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A cultural fair promoting the culture and products of and tourism in Taiwan's diplomatic allies is underway in Taipei City, spotlighting the government's commitment to improving the public understanding of these countries, while strengthening multilateral economic and trade ties.
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Taipei City-based Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the six-week event includes a series of activities like dance performances, handicraft-making and rum-tasting classes, tie-ups with local restaurants, as well as digital experiences utilizing telepresence robots to take audiences on a virtual trip to Palau and St. Lucia.
Included in the series of events over the past three months in the run-up to the cultural festival were a job-matching program for students from Taiwan's allies and emerging markets, business plan and marketing competitions to promote products from Taiwan and these countries, as well as boxes of fresh ingredients sourced from allies on sale for the Mid-Autumn Festival, according to the TAITRA.
Y. C. Tsai, director general of MOFA's Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, said during the kick-off press conference Sept. 23 that it is expected that the fair will encourage the people of Taiwan to participate in public diplomacy while strengthening friendship with the country's allies.
Other high-profile attendees included Ambassadors Candice Pitts of Belize; Willy Alberto Gomez Tirado of Guatemala; Eny Yamileth Bautista Guevara of Honduras; Mirna Mariela Rivera Andino of Nicaragua; and Augusto Hung-Ta Liao, executive director of the Taipei City-based Central America Trade Office.
Established in 1970, TAITRA is Taiwan's foremost non-profit trade-promoting organization. The council operates more than 60 overseas offices and five around Taiwan, staffed by 1,300 specialists. (YCH-E)
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A Taiwan delegation took part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's virtual Women and the Economy Forum Sept. 24, underscoring the government's commitment to ensuring all members of society can fully contribute to the country's post-pandemic bounceback.
Led by Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, the group comprised official and experts from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet-level Gender Equality Committee and Taipei City-headquartered Foundation of Women's Rights Promotion and Development.
During Wang's address, she highlighted the effectiveness of Taiwan's coronavirus-combating efforts, as well as the NT$420 billion (US$15.2 billion) economic stimulus package aimed at backing hard-hit businesses and the working class.
Women are one of the major drivers of the country's economic recovery, Wang said. This is why industries mainly staffed by females are prioritized for assistance through measures like digital skills training, loan extensions and salary subsidies, she added.
In addition, a raft of measures has been introduced to help women manage work-life balance during the pandemic, Wang said, citing 24-hour homecare services for front-line medical workers and quarantine subsidies.
Lin Ming-Jen, an economics professor at Taipei-based National Taiwan University, was also announced during the forum as a co-winner of the 2021 APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize.
According to Lin, his team's study revealed the detrimental impact on labor force participation and income experienced by women serving as primary caregivers of aging parents. He said it is recommended decision-makers take this correlation into account and develop policies easing the burden via tailored support undertakings.
Chaired by New Zealand Minister for Women Jan Tinetti, the daylong event saw representatives from 21 APEC member economies discuss key issues like addressing the gender pay gap, occupational segregation and women's representation in trade. (SFC-E)
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Slovakia's donation of 160,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses touched down Sept. 26 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, underscoring the growing strength of relations between the like-minded partners, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The shipment is a generous gesture sincerely appreciated by the government and people of Taiwan, the MOFA said. It is also spotlights the determination of the two sides to jointly combat coronavirus and strengthen the global response to the pandemic, the ministry added.
According to the MOFA, Taiwan and Slovakia share the fundamental values of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. The EU member state's donation is evidence of the virtuous circle involving democracies worldwide, the ministry said.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said: "It's a long way from the #EU to #Taiwan. But distance is nothing when democracies are working together for the greater good. Our heartfelt thanks to #Slovakia for the donation of #COVID19 vaccine doses. The country is blessed to be part of the virtuous #HealthForAll circle."
Since Taiwan and Slovakia established reciprocal representative offices in 2003, two-way ties have gone from strength to strength in areas spanning culture, education, technology and trade. Slovakia was the first country in the EU to exempt Taiwan visitors from COVID-19 quarantine requirements upon arrival. (DL-E)
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A virtual workshop on building disaster resilience was staged under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework Sept. 24 by forces for good Taiwan, the U.S., Japan, Australia and the U.K.
