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Vice President Chen
Vice President Chen

Mr. Chen Chien-jen was born in Cishan Township, Kaohsiung County (now merged into Kaohsiung City) in 1951. A veteran epidemiologist, he has made significant contributions to public health and infectious disease control as well as science and technology development in Taiwan. He is widely recognized for his crisis management skills and leadership abilities, as well as his open-mindedness and passion for communication.

Mr. Chen received his Bachelor Degree in Zoology (1973) and Master Degree in Public Health (1977) from National Taiwan University. In 1982, he received his Doctor of Science Degree in epidemiology and human genetics from Johns Hopkins University. His areas of expertise include epidemiology, human genetics, public health, and preventive medicine.

Mr. Chen then returned to Taiwan to serve in the following positions: associate professor (1983-1986) and professor (1986-2015) in National Taiwan University; director of the Graduate Institute of Public Health (1993-1994), founding director of the Graduate Institute of Epidemiology (1994-1997), and dean of the College of Public Health of National Taiwan University (1999-2002); Distinguished Research Fellow of the Genomics Research Center (2006-2015) and Vice President of Academia Sinica (2011-2015).

Mr. Chen's research on blackfoot disease, chronic arsenic poisoning, viral hepatitis and liver cancer, and oncogenic viruses has made a tremendous contribution to human health promotion and disease prevention. He was awarded the Academic Award (1997) and National Chair Professor (1997-2002) of the Ministry of Education. He was also elected Academician of Academia Sinica (1998), and awarded the Presidential Science Prize of Taiwan (2005) and the Executive Yuan's Outstanding Contribution in Science and Technology Award (2013). He has also been honored as a member of the World Academy of Sciences (2005), a foreign associate of US National Academy of Sciences(2017) and a Cutter Lecturer on Preventive Medicine of Harvard University (2008), and received the Knowledge for the World Award from Johns Hopkins University (2012) along with many other prestigious international awards.

Mr. Chen served as Director General of the Division of Life Sciences at the National Science Council (1997-1999), and later as the Council's Deputy Minister (2002-2003), promoting numerous national programs and cutting-edge research. During Taiwan's SARS outbreak in 2003, he was appointed Minister of Health, and successfully controlled the crisis in a short period. To enhance Taiwan's capabilities in public health and infectious disease control, Mr. Chen also actively promoted the organizational reengineering of the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health; establishment of a national healthcare system for infectious diseases; amendments to the Communicable Disease Control Act; and fundamental reforms to the health insurance system.

After being appointed as Minister of the National Science Council in 2006, Mr. Chen reformed the Council to strengthen science and technology administration, promote Taiwan's knowledge-based economy, and broaden international cooperation. He has been awarded the Executive Yuan's Achievement Medal (First Rank) in 2005; the Department of Health's Health Medal (First Rank) in 2005; the Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Ministry of Education of France in 2009; and the Science Profession Medal (First Prize) from the National Science Council in 2012.

In 2011, Mr. Chen was appointed Vice President of Academia Sinica. During his tenure, he promoted the establishment of the Academia Sinica Research Fund, build up Taiwan Biobank, established the National Biotechnology Research Park at Nangang, and undertook the planning of Academia Sinica's southern branch. For his efforts, he was awarded the Special Service Medal of Academia Sinica (2016).

Mr. Chen is a devout Catholic, embracing the spirit of humble service and dedicated to putting the Christian doctrine of “loving God and your neighbor” into practice. The Vatican has invited Mr. Chen and his wife Ms. Lo Fong-ping to visit several times, where they have been received by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He has been invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2010) and a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (2013).

Vice President Chen's timeline

2020-02-26 Interviewed by Sankei Shimbun and responds to questions regarding Taiwan's recent experience in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization, and global disease prevention measures.
2020-02-18 In his role as convener, accompanies President Tsai Ing-wen to host the first meeting of the nomination and recommendation work group for the sixth-term Control Yuan members and the first meeting of the nomination and recommendation work group for the 13th-term Examination Yuan members.
2020-01-30 Accompanies President Tsai Ing-wen once again to deliver joint remarks and field media questions about the novel coronavirus outbreak. Explains places where the virus may possibly lurk, the current number of confirmed cases and possible sources of infection, and what measures the public should adopt to ensure their own personal safety. 
