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President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 6 that Taiwan and Idaho enjoy close relations and there are many areas in which the two sides can deepen and expand mutually beneficial exchanges.
Taiwan and Idaho are important trade partners, Tsai said. This is evidenced by the Idaho-headquartered Micron Technology's increased investment in Taiwan, she added.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving Idaho Gov. Brad Little at the Presidential Office in Taipei City.
According to Tsai, economic security is a critical pillar of national and regional security. To this end, the government is committed to strengthening cooperation with democratic partners to jointly create sustainable semiconductor supply chains, she added.
Tsai took the opportunity to thank Little for speaking up for Taiwan at international events and the Idaho Legislature for unanimously passing resolutions affirming support of the country for three years running.
This is Little's third visit to Taiwan and his first overseas trip since the pandemic began, Tsai said, adding that it not only demonstrates the deep friendship between Taiwan and Idaho, but is also significant in helping advance Taiwan-U.S. relations.
In response, Little said Taiwan and Idaho have shared a firm friendship for nearly four decades and have built many profitable ventures benefitting the people on both sides over the years. (DL-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen received a Polish parliamentarian delegation at the Presidential Office in Taipei City Dec. 6, looking to enhance cooperation with the EU member state on all fronts while strengthening solidarity with fellow democracies.
Led by Polish-Taiwanese Parliamentarian Group chair Waldemar Andzel and comprising seven other members of the Sejm, the group is in Taiwan on a cultural, economic, political and societal fact-finding tour Dec. 5-9.
According to the president, Taiwan and Poland have both experienced authoritarian rule and the transition to democracy in recent history. Currently, their two-way partnership continues to expand over a range of fields, she added.
Poland has actively supported Taiwan's global participation, Tsai said, citing the resolution passed by the Polish Senate's Foreign and European Union Affairs and Health Committees in July calling for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Organization.
The two sides have also given mutual support to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, she said, adding that the government and people are sincerely grateful for the Polish government's donation of 400,000 vaccines.
Since the onset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Poland has helped resettle three million refugees within its border, the president said. Such humanitarian spirit in offering mutual aid is truly inspiring, she added.
Tsai said Taiwan strongly identifies with Ukraine in its determination to defend democracy and freedom. Through donation of funds and equipment, Taiwan will stand alongside Poland and other like-minded partners to assist Ukraine in its post-war reconstruction, she added.
In response, Andzel said he is happy to lead the group visit this year, which marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Taipei Representative Office in Poland.
He also took the opportunity to thank Taiwan for donating over US$11 million to help Poland resettle Ukrainian refugees and looked forward to further bilateral exchanges and ever-closer relations. (SFC-E)
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The Taiwan-Southeast Asia Vegetable Germplasm Initiative kicked off Dec. 6 in the southern city of Tainan, highlighting the government's commitment to conserving and sharing plant strains while increasing crop diversity in Southeast Asia.
Launched by Tainan-headquartered World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the initiative seeks to reintroduce unique vegetable species that have disappeared from their original countries using samples that have been collected and stored by the international nonprofit agricultural research institute over the past three decades.
On behalf of Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, MOFA Secretary General Lily L.W. Hsu said during the launch ceremony that the world is facing serious challenges like climate change and food security. In addition to maintaining sufficient food supplies, ensuring the stability and diversity of food sources is critical, she added.
The initiative will help add variety to people's diets and enhance nutrient intake in Southeast Asia, she said, adding that it will also facilitate information exchanges on vegetable seed preservation and planting.
According to Hsu, the government will continue working with like-minded partners to support WorldVeg projects in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America to build a food-secure world.
Following her remarks, WorldVeg Director General Marco Wopereis said the initiative will increase the vegetable diversity of target countries to boost the resilience of food supplies.