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction under the Ministry of Science and Technology, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Australian Office Taipei and British Office Taipei, the daylong event involved discussions on community resilience capacity building, technology applications for disaster risk management, and recovery and reconstruction revitalization processes.
High-profile participants included MOFA Deputy Minister Harry Ho-jen Tseng, MOST Minister Wu Tsung-tsong, AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk, JTEA Chief Rep. Hiroyasu Izumi, AOT head Jenny Bloomfield and BOT head John Dennis. In addition, around 135 experts and officials from 34 countries and territories attended via video link.
Tseng said during opening remarks that Taiwan is committed to sharing its experiences in disaster preparedness with the global community. This is evidenced by the efforts of International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) in assisting allies Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua obtain advanced related equipment, he added.
Established in 1996 under the MOFA, Taipei City-headquartered TaiwanICDF is dedicated to achieving socioeconomic progress, enhancing human resources and promoting business activity in diplomatic allies and partner nations.
Echoing Tseng's remarks, Oudkirk said the workshop raises public awareness about the role of personal resilience and civic readiness in confronting natural or man-made disasters.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said "Building disaster resilience is key to advancing sustainable development & transforming our world. #Taiwan is proud to share its related experience alongside fellow forces for good the #US, #Japan, #Australia & #UK through the #GCTF."
The workshop is the second of its kind held under the GCTF this year. Launched in June 2015, the initiative also addresses other topics such as education, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, public health and women's empowerment. (YCH-E)
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Taiwan comic artist Nigou was named winner of the Excellence Award at the 2021 Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, according to the Ministry of Culture Sept. 22.
Nigou's work was among a total of 2,632 submissions from 97 countries contending for top honors at this year's edition of the prestigious KYOMAF in Japan. Running Sept. 18 to 19, the event included activities such as the awards ceremony, market and trade show.
According to the MOC, "Aquamation" by animator Amoon and "Fantasy Travels in Kyoto" by illustrator simiart—both from Taiwan—were shortlisted respectively for the CG anime and the illustration categories.
Nigou's honor follows in the creative footsteps of fellow artist Gene's Excellence Award in the illustration category for his work "On the Way to the Festival" and Grand Prize Award for "Guardian of the Scarecrow" at last year's fair, the ministry said.
KYOMAF, launched in 2012, is one of the largest animation and comics events in western Japan. Its international competition is a must for aspiring artists and creators from around the globe seeking to make a professional debut. (DL-E)
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Former Vice President Chen Chien-jen represented Taiwan at the virtual Global COVID-19 Summit convened Sept. 22 by U.S. President Joe Biden from the White House, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Held on the sidelines of the U.N.'s 76th General Assembly in New York City, the summit was attended by leaders and representatives from 180 countries, as well as international and nongovernmental organizations.
Chen said during the summit that Taiwan has launched four waves of international humanitarian assistance since the onset of the pandemic. The country's public-private sector partnership has enabled it to donate over 54 million medical masks and supplies to more than 80 countries, he added.
The Taiwan Model shows how a modern democracy can work transparently and use technology to combat coronavirus, Chen said, adding the government will continue to cooperate with the U.S. and other like-minded partners in sharing its disease-fighting expertise.
According to Chen, Taiwan supports Biden's goal of vaccinating the world, and will seek to contribute to the global health security financial intermediary fund that the U.S. plans to establish later this year.
Chen also took the opportunity to thank the Czechia, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and the U.S. for sharing vaccines with Taiwan to support the country's COVID-19 fightback. The much-needed doses saved lives and helped safeguard democratic values, he said.
According to the MOFA, this is the second time Taiwan has been invited by the U.S. to take part in a pandemic-related summit. The first was the "Strengthening Africa's Resilience and Response to Ebola Virus" virtual held in March.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said "Former VP Chen flew the flag for #Taiwan at the Global #COVID19 Summit held by @POTUS on the sidelines of #UNGA. He answered the call to embrace core objectives aimed at ending the pandemic, thanked the country's many friends & shared the #TaiwanModel." (SFC-E)
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A donation of 235,900 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan announced Sept. 22 by Lithuania is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Baltic country was the first EU member state to donate vaccines to Taiwan when it announced a shipment of 20,000 doses in June, the MOFA said. Such an inspiring show of friendship touches hearts and gives confidence, the ministry added.
