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Press Releases from Presseabteilung Taipeh Vertretung (75 total)

Yani Tseng breaks LPGA record with fourth major win

By Meg Chang Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, 22, became the youngest player in history to win four major Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament titles when she bagged the Wegmans LPGA Championship June 26. According to the LPGA, the previous record holder was Patty Berg, who accomplished the feat at the 1941 Western Open when she was 23 years old. Tiger Woods made his mark at the age of 24. Tseng began

President Ma urges US to sell Taiwan more weapons

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou again called on the U.S. to sell Taiwan weapons such as F-16 C/D fighters to help maintain the nation’s defense capabilities in the face of the escalating military threat from mainland China. “We are grateful for Washington’s approval of U.S. arms sales to Taipei in 2008 and 2010,” Ma said June 28. “But to maintain a robust defense, Taiwan now needs F-16 C/Ds, diesel-electric

R.O.C. (Taiwan) President presides over 2011 national security drill

By Meg Chang Taiwan’s first exercise combining multiple natural disasters with a military crisis successfully wrapped up June 21, the National Security Council said. Presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou, the one-day exercise began with a scenario in which northern Taiwan was hard hit by super typhoon Haishen and suffered damages more severe than those inflicted by Typhoon Morakot, which ravaged southern Taiwan in 2009. “This exercise provided an opportunity

New lab makes Taiwan solar cell companies more competitive

By Aaron Hsu The recently completed Certification Body Testing Laboratory will make it easier for Taiwan’s photovoltaic cell manufacturers to sell their products on the international market, the state-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute said June 21. Built under the direction of ITRI, the CBTL is the third lab in the world to have met all requirements set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission, a global organization that manages conformity assessment

Premier Wu eyes expanded Taiwan-Europe ties

By Elaine Hou Taiwan will capitalize on improved relations with countries throughout Europe to strengthen exchanges in commerce, trade and culture, according to ROC Premier Wu Den-yih June 14. “This spirit of cooperation has created an environment in which Taiwan can look forward to signing economic pacts with European nations and advance bilateral ties,” Wu said. The premier made the remarks while receiving Hans van Baalen, vice chairman of the

Taiwan makes breakthrough in solar cell efficiency

By Kwangyin Liu Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute has developed a new type of solar cell with metal wrap-through technology that boosts its light to power conversion efficiency from 16 percent to 17.2 percent, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said May 31. “As few developers in other countries are equipped with similar technology, cells made in Taiwan will be very competitive with those from Japan, the Netherlands and Germany,” said Huang

Taiwan’s April unemployment rate drops to 4.29 percent

By Meg Chang Taiwan’s jobless rate fell 1.1 percentage points year on year to 4.29 percent in April, its lowest level since October 2008, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics May 23. “This improvement can be partly attributed to the seasonal effect,” said Chen Min, deputy director of the DGBAS Fourth Department. “Taiwan’s lowest unemployment rate tends to occur in either April or at the end of the

Taiwan’s health minister lodges WHO protest

By Elaine Hou Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta lodged a formal complaint with the World Health Organization May 16 over its reference to Taiwan as a province of mainland China in a leaked internal memo. “Describing Taiwan in such a manner is disrespectful,” Chiu said. “We expect the WHO to take immediate action in correcting its mistake.” Chiu, who is attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, made the remarks

Heritage Foundation ranks Taiwan's economy 25th most free

By Aaron Hsu Taiwan was ranked as having the world’s 25th freest economy in the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom released May 15 by U.S.-based think tank the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The country moved up two spots compared to last year, and its score of 70.8 was 0.4 point higher, mainly due to greater business and fiscal freedom. Overall, Taiwan was rated “mostly free,” in the same

Taiwan President slams WHO for hypocrisy

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou described the actions of the World Health Organization as hypocritical for referring to Taiwan as a province of mainland China in an internal memo on International Health Regulations. “The ROC government is extremely unhappy with this situation and has lodged a protest with the WHO,” Ma said May 10 while receiving a Taiwanese business delegation at the Presidential Office in Taipei. “The government will