Other guests at the event included officials from Taiwan's Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture and representative offices of Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Established in 1971 by Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, the U.S. and the Asian Development Bank, WorldVeg seeks to reduce malnutrition in developing countries by increasing production and consumption of vegetables. (YCH-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 5 that Taiwan is committed to safeguarding regional peace and stability and further cooperation with like-minded partners such as the U.S. to jointly defend democratic values and counter authoritarian expansionism.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy at the President Office in Taipei City. Led by NCAFP President and CEO Susan Elliott, the group includes Daniel Russel, vice president for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute; Raymond Burghardt, president of the Pacific Century Institute; and Susan Thornton, project director of the NCAFP Forum on Asia-Pacific Security.
Taiwan-U.S. partnership has gone from strength to strength over the past three years, as evidenced by the first in-person meetings for the Taiwan-U.S. Initiative on 21st-Century Trade held in November, Tsai said.
The Global Cooperation and Training Framework founded by the two sides has grown to include partner countries from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean while its first Middle East workshop was held in Israel last month, she added.
According to Tsai, Taiwan and the U.S. have strengthened national defense exchanges and cooperation in recent years. The six military sales to Taiwan approved by the U.S. Biden administration are deeply appreciated, Tsai said, adding that the one announced in September following China's military exercises further demonstrates U.S. commitment to Taiwan's security.
The two countries are important strategic, economic and trade partners and the two sides' bilateral ties are a cornerstone for a free, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, Tsai said, citing a joint statement reiterating the importance of cross-strait peace and stability released by Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron a few days ago.
In addition, the president said the government will continue working with the international community to forge secure and resilient global supply chains underpinned by democratic values.
In response, Elliott expressed agreement with Tsai that dialogue is the best way to maintain regional peace and stability and added that the strong Taiwan-U.S. relationship would not falter. (YCH-E)
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A forum enhancing public-private partnership to promote exchange between local nongovernmental organizations and their international counterparts was staged in Taipei City Dec. 5, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Themed Challenges and Opportunities: Taiwan's Public-Private Partnerships in Promoting Peace and Justice in Global Governance, the one-day event involved 200-plus NGO leaders and experts from home and abroad. Topics spanned partnership to defend human rights and democracy, gender equality advocation and raising the country's profile as a hub for international NGOs.
In his opening address, Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui said Taiwan will enhance public-private efforts to demonstrate to the international community the Taiwan Can Help ethos and the country's civil society capacity.
Following his remarks, Otmar Kloiber, secretary general of the World Medical Association, called for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Organization. The country's exclusion from the global health system is unfair and hurts both the people of Taiwan and the international community, he added.
Launched in 2020, the forum serves as a major platform to boost cooperation and exchanges between local and foreign NGOs and strengthen partnership between the government, businesses and civil society groups. (DL-E)
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A delegation comprising members of the Polish-Taiwanese Parliamentarian Group began their Taiwan visit Dec. 5 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Led by group Chair Waldemar Andzel, the delegation included Vice Chairs Violetta Porowska, Jerzy Polaczek and Cezary Grabarczyk, as well as fellow parliamentarians Jaroslaw Krajewski, Dobromir Sosnierz, Agnieszka Soin and Bozena Zelazowska.
During their five-day stay, the lawmakers will have an audience with President Tsai Ing-wen and stop in at the Legislative Yuan, Mainland Affairs Council, MOFA and National Development Council.
To better understand Taiwan's cultural, economic and technological developments, the group will visit key facilities such as Hsinchu Science Park, National Palace Museum, National Space Organization, Taipei 101 and Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute.
They will also attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, who will confer the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy to Andzel for his contributions to bilateral relations.
According to the ministry, the lawmaking bodies of the two countries have enjoyed a close relationship for years. The current visit is of particular significance as 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Taipei Representative Office in Poland, it added.
The two sides have continually expanded their ties throughout the years, the MOFA said, citing agreements on youth working holidays, air transport, reciprocal recognition of driver's licenses, avoidance of double taxation and judicial cooperation.
