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2017-05-14
  • Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Hikmet Çetinkaya, Turkish painter and the work he painted on site in Taipei
  • Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Poppy painting of a fallen soldier by Hikmet Çetinkaya (Photo courtesy of Turkish Trade Office in Taipei)
  • Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Turkish Representative, Mr.Ismet Erikan, (first row second from left), Australian Rep, Ms.Catherine Raper (third from left), New Zealand Rep Ms.Moira Turley (fourth from left)
  • Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Poppy painting of a fallen soldier by Hikmet Çetinkaya (Photo courtesy of Turkish Trade Office in Taipei)
  • Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Oil Painting Exhibition-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan

    Poppy painting of a fallen soldier by Hikmet Çetinkaya (Photo courtesy of Turkish Trade Office in Taipei)

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.

 

Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

2016-09-04 01:00:00

In late August, Taiwan’s International elite leadership seminar sponsored by Taiwan’s foreign ministry brought together 26 young elites from Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Mongolia. Some of them work for their governments and parliaments, while others are involved with the media, NGOs and academic institutions.

 

Our guests this week are Ms.Yulia Tolkishevskaya, Analyst of International Cooperation Department at Skolkovo Foundation in Russia, Ms.Ana Diakonidze, a lecturer at Tbilisi State University (TSU) in Georgia and Ms.Olga Rosca, media adviser at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London. Olga Rosca is from Moldova.

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Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

2016-08-28 01:00:00

Professor Ido Bruno, a professor at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,recently visited Taiwan to showcase to the Taiwanese the earthquake-proof tables. The table, designed by Bezalel student Arthur Brutter and his instructor Ido Bruno, is engineered to shield two students from a ton of debris and falling objects when an earthquake strikes. The earthquake-proof desk can withstand a vertical impact tests of up to 1000 kg.

The idea, according to Professor Ido Bruno came from his student, Arthur Brutter’s soldier friend who witnessed children killed in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Professor Ido Bruno said the cost of the earthquake-proof table should not be more than twice as much as a standard table. He understands that many schools in developing countries cannot afford these tables but his is aim is to provide affordable protection to people in earthquake-prone areas of the world and not to make money. So for each country, he has a tailor-made strategy, for example in Bhutan, the patent owner, A.D. Meraz company gives the sole copyright for free to produce the tables in that south Asian country.

 

If you would like to know more about the earthquake-proof table, please visit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPtM3dBGQck.

http://www.dezeen.com/2012/04/11/earthquake-proof-table-by-arthur-brutterand-ido-bruno/

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Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

2016-08-21 01:00:00

Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre said his office was founded in Taiwan three years ago to promote investment opportunities and provide assistance to FDI (Foreign Direct Investment). His main job is also to target certain Taiwanese industries to invest in Mozambique, for example, manufacturing and value added chains.

Products in Mozambique need to be re-packaged to add value to be exported to other countries and in 2015, two Taiwanese companies in Taiwan invested in packaging industries in Mozambique.

 

The Mozambique representative added that Mozambique has a population of between 23-25 million but the market around the region is around 100-150 million. Most importantly, Mozambique has a rise in consumerism. In the last five years, he has seen an increase of investment from Southeast Asian countries as well.

 

Recently he invited three famous Mozambique musicians: Walter Mabas, Orlando Venhereque,and Dua Maciel, not only to showcase Mozambique music but to let more Taiwanese get to know more about this exotic destination.

 

 

Preview of the interview on You Tube

https://youtu.be/mHhc6Ep1mjs

 

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MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

2016-08-14 01:00:00

Mozambique is strategically located in the southeast coast of Africa and a group of famous musicians from Mozambique came to Taiwan this week to participate in the 2016 Taipei Jazz Festival. Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre (MIPC) said the reason his office invited the musicians is to let more music lovers in Taiwan know about music in Mozambique and to promote cultural and trade exchanges through music performance.