2020-01-22 Accompanies President Tsai Ing-wen to deliver remarks and field media questions about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Reminds the public to be vigilant about individual self-health management, and details the set-up of a Central Epidemic Command Center and government preparations to address possible changes in the breakout situation. 
2020-01-19 Attends the 30th year-end banquet for people with special needs, thanks civic organizations for helping the government provide comprehensive services and protection for the underprivileged, and stresses that the government has an unshirkable responsibility to provide care for underprivileged groups.
2020-01-18 At the 2020 Presidential Office year-end gathering for underprivileged children, states that the government will increase the childcare allowance from NT$2,500 to NT$5,000; expand the age range for subsidy eligibility from 0-4 to 0-6 years old; accelerate public-sector participation in kindergarten and daycare services; set up a "quasi-public system" for childcare services; and increase the number of affordable options for parents. Notes that the government will continue its efforts to ensure that every child receives good care. 
2019-12-30 Hosts a luncheon celebrating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Palau. Joins with Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and Palauan political leaders in celebrating this important milestone in the diplomatic relationship between Taiwan and Palau. Accompanied by Mrs. Chen, meets with President Remengesau and thanks Palau for speaking up in support of Taiwan over the years at the United Nations, the World Health Assembly and other international organizations. Expresses hope that Palau will continue to be a firm ally of Taiwan at international venues, and that our two countries will join hands and make progress together in the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, delivers remarks at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after returning from Palau.
2019-12-29 Accompanied by Mrs. Chen, attends a dinner banquet hosted by Palau Vice President Raynold Oilouch where he emphasizes the "people-centered" values of freedom and democracy that Taiwan and Palau have embraced.
2019-12-28 Departs for the Republic of Palau, accompanied by Mrs. Chen, to attend celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Palau. Delivers remarks before boarding the aircraft.
2019-12-16 Attends Shalun Green Energy Demonstration Site inauguration ceremony, and states that the Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City has fostered innovative, smart, green energy parks at Linkou in northern Taiwan and Shalun in the south, which will serve as engines where industry needs drive R&D capabilities, and R&D achievements drive industrial upgrades, promoting the development of green energy and renewable energy industries.
2019-12-09 Attends the opening ceremony of an exhibit showing the achievements of indigenous language promotion efforts. Expresses hope that the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Development Act and the Education Act for Indigenous Peoples brings about the sustainable and sound development of indigenous languages. Also states that the concerted efforts of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Culture will surely help us realize equal rights in language and culture, promote multicultural development, and enrich the nation’s cultural life to make the precious culture of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples a sustainable heritage.
2019-11-25 Attends the delivery and christening ceremony of the "R/V New Ocean Researcher 2" and the "R/V New Ocean Researcher 3," where he states that President Tsai is very concerned about marine research and talent cultivation. Remarks that the Legislative Yuan passed the Ocean Basic Law on November 1. New ocean research vessels are all domestically produced from demand to design to construction, demonstrating Taiwan's extensive capabilities in marine research and ability to build a new fleet tailored for marine research. Expresses hope for more research results in the future, to push Taiwan further on its path to becoming a major marine research power.
2019-11-16 Attends the opening ceremony of the 12th national games for intellectually disabled children and their parents, stating that this year the government is promoting a project that will link community-based services for those with physical and intellectual disabilities with long-term care, as well as a plan promoting welfare institutions for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. The government plans to invest NT$439 million to comprehensively increase subsidies for the physical and intellectual disability service system to effectively enhance service capacities, so that all those with disabilities can receive better care.
2019-11-15 Attends a senior life expo where he states that the government is actively building a “golden triangle” of care services for the elderly. Expresses hope that the elderly can be well cared for in terms of economy, health, and life, so that we can realize the vision of "healthy, local, and active seniors."
2019-11-05 Attends the 2019 Talent Circulation Summit and calls on all parties to participate in the Talent Circulation Alliance (TCA) program jointly launched by the Taiwanese government and the United States. Expresses hope that this model of talent exchange and circulation can be replicated in other countries and regions in the future, so we can establish Taiwan as a new paradigm of soft power in Asia.