Other salient examples of the robust relationship include the donation of 400,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan by the Polish government, the resolution passed in July by the Polish Senate's Foreign and European Union Affairs and Health Committees supporting Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization and joint efforts to arrange haven in Poland for Ukraine refugees fleeing Russia's invasion.
Building on this solid foundation, the MOFA said Taiwan will continue to expand cooperation and exchanges with Poland across the board to foster a more resilient partnership. (SFC-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 2 that the government is committed to contributing even more to global public health and medical care to ensure wellness and safety for all.
To this end, Taiwan is strengthening cooperation with like-minded nongovernmental organizations such as the World Medical Association, Tsai said. This is evidenced by the country's deep and long-standing ties with the association, she added.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the WMA. Led by Osahon Enabulele, president of the association, the group includes the organization's Chairperson of Council Frank Ulrich Montgomery and Secretary General Otmar Kloiber.
Tsai took the opportunity to thank the WMA for backing Taiwan and its participation in the World Health Organization, citing a resolution passed by the association last October in support of the country's observer status in the WHO and its affiliated mechanisms.
According to Tsai, passage of the resolution not only reflects international recognition of Taiwan's expertise in public health and medicine, but also inspires the country's people.
Earlier in the day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu received the delegation at the MOFA headquarters in Taipei City. The minister commended the medical and humanitarian assistance the organization provided to Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the Eastern European country. (DL-E)
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The joint statement issued by U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron stressing the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is sincerely welcomed by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
According to the MOFA, the statement followed a meeting between the two heads of state Dec. 1 in Washington D.C. It is also the first time that cross-strait security has been included in a joint statement by the two countries, the ministry added.
During a meeting Dec. 1-2 in Washington D.C., U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sanninoalso expressed concern about Chinese provocation increasing crisis risk in the Strait.
The two officials emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the area, where the U.S. and EU have clear interests and both regional and global security and prosperity are at stake. They opposed any unilateral action to undermine the status quo and called for the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.
The MOFA said the two statements reflect a growing consensus from the democratic world on the importance of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability.
As authoritarian regimes constantly challenge rules-based international order, Taiwan will continue to play a role as a responsible Indo-Pacific stakeholder, the ministry said.
With enhanced self-defense capabilities, deepened strategic partnership with the U.S. and expanded cooperation with other like-minded partners, the country will strive to counter authoritarian expansion and safeguard peace and stability in the region, the MOFA added. (SFC-E)
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The international review of the fourth national report on the implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) wrapped up Dec. 2 in Taipei City, highlighting Taiwan's efforts to ensure women's rights on all fronts.
A panel of five foreign experts held discussions with 418 officials and 119 nongovernmental organization representatives about women's rights policies introduced between 2017 and 2020. A report comprising 86 comments and recommendations for strengthening related measures was released at the conclusion of the five-day review.
In the report, the panel praised Taiwan's commitment to protecting women's human rights and promoting gender equality. The regular legal reviews undertaken by the Executive Yuan's Department of Gender Equality since 2012 are commendable, the report said, adding that the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission is another praiseworthy development.
One highlight of the recommendations for the government is to develop effective measures to prevent all forms of violence, including domestic violence against women. Authorities should allocate sufficient budgetary resources and train personnel to tackle the problem while regularly collecting and publishing relevant data, it said.
Equally important is to improve the parental leave system. According to the report, such a system must be designed to create incentives for fathers to take on more parental responsibility while entitling mothers to longer maternity leave than the present eight weeks.
Other suggestions include issues spanning abortion and sex education; childcare services; divorce mediation; gender pay gap; livelihood, property and economic opportunities for rural women; protection of foreign domestic workers; sexual harassment; and the rights of women with disabilities.
During a press conference staged by the EY, Minister without Portfolio and EY Spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng said the relevant ministries and agencies will incorporate such comments and recommendations into policy adjustments and future initiatives to boost progress on women's rights.