Taiwan President urges Beijing to step up political reforms

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou called on mainland China Feb. 21 to step up political reforms leading to democracy, rule of law and the safeguarding of human rights. “I hope Beijing will carry out reforms while maintaining economic prosperity and development,” Ma said. He added that democracy and human rights are Taiwan’s core values and he hopes they will become a shared cross-strait language. Ma’s remarks came in response

Taiwan President welcomes democratic developments in Egypt

By Meg Chang ROC President Ma Ying-jeou hopes to see the rapid establishment of democracy in Egypt in accordance with the people’s will, Presidential Spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said Feb. 12. Ma called for the restoration of political and economic order in Egypt as soon as possible to ensure regional security in the Islamic world, Lo added. Lo’s remarks came after Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egyptian president amid countrywide protests that

Reading festival debuts at Taipei book fair

By Kwangyin Liu More than 40 public reading sessions will be held during the upcoming Taipei International Book Exhibition, organizer Taipei Book Fair Foundation said Feb. 7. It will be the first time in its 19-year history that TIBE has staged such an event, according to TBFF Chairman Wang Jung-wen. “Public reading became a tradition following Germany’s Leipzig and Japan’s Fukuoka book fairs,” Wang said. “In the future, the foundation could

Taiwan President, MAC minister laud cross-strait relations

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said patience, persistence and in-depth exchanges are the best ways for Taipei and Beijing to resolve any knotty issues in their relationship. “Our cross-strait policy has eased tensions between the two sides,” Ma said Jan. 28. “But at the same time, we have not lost sight of the need to maintain Taiwan’s self-defense capability and important role this plays in furthering exchanges with mainland

Taiwan President welcomes US commitment to TRA

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said he was encouraged by continuing U.S. adherence to the Taiwan Relations Act, which requires Washington to provide Taipei with arms sufficient for self-defense. “We are delighted with comments by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the TRA,” Ma said Jan. 25. “The two U.S. arms sales to Taiwan last year are in line with

President Ma calls for US arms sales to Taiwan

By Elaine Hou ROC President Ma Ying-jeou urged the U.S. to continue selling Taiwan defensive weapons during a reception for members of Washington-based think tank American Enterprise Institute Jan. 17 in Taipei City. Ma said he hoped the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Communist Party General-Secretary Hu Jintao in the White House would not stymie Taiwan’s procurement of U.S. arms. The president said he was concerned that

EU visa waiver boosts Taiwan tourism

The EU visa-waiver program for ROC nationals, which took effect Jan. 11, is set to play a pivotal role in bolstering visitor exchanges, according to the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. “This initiative will see more locals traveling to the EU, creating greater interest in Taiwan as a destination for European tourists,” the bureau said. “We look forward to welcoming more visitors from the EU to

Taiwan MOEA promotes smart handheld device industry

By Audrey Wang The Ministry of Economic Affairs is gearing up to promote the development of smart handheld devices in Taiwan, targeting industry output value of NT$1.68 trillion (US$55.63 billion) by the end of 2014, up from NT$501.9 billion last year. As part of the plan, the ministry is set to organize a task force to integrate the domestic information communication technology sector and attract foreign investment, the MOEA said Jan. 4.

TAITRA initiative boosts image of Taiwanese products

Meg Chang A year-long promotional campaign has seen popularity of Taiwan’s two signature industries greatly increase in select overseas markets, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said Dec. 21. Citing results of a recent market survey, TAITRA Vice Chairman Wayne Wu said the efforts have resulted in a 50-percent rise in the popularity level of Taiwan’s information communication technology products among consumers in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Taiwan’s bicycle makers

Taiwan President outlines clean energy objectives

By Kwangyin Liu ROC (Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou said Dec. 14 that Taiwan will take advantage of its high-tech capabilities to increase its energy efficiency by 2 percent annually over the next eight years. Ma made the remarks while attending the opening ceremony of the first U.S.-Taiwan Clean Energy Forum and Expo in Kaohsiung, hosted jointly by the American Institute in Taiwan and the Kaohsiung City government. “Taiwan is currently a

