is committed to advancing Taiwan’s artificial intelligence technology and public health as part of efforts to enhance the country’s disease prevention capabilities.   Comprehensive medical care and social welfare systems, efficient government and police administration and solid public-private partnerships have played a crucial role in … Continue reading “VP Lai vows to advance Taiwan’s AI technology, public health”

Taiwan export orders surge 12.4 percent in July

Export orders in Taiwan continued to grow in July, up 12.4 percent year on year to US$45.57 billion, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs Aug. 20.   Among the country’s main export sectors, orders for information and communication technology products exhibited the best performance, soaring 29.9 percent to US$14.44 billion. The MOEA attributed the … Continue reading “Taiwan export orders surge 12.4 percent in July”

President Tsai charts new course for Taiwan’s post-pandemic economy

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 19 that the government would continue implementing measures to assist local firms weathering the impact of COVID-19 while transforming Taiwan’s economy in the post-pandemic era.   A new economic growth model based on innovation, job creation and equitable distribution is a long-term development goal of her administration, Tsai said. To … Continue reading “President Tsai charts new course for Taiwan’s post-pandemic economy”

Taipei, New Taipei advance bid for World Masters Games 2025

Taipei and New Taipei cities completed Aug. 14 the virtual first phase presentation of a joint bid for the World Masters Games 2025.   Core components such as competition venues, event organization, financing, host city introductions, marketing, medical care, security and staffing were detailed in the submission. According to the governments of both special municipalities, … Continue reading “Taipei, New Taipei advance bid for World Masters Games 2025”

Microsoft to establish IoT Center of Excellence in Taiwan

An Internet of Things Center of Excellence is set to be established by Microsoft Corp. in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the U.S.-based company Aug. 19.   Serving as a research venue for 5G, artificial intelligence and IoT technologies, the center will additionally provide training to cultivate local talents and enhance … Continue reading “Microsoft to establish IoT Center of Excellence in Taiwan”

President Tsai touts AmCham Taipei’s role in Taiwan-US ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 18 that American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei has played a vital role in strengthening Taiwan-U.S. ties.   AmCham’s recognition of the country’s pandemic prevention efforts and recommendations for economic and trade policies in its Taiwan White Paper published in June were deeply appreciated, Tsai said, adding that the government … Continue reading “President Tsai touts AmCham Taipei’s role in Taiwan-US ties”

MOFA Minister Wu presents outgoing Nicaragua ambassador with state honor

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu presented William Manuel Tapia Aleman, outgoing Nicaragua ambassador, the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in recognition of his extensive efforts in strengthening relations between Taiwan and the Central America ally Aug. 17 in Taipei City.   Taipia worked tirelessly during his 12 years in office to deepen bilateral … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu presents outgoing Nicaragua ambassador with state honor”

Taiwan Representative Office opens in Somaliland

The Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland opened Aug. 17 in Hargeisa, paving the way for enhanced bilateral cooperation benefiting the people on both sides, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   During the launch ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a recorded message from the Presidential Office in Taipei City, saying friendship … Continue reading “Taiwan Representative Office opens in Somaliland”

COA announces mutual recognition pacts on organic items with Australia, Canada, Japan, NZ, US

Mutual recognition agreements on organic products were announced Aug. 14 by Taiwan’s Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture with the relevant agencies of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the U.S.   The pacts clear the way for certified items from Taiwan to be exported to and sold in the five countries, the COA said. This will … Continue reading “COA announces mutual recognition pacts on organic items with Australia, Canada, Japan, NZ, US”

Taiwan’s GDP forecast to grow 1.56 percent in 2020

Taiwan’s gross domestic product growth for 2020 is projected to reach 1.56 percent, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics Aug. 14.   The DGBAS said this year’s per capita GDP is estimated at US$27,371, while the consumer price index is set to dip 0.19 percent due to falling oil prices.   According … Continue reading “Taiwan’s GDP forecast to grow 1.56 percent in 2020”

MOFA Minister Wu discusses Taiwan-Czech relations in TV interview

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu praised strong Taiwan-Czech Republic relations Aug. 14, saying the upcoming visit of a delegation led by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil will further enhance bilateral economic and trade cooperation.   Taiwan and the Czech Republic enjoy close business ties, with the European country being Taiwan’s fourth largest investment destination on … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu discusses Taiwan-Czech relations in TV interview”