Adopted by the U.N. in 1979, CEDAW has become one of the most important international codes for protecting women's rights. Although Taiwan is not a signatory to the convention, an enforcement act was adopted by the Legislative Yuan in 2011 and took effect the following year. (YCH-E)
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed sincere appreciation from the government and people for two policy implementation reports adopted Nov. 30 by the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee that call for closer relations with Taiwan and reaffirm commitment to cross-strait peace and stability.
The Common Foreign and Security Policy report stresses that Taiwan is a key EU partner and a democratic friend in the Indo-Pacific. It urges the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to establish strategic cooperation with Taiwan.
The countries involved should further high-level exchanges in areas spanning culture, economics and science, it said, calling on EU authorities to launch impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercises on a bilateral investment agreement, deepen collaboration on supply chain resilience, and jointly combat disinformation and external interference.
In addition, the CFSP strongly advocates that the EU and its member states strengthen partnership with other like-minded partners to safeguard Taiwan's freedom and democracy and its meaningful international participation.
The Common Security and Defense Policy report expresses concern over China's continued military maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait and opposes to any unilateral action to change the cross-strait status quo. It called on Beijing to stop moves endangering regional stability and impacting European prosperity.
According to the MOFA, the two policy reports demonstrate the committee's staunch support for Taiwan and its 23 million people. The reports will be voted on at the EP in Strasbourg next January, the ministry said, adding that Taiwan will continue expanding collaboration with the EU and its member states while deepening partnership based on shared values of freedom and democracy. (YCH-E)
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Taiwan is leaving no stone unturned in safeguarding its sovereignty and democratic way of life in the face of authoritarian expansionism, Deputy Foreign Minister Tsai Ming-yen said Nov. 25.
China's large-scale military exercises in waters and airspace surrounding Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit jeopardized peace and stability across the strait and the region, Tsai said, urgingmembers of the democratic world to work in unity to counter Beijing's intention and ambitions.
Tsai made the remarks during an exclusive interview with Filip Styczynski aired by Poland broadcaster TVP World Nov. 29.
According to Tsai, Russia's invasion of Ukraine was a wake-up call, not only to countries in Europe, but also to the global community. Like Ukraine, Taiwan is on the front line between democracy and authoritarianism, he said.
The government is determined to defend Taiwan through augmenting and investing in self-defense asymmetric warfare capabilities, Tsai said. Next year the nation's defense spending will increase by 14 percent, accounting for 2.4 percent of GDP, he added.
Taiwan is committed to maintaining peaceful and stable cross-strait relations and will never accept the so-called "one country, two systems" approach, the Tsai said. (DL-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 1 that Taiwan will continue to augment its self-defense capabilities and cooperate with like-minded partners such as the U.S. and EU to ensure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and create safer, more resilient supply chains.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from Washington-based think tank German Marshall Fund of the U.S. at the Presidential Office in Taipei City.
Led by former U.S. Rep. Will Hurd and former member of the Bundestag, Marieluise Beck, the group includes eight other experts, officials, current and former parliamentarians from France, Italy, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.
According to the president, the expansion of authoritarianism continues to pose daunting challenges to democratic systems around the globe, as evidenced by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and China's continuous military exercises. Members of the free world need to strengthen their alliances to defend freedom and democracy, she added.
Standing on the front line of authoritarian expansion, Taiwan is determined to continue enhancement of its self-defense capabilities, Tsai said. On behalf of the government and people, the president expressed sincere appreciation for the U.S.' assistance in this regard under the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances.
Tsai said the government is looking forward to expansion of trade and economic ties with the U.S. and European countries through the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, the Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue, the Technology Trade and Investment Collaboration framework and a project launched earlier this year to strengthen connectivity with Europe.
In response, Hurd commended Tsai for winning bipartisan consensus that only the 23.5 million people of Taiwan can make decisions on their future.
The diversity of the delegation's members show that the transatlantic alliance supports Taiwan, he said, adding that the trip will help the GMF determine concrete steps to further partnership with Taiwan. (SFC-E)
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Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu hosted a banquet for a seven-member delegation from the U.K. House of Commons Nov. 30 in Taipei City, reaffirming government commitment to expanding bilateral ties.
