Premier Chen to step down, eyes return to academia
Premier Chen Chien-jen announces his term conclusion on May 20 as agreed with President Tsai Ing-wen. Amid speculation of an extended tenure, Chen expresses his intent to return to Academia Sinica.
President Tsai honors late human rights lawyer Chen Chun-han
President Tsai Ing-wen mourns the passing of lawyer and legislator-at-large candidate Chen Chun-han, praising his dedication to Taiwan and advocacy for the disabled during his funeral in Hsinchu City’s Life Memorial Park.
President Tsai Ing-wen’s asset declaration revealed
Discover President Tsai Ing-wen’s financial holdings unveiled by the Control Yuan in its latest asset declaration, including her deposits, properties in Taipei and New Taipei City, and entrusted assets. Learn about her copyright holdings and management of campaign subsidies in this detailed report.
Taiwan strengthens bonds with Tuvalu amid new leadership
Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang to visit Tuvalu as Taiwan’s special envoy, showcasing support for the newly elected government led by Prime Minister Feleti Teo. Ambassador Andrew Lin conveys congratulations on behalf of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, emphasizing the solid friendship and continued diplomatic relations between the two nations. Taiwan and Tuvalu, with a 45-year-old diplomatic relationship, share democratic values and aim to promote peace and development in the Indo-Pacific region.
U.S. delegation affirms bipartisan support for Taiwan
A bipartisan U.S. delegation led by Chairman Mike Gallagher expresses strong support for Taiwan during meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and President-elect Lai Ching-te. Discussions center on bolstering defense capabilities and managing cross-strait relations amidst geopolitical challenges. #Taiwan #USsupport
Rep. Gallagher praises Tsai’s leadership in Taiwan visit
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party extends an invitation to President Tsai Ing-wen to visit the United States after her tenure. The committee, led by Chairman Mike Gallagher, commends Tsai’s leadership and vision, highlighting Taiwan’s strong ties with the U.S. and discussions on cross-strait issues. Tsai expresses gratitude for U.S. support in strengthening Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities and endorses Taiwan policy reports presented by the committee. The delegation, including members like Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, visits Taiwan for three days to meet with leaders and officials, fostering bilateral relations.
AIT confirms delegation meeting with Taiwan leaders
American Congressman Mike Gallagher leads a U.S. delegation to meet with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, President-elect Lai Ching-te, and Legislative Speaker Han Kuo-yu during a 3-day visit in Taiwan. Discussions center on U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, and investment, part of a broader tour of the Indo-Pacific region. The visit aims to strengthen ties and promote mutual understanding between the two nations.
US delegation meets Taiwan leaders amid regional tensions
President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te of Taiwan are set to meet with U.S. Select Committee on the CCP Chairman Mike Gallagher and a bipartisan delegation to discuss Taiwan-U.S. trade and the Indo-Pacific regional situation. The visit underscores the strong bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress for Taiwan and aims to deepen exchanges and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
President Tsai Ing-wen launches 32nd Taipei Book Fair
President Tsai Ing-wen inaugurates the 32nd Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE), promoting exploration through reading and knowledge. The event, themed ＂Catch the Reading Wave,＂ showcases strategies to support the publishing industry and features 509 publishers from 34 countries. Attendees include Deputy Culture Minister Lee Ching-hwi and the Netherlands Office in Taipei director. The fair offers incentives like ticket discounts and free entry for readers under 18, with the Netherlands as the theme country, highlighting Dutch diversity and inclusivity.
Tsai Ing-wen touts Taiwan’s NT$2.17T investment success
President Tsai Ing-wen highlights the success of Taiwan’s investment incentives projects, which have attracted over NT$2.17 trillion in investments and created over 140,000 jobs. Speaking at a Lunar New Year event, Tsai emphasizes the importance of Taiwanese businesses in driving economic development and emphasizes Taiwan’s global reach and reliability as an international partner. She also discusses Taiwan’s efforts to improve infrastructure and expand external relations, including trade cooperation with the U.S. and U.K. Tsai calls for the preservation of the peaceful and stable status quo in the Taiwan Strait and expresses a commitment to upholding democracy and seeking cross-strait dialogues. The event was attended by government officials and over 300 Taiwanese businessmen living and working in China.
President Tsai unlikely to visit Taiping Island: official
Former Taiwan National Security Council secretary-general Su Chi believes there is a low likelihood of President Tsai Ing-wen visiting Taiping Island in the South China Sea. Su cites concerns over U.S. objections and the potential risk to Tsai’s safety as reasons for this prediction. He points out that the U.S. opposes Taiwan’s involvement in South China Sea issues and that Tsai would have to contend with Chinese fighter jets, aerial escorts, and security threats if she were to visit the island. Su also notes that the U.S. would not support such a trip as it could emphasize Taiwan’s political stance in the ongoing tension between the Philippines and China.