EU grants visa-free entry to ROC (Taiwan) nationals

By Elaine Hou The EU Council of Ministers voted unanimously to include Taiwan in its visa-waiver program Nov. 25, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Chin-tien Yang. “We welcome the decision and expect it to take effect by the end of next January,” Yang said. “ROC nationals will soon be able to visit 35 countries in Europe without a visa.” The 90-day visa-waiver covers the Schengen area—22 EU member states

Taiwan develops upgraded disease-simulation program

By Grace Kuo A simulation program that models the spread of highly communicable diseases at least a thousand times faster than its U.S. counterparts was unveiled Nov. 16 by Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. “This breakthrough will allow local medical experts to more effectively predict the transmission patterns of diseases such as swine flu,” Academia Sinica said. According to Academic Sinica, the program allows for the simulation of various airport quarantine policies that

Taiwan Former Vice President Lien outlines APEC goals

By Audrey Wang Taiwan will push for the formation of a regional free trade area at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting, according to former ROC Vice President Lien Chan. “Trade liberalization is Taiwan’s economic lifeline,” Lien said Nov. 9 at a news conference in Taipei City. “Developing the proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific is one of the country’s long-term APEC participation goals.” Taiwan’s APEC envoy said exploring possible

Taiwan tops world at Nuremberg invention fair

By Grace Kuo Taiwan has won the team championship at the iENA International Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, for the second year in a row. With 27 gold, 32 silver and 23 bronze medals, Taiwan had the most medals of all the 37 nations that participated in the fair, which lasted from Oct. 28 to 31. Altogether 800 inventions were submitted by the participating nations. Taiwan had 98 entries, 69 of

Taipei Flora Expo pavilions win top architecture prize

By Kwangyin Liu An architectural project designed especially for the Taipei International Flora Exposition is co-winner of the Taiwan Architecture Awards' top prize for 2010, the award’s committee announced Oct. 25. The Xinsheng Park Project, which includes the Pavilion of Dreams, the Pavilion of the Future and the Pavilion of Angel Life, is the best example produced in Taiwan so far of the marriage between design and environmentalism, according to Taiwan Architect

President Ma calls for expansion of ROC soft power

By Audrey Wang At the 8th Annual Global Views Business Forum, ROC President Ma Ying-jeou urges Taiwan businesses to exercise the country’s soft power in an effort to receive the full benefits of ECFA. Taiwan has to cultivate its soft power to stand out on the world stage now that the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement is in effect, ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said Oct. 18. Outlining his visions for Taiwan’s economy

Taiwan's GDP growth to hit fastest pace in 21 years

By Audrey Wang The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Taiwan’s gross domestic product to grow by 9.2 percent in 2010, the fastest rate in 21 years, according to the Council for Economic Planning and Development Sept. 24. The EIU report noted that Taiwan’s economy grew by an average of 13.1 percent in the first two quarters of 2010. This stellar performance, the EIU said, “largely reflects the global economy’s return to

Taiwan ranks 4th in BERI global investment report

By Audrey Wang Taiwan is the world’s fourth best place to invest in, trailing only Switzerland, Singapore and Norway, according to the latest Business Risk Service report released by U.S.-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence S.A. The BRS report, issued every April, August and December, evaluates whether nations are worthy investment destinations by assigning them an overall “profit opportunity recommendation.” According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, in the latest BRS survey Taiwan

Taiwan ranks 25th on Best Countries for Business list

By Audrey Wang Taiwan advanced one spot to No. 25 in the fifth annual Best Countries for Business list published by U.S.-based magazine Forbes Sept. 8. A dynamic capitalist economy complemented by decreasing government regulation of investment and foreign trade was responsible for Taiwan’s strong performance in the report. Among Asian countries, only second-placed Hong Kong and Singapore at No. 5 finished ahead of Taiwan. According to the report, exports are a major

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou sees no need to rush cross-strait ties

