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Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui said Taiwan is committed to enhancing national self-defense capabilities while calling on democracies to work together to counter China's authoritarian expansion.
Yui made the remarks during a virtual interview with Laureano lzquierdo for an article published March 22 on Infobae, one of the most widely read online newspapers in Spanish.
According to Yui, the number of Taiwan's like-minded partners is growing despite China's attempts to isolate the country by enticing its diplomatic allies to switch recognition to Beijing. This is evidenced by the upcoming visit of Marketa Pekarova Adamova, speaker of the Czech Republic's Chamber of Deputies, and recent delegations to Taiwan from Germany, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Romania and the U.K., he added.
Taiwan is a front-line state in the fight against totalitarianism, Yui said, adding that the country is determined to defend its sovereignty by enacting military reforms and learning lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war.
The vice minister said the U.S. has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan and provided defensive weapons in line with the Taiwan Relations Act. Japan and South Korea have also reiterated the importance of cross-strait peace and stability at international events, he added.
With support from members of the international community, the government of Taiwan will spare no effort to avoid war, Yui said, urging more global friends to deter China from employing force against any nation.
As one of the world's major centers of advanced chip production, Taiwan plays a critical role in global supply chains, Yui said. An armed conflict would endanger provision and severely impact the world's economy, he added.
Taiwan is an important partner of Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, Yui said, adding that the government welcomes deeper ties with the region. (YCH-E)
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Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu called on Japan and other members of the democratic world to continue expanding cooperation with Taiwan to check authoritarian expansion in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
At the same time, Wu said that Taiwan's military reform is one way the country continues to strengthen its defense capabilities in order to safeguardits sovereignty and democratic way of life.
The minister made the remarks during an exclusive interview with Gabriel Dominguez for a story published March 24 on the front page of Tokyo-based English daily The Japan Times. According to Wu, Japan is a favorite country among the people of Taiwan, which is borne out in the frequent and friendly exchanges between the two nations, as well as their steadily growing trade and investment ties.
The two partners also collaborate in areas such as cybersecurity, countering disinformation, disaster management, humanitarian aid and maritime safety under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, the minister added.
Wu said many countries have followed Japan's example of developing closer relations with Taiwan by sending delegations. These friends come to stand on Taiwan's soil and show their support in the face of threats from China, he added.
Given the increasing strategic challenges from Beijing, the minister applauded Japan's decision to strengthen its defense capabilities and assume a greater role in its alliance with the U.S., a partnership which is commonly regarded as the bedrock of peace and stability in the region.

Taiwan and Germany concluded a judicial cooperation in criminal matters agreement March 23 in Taipei City, marking a milestone in the bilateral relationship.
The pact was signed at the Ministry of Justice's headquarters by Taiwan's Rep. to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey and German Institute Taipei Director-General Jorg Polster. Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang and Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang were both present as witnesses.
According to the MOJ, the Arrangement on the Cooperation in the Area of Judicial Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters is the seventh of its kind between Taiwan and a European county.
In his opening remarks, Tsai said bilateral cooperation in judicial matters has progressed apace since the two countries concluded aprisoner exchange agreement in November 2013. Since then, the two sides have completed seven prisoner transfers, he added.
The pact provides improved protection for both nations' people and promotes greater two-way exchanges amidst increasing challenges stemming from the pandemic and cross-border crime, he added.
Taiwan has signed judicial agreements, arrangements, memorandum of understanding and treaties with Belize, Japan, Nauru, Palau, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the MOJ said. (SFC-E)
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Taiwan ranks in the top five in the latest Social Institutions and Gender Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Executive Yuan announced March 21.
With higher values indicating greater discrimination, Taiwan's score of 9.5 puts it above fellow Asian countries like Mongolia, 15.3; South Korea, 20; Vietnam, 24.7; China, 27.6; and Japan, 28.2. Globally, only the following four nations outranked Taiwan: Belgium, 7.7; Spain and Sweden, 9.2; and Italy, 9.4.
The people of Taiwan benefit greatly from equal household responsibilities and divorce and inheritance rights, which led to a 0.3 in the category measuring discrimination in the family. To arrive at this score, the OECD assessed laws, social norms and actions to eliminate such problems as child marriage and the gender gap in unpaid care.
In the appraisal of access to productive and financial resources, Taiwan received a 6 on the strength of women's ability to equitably obtain assets, financial services and workplace rights. Regarding civil liberties, the country scored 8.4, demonstrating that men and women have little difference in their citizenship rights, confidence in the judicial system, freedom of movement, access to justice and political voice.
According to the EY, the country's outstanding performance beats the averages of OECD member countries,16.5; the world, 30; and Asia, 37.6. The achievement can be attributed to public-private collaboration, the EY said, adding that Taiwan will work to influence its neighboring nations.