According to the MOFA, Taiwan and Lithuania are like-minded partners sharing the values of freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. Bilateral cooperation and exchanges across the areas of culture and economy are steadily increasing, the ministry said.
One example is the online business-to-business event staged Sept. 15 by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the MOFA said, adding that it involved 60-plus firms from both sides seeking to expand presences in respective potential-laden markets.
In addition, a government-organized trade and investment delegation will visit Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania next month to deepen business ties with the EU member states and build more resilient global supply chains, the ministry said.
Another example, the MOFA said, is the commitment of both sides to establishing reciprocal representative offices by year-end as part of joint efforts to strengthen cooperation across the board, especially in business, education, scientific research and tourism.
As a reliable and trustworthy partner in the democratic world, Taiwan will continue working with fellow force for good Lithuania in combating coronavirus while promoting peace, stability and shared prosperity, the ministry added.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the ministry said "More timely support from #Lithuania for #Taiwan! We sincerely thank @LithuaniaHealth & @LithuaniaMFA for arranging a 2nd generous donation of #COVID19 doses. We also thank @IngridaSimonyte for leading by example with her walk the talk approach to vaccine equity & solidarity." (SFC-E)
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The Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations joint statement expressing the intent of both countries to strengthen ties with Taiwan is warmly welcomed by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sept. 17.
Issued by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Australian counterparts Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton the day before, the statement underscores Taiwan's key role in the Indo-Pacific while stating that the two countries are willing to enhance relations with the country as a critical partner and leading democracy.
The four also emphasized backing for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations, as well as reiterating continued support for cross-strait peace and greater donor coordination with Taiwan in the Pacific.
In response, the MOFA expressed gratitude for the countries' long-standing friendship with Taiwan. This is evidenced by the ongoing commitment of the U.S. to the Taiwan Relations Act, Six Assurances and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's support for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly, the ministry added.
According to the MOFA, the government will continue working with like-minded partners such as Australia and the U.S. to safeguard freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law while ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said: "We welcome the #AUSMIN joint statement in which #Australia & the #US re-emphasized #Taiwan's important role in the #IndoPacific; stated intent to strengthen ties with Taiwan; emphasized support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations; reiterated support for a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues; & expressed a shared commitment to enhance donor coordination with #Taiwan in the #Pacific. We'll keep partnering with #Australia & the #US in ensuring an open, inclusive & resilient #IndoPacific." (YCH-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 17 that the government will continue to strengthen bilateral ties with Central America ally Belize while leaving no stone unturned in improving the well-being of the people.
Belize is a true friend and partner in prosperity consistently voicing support for Taiwan in the international arena, Tsai said. The countries enjoy a close partnership spanning such areas as agriculture, health care and infrastructure over the 32 years of diplomatic relations, she added.
Tsai made the remarks during a special video message for Belize's 40th anniversary of independence in which she extended her congratulations on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan.
According to Tsai, the countries are cooperating closely in combating COVID-19 through sharing experiences, know-how and resources. In addition, a bilateral economic cooperation agreement was signed last year as part of joint efforts to expand trade exchanges, she added.
Pacts on aviation services and legal assistance were also inked, Tsai said, adding that such cooperation underscores a shared commitment to deepening mutually beneficial collaboration and advancing sustainable development.
Tsai also took the opportunity to thank Belize for its friendship and support. Going forward, it is sincerely hoped the countries keep working together across a broad spectrum of areas for the greater good, she said. (DL-E)
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A donation ceremony for 10,000 pulse oximeters and 1,008 oxygen concentrators to Japan was staged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sept. 17 in Taipei City, underscoring the government's commitment to helping the East Asian country combat coronavirus.
