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
When people in Taiwan think about home furniture, they associate it with international brands such as IKEA and B&Q, but Taiwan has seen a 60-year period of exporting furniture and many companies have established self-owned brands with high quality and creative products. One of them is AJ2 and the founder of this Taiwanese local brand is a young gentleman, Kevin Tsai, who received his higher education at UCLA in the US.
Kevin Tsai, a 26-year-old founder, originally returned to Taiwan to inherit his father’s business in the furniture factory, but he then thought of setting up a local home furniture brand as he believes furniture plays a vital role at home and especially at a time when most young people in Taiwan cannot afford to buy skyrocketing real estate, but they can buy furniture with better design and quality at an affordable price range to make their rented place feel like home.
That was the idea of setting up a company to begin with, but Kevin Tsai said selling a piece of furniture is not his ultimate goal but providing a better living experience is. Hence he also hopes to provide more home accessories to furniture buyers in Taiwan.More
Taiwan has hosted Asia’s largest professional ICT show for 35 years and this year, COMPUTEX 2016 also featured IoT (Internet of Things) and startup exhibits as well as the opening of the HWBOT World Tour overclocking competition. Sascha Pallenberg said the greatest thing about this year’s COMPUTEX is InnoVEX, a special startup exhibition with the hope to spark the interests of more Taiwanese innovative startups through exhibitions and presentations.
Sascha Pallenberg is a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology and he strongly encourages young graduates in Taiwan to develop their own brand of startup ecosystem even though cultural constraints make it harder for them as they are afraid of failure.More
COMPUTEX Taipei 2016, running from May 31st to June 4th, attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors from 30 countries. An Austrian ICT delegation made up of 20 representatives of companies also came to take part in this year's COMPUTEX and to explore business opportunities and cooperation with Taiwan’s leading high-tech firms, science parks and research institutes. This year's main theme was “Building Partnerships in Internet Computing Ecosystems” focusing on IoT technology application, Innovation and Startups, Business Solution and Gaming.
Let's hear from Sascha Pallenberg on the future trends of ICT. Sascha Pallenberg is the Editor in Chief @ Mobilegeeks and is also a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology. Sascha Pallenberg has been named as one of the top 20 Smart Mobile Device Pundits by Freescale in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 which makes him the first person to win this award for four consecutive years.More
President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first woman president pledged to maintain stable cross-strait relations with mainland China in her inaugural address on May 20. President Tsai said she will work to maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue across the Taiwan Strait adding that she respects the historical fact of the various acknowledgements and understandings reached between the two sides in 1992. But she did not mention the phrase “1992 consensus” as used by the former government and PRC. But she did mention that she would be guided by the Constitution of the Republic of China, a saying that was accepted by China in the past.
Prof.Denys Springer, a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in Taiwan, said, as he previously wrote in one of his articles, that President Tsai will manage the cross-strait relationship in a stable manner, a position different from the “once country on each side” stance advocated by former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP in 2002.More