First produced by the OECD Development Centre in 2009, the SIGI measures discriminatory social institutions in key areas that affect the lives of women and girls. This year's data was collected from 140 countries and territories and will be provided to decision-makers, researchers, international and philanthropic organizations, and the public to support policymaking. (YCH-E)
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Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said Taiwan is committed to enhancing national self-defense capabilities to safeguard its sovereignty and democratic way of life in the face of growing threats from China.
Wu made the remarks during an interview with Nisid Hajari for "How Taiwan's Top Diplomat Sees the World," an article published March 21 on New York-based Bloomberg News' website.
According to Wu, China's displacement of Taiwan in 2019 to establish ties with Kiribati and the Solomon Islands is part of its strategy for global authoritarian expansion. The government warned like-minded partners at the time, but it was not until 2021, when China signed a security agreement with the Solomon Islands, that other democracies realized China's ambitions, he added.
The minister said in addition to squeezing Taiwan's participation in international bodies, China constantly attempts to undermine the country's democracy by cyberattacks, disinformation and cognitive warfare. China may also wish to use Taiwan to divert domestic attention from its economic slowdown, he added.
Wu thanked allies for voicing support for Taiwan's international engagement in bodies such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Russia-Ukraine war demonstrated that international support is crucial for nations on the frontline of authoritarian expansion and welcomed global support for Taiwan, Wu added.
The government and the minister are advocates for maintaining the cross-strait status quo, Wu said, stressing that the Taiwan Strait is international waters and China's frequent encroachment upon the median line violates peace and stability. Wu added that a conflict with China is neither imminent nor inevitable and Taiwan is a responsible member of the international community.
Wu said Taiwan is one of the world's major semiconductor production centers and a blockade will negatively impact the global economy. China will pay a great price in reputational cost and face economic sanctions if it uses military force against Taiwan, he added. (YCH-E)
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Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui announced another donation of US$20 million to Türkiye March 22 to assist the country with post-earthquake reconstruction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Yui made the remarks at a news conference in Taipei City, which was attended by Rep. Muhammed Berdibek of the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei. At the event, the vice foreign minister said that the dedicated account set up by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in response to the earthquake received NT$1.18 billion (US$38.66 million) in private donations.
The first donation of US$20 million, which included US$2 million in government funds, was announced Feb. 18. The second donation will be allocated to four main entities.
Approximately US$1 million has been set aside for the government of Ankara to purchase mobile kitchens to prepare meals for people in disaster-stricken areas. The remainder is bound for the Turkish Red Crescent, US$5 million; the Turkish Confederation of the Persons with Disabilities, US$5 million; and the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, US$9 million.
In response, Berdibek thanked the government and people of Taiwan for their compassion and support. Goodwill transcends language barriers and brings people together, he said, adding that the people of Türkiye will always remember the friendship and kindness. (SFC-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen will depart March 29 on an official visit to ROC (Taiwan) allies Guatemala and Belize, according to the Presidential Office.
During a news conference March 21 at the PO, the office's spokesperson Lin Yu-chan said the 10-day trip underscores the importance the government attaches to the two like-minded countries, adding that it follows repeated invitations extended by the nations' leaders during recent visits to Taiwan.
Lin said the trip offers an opportunity for the allies to further expand cooperation and exchanges in mutually beneficial areas while promoting global peace and stability.
According to Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Tah-ray Yui, Tsai will meet with Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei, attend a state banquet, witness the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement, take part in a hospital launch ceremony in Chimaltenango and join in a function with members of the local Taiwanese community.
During her stay in Belize, the president will meet with Prime Minister John Briceno, witness the signing of a bilateral technical cooperation agreement, deliver a speech at the National Assembly, tour the sites of joint projects, attend banquets hosted by Briceno and Governor-General Froyla Tzalam and take part in a function with members of the local Taiwanese community.
The president will also make a stopover in New York prior to arriving in Guatemala and another in Los Angeles on her way back to Taiwan.
This will be Tsai's eighth official trip abroad since taking office in 2016. She is to be accompanied by a delegation of government officials and legislators, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu, PO Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung, Minister of Overseas Community Affairs Council Hsu Chia-ching and Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi. (SFC-E)
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Taiwan and Germany confirmed a scientific and technological cooperation arrangement March 21 in Taipei City, highlighting the two governments' commitment to advancing partnership, according to the National Science and Technology Council.
Witnessed by NSTC Minister Wu Tsung-tsong and Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger, the accord was signed by Shieh Jhy-wey, head of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, and Jorg Polster, director general of the German Institute Taipei.
Under the agreement, Taiwan and Germany will expand collaboration in areas such as artificial intelligence applications, batteries, hydrogen energy and semiconductors.