Hosted by the Association of Taiwan-Japan Relations Association Chairperson Chiou I-jen, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Chief Rep. Hiroyasu Izumi and witnessed by Digital Minister Audrey Tang, the event highlighted the government and people's deep appreciation for Japan's five donations of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Chiou and Tang said the total 3.9 million vaccines given by Japan to Taiwan are a generous gesture and further evidence of the virtuous circle defining exchanges between the two sides.
In response, Izumi said the pulse oximeters and oxygen concentrators will strengthen Japan's response to the pandemic. It is expected the two countries will continue working together to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19, he added.
According to the MOFA, Taiwan and Japan share the universal values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is committed to strengthening its partnership with Japan while deepening cooperation with like-minded countries around the world in combating coronavirus, the ministry said.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said: "#Taiwan-#Japan ties are a virtuous circle. The handover of 10K pulse oximeters & 1K+ O2 concentrators at a ceremony featuring TJRA Chairperson Chiou, JTEA Rep. Izumi & @audreyt shows our deep appreciation for #RealFriend Japan's donation of 3.9M #COVID19 vaccines. Thank you!" (YCH-E)
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The inclusion of Taiwan in the joint communication to the European Parliament and the Council issued Sept. 16 by the European Commission and External Action Service is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Titled "EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific," the report said a significant military build-up by China has led to increasing tensions in regional hotspots such as the South and East China Seas, as well as the Taiwan Strait. This may have a direct impact on European security and prosperity, the report added.
Democratic principles and human rights are also under threat from authoritarian regimes in the region, the report said. In light of these factors, it is essential for the EU to reinforce cooperation with regional partners, the report added.
In particular, the EU will work with Taiwan, Japan and South Korea to reinforce value chains cooperation in key sectors such as semiconductors. This is in addition to pursuing deeper trade and investment ties with partners with which there are currently no investment agreements like Taiwan, according to the report.
The MOFA said the EU has repeatedly spotlighted the importance of cross-strait peace and stability through joint statements and communiques at various bilateral and multilateral venues. The latest communication underscores how cross-strait peace, stability and prosperity is in line with the EU's regional interests, the ministry added.
As a like-minded partner sharing the values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, Taiwan is committed to working with the EU to enhance cooperation in strategic sectors spanning digital economy, green energy, post-pandemic economic recovery and supply chain restructuring, the MOFA said.
The ministry also urged the EU to facilitate negotiation of a bilateral investment agreement with Taiwan by initiating preparation work including impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercise.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said "Our gratitude to @EU_Commission & @eu_eeas for the joint communication committing to pursue deep trade & investment relations with #Taiwan. We'll keep working with the #EU & other forces for good in promoting a peaceful, stable, secure, prosperous & sustainable #IndoPacific." (SFC-E)
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The first Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop for Europe was successfully staged Sept. 13 by Taiwan, the U.S., Japan and the Czech Republic in Prague, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Involving participants from the academic and private sectors of the four like-minded partners, the daylong event focused on devising strategies for resetting global supply chains and resisting economic coercion, as well as addressing related challenges and opportunities for the Czech Republic.
Special addresses were delivered by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Representative Hiroyasu Izumi and Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil. These were complemented by contributions from representatives of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, Czech Senate and Prague-headquartered think tank Association for International Affairs.
Since the GCTF's launch in 2015, Wu said, Taiwan has worked with the U.S. and Japan in sharing its experience and know-how. The reach of the platform now extends throughout the Indo-Pacific and beyond, with an increasing number of forces for good joining to tackle global challenges, he added.
Wu also took the opportunity to thank the Czech Republic for donating 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan. The government and people are deeply touched by such an act of generosity, he said.
In response, Vystrcil called on businesses to focus on reshaping global supply chains for the greater good, and not exchange long-term competitive strategies for short-term profits.
The Czech Republic shares the values of freedom and democracy with Taiwan, the U.S. and Japan, Vystrcil said, adding that the EU member state's government will continue promoting resilient, diversified and competitive supply chains for the democratic world.
