In July 2017, Palau Ministry of Health and Taiwan’s Eda Hospital/I-Shou University signed an MOU in support of a joint medical internship program that allows students from Palau who are going to graduate from I-Shou University to complete internships at Belau National University in Palau. Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, the ambassador of Palau said Taiwan has sent medical teams to Palau as well. Palau has had close cooperation with some hospitals in Taiwan including ShinKong Memorial Hospital and Taiwan Adventist Hospital in Taipei and Eda Hospital in Kaohsiung, the south of Taiwan.
Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil said she hopes in the future, more doctors from Palau will be able to practice in Taiwan as Taiwan gets more and more patients from Palau now. 95% of the people of Palau who need medical transfer would now choose Taiwan instead of the Philippines as the medical cost in Taiwan is lower and that Taiwan has excellent medical services. Taiwanese hospitals have become Palauan’s first choice of referral just by word of mouth. And to provide assistance, the government of Palau has two medical referral coordinators posted in Taiwan to help patients with visa, dependents’ accommodation, translation and other related services.
Taipei Bureau Director of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders), Cédric Alviani said Asia is the first challenging location for the protection and development of the freedom of information which is why RSF opened its first bureau in Asia and the 12th bureau in the world. He added that it would not be possible to open a bureau in China and Hong Kong as it would have the same problem. Asked why the first bureau was opened in Taiwan, Cédric Alviani said people in Taiwan speak Chinese and it’s easy to get information China adding that Taiwan is number one in Asia in terms of freedom of information and the rule of law applies in Taiwan without the fear of government’s interference.
In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinoloigst Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her new book "Another World". The book, published in 2015, offers first-hand information about what China was like when she was a foreign student at Beijing University from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960; it was chaotic, depressing, oppressive and full of hungry people.More
J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, a website created to help foreign government analysts, policy makers, academics and the general public to understand Taiwan better,said the Sun Flower Movement in 2014 and the 2016 Presidential Election generated tremendous interest in Taiwan and Taiwan’s civil society. The winning of the presidential and parliamentary elections of the DPP attracted the international audience to pay more attention to the cross-Strait relations.More
2017 Taipei Summer Universiade is held between August 19th and 30th in Taipei bringing together more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and officials from more than 140 countries in the world. The Brazilian delegation made up of 300 selected athletes, coaches and officials represents the biggest team from South America and one of the largest in Brazilian Confederation of University Sports (Confederação Brasileira de Desporto Universitário - CBDU) history. More than 20 Olympic student-athletes from Brazil also compete at the Taipei Summer Universiade. Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco, the director of the Commercial Office of Brazil said the Brazilian athletes are keen on showing their talents at Taipei Summer Universiade.
Taiwan Sentinel website was established in January, 2017, according the Editor in Chief, J.Michael Cole. Michael Cole has been living in Taiwan since 2005 and has closely monitored the political development of Taiwan. He said he has travelled across the island extensively and has built close contact with people from all walks of life in order to better understand Taiwan. The purpose of setting up Taiwan Sentinel is to defend liberal democratic way of life in Taiwan adding that it serves as a bridge between Taiwan and foreign audience in order to address misperceptions of the Taiwan Strait covered by the international media. Michael Cole is also a senior non-resident fellow with the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK and associate researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. He was also Editor in Chief of Thinking Taiwan between 2014 and 2016, a product of Dr.Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan Thinking Foundation, Taiwan’s premier source of non-partisan analysis about politics and society in Taiwan.More