President Ma Ying-jeou said Aug. 31 that there is “no need to move too fast” on expanding the scope of ties with mainland China. In an exclusive interview with the Chinese-language daily the China Times, Ma said the quick pace of cross-strait rapprochement that his administration adopted initially upon assuming office was aimed at “making up for previously lost ground.” Relations between the two sides have markedly improved since Ma

Taiwan Government to further subsidize solar power facilities

By Meg Chang The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced Aug. 17 it will soon begin distributing NT$435 million (US$13.6 million) in subsidies to help public institutions around the nation install photovoltaic systems on their premises. The MOEA noted in a press release that the disbursements are part of the “Green Energy Industry Project” unveiled by the Executive Yuan in June 2009. The project calls for the government to help nurture the

Taiwan to launch investment recruitment campaign

Following up on the signing of the cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement, the Council of Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) briefed the Cabinet on July 15 about a global investment solicitation plan aimed at raising Taiwan’s regional competitiveness. CEPD Minister Christina Liu said that a joint-service center for global investment recruitment established by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is scheduled to begin operation on August 8. The various ministries

Global investors wooed after ECFA signing

The Executive Yuan established a task force on July 7 to attract global investments to Taiwan following the signing of the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taipei and Beijing. The task force will actively seek investors from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and North America for participation in industries on the ECFA’s early harvest list. Foreign investments will also be directed toward the i-Taiwan 12 infrastructure projects (islandwide transportation

ECFA will accelerate Asia’s economic integration: President Ma

After Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation and its mainland Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) on June 29, the Cabinet approved the agreement and forwarded it to the Legislature for review on July 1. At a press conference held the same day, entitled “New Inflection Point for Taiwan, New Era for Asia – Choosing Correctly at a Critical

Taiwan set to sign ECFA with mainland China

A preparatory meeting for the fifth round of talks between Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and mainland China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) was held on June 24 in Taipei. Led by SEF Vice Chairman Kao Koong-lian and his ARATS counterpart Zheng Lizhong, the two sides finalized the ‘early harvest’ list under the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), and agreed on the texts of the ECFA

Concrete progress seen in Taiwan’s promotion of emerging industries

Taiwan’s industrial sector currently suffers from over-concentration, insufficiently diversified development and susceptibility to international economic downturns. To map out a developmental direction for future industries, the Executive Yuan combined Taiwan’s advantages in human resources and information technology with world trends to draw up the Six Key Emerging Industries Plan. This plan targets the biotechnology, tourism and travel, “green” energy, medical care, quality agriculture and cultural and creative sectors. In biotechnology,

Taiwan’s sovereign rating and peace index rise

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) on June 11 boosted Taiwan’s sovereign rating outlook from “negative” to “stable.” KimEng Tan of S&P stated that this adjustment to Taiwan’s sovereignty rating primarily reflects the recovery of growth momentum for Taiwan’s economy. Continued economic recovery will allow Taiwan’s economic growth rate to return to nearly 4 percent and help improve the fiscal problems of Taiwan’s government over the next three to five

President Ma calls on mainland China to not block Taiwan from signing FTAs

Government Information Office Republic of China (Taiwan) June 9, 2010 One day after Ma Chaoxu, a spokesman for mainland China’s foreign ministry, voiced Beijing’s opposition to Taiwan signing official agreements with other countries, President Ma Ying-jeou said during an interview with the BBC on June 2 that Taiwan and mainland China are both members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and that under WTO rules, both have the right to sign free trade

Taiwan places No. 2 in Asia for investment environment

Taiwan was named fourth-best investment destination in the world by U.S.-based Business Environment Risk Intelligence (BERI), according to an announcement by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on May 26. Moving up one notch from fifth place last year, Taiwan is currently tied with the Netherlands and behind only Switzerland, Singapore and Norway. In the latest BERI report, Taiwan again earned a composite score of 70 points, meaning it was “suitable

