Taiwan Launches Gender Equality Week on International Women’s Day

Taiwan Women's Day

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the nongovernmental organization (NGO) the Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development (FWRPD) are jointly holding Taiwan Gender Equality Week (TGEW) for a third year running. The timing of the programme again corresponds with the annual meeting in March of the UN…

Taiwan and Lithuania celebrate steps to a Closer Relationship.

Taiwan opens Embassy in Vilnius

This  year, for example, the 2021 Taipei International Food Show featured Lithuanian products.  But there was also a political dimension to Lithuania’s participation as it also demonstrated the solidarity between Lithuania and Taiwan, and their strong commitment to upholding democracy against pressures from authoritarianism. The annual international food show featured the first-ever Lithuanian pavilion, one of…

Beijing’s Taiwan Territorial Claims Lack Justification

CCP military flights threaten Taiwan

There is no rational justification for a demand for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the PRC writes Aaron Rhodes. Xi Jinping and other Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders are ramping up rhetoric about the necessity of “unifying” China by bringing Taiwan under their control as a “sacrosanct mission of the entire Chinese people.” Since 1949,…

From the Baltic to the Straits of Formosa

In order to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Taiwan and Lithuania, TAITRA invited the Lithuanian Rural Business and Market Development Agency to set up a Lithuania pavilion at the 2021 Taipei International Food Show. The show ran from December 22 to 25, with the first three days open to commercial enterprises and the last…

Cooperating with the world to achieve a net-zero future

Chang Tzi-chin Taiwan's Minister for Environmental Protection

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere keep setting record highs, writes Chang Tzi-chin. The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in August 2021 strongly confirmed that human activity has furthered the warming of the atmosphere, oceans, and…

Parliament Calls for Closer Relations With Taiwan

EU Taiwan Relations

The European Parliament has called for closer relations with Taiwan guided by the EU’s One China Policy, while issuing warnings over the continued tensions across the Formosa Strait. MEPs hail Taiwan as a key EU partner and democratic ally in the Indo-Pacific, one that contributes to maintaining a rules-based order in the midst of an…

Indo-Pacific Strategy Gets “Thumbs-Up”

Butikofer welcomes indo-pacific strategy

The EU´s new Indo-Pacific strategy has been welcomed by senior MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, foreign policy coordinator of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. He says: “The EU´s new Indo-Pacific strategy that was published today contains but one surprise. Mostly, the new document is following closely in the footsteps of the Council Conclusions of 19 April 2021….

Reimagining A More Resilient UN System With Taiwan In It

Jaushieh Joseph Wu from Taiwan

After more than 200 million infections and over 4 million deaths and counting, the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the globe, writes Jaushieh Joseph Wu from Taiwan.  This has created a profoundly devastating socio-economic impact on our interconnected world, with virtually no countries spared. The pandemic has disrupted global trade, exacerbated poverty, impeded education, and…

China Threatens EU Over Taiwan

Chinese Military bullying

After what they call the latest Chinese “threats, intimidation and bullying” against Taiwan MEP Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe, Lithuania) and MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA, Germany) jointly initiated an open letter of solidarity to the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.  The letter was supported by over 60 Members of the…