Respect Taiwan

After her election victory on 11 January, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview: “We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan).”  She also said China needs to show Taiwan respect.  However, four days later on 15 January, the permanent mission of the People’s Republic of China to the…

Italy Asked to Excuse Taiwan from Flight Ban

Taiwan has requested the Italian authorities to excuse the island from a three-month flight ban imposed last Sunday on all flights from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to Italy. The decision of the Italian Health Authorities is intended to halt the spread of coronavirus to Italy, and is based on advice from the WHO that…

Visit Ilha Formosa in 2020?

Are the never ending grey skies getting you down?  If so, that would be understandable but the good news is that the (near) perfect antidote to the winter gloom is available this weekend in Brussels. It comes in the shape of the city’s annual travel fair which runs from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 February,…

Politics of the Corona Virus?

Concern has been voiced about the impact on Taiwan of the coronavirus and serious questions have been asked about the country’s exclusion from taking part in international efforts to tackle the deadly disease. The virus has killed more than 210 people and more than 9,000 confirmed cases mainly in China. There have also been 9…

Taiwan Elections: China’s Belligerence Key Issue For Voters

Taiwan is on the frontline of China’s sharp power, none more so than in the run up to this weekend’s presidential elections. In order to guard against infiltration from China and to protect Taiwan’s democratic way of life, the Taiwan parliament passed the anti-infiltration act on 31 December 2019. This was with one eye on the…

Taiwan’s World Leading Vertical Farm

TSAI Wenchin is a man with a vision. He is radically rethinking agriculture for the 21st century and inspiring healthier eating habits. He is the founder of the world’s largest vertical farm “YesHealth” Agri-Biotechnology Co. Ltd located to the South of Taipei in Taiwan. His mission is to produce sustainable vegetables that are fresh, nutritious,…

Fake News in South East Asia

On the streets of provincial cities in Taiwan, election posters are already being displayed in anticipation of Taiwan’s general election due to be held on 11 January next year. The current President of Taiwan TSAI Ingwen from the Democratic People’s Party is seeking re-election in the Presidential contest. Simultaneously elections will be held for the…

Launch of the Formosa Club

Last night (16th October) a reception was held at the European Parliament to celebrate the inauguration of the Formosa Club – an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan. The name of the Club comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of…