Taiwan achieves remarkable Q1 economic growth

Taiwan registered 13.27 percent growth in the first quarter of 2010, said the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on May 20. This was attributed to a stable global economic recovery led by robust growth in mainland China and other emerging Asian nations, the introduction of new high-tech products and a low basis of comparison. This figure, according to the DGBAS, was 4.03 percentage points higher than the 9.24

Taiwan attends the World Health Assembly meeting as an observer

The 63rd World Health Assembly (WHA) will convene in Geneva from May 17 to May 21. At the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO), a delegation led by Yaung Chih-liang, Minister of the Department of Health (DOH) of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is taking part in the meeting as an observer. The DOH noted that the theme of this year’s gathering is Health-related Millennium Development Goals, focusing on

Taiwan Strait Tourism Association opens office in Beijing

The Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA) opened its Beijing office with an inaugural ceremony on May 4. Janice Lai, head of the TSTA and director-general of the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, noted that the office represented a major step in resuming tourism exchanges after 60 years of separate rule across the strait. The establishment of the Beijing office, says Lai, will mark a new milestone

Taiwanese vegetable seller among TIME 100 heroes

“There’s a kind of joy that I can’t express in words. I don’t know where it comes from. But every time I help others, I feel very happy and certainly will sleep well that night. Nothing else makes me feel this way, and words cannot do justice to what a joyful thing it is to help others.” So said vegetable seller Chen Shu-chu, a resident of eastern Taiwan’s Taitung County,

Taiwan wins big in Geneva

Taiwan garnered 28 gold, 21 silver and 10 bronze medals at the April 24 award ceremony of the 2010 International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the most number of awards earned by any participating country. This year Taiwan submitted a total of 63 entries for the exhibition, among which the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan (TSINT) took 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals, the most number

President Ma: ECFA to bring advantages to Asia

In an interview with Agence France-Presse on April 15, President Ma Ying-jeou indicated that Taiwan hopes to sign a historic economic cooperation framework agreement with mainland China in June. Speaking of the advantages this could bring to Asia, the President also expressed that ECFA is only the first step, and that engaging in deeper trade and investment exchanges with the mainland in the future would reduce tensions across the Taiwan

Taiwan pledges support for Copenhagen resolutions

Though not a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as a member of the global village, Taiwan is willing to shoulder the common responsibility of protecting the planet’s natural environment, to support the recent Copenhagen Accord, to participate in UNFCCC-related activities, and to promote the reduction of carbon emissions, said Premier Wu Den-yih on April 8. He made the comments after receiving a briefing from

President touts Taiwan’s Achievements in Harvard Videoconference

President Ma Ying-jeou took part in a videoconference hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University on April 6, 2010 and delivered a speech entitled “The Quest for Modernity.” In his remarks, the president noted that a truly modern society should seek not only wealth and power but also the foundations of freedom and democracy. He shared that Taiwan has built all three of these pillars. In the

Taiwan fosters four key intelligent industries

The Executive Yuan will inject at least NT$15 billion over the next six years into promoting cloud computing, intelligent electric vehicles, intelligent eco-friendly architecture, patent commercialization and other industries. So declared Premier Wu Den-yih at the Exploring Blue-ocean Opportunities for Intelligent Industries Forum hosted by the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association on March 23. Despite its paucity of natural resources, Taiwan has the wisdom of its people as its greatest

Taiwan to raise Health Insurance Premiums

The Executive Yuan announced on March 17 that the National Health Insurance (NHI) premium rate will be raised by 0.62 percent starting April 1, as a response to rising costs associated with an aging population and the importation of new drugs. This move marks the second rate hike since the program’s inception 15 years ago. The NHI, a type of social insurance system, was launched in 1995 to provide comprehensive

Taiwan improves Copyright Protection

The Bills of Copyright Act and Copyright Intermediary Organization Act completed third reading at the Legislative Yuan on January 12, 2010, and has been promulgated by the President on February 10, 2010. Highlights of these two bills are as follows: 1. Copyright Act The provisions of Chapter VII (criminal penalty) do not apply in the following circumstances except for works subject to the management of copyright collective management organizations: 1) Exploitation of

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