In a tweet on its official Twitter account, the MOFA said "#Taiwan, #US, #Japan, #Czechia cooperation leapt ahead with the staging of the 1st #GCTF in #Europe. Officials & experts strategized on key issues like resetting global supply chains & resisting economic coercion. A big thanks to all partners for the game-changing event!" (SFC-E)
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An exhibition shedding light on Taiwan's human rights development is underway at Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo, according to the Ministry of Culture Sept. 16.
Co-organized by the center, New Taipei City-based National Human Rights Museum and Tokyo-headquartered Scholars Network for Education Trips to Taiwan (SNET Taiwan), the two-month event chronicles Taiwan's transition from authoritarianism to democracy with displays of photos, posters, publications, videos and other related documents regarding civil rights abuses in Taiwan over the latter half of the 20th century, Taiwan and Japan's joint efforts to foster the democratic way of life as well as the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The center said the event is the first time the NHRM has staged an exhibition overseas since its establishment in 2018. Among the center's contributions to the exhibition is a section dedicated to introducing a Japan organization that strived to rescue political victims during the White Terror era, which refers to the period of martial law from May 1948 to July 1987 in Taiwan proper and November 1992 in outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands.
During the opening ceremony, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan Representative Frank Hsieh said freedom and human rights do not happen organically. Only through democracy movements can political systems be altered and dictatorship removed, he added.
Overseas rescues still constitute a major part of the global campaign to protect human rights, he said, adding that activists must be firm in the face of attempts to divide and weaken democratic forces.
Administered by the MOC, NHRM is the country's primary facility for collecting and preserving historical documents and materials relating to human rights during the White Terror. (YCH-E)
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Democracies around the world must form a coalition to safeguard shared values from authoritarian threats, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said in a video address at the Global Taiwan Institute Annual Symposium Sept. 15 in Washington.
According to Wu, authoritarian states are waging ideological warfare against democracy. This is a war that no democracy can afford to lose, he added.
Taiwan is on the front line of the confrontation between democracies and authoritarianism, Wu said. By serving as a sea fortress against expansionism into the wider Pacific, the country is key to regional and global security, he added.
Taiwan is working closely with the U.S. to enhance the resilience of global supply chains, as evidenced by the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement council meeting earlier this year, which highlighted the commitment of the like-minded partners to promoting economic cooperation while laying the groundwork for future talks on a bilateral trade agreement, Wu said.
Close Taiwan-U.S. ties are vital to peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, the minister said, adding the government will continue to advance bilateral relations with this in mind.
Wu also took the opportunity to thank the U.S. for its leadership role in the face of concerted authoritarian aggression through reengaging with multilateral and international institutions, as well as voicing support for Lithuania's decision to deepen relations with Taiwan.
GTI, established in 2016 in the U.S. capital, is a think tank aiming to promote greater understanding of Taiwan and its people through targeted policy research and engagement programs. (DL-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 15 that the government will continue expanding exchanges and deepening friendship with ROC (Taiwan) allies Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.
Taiwan has stepped up cooperation with all three countries since the outbreak of COVID-19, Tsai said. This includes sharing essential medical items, expertise and the latest information on pandemic management protocols, she added.
Wide-ranging bilateral collaboration has been strengthened rather than stopped by the pandemic, Tsai said, citing the June opening of a country office by Honduras-headquartered Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Taipei City.
Tsai made the remarks during a special video message for Central American Independence Day bicentennial celebrations in which she extended her congratulations on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan.
According to Tsai, great strides have been made in strengthening ties between Taiwan and the three countries spanning such areas as economic development, health care improvement and trade facilitation.
Highlights include an arrangement with Guatemala on mutual recognition of authorized economic operator certifications to streamline import and export operations, an agreement with Honduras to upgrade its hospital information technology system, and the Creative Economy Accompaniment Project in Nicaragua to spur broad-based economic development.
These partnerships extend to the education sector, Tsai said. Various student exchange programs continue apace despite the pandemic, enabling young people to establish interpersonal connections and learn more about their respective cultures, she added.
Tsai also took the opportunity to thank Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua for choosing to stand with Taiwan and support the country's participation on the international stage. It is sincerely hoped robust relations will continue flourishing and delivering sustainable prosperity for the countries and people, she added. (SFC-E)
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