2019-10-26 Attends the 29th Medical Devotion Award Ceremony to praise the awardees for their noble character and devotion. Expresses hope that the medical community’s new generation can learn from them and follow in their footsteps, and let their legacy of the power of love reach every corner of Taiwan, and provide light and hope to underprivileged groups and those in remote areas.
2019-10-15 Completes his visit to the Holy See and returns to Taiwan.
2019-10-14 Visits the Chapel of St. Peter, located beside St. Peter's Basilica, to pray for global environmental protection and sustainable development, Taiwan's democratic development, religious freedom, economic prosperity, as well as peace. Also asks God to bless the people of Taiwan.
2019-10-13 Attends the canonization of British Cardinal John Henry Newman and four other blesseds. Before the ceremony, greets Pope Francis and on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen, invites him to visit Taiwan.
2019-10-12 Travels to the Territorial Prelature of Loreto to visit Archbishop Fabio Dal Cin, Prelate and Ponitifical Delegate of Loreto. Then proceeds to the Diocese of Macerata to visit Bishop Nazzareno Marconi.
2019-10-10 Embarks on a trip to the Holy See to attend the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman and four other blesseds.
2019-10-04 Attends the awards ceremony for the 2019 National Model Sanitation Staff to pay tribute and express gratitude to sanitation workers nationwide for their dedication to making our environment better and cleaner. States that since taking office, President Tsai Ing-wen has paid special attention to measures to care for sanitation personnel and asked the Environmental Protection Administration to provide front-line unsung workers with better uniforms and equipment, and a more comfortable working environment.
2019-09-20 Attends a large-scale earthquake, fire and disaster response drill on National Disaster Preparedness Day, and praises the participants for their efforts. States that Taiwan has world-class disaster preparedness and response capabilities, but in this kind of work, there is no such thing as “best,” only a constant effort to make improvements. So we must work harder, and continue to improve and strengthen our disaster prevention and response measures.
2019-09-09 Meets with Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. States that Taiwan hopes to participate in the UNFCCC as a government observer, so that we can make a substantive contribution to the fight against global climate change, and strengthen our exchanges and cooperation with the international community.
2019-09-06 Attends the Sports Activist Awards Commendation Ceremony, praising the winning organizations and individuals for their longstanding support for the development of sports. Expresses hope that the general public will work with the government to encourage and support the development of sports and leisure in Taiwan.
2019-08-30 Attends the 2019 award ceremony for religious groups, and praises the awardees for their selfless dedication to helping fill Taiwan with the power of positivity and harmony. Also expresses hope that the religious community can highlight Taiwan's unique cultural soft power and promote diverse religious cultural content so the world can see the beauty of Taiwan's religious culture. 
2019-08-20 At the 60th anniversary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, thanks the Ministry for contributing to the development of Taiwan's science and technology, and urges the Ministry to propose more large-scale, long-term plans, thus continuing to benefit mankind through the development of science and technology.
2019-08-20 Attends the international forum on transforming energy and green economy, explaining the government's efforts and achievements in promoting the transformation of our energy sector. Expresses hope that industry, government, academia, and research institutions will work together to explore more possibilities for transforming the energy industry and developing a green economy, leading Taiwan toward a vision for sustainable development to become a model for energy development in Asia.
2019-08-08 At the plaque-unveiling ceremony for the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) embassy in Taiwan, states that the newly established embassy is SVG's fifth largest, symbolizing another important milestone in the Taiwan-SVG relationship. Through our joint efforts with new ambassador Andrea Bowman, our bilateral ties will become closer, and exchanges and cooperation more diversified.
Attends the 2019 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking. Reiterates Taiwan's determination to work with other countries to maintain security and social order, and expresses hope that all countries can transcend national boundaries and pool their collective wisdom to come up with innovative and pragmatic prevention plans.
2019-07-21 Meets with 2019 Presidential Hackathon International Track contestants, and states that we will continue working in the spirit of "open government." Through inter-agency, interdisciplinary, and public-private collaboration, we will use technology and innovation to resolve social problems, and improve the quality of people's lives. At the same time, we welcome international teams to cooperate with outstanding teams from Taiwan.
2019-07-19 Meets with the Happy Home Alliance preparatory committee promoting the hosting of a 60-nation United Nations forum. Thanks them for actively promoting the forum, which will help more people experience the beauty of Taiwan, and expresses hope for even more opportunities for international cooperation and exchanges so that the whole world gets to learn more about Taiwan.
