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Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii On the Line
2017-04-09
  • Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Dmitri Polianskii
  • Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Dmitri Polianskii
  • Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Dmitri Polianskii
  • Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Dmitri Polianskii
  • Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Interview with Russian representative in Taiwan, Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii

    Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr. Dmitri Polianskii

Taiwan and Russia have enjoyed close economic and trade cooperation as well as cultural and educational exchanges. Taiwan-Russia bilateral trade amounts to around US$3.5 billion. Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii, the Russian representative, encourages businesspeople around the world to invest in Russia and to attend the Eastern Economic Forum scheduled for September this year in Vladivostok, the biggest port in far eastern Russia.

 

According to Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii, the number of Taiwanese visitors to Russia increased by 34% from around 15,000 in 2015 to 20,000 in 2016 and he believes the number will increase in 2017.

 

Tune into this week’s On the Line as the Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr.Dmitri Polianskii shares with us his views on Taiwan-Russia bilateral exchanges.

 

 

Ms.Catherine Nettleton talks about Taiwan-UK cooperation in renewable energy

Ms.Catherine Nettleton talks about Taiwan-UK cooperation in renewable energy

Ms.Catherine Nettleton talks about Taiwan-UK cooperation in renewable energy

2017-04-30 01:00:00

The UK is the world leader in offshore wind, with 5 GW operating today and with more than one million jobs created in this sector. Taiwan and the UK signed an MOU on renewable energy in 2016 with the hope to work together on the development of offshore wind energy in Taiwan. Taiwan’s government plans to phase out nuclear power plants and have an energy mix of containing 50% natural gas, 30% coal and 20% renewable energy by 2025. The development of offshore wind energy has been the focus and the government’s long-term goal is to raise Taiwan’s offshore-wind power capacity to 3GW by 2025.

 

Apart from science and technology, Taiwan and the UK have forged cooperation in many other areas. Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei said this year, the UK is going to send a team of around 200 athletes to Taiwan to take part in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade or World University Games adding that It is an opportunity to build sporting links with Taiwan through “SPORT is GREAT” campaign. 

 

Video of pre-interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89La9xhwW5k

 

 

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Interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei

Interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei

Interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei

2017-04-23 01:00:00

The representative of the British Office in Taipei, Ms.Catherine Nettleton, said the UK will remain an open economy that attracts a lot of investment and will aim for the freest possible relationship with former EU partners once the UK leaves the EU. The UK will continue to have strong economic social ties with the rest of Europe and will address the challenge of leaving the EU so that disruption could be minimized.

 

Ms.Catherine Nettleton said Brexit will not have any impact on Taiwan-UK existing relations, but instead Taiwan and the UK will continue to enjoy vibrant exchanges including cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, science, education and renewable energy.

 

Video of pre-interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89La9xhwW5k

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Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties

Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties

Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties

2017-04-16 01:00:00

Recently there have been rumors that Saint Lucia, an eastern Caribbean nation, might sever ties with Taiwan. Reports that Saint Lucia might switch diplomatic recognition to China have circulated over the last few years, but the relations between Taiwan and Saint Lucia have remained stable. Last year, Saint Lucia signed an agreement with Desert Star Holdings, a Hong Kong-based company, for the development of the Pearl of the Caribbean, a US$2.6 billion project that will include a marina, horse track, casino, free trade zone, shopping complex and housing complex. The plan is to attract mainland Chinese tourists and investors to Saint Lucia.

 

In an interview with Prof.Denys Springer, former director of the Government Information Service of Saint Lucia and former research fellow of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, he said that he and many other people from different political parties have put pressure on the current government not to establish diplomatic ties with China.

 

Saint Lucia first established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984, but in 1997, switched recognition to China. In 2007, Taiwan and Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties and the relationship was further strengthened with the opening of the embassy of Saint Lucia in Taipei in June 2015, making it the first embassy in Asia.

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Taiwan Water Corporation works with TaKaDu to improve water network management

Taiwan Water Corporation works with TaKaDu to improve water network management

Taiwan Water Corporation works with TaKaDu to improve water network management

2017-04-02 01:00:00

Amir Peleg recently visited Taiwan and exchanged views with Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) on water solution problem. Amir Peleg is the founder and CEO of TaKaDu, a global leader in Integrated Event Management solutions for the water industry. Amir Peleg said his company launched a pilot project with Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) last year to improve the water network management and help save water resources.

 

Taiwan, with high precipitation, yet it ranks 18th in terms of water shortage among countries in the world, water delivery pipes leak 600 tons of water every year.

 

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Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

2017-03-26 01:00:00

Wow Africa is an NGO in Taiwan with the goal to promote the understanding of Africa through economic and cultural exchanges. It is also a platform to provide information about Africa to the general public in Taiwan. It bridges the gap between Taiwan and Africa and according to Pepe He Pei-Jia, co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Wow Africa, the media in Taiwan focuses on negative coverage of Africa and her NGO is to break the stereotype of negative perceptions about Africa. She said, for example, Rwanda, which has been perceived as underdeveloped, has been plastic free since 2008. The African country completely banned the use of plastic bags while other countries started imposing taxes on plastic bags.

