On the afternoon of November 20, President Tsai Ing-wen met with the Japanese delegation to the 32nd Sino-Japanese Modern Engineering and Technology Symposium. The president stated that this symposium is an important platform for technical exchange between Taiwan and Japan, and expressed hope that the two sides can make use of these experiential and technical exchanges to seek more opportunities for cooperation and spur industrial development.
In remarks, President Tsai noted that Taiwan and Japan benefit from close geographic proximity and economic ties, and have long been partners, especially in the area of industrial development.
The president pointed out that the Sino-Japanese Modern Engineering and Technology Symposium was launched in 1980, and this year's event is the 32nd in the series. Adding that it is an important platform for technical exchange between Taiwan and Japan, she noted that issues discussed at previous symposia include construction projects, environmental resources, disaster preparedness technologies, and humanistic technologies in the humanities. These issues have had an important impact on the development of technology and industry in Taiwan.
President Tsai feels that each symposium in the series has demonstrated how Taiwan and Japan share a mutually beneficial friendship and have worked together to face challenges. Both countries have addressed the problem of demographic ageing by discussing the issue of how to create living environments suited to the needs of the elderly. Many of the issues at this year's symposium—such as water resources, energy environments, and railway engineering—involve precisely the technologies that Taiwan will need to carry out its Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.
The president thanked her visitors for making the trip to Taiwan to share their experience and expertise, and stated that these exchanges will become the cornerstone of the bilateral friendship. She also expressed confidence that, by working on the foundation of this mutually beneficial professional interaction, the two sides can continue to tap into the potential benefits of cooperation and spur industrial development in both countries.
And lastly, noting that her visitors would engage in professional discussions and on-site visits over the coming few days, President Tsai expressed hope that the two sides would have opportunities for interactions and exchanges during their stay, and together look for more opportunities for cooperation to enhance bilateral cooperation in many different fields.
Included in the delegation were: delegation head Nobuyuki Ohtera, Executive Director of Japan's Road Administration Information Center; Professor Seiji Ikkatai of Musashino University and Kyoto University; President Ben. L. B. Chiou (邱琳濱) of the Chinese Institute of Engineers; and President Pan Chen-yu (潘振宇) of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Japan.