2019-07-01 Attends awards ceremony for the 2019 National Household Registration Day Celebration, and states that Taiwan is making progress on the path to smart government by issuing digital ID cards so that people can apply for various government services at home, marking another important milestone in the history of household registration.
2019-06-25 Attends an international conference on development strategies for long-term care in the Asia-Pacific, where he states that an aging society is an important issue that Taiwan, Asia, and the whole world are facing. Expresses hope that the government will work with the private sector to develop a diverse and friendly long-term care network to meet the future needs of society.
2019-06-21 Attends the opening of the 2019 International Conference on Mandarin (Chinese) Education organized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council, where he states that as the global demand for Chinese education continues to grow, the government is actively expanding our traditional Chinese language output capabilities through integration among various ministries and agencies, transforming Taiwan into the standard-bearer of the Chinese language.
2019-06-20 Meets with participants attending the 2019 Taiwan Study Tour for the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors (FASCA), where he praises overseas youth volunteers as a critical source of support for Taiwan. Expresses hope that everyone will work seamlessly together to defend Taiwan and work to safeguard Taiwan's freedom, democracy, rule of law, and human rights, so that Taiwan can stand tall in the international community.
2019-06-13 Attends a groundbreaking ceremony for Maria Social Welfare Foundation's new building for Profound Intellectual Multiple Disabilities care services, where he states that the government will work to increase funding for welfare services, strengthen protection for disabled persons, and enhance the quality of care for the physically and mentally challenged.
2019-06-04 Attends an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre, where he calls on China to admit past mistakes with courage, make amends for the June 4th Incident, and immediately stop its persecution of human rights. Expresses hope that the people of Taiwan will cherish and defend Taiwan's hard-earned freedom and democracy.
Hosts a press conference to introduce four grand justice nominees: Yang Hui-chin, Tsai Tzung-jen, Shieh Ming-yan, and Lu Tai-lang. Expresses hope that the nominees will successfully win the support and consent of the Legislative Yuan, and continue to lay a solid foundation for Taiwan's democracy after taking up their new posts.
2019-05-25 Attends the "2019 Taiwan Youth and Overseas Expatriate Bridging Program" inauguration, and lauds the program for helping young friends broaden their horizons. Expresses hope that young people will help the government to promote our country among Taiwanese expatriates and international friends, so that the international community is aware of Taiwan's efforts to promote freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights.
2019-05-22 Meets with the National Research Council Canada delegation led by President Iain Stewart, saying that Taiwan and Canada have long cooperated in education, technology, industrial innovation, and research and development. Expresses hope that in the future, we will expand our mutually beneficial cooperation to new areas based on our existing solid foundation, so that together, we can create win-win situations.
2019-05-16 Attends "Overseas Community Affairs Council’s 2019 Commissioners' Conference" closing ceremony, and describes the government’s policy achievements in economic development and diplomacy for expatriate community leaders. Expresses hope that everyone will continue to speak up for Taiwan in their expatriate community, help Taiwan engage with the world, and deepen Taiwan's foreign relations. 
2019-04-30 Attends the "2019 Labor Day & National Model Workers' Recognition Ceremony" and presents the awards, thanking them for promoting national progress, and stating that the government is actively protecting labor rights to reduce the burden on laborers.
2019-04-19 Attends the “20th Anniversary of the 921 Earthquake & 10th Anniversary of Typhoon Morakot--Disaster Prevention Mobilization & Campus Disaster Preparedness Activities.” Stresses that the government will continue to conduct disaster prevention education to enhance people’s ability to protect themselves and provide mutual assistance, thereby strengthening national resilience against natural disasters. 
2019-04-13 Attends the "Taiwan Outstanding Pediatrician Award Ceremony," and explains the government's efforts to plan a children's medical services network and a system of pediatric specialists, hoping that all sectors of society will work together to contribute to a sound children's medical system.
2019-04-12 Presides over the 35th meeting of the "Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee,” urging the Control Yuan to submit bills related to establishing a national human rights institution to the legislature for deliberation as soon as possible.