Taiwan donates protective gowns and surgical masks to Israel

Taiwan donated 10,000 protective gowns and 10,000 N95 surgical masks to Israel-based Shamir Medical Center during a livestreamed ceremony Aug. 12 at Yunlin Branch of National Taiwan University Hospital in the western Taiwan county.   Witnessing the event, Lee Ya-ping, deputy director-general of the Department of West Asian and African Affairs under the Ministry of … Continue reading “Taiwan donates protective gowns and surgical masks to Israel”

MOFA Minister Wu discusses Taiwan-US relations in CNN interview

Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu praised strong Taiwan-U.S. relations Aug. 12, saying the recent visit by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar is a clear show of support for Taiwan and its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The U.S. is a close partner and understands the military and diplomatic threats Taiwan … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu discusses Taiwan-US relations in CNN interview”

Cabinet greenlights Civil Code amendment lowering majority age to 18

A Civil Code amendment to lower the age of majority from 20 to 18 and set the legal engagement and marriage ages at 17 and 18 for both men and women was greenlighted by the Cabinet Aug. 13.   Premier Su Tseng-chang said during the Cabinet meeting that the amendment matches public consensus and better … Continue reading “Cabinet greenlights Civil Code amendment lowering majority age to 18”

Virtual Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh to kick off Sept. 18

The virtual Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh gets underway Sept. 18, serving up cinephiles a selection of 20 unrivaled pieces drawn from multiple genres over six decades.   Organized by Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, the 10-day TFFE is accessible via … Continue reading “Virtual Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh to kick off Sept. 18”

President Tsai addresses videoconference hosted by US think tanks

President Tsai Ing-wen discussed Taiwan’s role as a bastion of freedom and democracy in the Indo-Pacific during a videoconference Aug. 12 hosted by U.S.-based think tanks the Hudson Institute and Center for American Progress.   Focusing on the economic, diplomatic and security challenges facing Taiwan, the event was also attended by, among others, Hsiao Bi-khim, … Continue reading “President Tsai addresses videoconference hosted by US think tanks”

Taiwan-US health cooperation strengthened with visit of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

Taiwan-U.S. cooperation on global public health and disease prevention has gone from strength to strength with the visit of Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Aug. 12.   In a joint statement signed by Taiwan’s Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung and … Continue reading “Taiwan-US health cooperation strengthened with visit of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar”

75 Taipei, Taichung venues feature in Michelin 2020 Bib Gourmand selection

A total of 75 venues in the cities of Taipei and Taichung feature in the 2020 Bib Gourmand selection, according to publisher Michelin Guide Aug. 11.   Taipei’s lineup comprises 31 restaurants and 23 street food stalls with seven new additions. Taichung in central Taiwan—incorporated for the first time in the internationally acclaimed foodie bible—boasts … Continue reading “75 Taipei, Taichung venues feature in Michelin 2020 Bib Gourmand selection”

MOEA names Presidential Innovation Award winners

One organization and two individuals have won the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award, according to organizer the Ministry of Economic Affairs Aug. 11.   State-backed Taiwan Design Research Institute won in the group category of the biennial award, while Taipei City Hospital Superintendent Dr. Huang Sheng-jean and Gogolook Co. Chair and CEO Jeff Kuo were named … Continue reading “MOEA names Presidential Innovation Award winners”

MOFA Minister Wu meets with US Department of HHS Secretary Azar

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu met with Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Aug. 11 in Taipei City, highlighting the government’s commitment to working with like-minded partners on disease prevention and Taiwan’s participation in international health affairs.  According to Wu, Taiwan’s success in containing COVID-19 can be … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu meets with US Department of HHS Secretary Azar”

Tsai vows to enhance Taiwan’s cybersecurity industry

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 11 that no stone is being left unturned in strengthening Taiwan’s cybersecurity industry in line with the goals and objectives of the government’s five-plus-two innovative industries plan.   Cybersecurity is one of the most important of the six core strategic industries founded on the plan, Tsai said. This is evidenced … Continue reading “Tsai vows to enhance Taiwan’s cybersecurity industry”

President Tsai welcomes delegation led by US health secretary Alex Azar

President Tsai Ing-wen welcomed a delegation from the U.S. led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar at the Presidential Office Aug. 10 in Taipei City, saying the visit represents a high watermark in Taiwan-U.S. relations over the past four decades.   This year, the like-minded partners have worked closely to address the … Continue reading “President Tsai welcomes delegation led by US health secretary Alex Azar”