According to Wu, the pact demonstrates that Taiwan is willing and able to work with like-minded partners to contribute more to the international community. Stark-Watzinger's visit to the country shows that science and technology cooperation has lifted the bilateral relationship to new heights, he added.
In response, Stark-Watzinger said the two sides share the values of freedom, democracy, openness and transparency. The accord will help pave the way for broader exchanges based on Taiwan and Germany's complementary strengths while facilitating economic innovation and high-tech research, she said.
Following the signing ceremony, Stark-Watzinger and her 13-member delegation visited National Taiwan University and the Siemens training center at Nangang Vocational High School in Taipei. The group also toured Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute under the National Applied Research Laboratories in the northern city of Hsinchu, the NSTC said.
Stark-Watzinger's contingent additionally met with Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung to discuss topics like Mandarin language education as well as the establishment and operation of academic semiconductor institutions, the NSTC added. (YCH-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said March 20 that Taiwan is committed to expanding cooperation and exchanges with the U.K. to safeguard regional peace and advance areas of mutual interest across the board.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the U.K.'s House of Commons at the Presidential Office in Taipei City. Headed by Bob Stewart, chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, the delegation includes MPs Rob Butler, Sarah Atherton, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Afzal Khan and Marie Rimmer.
According to Tsai, the British Parliament's support for Taiwan has continued to grow in recent years. This is evidenced by numerous calls by MPs to enhance Taiwan-U.K. relations during a debate last February, as well as the visit by a delegation from its Foreign Affairs Committee last November, she added.
Tsai also took the opportunity to thank the U.K. for frequently emphasizing the importance of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability at bilateral and multilateral events like Group of Seven meetings in recent years.
The U.K. is a key partner in developing Taiwan's offshore wind power industry, with over 30 British companies establishing related operations and offices in the country, Tsai said. The president added that she anticipates the two sides will complement each other equally well in areas spanning biotech, cybersecurity, health care and supply chain resiliency.
The president expressed her best wishes for the U.K.'s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and called on the like-minded partner to support Taiwan's bid.
In response, Stewart described Taiwan as a beacon of democracy and praised the country's 10th-place ranking in the Democracy Index 2022 recently released by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit. He said he is delighted to see two-way economic ties and people-to-people exchanges thriving, adding that he also hopes more British students will come to study in Taiwan. (YCH-E)
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Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu welcomed legislators from Paraguay to Taipei City March 20 and pledged to continue strengthening bilateral ties, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Led by Sen. Blas Antonio Llano Ramos, the group includes Sen. Fernando Alberto Silva Facetti and Chamber of Deputies member Guadalupe Aveiro.
In his welcome speech, Wu described Taiwan and Paraguay's friendship of 65 years as robust. Despite the physical distance that separates them, both countries respect human rights and value freedom and democracy, the minister added.
To promote the well-being of their respective peoples, the two governments have implemented a raft of cooperative projects in varied fields, Wu said, adding that Taiwan is committed to sharing its experience with Paraguay. He also expressed his hope that the allies continue to expand their economic and trade ties.
In response, Llano thanked Taiwan for assisting in his country's development over the years, especially through government-sponsored scholarships to Paraguayan students and the Taiwan-Paraguay Polytechnic University initiative. These projects cultivated the talent of many who now play an instrumental role in spurring economic growth and social prosperity in Paraguay, Llano said.
Echoing Llano's remarks, Silva added that last month's visit by President Mario Abdo Benitez underscores his country's unwavering support for Taiwan. (SFC-E)
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A delegation comprising members of the U.K.'s House of Commons arrived in Taiwan March 19 for a six-day visit at the invitation of the government, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Headed by Bob Stewart, chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, the delegation includes MPs Rob Butler, Sarah Atherton, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Afzal Khan and Marie Rimmer.
MOFA said that the MPs' presence is sincerely welcomed by the government and people. This is the second delegation from the House of Commons to visit Taiwan since last November's Foreign Affairs Committee visit.
In addition to meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, the group has appointments with Premier Chen Chien-jen and National Security Council secretary-general Wellington Koo, as well as banquets hosted by Legislative Yuan President You Si-kun and Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu.
The parliamentarians will also call on the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Mainland Affairs Council and key cultural and economic facilities. The MPs will have exchanges with officials, law makers and experts on issues pertaining to bilateral relations, economic resilience and regional development.
According to the MOFA, Stewart took over as chair of the British-Taiwanese All-Parliamentary Group in 2021, since when he has been a constructive advocate for deepening ties.
Stewart initiated a resolution on expanding cooperation and relationships with Taiwan in February 2021, the MOFA said, adding that he also penned letters to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Ministry of Defense and all members of Parliament, calling on them to support Taiwan.
