Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean and has become a popular tourist destination for Taiwanese in recent years. Palau is famous for its pristine white sand beach with crystal clear waters and picturesque nature. Rock Islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon has been inscribed on the World Heritage List and it has around 400 mushroom-shaped limestone islands surrounded by coral reefs. Taiwan’s China Airlines has direct from Taipei to Koror, Palau.
Beijing in late November last year issued a ban on Chinese tourist groups visiting Palau, which some call it a measure to punish Palau for its relationship with Taiwan. But Ambassador Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, the ambassador of Palau said she did not understand why that piece of news was widely reported in Taiwan as she mentioned that a couple of years ago, Palau also restricted the number of Chinese tourists to Palau as the government of Palau does not wish to see the environment being threatened as too much human activity will increase pollutants. Palau began the fight to protect the environment in 2015 and a new initiative has been taken by Palau to protect the environment, that is “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering Palau.
In today's program, Swedish sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist talked about how her interest in a seven-stringred zither changed her attitudes towards China from disgust to enthusiam when she was a foreign student at Beijing University 56 years ago.More
Taipei Bureau Director of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders), Cédric Alviani said RSF receives its funding from activities RSF holds and half the funding comes from the sale of the book “One Hundred Photos for Press Freedom” which they work with some famous artists.
RSF provides bullet-proof helmets and insurance to reporters going to war-zone areas. The organization also provides legal fee to journalists when they are prosecuted by a certain government in connection with their reports and helps some reporters in danger to move out of the country.More
In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her life as a foreign student in China from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960s; it was chaotic, absurd and depressing.
Lindqvist published a book titled "Another World" in 2015.More
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
Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei (TOSI) celebrated the Switzerland National Day on August 1st in a special way, inviting guests from various embassies, representative offices and other important personages in Taiwan to enjoy the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) concert at the national concert hall in Taipei after the cocktail reception.
The director of Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei said the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) was invited by the Taipei International Choral Festival to perform in Taipei and he discussed with the organizer if the concert could be arranged on the Switzerland National Day on August 1st. Mr.Frei said this is a unique experience where some 200 guests could enjoy the concert with the rest of the 1200 Taiwanese audience and celebrated the national day at the same time.
Mr.Rolf Frei said his mission in Taiwan is to promote trade and tourism and in November, he will organize an innovation forum with speakers and experts to give speeches on innovation in Switzerland. He hopes the forum will bring together more cooperation between Taiwan and Switzerland in the field of innovation. Innovation is the engine of economic growth in a knowledge-based economy and Taiwan is making the transition to an innovation-based economy while Switzerland is one of the world’s most innovative countries, according to the Global Innovation Index 2017.More
The Representative of Turkish Trade office in Taipei, Ambassador Ismet Erikan said everyone should remember the tragic incident, the failed coup d’etat that took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016. The coup left around 250 dead and 2,200 injured. The Turkish representative said democracy is hard to gain and to defend adding that Turkey is now safe and the number of tourists has increased including Taiwanese tourists.
Ambassador Ismet Erikan hopes the number of Taiwanese tourists to Turkey will increase from 100,000 to 1 million some day given the fact that around 14 million Taiwanese travel abroad every year.
Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long was posted in France three times on and off for a period of 16 years in total. Amb.Lu had been devoted to the promotion of bilateral ties between Taiwan and France and his performance of Taiwanese glove puppetry had impressed many important personages and people from different walks of life in France during his posting. On this week’s On the Line, former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long shares with us his views on the bilateral exchanges.
Taiwan and France have had close relationship for decades. According to former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long, 11 agreements have been signed between the two sides and there are 59 ongoing projects on research and science as well as seismology.
Ambassador Michel Lu said around 1800 French students are currently studying in Taiwan as compared to only 10 French students in 1982, so the educational exchange has increased tremendously. Currently around 3,000 Taiwanese students are pursuing education in France.More