 

Wow Africa has a Chinese website in Taiwan, and you can visit their website,

https://wowafrica.tw/

 

 

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Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

2017-03-19 01:00:00

Datuk Yong Soo Heong was invited by Taiwan’s foreign ministry in late 2016 to witness what the government has been doing to promote the New Southbound Policy. In January this year, he submitted articles to his former company, Bernama, Malaysian national agency and the Edge Financial Daily, the most prestigious business and investment weekly in Malaysia. In his article, he talked about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in the areas of education and investment. 

 

In the area of education, Datuk Yong Soo Heong said apart from Taiwanese government’s decision to increase the quota of scholarships from 20 to 30 Malaysian students, he said the educational institutions and the Taiwanese government should also hold education fairs in ASEAN countries and provide workshops as well as training to local institution to attract more non-ethnic Chinese to pursue higher education in Taiwan. Currently, around 15,000 Malaysian students, mostly Malaysian Chinese, are studying in Taiwan.

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Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

2017-03-12 01:00:00

Datuk Yong Soo Heong said his father’s hope was for him to acquire a position in the government of Malaysia. Datuk Yong said he started working for Bernama, Malaysian national agency whose customers are both from the government and private sectors, providing news to customers across Malaysia.

 

He started out as a sports reporter as he loves to play badminton and later on he was transferred to the business section and his live interview with then-prime minister Dr.Mahatir Mohamad on Malaysian economic policy during the financial crisis in 1998 was televised nationwide. Datuk Yong Soo Heong was appointed Chief Executive, the third person to rise to the post in Bernama and the first Chinese Malaysian.

 

Asked what his challenges were when he led Bernama, he said the transition from business section to political section in his career and the lack of Malaysian reporters who had a good command of English speaking and writing.  

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The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

2017-03-05 01:00:00

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day was in Taipei on January 19. This year marks the second year that Taiwan has held International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is usually observed on January 27. The event was jointly organized by Israeli and German representative offices as well as Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and the Central Library.

 

President Tsai Ing-wen was invited to make a speech and she said she hoped to see Taiwan and Israel undertake more cooperation in culture and education so that lessons of the holocaust will not be forgotten. The president cited an example of the error made by students of Kuang Fu Senior High School in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan who dressed up in Nazi uniforms at their school anniversary in December last year adding that Taiwan’s society does not have enough understanding of what happened to the Jewish people.

 

Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said six million Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust and it is not merely a figure but it represents the lives of six million people. It took 70 years for the number of Jewish people in the world to reach nearly 16.6 million of 1939 before the Nazi genocide began.

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Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

2017-02-26 01:00:00

The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) was founded in 2009 to promote the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples including the rights to inherit and to adopt a child. The president of TAPCR, Victoria Hsu said they sent to the legislature the draft amendment to the Civil Code which incorporated the issue of same sex marriage in 2013 and passed its first reading. The bill failed to pass the second and third readings by late 2015 and it was automatically invalidated.

 

In 2016, DPP legislator proposed amendments to the Civil Code by adding the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. But according to Victoria Hsu, Article 971-1 or known as 971-bis is the most controversial as it applies to gay and heterosexual couples, but not to the intersex, transgender people and the third gender.

 

Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).

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Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

2017-02-19 01:00:00

Taiwan is one step closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same sex marriage. Two draft amendments to the Civil Code aimed at legalizing same sex marriage passed the first reading at the legislature in Taiwan on December 26, 2016. Article 972 of the Civil Code will add the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. This is an addition to recognizing marriage made by the male and female parties. Another amendment includes the rights and duties of the same sex couples who marry. According to the procedure of the legislature, the bill will be reviewed after April before it is passed as a law after the second and third readings.

 

The Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan made up of multiple religious groups and parents oppose to the amendment and propose a “special law” to for LGBT marriage rights. Conservative religious groups, mostly the Christians, oppose to the amendment.

 

Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet). 

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Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

2017-02-12 01:00:00

Mrs.Vimala Britto, co-founder of of St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and founder of Seek Foundation, an NGO for the underprivileged said women empowerment and child development are the two main tasks her NGO, Seek, aims to serve. She has started to provide people in 15 villages near Chennai with good and healthy life.

  

Mrs.Vimala Britto represented her group to sign MOUs with Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital and Da Yeh University in late January. Apart from medical care and education, she also hopes to find talents in Taiwan to take part in India’s 2017 Premier Futsal, a version of five-a-side football.

 

https://youtu.be/nSzn_9fspms

 

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India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

2017-02-05 01:00:00

India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation, an NGO for the underprivileged signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital to enhance cooperation in the field of medical health. Mrs.Vimala Britto, the co-founder and executive director said the cooperation also aims to provide good health and good life for the 15 villages near Chennai, South India. She said Taiwan’s Consul General in Chennai, Mr.Charles Li introduced the hospital to her. While she was in Taiwan, she also represented St.Britto’s College in Chennai to sign an MOU with Taiwan’s Da Yeh University. The MOU is intended to promote academic cooperation and exchange between faculty and students of both institutions. Mrs.Vimala Britto said that Britto’s College can accommodate 200 students from Taiwan for internship and exchange program.  

 

https://youtu.be/nSzn_9fspms

 

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