As a responsible stakeholder in the Indo-Pacific, Taiwan will continue working with like-minded partners like the U.K. to strengthen global democratic resilience, promote cooperation and exchange across a broad spectrum of areas and safeguard peace, prosperity, stability and sustainable development in the region, the ministry said. (SFC-E)
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Taiwan and Japan concluded a memorandum of understanding on judiciary and legal affairs cooperation March 16 in Tokyo, spotlighting the joint commitment to further cementing the two countries' partnership, according to the Ministry of Justice.
The accord was signed by Taiwan-Japan Relations Association Chair Su Jia-chyuan and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Chair Mitsuo Ohashi. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan Representative Frank Hsieh was also in attendance, the MOJ said.
Under the pact, relevant ministries and agencies on both sides will organize reciprocal research visits, hold meetings and seminars, offer professional legal advice and provide open access to pertinent databases and publications to expand bilateral exchanges, the ministry added.
According to the MOJ, Su and Ohashi stated during the signing that the MOU was based on the two sides' shared values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights and the rule of law. Taiwan and Japan will continue to promote closer collaboration, strengthening their firm friendship with mutual trust, they added.
MOJ Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang initiated MOU talks in 2020, and the agreement was finalized thanks to the efforts of his ministry along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan's representative office in Japan. The MOJ also recognized the contributions of the TJRA and JTEA as well as Japan's Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.
The accord will help protect the rights and interests of the peoples of Taiwan and Japan while advancing fairness and justice and deepening bilateral ties, the ministry added. (YCH-E)
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The 9th meeting of Taiwan-Japan Fishery Committee was held March 13-15 in Tokyo, highlighting the commitment of both sides to strengthening ties and seeking opportunities to work together in areas of mutual concern.
The meeting was held in accordance with the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement signed in 2013, which solved disputes over rights and interests in contested fishing areas using peaceful, negotiated means. The next edition will take place in Taiwan.
Convened by Taiwan-Japan Relations Association and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, the Taiwan delegation comprised Fan Chen-kuo, deputy head of TJRA; Chang Chih-sheng, Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture Fisheries Agency director-general, and officials from the Coast Guard Administration.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials held in-depth discussions on topics spanning operational regulations in the inverted triangle-shaped maritime area north of the Yaeyama Islands and the special cooperation zone designated by the 2013 agreement. Participants from Taiwan also requested a start to negotiations on fishing operations in overlapping exclusive economic zones that fall outside the area.
In terms of operational regulations for the 2023 fishing season, the MOFA said both parties agreed to temporarily continue use of the version discussed in 2019 until a consensus is reached. (DL-E)
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President Tsai Ing-wen said March 16 that Taiwan is committed to safeguarding its sovereignty while bolstering cooperation with the U.S. and other like-minded partners to strengthen regional peace and stability as well as global democratic resilience.
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives at the Presidential Office in Taipei City. Led by Rep. Ken Calvert, chair of the defense subcommittee under the House's Appropriations Committee, the group includes other subcommittee members Reps. Ed Case, Tom Cole, Mike Garcia, David Joyce and Steve Womack.
According to Tsai, Taiwan stands on the front line of authoritarian expansion. The country has continued to enhance its self-defense capabilities to ensure national and regional security, Tsai said, citing a government plan set out last year to raise response capacity through a restructuring of the country's armed forces, among other measures.
Tsai also took the opportunity to thank the U.S. Congress for its unwavering bipartisan support for Taiwan, which lawmakers recently reaffirmed with items included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.
Overall bilateral ties continue to go from strength to strength, as evidenced by the productive second round of negotiations under the Taiwan-U.S. Initiative on 21st-Century Trade that took place in January, the president said. She added that she anticipates discussions will result in a high-standard agreement addressing areas like digital trade, labor rights and trade facilitation and that the pact will further serve as the foundation for a comprehensive trade agreement.
In response, Calvert said the trip builds on decades of regional partnership and joint prosperity, adding that he and his delegation members look forward to discussing issues of mutual interest such as investment with Tsai. (YCH-E)
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Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said Taiwan is working tirelessly to deepen its engagement with the rest of the world to defend its sovereignty, freedom and democracy.
Wu made the remarks during an interviewwith journalist Stefan Blommaert for a video released March 14 by VRT, the national public broadcaster for Belgium's Flemish community.
According to Wu, members of the free world have stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait in the face of Chinese provocations and voiced their opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo .
China continues to block Taiwan's global participation, Wu said, citing the country's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic as evidence of Beijing's obstruction. Taiwan was unable to quickly and efficiently share its disease-management expertise when the global crisis was at its peak, nor could it receive assistance from the World Health Organization, he added.
The minister said Beijing's ambition does not stop at Taiwan but extends to the East and South China Seasand even Africa. Authoritarian expansionism threatens everyone, he said, adding that the best recourse is unity among all democratic countries. (SFC-E)
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