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.
Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan, the Director General of India-Taipei Association (the Indian representative office in Taiwan) said the relations between Taiwan and India have been growing. Currently there are around 3,000 Indian nationals living in Taiwan and among them, 1,000 are students pursuing higher education. The number of students can be increased as compared to more than 160 thousand Indian students in the US, but Indian students are concerned about the instability of scholarships provided to them. Another factor is that it is hard for them to find employment after graduation.But some universities provide them with jobs in Taiwanese companies in India. Around 90 Taiwanese companies have invested in Taiwan and these students can serve as a connecting link between Taiwan and India.
The Indian representative said the bilateral cooperation is not confined to education and trade, but has extended to railway heritage and both sides signed a letter of intent in late December 2016. This will pave way for both sides to protect and manage the mountain railway heritage. Taiwan and India each constructed mountain railways including the Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka Shimla Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in India between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2005,UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and in 2008 The Kalka Shimla Railway became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
Taiwan and India have enjoyed close bilateral exchanges in many areas including trade, education, science and technology and culture. The bilateral trade amounts to around US$6 billion dollars and around 90 Taiwanese companies have invested in India. With the government’s New Southbound Policy, will the figure increase? In recent years, Bollywood movies shown in Taiwan have become blockbusters, why? To find out the answers, we are joined in our studio today by Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan, the Director General of India-Taipei Association (ITA), the Indian representative office in Taiwan.More
Many wonder how a small country like Israel with no natural resources and a population of 9 million people produces more startup companies than Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and the UK. Taiwan has positioned itself to become the launch site of many tech startups known around the world, what can Taiwan learn from Israel?
According to Ayla Matalon, the Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel and the chairperson of Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel, it is never easy to start startups and inspire the businesspeople to fund innovation and ideas.
Ayla Matalon has a project in Israel called “Entrepreneurship on Tap” which encourages young talents to meet experienced entrepreneurs in bars and talk to them over a glass of beer adding that it is important to contact with people who have done it. Ayla Matalon and other members of the Israeli team were in Taiwan to take part in the Taipei International Dragon Boat Race in early June.More
Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu, an associate professor of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations and the director of ASEAN Studies at Tamkang University said Taiwan should have more people-oriented linkage with the rest of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) so that Taiwan can have regional economic integration with those ten countries in the region. Taiwanese businesspeople have invested around USD$ 19 billion dollars in ASEAN and should also increase more investment in emerging markets such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
Apart from ASEAN, Taiwan should also increase cooperation with 18 target countries in the New Southbound Policy including Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.More
Last year, Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei donated 117 earthquake-proof tables invented by Israelis, to the city of Tainan, southern Taiwan with funds that were allocated for Israeli National Day reception. This year, Mr.Asher Yarden, the Israeli representative said his office works with a major international chain hotel and other sponsors to extend assistance to the underprivileged in Taitung, Eastern Taiwan. Mr.Asher Yarden said they visited schools and NGOs in Taitung and made donations to help them. Taiwan even though is a developed economy, Mr.Yarden said his office still hopes to provide assistance to the underprivileged groups and to give back to the society in Taiwan.
An Israeli cookbook, translated in traditional Chinese, was released in Taiwan in April and asked whether his office will get more Israeli books translated into traditional Chinese, the Israeli representative said his answer was affirmative because many readers in Taiwan are still interested in Israeli books. Next year, Israel will be the theme country of the Taipei International Book Exhibition and the Israeli representative said he will promote Israel thorough Israeli literature.
An Israeli book “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi was translated into traditional Mandarin Chinese and was released in Taiwan in April. This cookbook has a collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem which is made up of Muslim, Christian and Jewish culture.
Through this cookbook, one will be able to learn to cook simple dishes known in Jerusalem, Israel.Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said he himself makes Shakshuka and tabbouleh salad quite often. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs mixed with some herbs and tomato sauce (as seen in the photo above).More
Hikmet Çetinkaya‘s Oil Painting Exhibition- Poppies of Remembrance-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan to commemorate the soldiers killed in Gallipoli, Turkey. Volunteers from Australia and New Zealand provided help for the British-led army as the Allies tried to knock the German-allied Ottoman Empire out of the war in 1915. The Turks eventually drove the Allies off their land in a bloody war claiming the lives of 250,000 Turkish soldiers and more than 100,000 allied soldiers, mostly from Australia and New Zealand.
Ambassador Ismet Erikan, the Representative of the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei said Hikmet Çetinkaya is famous for poppy paintings and each poppy represents one fallen soldier. The exhibition in Taipei at Dr.Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall runs from May 5th to May 21st.
Bridge 268 is a campaign in Taiwan to collect used shoes, used sneakers, backpacks and second hand English reading books for children between 7-12 years old in Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa. The charity donation drive was organized by Ms.Zeethu Dlamini, wife of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland in Taiwan. Ms.Zeethu Dlamini said she hopes to collect 200 used shoes, sneakers and backpacks for 200 students in Swaziland and her idea is to help one school at a time.
If you are in Taiwan and wish to help (donation is until May 30), for details, please visitMore
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
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 NettletonMore
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.
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.