This year, Kiribati has participated in the Olympic Games in the fourth consecutive time. Tuvalu also sent one athlete and it was the 3rd time for Tuvalu to take part in the international sporting event and it was Palau’s 5th time. The Ambassador of Tuvalu Minute Taupo, the Ambassador of Kiribati Teekoa Iuta and the Education Attaché of Palau Mr. Jordan Yuri all agreed that apart from getting the world to know these south Pacific countries, athletes will also be able perform in the international arena, encouraging more young talents to join the sporting events. Kiribati weightlifter David Kataotau who lost his family in a cyclone danced off the stage each time to raise the awareness of the threat of the climate change poses to his country. Etimoni Timuani, a sprinter from Tuvalu caught the attention saying that he took part to expose his country. His best time is 11.72 seconds This year, Palau’s runner, Rodman Teitull made Olympic history to be the first athlete from Palau to pass the preliminary rounds.
The theme country for the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition was Israel. What was unique was that the public in Taiwan was able to experience Israel with all five senses. Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative in Taiwan said it was an interactive exhibition and the public could see the portrayal of a book with the height of 9 by 9 meters followed by hearing the band performing Israeli music while sipping Israeli wine and non-alcoholic malt as well as enjoying Israeli delicious food.More
A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien, eastern Taiwan on February 6 and left 17 dead and more than 280 injured. One hotel and another mixed-use high rise partially collapsed. The first floor of the mixed-use building was a restaurant and its second and third floors were used as a hotel. Many say the greatest problem many buildings in Taiwan face is severe irregularities such as weak floors, mixed-use high rises, store owners would cut crucial beams or corners to have more open space.
Let’s hear more from Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor of civil engineering at National Taiwan University. Prof.Lee served as the Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014.
The ambassador of Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said there are many exchanges going on between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands and he said Taiwan Youth Ambassador Exchange program is instrumental in promoting culture and friendship between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands. The young people from Taiwan visit the Solomon Islands for a week, participate in cultural activities and interact with local students. The ambassador said he hopes to see that happen more.
Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said the Solomon Islands will continue to support Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations as Taiwan and the Solomon Islands share a common concern with world leaders on climate change and other issues such as health and aviation.
The ambassador of Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with the agricultural development in the south Pacific country. The ambassador said that he should correct the statement reported in some media that the Solomon Islands imports 90% of its food adding that his country only imports a fair amount of considerable for consumption. Apart from agriculture, Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with pig farming and provided training to help pig farmers.
Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said that Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have had strong relationship over the last few decades adding that the indigenous people of Taiwan and the Solomon Islands share the same Austronesian culture. Ambassador Joseph Pius Waleanisia said that the Solomon Islands has seen an increase in the scope of the assistance from Taiwan Technical Mission and medical teams. On today’s program, the ambassador of the Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia will share with us his views on the cooperation between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands ranging from agriculture to medical cooperation.
Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean and has become a popular tourist destination for Taiwanese in recent years. Palau is famous for its pristine white sand beach with crystal clear waters and picturesque nature. Rock Islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon has been inscribed on the World Heritage List and it has around 400 mushroom-shaped limestone islands surrounded by coral reefs. Taiwan’s China Airlines has direct from Taipei to Koror, Palau.
Beijing in late November last year issued a ban on Chinese tourist groups visiting Palau, which some call it a measure to punish Palau for its relationship with Taiwan. But Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, the ambassador of Palau said she did not understand why that piece of news was widely reported in Taiwan as she mentioned that a couple of years ago, Palau also restricted the number of Chinese tourists to Palau as the government of Palau does not wish to see the environment being threatened as too much human activity will increase pollutants. Palau began the fight to protect the environment in 2015 and a new initiative has been taken by Palau to protect the environment, that is “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering Palau.More
In July 2017, Palau Ministry of Health and Taiwan’s Eda Hospital/I-Shou University signed an MOU in support of a joint medical internship program that allows students from Palau who are going to graduate from I-Shou University to complete internships at Belau National University in Palau. Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, the ambassador of Palau said Taiwan has sent medical teams to Palau as well. Palau has had close cooperation with some hospitals in Taiwan including ShinKong Memorial Hospital and Taiwan Adventist Hospital in Taipei and Eda Hospital in Kaohsiung, the south of Taiwan.
Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil said she hopes in the future, more doctors from Palau will be able to practice in Taiwan as Taiwan gets more and more patients from Palau now. 95% of the people of Palau who need medical transfer would now choose Taiwan instead of the Philippines as the medical cost in Taiwan is lower and that Taiwan has excellent medical services. Taiwanese hospitals have become Palauan’s first choice of referral just by word of mouth. And to provide assistance, the government of Palau has two medical referral coordinators posted in Taiwan to help patients with visa, dependents’ accommodation, translation and other related services.More
Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean and has had diplomatic ties with Taiwan since 1999. Taiwan Technical Mission has been posted in Palau more than 30 years even long before the establishment of the diplomatic relations. Taiwan Technical Mission has helped the farmers in Palau develop some fruits and vegetables. Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, the ambassador of Palau said now farmers form Palau-Taiwan Farmers’ Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the livelihoods of the farmers with the aim to reduce dependence on food imports.
Even though Palau has not been that much affected by the climate change, some of the low-lying islands have suffered flood as waters have risen in some islands where they have to build seawalls. Palau is made up of around 340 small islands. Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil said the government has been developing green energy and researching the potential of wind energy, ocean thermal energy conversion, wave energy and energy storage technologies. Taiwan has helped build solar power panels.
Malaysia’s Head of Mission in Taiwan, Datuk Adeline Leong said she hopes to bring Taiwan and Malaysia together by getting more friendship pacts signed between cities in both Taiwan and Malaysia. Another important task is that she said the government can do so much but other NGOs such as Rotary Club, Lions Club, etc. can do their part citing the example that members of two Rotary sister-clubs of Taiwan and Malaysia have visited each other for the last 27 years.
To tap potential-laden Muslim markets, Taiwan has recently aimed to create a halal industry and Taiwan Halal Center was established in April 2017 by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council). Datuk Adeline Leong said Malaysia tops the world’s largest producer and exporter of multi-billion dollar halal food products. Taiwan can learn from Malaysia in the area the certification of halal food and products.
Malaysia’s Head of Mission in Taiwan, Datuk Adeline Leong said more than 1700 Taiwanese entrepreneurs invest in Malaysia and Malaysia also has investment in Taiwan, for example Phison Electronics Corp., a multi-million dollar company in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan that employs 700 engineers with master’s degrees and 70 of them are Malaysian. All Cosmos Biotech is a Malaysian company manufacturing bio-organic and bio-chemical fertilizers in Malaysia was officially listed on the stock exchange in Taiwan in June of 2017.
In the area of education, in the last decade, the number of Malaysian students studying in Taiwan has grown four times from around 4,000 students 10 years ago to 16,000 today. Datuk Adeline Leong said it dates back to the 70s when Chinese Malaysian students started to study in Taiwan and now the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities in Malaysia has 60 thousand members and every year professors from Taiwan visit Malaysia to see their students.
The Malaysian representative in Taiwan (Head of Mission in Taiwan), Datuk Adeline Leong said that 2017 was a good year and her office had achieved many goals because of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. She said the Policy has helped improve the relationship between countries in the south of Taiwan and Taiwan itself. Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has not only helped achieve targets in trade, investment and education but the scope has expanded to the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, ICT and smart city.
Datuk Adeline Leong said Taiwan is Malaysia’s sixth largest trading partner and the total trade amounted to USD$15 billion. Taiwanese tourist arrivals to Malaysia have increased by 21.6% with around 300 thousand Taiwanese visitors and the number of Malaysia’s tourists to Taiwan has increased by 9.9% with around 450,000 Malaysians visiting Taiwan.
On today’s show, I will revisit some of my favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2017. We first start with an interview with Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) who shares with us her views on same sex marriage in Taiwan.
Other interviews include:
1. Russia representative
2. UK representative
3. India representative
4. South Africa representative
5. Brazilian representative
6. Cedric Alviani, Taipei Bureau Director of Reporters Without Borders
7. Germany representativeMore