2019-03-30 Attends "2019 Children's Day" activities, stating that children are the source of life, joy and hope, as well as pillars of the country's future. The government is responsible for maintaining and enhancing children's well-being, and will work hard to do so in the future. Expresses hope that everyone will work together to build a friendly, nurturing environment that protects the health of Taiwanese children so that they can all grow up happily.
2019-03-26 Attends the "2019 Smart City Summit & Expo," expressing hope that cities and industries at home and abroad will join forces through the expo to create a global network for interaction and exchanges, so that Taiwan can share its achievements in developing smart cities with the world.
2019-03-23 Attends press conference for the opening of the “Presidential Office Building 100th Anniversary Exhibition." Explains that this exhibition shows the diversity of the Presidential Office over the past century from panoramic, line-of-sight, and angular perspectives, including shared historical memories and scenes captured from every angle, highlighting the building's architectural beauty from different points of view. Welcomes all Taiwanese and tourists to see the exhibition.
2019-03-23 Attends the "Ninth Domestic and Overseas Taiwanese National Affairs Conference," and thanks overseas Taiwanese for their concern about Taiwan's democratic reforms, national security and major issues facing the nation. Explains the government's efforts to safeguard the status quo of Taiwan's independent sovereignty, and maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait, as well as the Taiwanese people's free and democratic way of life.
2019-03-15 Attends the "Memorial Mass Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Father Alfred Giger," who was also known as "Father of Orchid Island" and "Father of the Tao" for his selfless dedication. States that the government amended the Nationality Act so that foreign clerics devoted to Taiwan can become naturalized Taiwanese citizens without renouncing their original nationality, and that he hopes other senior clerics can become Taiwanese nationals through this channel.
2019-02-28 Meets with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. States that Taiwan is willing to assist the Vatican to jointly promote religious freedom around the world, so that all people can be free of the fear of religious oppression and enjoy genuine freedom of belief.
Attends the opening and award presentation ceremony for the 2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition. States that the government will work together with our friends in the publishing industry to make a greater effort to tell Taiwan's story to the world more confidently. Invites fellow Taiwanese to come to the exhibition and choose a few good books to read themselves or to give to a friend, and discover the life-changing power of reading. 
2019-01-27 Attends the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration jointly organized by the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and German Institute in Taipei. Emphasizes that Taiwan will stand together with the international community and do our utmost to defend the universal values of democracy, freedom and human rights.
2019-01-14 Presides over the "Executive Yuan Joint Handover Ceremony," and expresses great respect and gratitude to Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) for his outstanding performance during his tenure. Believes that new Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will lead the administrative team to do everything possible to make our reforms a success, creating a better life and much happiness for the people of Taiwan.
2019-01-08 At a meeting with the Cross-Strait Delegation from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, cites President Tsai's “four musts” as the basic and crucial foundations that will determine whether cross-strait relations develop in a positive direction, and says that we will not make concessions. Expresses hope that in the face of such pervasive pressure from China, the international community will continue to support democratic Taiwan, so that we can continue to play a responsible international role and actively contribute by spreading positive, pragmatic and sincere ideals and values.
2018-12-27 Meets the 25th Worldwide Chinese Cultural & Artistic Heritage Awards recipients. Looks forward to award recipients and government working together to create a diverse culture, connecting culture with Taiwanese characteristics with the rest of the world, and giving the world an all-new understanding of Taiwan.
2018-12-19 Attends the Third International Forum on Presidential Innovation Awards. Looks forward to concerted efforts from industry, academia, research and government to turn innovation into a national movement and allow Taiwan's industries to shine on the international stage of innovation.
2018-12-18 Attends the 2018 Public Construction Golden Quality Award Ceremony. Expresses hope that outstanding engineering teams will become the government's best partners to create the infrastructure necessary for the next 30 years of national development together.
2018-12-12 Attends the 2018 Sports Elite Awards Ceremony. Expresses hope that society, corporations, and government will work together to support sports, discover athletes with the potential to win medals, and cultivate even more athletic talents.
2018-12-09 Commemorates Human Rights Day 2018 with a special gathering. Explains that the task of transitional justice is not just to rectify unlawful judicial rulings; the more proactive meaning is to uncover the historical truth, clarify responsibilities, and reconstruct society's trust and mend wounds through history and human rights education.