Taiwanese leaders express sorrow over Yoko Abe’s death
Yoko Abe, the mother of the late former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has passed away. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te expressed their condolences, highlighting Yoko Abe’s friendly relations with Taiwan and her contributions to Taiwan-Japan relations. President Tsai fondly recalled a shared moment during Yoko Abe’s visit to Taiwan in 2016, while Vice President Lai expressed shock at her demise and prayed for strength for the grieving Abe family. Yoko Abe’s approachable demeanor and efforts in fostering Taiwan-Japan relations earned her high regard in Taiwan, and her passing has been met with mourning sentiments.
President Tsai commends Yuan Ye Award winners
President Tsai Ing-wen met with representatives of the winners of the 2023 Yuan Ye Awards, emphasizing the government’s commitment to collaborating with local governments on vital construction projects. She also encouraged stronger collaboration between private enterprises and the government to drive Taiwan’s architectural progress. The winning projects were praised for showcasing Taiwan’s diverse and robust architectural design, positively impacting the country’s urban-rural scenery. The Yuan Ye Awards, with a nearly 30-year history, recognize Taiwan’s unique architectural products and landscape designs through a rigorous judging process, making it a prestigious honor sought after by county and city governments, as well as private enterprises.
Tsai Ing-wen welcomes new legislative leaders in Taiwan
President Tsai Ing-wen congratulates Han Kuo-yu and Johnny Chiang on being elected as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan. She expresses hope for constructive communication and rational oversight to advance laws and budgets beneficial to the people. The confirmation of Han and Chiang signals a change in Legislative leadership, as outgoing Speaker You Si-kun and Deputy Speaker Tsai Chi-chang step down. President Tsai expresses gratitude to You and Tsai Chi-chang for their service and emphasizes the importance of transcending party lines for the benefit of the nation and its people.
President Tsai pledges support for R.O.C. armed forces
President Tsai Ing-wen visits forces stationed at Penghu and pledges continued support for the Republic of China Armed Forces. She also inaugurates the renovated Wude Barracks and emphasizes the government’s dedication to revitalizing military dormitories nationwide. The defense budget for 2024 reaches a record high of NT＄600.7 billion, and Tsai inspects military demonstrations by the mechanized infantry battalion of the Penghu Defense Command. The president highlights ongoing defense reforms to establish a leaner and more modern military force and acknowledges the strategic importance of the Penghu force. With the Lunar New Year approaching, she advises officers to stay connected with their families and encourages quality time with loved ones for those on leave.
Taiwan unveils first home-built 5-qubit quantum computer
President Tsai Ing-wen visited a quantum computer project funded by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and Academia Sinica, witnessing the creation of Taiwan’s first self-developed, five-qubit superconducting complete system quantum computer. The president praised Academia Sinica for developing the five-qubit quantum computer in just two years and expressed her hopes for the quantum team to maintain Taiwan’s important position in the field. Academia Sinica’s president, James C. Liao, announced that the institution will continue investing in the quantum base, transitioning from basic experimental development to practical application through vertical integration. Academia Sinica has accumulated significant research and development capabilities in quantum technology, including achievements in quantum computer chip design, production, and state control and reading techniques for quantum bits. In 2023, Academia Sinica successfully developed Taiwan’s first five-qubit quantum chip and made the quantum computer system available on the cloud for partner testing, placing Taiwan among the countries with self-made superconducting quantum computers. This accomplishment has had a significant impact on domestic quantum technology research, serving as a demonstration and inspiration for further advancements.
Taiwanese conscripts worry about salary gap despite raise
Taiwanese conscripts have expressed concerns that their monthly earnings still fall short of the country’s basic labor wage despite a recent salary increase. Privates, the lowest military rank, now receive a monthly salary of NT$26,307, including insurance and meal expenses. However, this amount is still lower than the standard basic labor wage of NT$27,470. Last year, President Tsai Ing-wen extended the mandatory conscription period to one year, and the wage adjustment for privates gained significant attention. Under the new system, privates can earn up to NT$20,320, consisting of a base wage of NT$10,130 and an additional NT$10,190 for specialized skills. In addition to their salary, they also receive military insurance (NT$1,240), national health insurance (NT$1,839), and a meal allowance (NT$908), bringing the total payment to NT$26,307. The first batch of 670 army conscripts for the one-year service started their eight-week entry training on January 25. Taipei City Mayor Chiang Wan-an encouraged the privates to form sincere friendships, develop disciplined habits, and cultivate a sense of responsibility during their military life.