Taiwan, US ink health cooperation pact

A memorandum of understanding was signed by Taiwan and the U.S. Aug. 10 in Taipei City, spotlighting government efforts to expand cooperation with like-minded partners on global health issues.   Witnessed by Taiwan’s Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung and Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the MOU … Continue reading “Taiwan, US ink health cooperation pact”

MOC greenlights 11 New Southbound Policy cultural exchange programs

Eleven cultural exchange programs for New Southbound Policy target countries were greenlighted Aug. 10 by the Ministry of Culture as part of ongoing government efforts to further deepen and strengthen Taiwan’s connections with the region.   Submitted by members of the MOC’s Southeast Asia Advisory Committee, the programs involve Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and … Continue reading “MOC greenlights 11 New Southbound Policy cultural exchange programs”

President Tsai meets delegation led by former Japan PM Yoshiro Mori

President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation from Japan led by the country’s former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori at the Presidential Office Aug. 9 in Taipei City, saying the visit was a chance to deepen bilateral relations while furthering cooperation on combating COVID-19.   Tsai thanked the 11-member group, which included members of the Japanese parliament … Continue reading “President Tsai meets delegation led by former Japan PM Yoshiro Mori”

MOEA launches experimental 5G open network platform in Taiwan

The Ministry of Economic Affairs launched an experimental 5G open network platform based in northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City Aug. 7, spotlighting government efforts to enhance opportunities for domestic telecommunications sector to tap into the global market.   Organized by the MOEA in collaboration with state-backed Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taoyuan City Government, and U.S.-based Cisco … Continue reading “MOEA launches experimental 5G open network platform in Taiwan”

Taiwan, US tie up on women’s empowerment initiative

Taiwan is partnering with U.S. International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) in realizing an additional US$6 billion of private sector investment via the development bank’s 2X Women’s Initiative as part of the Trump administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.   Announced by Hsiao Bi-khim, head of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S., … Continue reading “Taiwan, US tie up on women’s empowerment initiative”

Virtual Taiwan Film Festival in Berlin gets underway Aug. 21

The virtual Taiwan Film Festival in Berlin gets underway Aug. 21, offering cinephiles a selection of nine peerless pieces drawn from multiple genres over five decades.   Organized by Impression Taiwan with support from the Taipei Representative Office in Germany, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Film Institute’s Taiwan Docs and Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, the … Continue reading “Virtual Taiwan Film Festival in Berlin gets underway Aug. 21”

President Tsai thanks outgoing ambassador for strengthening Taiwan-Nicaragua ties

President Tsai Ing-wen said Aug. 6 that the government and people sincerely appreciate the efforts of outgoing Ambassador William Manuel Tapia Aleman to strengthen Taiwan-Nicaragua relations during his 12-year term as the Central American ally’s Taipei City-based representative.   Tapia tirelessly took part in activities and events as ambassador and dean of the Taiwan Diplomatic … Continue reading “President Tsai thanks outgoing ambassador for strengthening Taiwan-Nicaragua ties”

Taiwan to support Syrian refugee girls in Jordan with US$250,000 donation

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Jordan and U.S.-based humanitarian organization Mercy Corps inked a memorandum of understanding Aug. 5 in Amman to increase the safety and well-being of Syrian refugee girls in Jordan.   Under the pact signed by TECO in Jordan Representative Ismail Mae and Kari Diener, Mercy’s regional programs director, Taiwan will … Continue reading “Taiwan to support Syrian refugee girls in Jordan with US$250,000 donation”

Taiwan’s IoT sector posts record output in 2019

The output of Taiwan’s Internet of Things sector totaled NT$1.31 trillion (US$43.6 billion) in 2019, up nearly 12 percent year on year to the highest amount on record, the National Development Council said Aug. 5.   NDC Minister Kung Ming-hsin attributed the strong showing to the government’s Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan, which aims at … Continue reading “Taiwan’s IoT sector posts record output in 2019”

Average life expectancy hits 80.86 in Taiwan

Average life expectancy in Taiwan hit an all-time high in 2019, reflecting a sustained upward trend in longevity, the Ministry of the Interior said Aug. 5.   The national average rose nine weeks from last year to 80.86 years, with increases of seven weeks to 77.69 years for men and nine weeks to 84.23 years … Continue reading “Average life expectancy hits 80.86 in Taiwan”