2018-11-22 Attends the 2018 Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards. Encourages winning corporations to continue improving and setting benchmarks in domestic economic growth, environmental sustainability, and societal integration, in the process leading other corporations in the effort to attain a more sustainable future.
2018-11-14 Attends the opening of the Office of the President's Special Exhibition: Bay Tourism on 10 Islands. Hopes that this exhibition will show both local and international tourists the beauty of travel in Taiwan, showcase a "different Taiwan", and revamp Taiwan's island image.
2018-11-07 Visits the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Looks forward to the Center ushering in a new era for art for Taiwan, becoming a place where anyone can realize their artistic dreams, as well as a focal point for the world showcasing Taiwan's beauty.
2018-11-03 Attends the 2018 Global Youth Trends Forum Opening Ceremony and welcomes youth delegations from 19 countries to Taiwan. Emphasizes that Taiwan's government cultivates innovative entrepreneurial talent and encourages young people to participate in public affairs and propose new ideas and new industries for this era, to create the kind of world we want to live in together.
2018-10-28 Attends the 2018 Global Health Forum in Taiwan, explaining that under the New Southbound medical cooperation program, the administration comprehensively enhances medical cooperation and industry links with Asia-Pacific countries, and implements our “sharing and win-win" positioning, thus playing the role of an important member in the Asia-Pacific public health community.
2018-10-27 Attends the "OPEN DATA Crossover Cultural Night: Hip Hop at NPM", and states that the administration is committed to promoting open data to improve government transparency. Expresses hope that the administration will combine with private innovation to enhance the government's value-added application of open data, thus creating a win-win situation for the government and the people.
2018-10-26 Attends the "2018 Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Recipients Orientation and Welcome Party" and presents the First Distinguished Taiwan Alumni Award to honor those outstanding alumni who excel in their professional fields after studying in Taiwan and returning home. Encourages more outstanding foreign talents to come to Taiwan to study, intern and learn Chinese, and serve as cultural ambassadors for Taiwan and their respective countries.
2018-10-22 Attends the opening of the "FORMOSAT Satellite Exhibition" at the Office of President. States that the FORMOSAT Satellite marks a milestone in Taiwan's space technology. It not only brings scientific contents to the presidential office exhibit, but also demonstrates the government's resolve and support for the sustainable development of Taiwan's space technology.
2018-10-16 Issues remarks at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport upon his return from the Vatican. Highlights the trip's achievements and thanks Taiwanese business people and other expatriates for their hard work while living abroad, which reflects well on our country. Also thanks colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their dedicated efforts and the Holy See for giving him such a warm reception, which ensured a smooth and successful trip.
2018-10-14 Attends the canonization of Pope Paul VI and other blessed. Before the canonization ceremony, as the special envoy and head of our delegation, has an audience with Pope Francis, conveying congratulations and greetings from President Tsai Ing-wen, the government, the people, and the Catholic brethren of Taiwan. Also invites the pope to visit Taiwan if his schedule permits to bless the people of Taiwan, and receives the pope’s cordial and gracious response.
2018-10-13 Attends a mass to pray for Taiwan and world peace sponsored by the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference in Taiwan and the ROC Embassy to the Holy See at the Chapel of the Choir in St. Peter's Basilica. Then visits the Montecassino Abbey of the Order of Saint Benedict.
2018-10-12 Leads a delegation to Rome and visits the ROC Embassy to the Holy See and the Taipei Representative Office in Italy. Offers words of encouragement to the staff, and conveys greetings and thanks from President Tsai Ing-wen. Visits the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo and views portraits and artifacts of former popes, then prays the Rosary before a statue of the Virgin Mary in the Palace garden, seeking blessings for the world and the people of Taiwan.
2018-10-11 Embarks on a trip to the Holy See to attend the canonization of Pope Paul VI and other blessed. Delivers remarks before boarding the plane, explaining that the purpose of this visit is not only to express our congratulations on the canonization of Pope Paul VI and others, but also to pray for lasting peace in the world and across the Taiwan Strait, and for enduring diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Holy See.
2018-10-02 Attends a press conference to witness the signing of a NT$10 billion contract by the first domestic firm to win a bid for offshore wind power underwater foundation structures. Emphasizes that this signing was not only a cooperation between companies, but also an important milestone for Taiwan to promote its green energy industry, so that Taiwan will become a pioneer in offshore wind power in Asia.