Led by Alicia Kearns, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and comprising lawmakers Royston Smith, Liam Byrne, Stewart Malcolm McDonald and Neil Coyle, the cross-party group's visit from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 aims to deepen strategic cooperation in key areas.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this is the first U.K. parliamentary delegation to visit Taiwan since the implementation of pandemic border control policies nearly three years ago.
During his remarks, Wu said the government and people of Taiwan sincerely welcomed the group's visit and supported the tilt toward the Indo-Pacific laid out in the Integrated Review published by the British government in 2021.
According to Wu, Taiwan is strategically situated in the Indo-Pacific, a hub of both geopolitics and the global economy, which is traversed by some of the world's most important maritime routes.
Citing recent remarks by U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and other senior officials, Wu said maintaining cross-strait peace and stability has a huge bearing on Indo-Pacific security and prosperity.
Given recent political developments, Wu said Taiwan will continue to work with its like-minded partners including the U.K. to counteract authoritarian expansionism.
In response, Kearns said despite their vast geographic distance, the U.K. and Taiwan are bound closely together by the same values of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. The visit underscores commitment to expanding cooperation with Taiwan in areas such as net zero carbon emissions, semiconductors and supply chain resilience.
Taiwan is not alone in the global community, Kearns said, adding that the British parliament will continue to support Taiwan. (SFC-E)
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The eighth Taiwan-EU Industrial Policy Dialogue wrapped up Nov. 29, underscoring the shared commitment of the two sides to expanding bilateral cooperation and enhancing supply chain resilience.
Staged virtually, the event was co-hosted by Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua and Kerstin Jorna, director general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW).
Wang said during her opening remarks that Taiwan has thoroughly demonstrated its economic resilience in the face of challenges like the pandemic. As a trustworthy and indispensable partner, the country is committed to building robust supply chains with the EU, she added.
This year's event focuses on policies to enhance supply chain resilience while exploring collaboration opportunities in key sectors such as electric vehicles, circular economy, offshore wind farms and small and medium-sized enterprises, the MOEA said. The two sides agreed to further develop existing cooperation on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, the ministry added.
According to the MOEA, the EU is Taiwan's fifth-largest trading partner, with the bilateral trade totaling US$68.7 billion in 2021. In terms of investment, the EU has become the largest source of foreign direct investment in Taiwan, the ministry added. (DL-E)
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Two motions adopted by the Netherlands' House of Representatives supporting Taiwan are welcomed Nov. 30 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first motion, co-initiated by Reps. Sjoerd Sjoerdsma and Kees van der Staaij, states that countries across Europe should learn lessons from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Democracies must be united to counter threats brought by authoritarian regimes, it added.
Taiwan has the right to defend itself in the event China ever tries to take the country by force, the motion said, adding that Taiwan is of great strategic importance to the Netherlands and the EU.
According to the motion, Taiwan is a thriving democracy with great economic and trade opportunities. It urges the Netherlands government to strengthen bilateral ties with Taiwan in every possible way while helping boost the Taiwan-EU relationship.
The second motion, proposed by Rep. Wybren van Haga, requests that the EU member state express support for Taiwan and employ all diplomatic means to prevent China from taking any action against it.
According to the MOFA, the passage of the two motions underscores the rock-solid support from the Dutch lower house. The move follows three motions expressing similar sentiments that the legislative body adopted last November, the ministry added.
The two sides share the universal values of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights and rule of law, the MOFA said, adding that bilateral cooperation will continue in areas spanning the economy, energy, the environment, epidemic prevention, innovation, technology and trade, as well as efforts to ensure aviation security and combat climate change and transnational crime.
As a responsible member of the global community, Taiwan is committed to working with like-minded partners such as the Netherlands to promote peace, stability and prosperity worldwide, the MOFA added. (YCH-E)
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