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Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties On the Line
2017-04-16
  • Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties

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

    Prof.Denys Springer at RTI in 2016
  • Prof.Denys Springer talks about current Taiwan-Saint Lucia ties

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

    Prof.Denys Springer at RTI in 2016

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.

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

2017-06-25 01:00:00

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.

 

Please watch the video interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3PsigQxT0M

 

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Taiwan-India relations

Taiwan-India relations

Taiwan-India relations

2017-06-18 01:00:00

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. 

 

Please watch the video interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3PsigQxT0M

 

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Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

2017-06-11 01:00:00

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.

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Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

2017-06-04 01:00:00

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.

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Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

2017-05-28 01:00:00

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.

 

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