2018-09-27 Attends the opening ceremony of the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress Plus Taipei, explaining that the government's policy goals are to create a favorable environment for investment, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Expresses hope that startup circles will take advantage of this critical juncture when the economy is recovering so that Taiwan industry can maintain its leading position.
2018-09-06 Attends the opening ceremony of the third World Congress of Taiwan Studies. States that while Taiwan is a responsible global citizen, international trading power, and beacon of democracy and human rights in Asia, we are also facing serious challenges and obstacles in the global arena. Expresses hope that through the Congress and the efforts of the participating scholars, the world will hear Taiwan's voice, and we can take our rightful place in the global village.
2018-09-05 Attends the opening of the 2018 ASPAC Annual Meeting. Expresses hope that the participants will explore new ideas and new ways to expand programs at science centers and museums, so that those institutions will play an important role in educating the public, and their programs will help incorporate the UN’s SDGs into our daily life, creating endless possibilities.
2018-08-27 Meets with a delegation led by Tuvalu Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Maatia Toafa and Mrs. Toafa. Thanks Tuvalu for its staunch support for Taiwan's international participation, and expresses hope that Tuvalu will continue to give Taiwan its utmost support in international venues in the future.
2018-08-21 Attends the founding ceremony for the Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals, noting that the government is committed to promoting sustainable development. Taiwan is never absent from efforts to address global warming and climate change. Expresses hope that all sectors will work together to contribute to global sustainable development.
2018-08-21 Attends the opening of the Review Meeting for the ROC's Initial Report under the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Explains the government's efforts in implementing the Convention, and thanks the international experts for their participation. Expresses hope that cooperating with the international community to prevent and fight corruption will show the world Taiwan’s efforts to promote clean and competent government.
2018-07-25 Attends the 2018 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking. Calls on all nations to give due importance to the human trafficking issue, strengthen cross-border cooperation, provide human rights guarantees, and recognize Taiwan's contributions to the international community so that Taiwan has more opportunities to participate in the activities of international organizations and make even greater contributions to the well-being of humankind.
2018-07-16 Attends the opening of the ROC’s Third Review and Presentation Meeting under CEDAW. Explains the government's efforts to instill the values that support human rights, and thanks the international experts for providing experiences from advanced countries, and working together to promote the substantive equality of women's rights and gender rights in Taiwan.
2018-07-03 Attends the “2018 Best Service in Taiwan” Award ceremony. Encourages the industry to integrate technology into their operations and cultivate talent to promote the Taiwan spirit and professional services abroad and create a quality brand image with Taiwanese character.
2018-06-28 Attends the closing ceremony of a summit on Taiwan’s future and Asian trends held by Business Today. Emphasizes that Taiwan has a great capacity for innovation, and the government is actively creating an investment-friendly environment. By amending the Statute for Industrial Innovation and Company Act, and promoting an action plan to optimize the investment environment for innovative enterprises, the government will encourage, support and cultivate the development of innovative enterprises, making Taiwan a hub for innovation in Asia and spreading innovation capabilities throughout the countries in Asia.
2018-06-22 Attends the groundbreaking ceremony in Yilan County for a long-term care center for seniors with dementia. Explains the government’s efforts and accomplishments in promoting the 10-year long-term care 2.0 plan, emphasizing that caring for the elderly is caring for our future. Expresses hope that the public and private sectors will work together so that more dementia patients and their families see that losing mental capacities doesn’t mean losing heart.
2018-06-21 Delivers remarks about the recently passed pension reform bill. Thanks military personnel, civil servants, and educators for showing forbearance for the good of the nation, and pulling together at a critical time to maintain pension system solvency so that Taiwan can set up a new pension system that will be sustainable for generations to come.
2018-06-05 Attends the opening of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. Emphasizes that the government will keep investing resources to help develop the ICT industry so that Taiwan technology will continue to have a global impact.
2018-05-31 Attends the opening ceremony for “Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40 U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979.” Thanks AIT for playing a key role in strengthening Taiwan-US relations for so many years. Expresses hope that both countries will build on their strong foundation to deepen bilateral relations through close cooperation.
