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2016 Year In Review On the Line
2017-01-01
  • 2016 Year In Review

    2016 Year In Review

    2016 Year In Review

Welcome to the first edition of On the Line in the year 2017. On today’s show, I will revisit some of the favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2016. We first start off with an interview with the former ambassador of Sao Tome and Prince, Ambassador António Quintas that I did in early 2016. Taiwan severed diplomatic ties on Dec.21, 2016 with Sao Tome and Principe, a West African country that established ties with Taiwan in 1997.

 

Some of the interviews include:

1. Former UK representative in Taiwan, Mr.Chris Wood. Mr.Wood left Taiwan in late August for a new      

    appointment in Beijing.

2. The Ambassador of St.Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel .Saint Lucia is an island country     

    located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and opened an embassy in Taiwan in June, 2015.

3. Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC)

4. Former Ambassador of Nauru , Ambassador Ludwig Dowong Keke. Ambassador Keke assumed his  

    post in 2007 and left in August 2016.

5. DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

6. Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Berry

7. Ambassador Ismet Erikan, Representative, Turkish Trade Office in Taipei

8. Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of the Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre

 

 

Prof.Denys Springer says Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations will grow stronger

Prof.Denys Springer says Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations will grow stronger

Prof.Denys Springer says Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations will grow stronger

2016-07-17 01:00:00

 

The United Workers Party (UWP) of Saint Lucia won the general election in June 2016 and Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia said he believes the relations between Taiwan and Saint Lucia will continue to grow stronger.

 

Prof.Denys Springer said Saint Lucia has benefited a lot from Taiwan in a vast majority of areas including in agriculture, food processing, aquaculture, public health and infrastructure. Prof.Denys Springer stated that Saint Lucia mainly depends on revenue from tourism and banana production, adding that Saint Lucia should transform itself into a high-tech island like Taiwan. Taiwan has helped fight black sigatoka, a banana leaf spot disease and Saint Lucia used to be an important exporter of bananas to Europe.

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Prof.Denys Springer discusses Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations

Prof.Denys Springer discusses Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations

Prof.Denys Springer discusses Taiwan-Saint Lucia relations

2016-07-10 01:00:00

Taiwan and Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties in 2007 after a ten-year break and in 2015, Saint Lucia opened its embassy in Taipei, the first embassy of Saint Lucia in Asia. On June 9, President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan sent congratulations to the new prime minister of Saint Lucia. Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, succeeding Dr. Kenny Anthony on June 7, 2016.

 

Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia believes the new administration in Saint Lucia will work closer with the new government of Taiwan.

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Nauru Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke share experiences of living in Taiwan

Nauru Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke share experiences of living in Taiwan

Nauru Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke share experiences of living in Taiwan

2016-07-03 01:00:00

The ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke has been posted in Taiwan for nine and a half years and he said the most challenging part of his work during his posting was the establishment the embassy in Taiwan, adding that many people and diplomats from other countries gave a helping hand such as the former ambassador of the Solomon Islands. Asked what he likes most about Taiwan, he said the friendliness of the people and that when he finds out that his wife, Mme Ann Keke can walk alone in the middle of night safely without any worry, he is happy as well.

 

Mme Ann Keke said the memories they are going to take back to Nauru include the friendliness of the people, the food, the safety of the city and the convenience of multi-purpose convenience stores in Taiwan where you can pick up your laundry or products purchased on line, buy tickets, apart from the normal functions of convenience stores in other countries.

 

They have been happily married for almost fifty years with two sons; Kieren Keke, a former minister of foreign affairs of Nauru and house speaker; the other is Kristian Keke, a senior pilot for Japan-based ANA airlines (All Nippon Airways). Mme Ann Keke said the most challenging part being a diplomat’s wife is that she doesn’t get to be with family members all the time.

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Interview with Ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke

Interview with Nauru Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke

Interview with Nauru Ambassador Ludwig Keke and Mme Ann Keke

2016-06-26 01:00:00

The ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke has been posted in Taiwan for nine and a half years since he first arrived in 2007. In April this year, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin, on behalf of then-President Ma, conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon upon Ambassador Keke in recognition of his outstanding contributions to bilateral relations. 

 

Ambassador Keke is a senior politician and diplomat. He is also the most senior member of Nauru’s Parliament and served as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker once. He was also the envoy of Nauru to Fiji. Ambassador Keke went to Queensland University majoring in dentistry. He was a dentist in Brisbane, Australia before going back to Nauru to serve as a dentist and a politician in 1967. Madame Ann Keke, an Australian of Dutch origin was in Nauru when she met Ambassador Ludwig Keke. They have been happily married for almost fifty years with two sons.

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