 

Mr.Achilles Yeh said the three musicians are famous singers and players namely Walter Mabas, a guitarist and composer, Orlando Venhereque, a saxophone and flute performer, and Dua Maciel, a singer and composer.

 

Preview of the interview on You Tube

https://youtu.be/mHhc6Ep1mjs

 

For information regarding the performers from Mozambique

Dua Maciel https://www.dropbox.com/s/8qkfdadwuimy9ld/Dua%20Maciel%20Perform.mp3?dl=0

Valter Mabass https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3f27xv08wmxuam1/AABf_ZM4dHHivsheuIW6wGrXa?dl=0 

Orlando Venhereque

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dv7wn5klxz4vldx/AAAaCC-p-NJvpLy0HXIhIjrEa?dl=0

 

 

 

 

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Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

2016-08-07 01:00:00

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysia said she hopes the bilateral trade and investment between Taiwan and Malaysia can be further enhanced. More than 1,750 Taiwanese companies have invested in Malaysia. And there have been 40 cases of Malaysian investment in Taiwan up to May with a total amount of USD$12.7 million.

 

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysia said a leading real estate company from Taiwan has set up branches in Malaysia to promote the sale of high-end properties in Malaysia to Taiwanese. Around 100 Taiwanese have participated in Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program where most of them had purchased properties in Malaysia. MM2H is an international residency program enacted by the Malaysian government to allow foreigners to live in Malaysia on a long-stay visa.

 

Asked what the Malaysian representative office in Taiwan hopes to achieve in the near future, Datuk Adeline Leong said she hopes to promote more people-to-people contact and hopes there will be a sister city relationship between the two capital cities of Taipei and Kuala Lumpur. As a member of the Rotary Club International, she already witnessed the close contact between clubs in Taiwan and Malaysia.

 

To find out more, let’s hear from Datuk Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC), Ms.Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Ms.Nurullydia Ahmad, director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Mr.Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, director of Malaysia Tourism Board and Ms.Daphne Chou, project manager of MATRADE.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

 

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Song of the Wagons

Du Fu -- Song of the Wagons

Du Fu -- Song of the Wagons

2016-08-02 15:19:15

On this week's Book of Odes, another poem from the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu tells of the heartache of conscript soldiers being sent from their villages to guard the western frontiers of the empire.

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Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

2016-07-31 01:00:00

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) said people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased over the years.

 

In March this year, Taiwan’s budget airline launched its flight to Sabah, a popular destination for Taiwanese because of its scenic beauty. Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, the director of Malaysia Tourism Board said in 2015, around 283,000 Taiwanese visited Malaysia, an increase of 34% over the five-year period with a total number of 211,000 Taiwanese arrivals in 2011.

 

In the area of trade and investment, Taiwan has become 10 top approved investment source of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into Malaysia with approved investment of 1.3 billion MYR (around USD$329 million). Between January and May this year, there were 40 cases of Malaysian investment in Taiwan with a total amount of USD$12.7 million.

 

To find out more, let’s hear from Datuk Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC), Ms.Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Ms.Nurullydia Ahmad, director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Mr.Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, director of Malaysia Tourism Board and Ms.Daphne Chou, project manager of MATRADE.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

 

 

 

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MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

2016-07-24 01:00:00

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) said MFTC functions as the Malaysian representative office in Taiwan with offices including the visa and consular office, the trade division, the investment division, the tourism office and the general affairs office. MFTC promotes bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia and looks after the interests of some 5,000 Malaysian citizens living and working in Taiwan and 16,000 Malaysian students studying here. 

 

In 2015, the bilateral trade was US$ 15.44 billion, a slight decrease over 2014 with the total amount of US$18 billion. Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), the director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) said the bilateral trade in the first four months of this year increased by 1.6%. 

  

Our guests today are Datuk Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC), Ms.Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Ms.Nurullydia Ahmad, director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Mr.Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, director of Malaysia Tourism Board and Ms.Daphne Chou, project manager of MATRADE.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

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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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