Young couples face trials as Taiwan extends military service
The first group of conscripts for the one-year compulsory military service in Taipei enlisted on January 25. These 670 young men will undergo an eight-week enlistment training. The extension of mandatory military service, approved by President Tsai Ing-wen last year, has posed emotional challenges for many young couples. Girlfriends accompanied their conscripted boyfriends to the Department of Compulsory Military Service’s Alternative Service Center, offering encouragement and expressing hope that military service would help their partners overcome bad habits and become more responsible. Despite the year-long separation, conscripts expressed faith in their relationships, although they couldn’t help but worry about the lack of constant communication. Various girlfriends reassured their worried boyfriends, saying, ＂Don’t worry!＂ The Ministry of National Defense stated that the decision to extend mandatory service was influenced by changing international situations, authoritarianism, defense combat needs, and the intensity of the four-month military training. It was also based on a comparative study of conscription systems in other countries.
US congressional leaders show Taiwan bipartisan support
The U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus co-chairs, Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Democratic Representative Ami Bera, are visiting Taiwan from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2024. This marks their first visit to Taiwan in recent years, symbolizing their bipartisan commitment to Taiwan’s democracy. Their visit comes after Taiwan’s presidential election, celebrating the victory of Taiwan’s democracy. Diaz-Balart and Bera will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President and President-elect Lai Ching-te, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. Talks are scheduled with Vice President-elect Hsiao Bi-khim and other Taiwanese political leaders. Both Diaz-Balart and Bera have been long-standing friends of Taiwan, often leading or proposing initiatives and bills supportive of Taiwan. The Congressional Taiwan Caucus is the largest secondary body in U.S. Congress relating to foreign affairs. Their visit reemphasizes the U.S. Congress’ support for Taiwan, following the 2024 presidential election and marking the 45th legislative anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to deepen Taiwan-U.S. relations based on shared values and the U.S. Congress’s support.
President Tsai lauds Taiwan’s economic growth in East Asia
President Tsai Ing-wen commends Taiwan’s remarkable economic growth, surpassing East Asia’s average, during a year-end celebration. She urges corporations to enhance employee benefits as her term nears its end.
Lai Ching-te’s playful banter steals the show at DPP event
DPP president-elect Lai Ching-te and vice president-elect Hsiao Bi-khim express gratitude to campaign staff and volunteers at a Thanksgiving banquet in Taipei. Lai playfully declares that his VP is better than President Tsai Ing-wen’s VP, sparking laughter. Lai’s social media post generates humorous responses, while Hsiao teases Lai about his preference for cats or dogs. President Tsai Ing-wen joins in the banter, expressing a desire for both. Hsiao shares a nostalgic photo of her and Lai enjoying Taiwanese popsicles, expressing appreciation for campaign staff.
Tsai Ing-wen persuades Cabinet stay until May 20
Premier Chen Chien-jen’s planned mass resignation was averted by President Tsai Ing-wen, leading to concerns of potential government paralysis as the old cabinet faces a new legislature. Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Lee De-wei warned of a standstill, while DPP legislator Chung Chia-pin argued for the president’s right to choose cabinet members. The government’s decision to stay in office until May 20 could have significant consequences with the new legislature commencing on Feb. 1.
Financial strains lead Nauru to sever ties with Taiwan
Taiwan expresses strong regret and denounces the Republic of Nauru’s decision to sever diplomatic relations and establish ties with China as misguided and not beneficial for its people or regional stability. The Taiwanese Presidential Office highlights that Beijing’s diplomatic suppression is seen as retaliation against democratic values and a challenge to international stability. This move by Nauru reduces Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to twelve, marking the loss of its tenth ally since Tsai Ing-wen became president in 2016. Financial shortfalls resulting from the closure of Australia’s Nauru Regional Processing Center and other factors, such as Nauru’s request for economic aid and the closure of the Nauru branch of the Australian Bendigo Bank, have contributed to the strained Taiwan-Nauru relations.
Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te meets U.S. delegation
President-elect Lai Ching-te met with a U.S. delegation, expressing Taiwan’s commitment to peace in the Taiwan Strait. He thanked the U.S. for their congratulations and support, and pledged to work with the U.S. and like-minded allies to maintain stability. The delegation included Stephen Hadley and James Steinberg, who emphasized the consistent U.S. policy towards Taiwan. They also met with other Taiwanese politicians, including New Taipei’s mayor and representatives from the Taiwan People’s Party and Kuomintang.
Taipei 101 honors late DPP leader Shih Ming-te with lights
Taipei 101 lights up to honor the late Shih Ming-te, former DPP chairman, with a light display showcasing messages of mourning and gratitude. President Tsai Ing-wen acknowledges Shih’s dedication to democracy and his role in Taiwan’s democratic movement. She highlights his involvement in Formosa Magazine, promoting democracy, freedom, and human rights. Tsai emphasizes Taiwan’s transition to an open democracy and its position as a key member of the international democratic alliance. She expresses gratitude for Shih’s contributions and vows to unite all forces in building a better Taiwan.