2018-05-25 Attends the 2018 Africa Day Celebration and emphasizes that the termination of diplomatic ties with Burkina Faso will not sever Taiwan’s connection to Africa. States that we will continue to do our best to maximize mutual benefits for Taiwan and its African partners.
2018-05-23 Meets with St. Christopher and Nevis Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards. Thanks them for their country’s long-term support for Taiwan’s international participation. Emphasizes that exchanges and cooperation in technical and vocational education can become an important link between Taiwan and St. Christopher and Nevis.
2018-05-11 Attends a forum on agricultural technology and the 15th Annual Taiwan Golden Root Award ceremony. States that one of the government’s key policies is to transform the agricultural sector by introducing emerging technologies. Notes that the government has proposed a program to promote new agricultural innovations to strengthen Taiwan’s agriculture sector.
2018-05-10 Attends a celebration marking the International Nurses Day 2018. Praises nurses for providing quality medical treatment and healthcare to the people in Taiwan.  Emphasizes that the government will continue to improve the work environment, rights, and benefits of nurses, so that nursing can become a desirable career choice.
2018-05-05 Attends the Tomorrow Asia—2018 Asia Pacific Social Enterprise Summit. Explains government plans to promote social innovation action programs by integrating cross-ministry resources to assist the development of social innovations.
2018-04-30 Attends the opening of the 2018 Taiwan Railways of Popular Science, and expresses hope that the event will make students enthusiastic about and interested in science, and that students in rural areas can also have access to science activities to achieve true equality of educational opportunity.
2018-04-29 Attends the opening of New Southbound Policy Educational Exchanges Exhibition, and expresses hope that through educational cooperation and exchanges, Taiwan will utilize outstanding talent to jointly promote economic development and cultural progress in all the countries involved.
2018-04-18 Attends the opening of the 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan, emphasizing that the government will work together with the private sector to integrate cultural design into economic development, and pool interdisciplinary government resources through cross-ministerial collaboration to bring design creativity to public infrastructure, thus shaping new innovative applications and lifestyles. 
2018-04-11 Attends the 2018 Taiwan Town Brand Award presentation ceremony and states that going forward, instead of making hardware a priority, the government will take a cultural approach to strengthen the quality and character of local development, combining the strengths of all sectors to promote Taiwan's towns internationally, establish Taiwan's "global brand," and accelerate the upgrading and transformation of Taiwan's industrial sector.
2018-03-22 Attends the opening of Sourcing Taiwan 2018 in Taipei & New Southbound Partners’ Marketing Event, and expresses hope that Taiwan and its global trading partners can create a new cooperation model that seeks mutual benefits and win-win situations. This will enhance the world's confidence in Taiwanese products, and solidify Taiwan's status as an international sourcing center.
2018-03-21 Attends the launch ceremony for Google’s Intelligent Taiwan project, and expresses hope that Google will work with the government and industry to transform Taiwan into a digital nation and smart island.
2018-03-08 Attends an opening event for International Women's Day 2018, and expresses hope that the people of Taiwan will work in sync with the international community to promote gender equality.
2018-03-03 Attends the C2 SQUAD's Taiwan Crossover Music & Visual Arts Water Tank Project, lauds the exhibition as a concrete display of Taiwan's cultural vision, and invites everyone to experience this visual and aural feast created by Taiwan's new generation.
2018-03-01 Attends the 2018 Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony, where he stresses that the government will make an all-out effort to promote tourism and encourage tourism operators to take advantage of foreign markets targeted by the New Southbound Policy, and provide high-quality customized services to create more development opportunities and output value.
2018-02-12 Visits a mutual care association for family caregivers in Nantou County, and expresses hope that a better long-term care system will allow senior citizens to remain active and healthy while ageing in place.
2018-02-09 Meets with representatives from teams that won the 2017 National Biotechnology and Medical Care Award. Encourages the biotechnology industry to consolidate its foothold in the international market, and become the next trillion-dollar industry.
2018-02-04 Attends the 28th year-end banquet for people with special needs, thanks charity organizations for helping the government provide comprehensive services and protection for the underprivileged, and stresses that it’s the government’s responsibility to address and eliminate poverty in Taiwan.
2018-01-29 Attends the plaque unveiling ceremony marking the opening of elderly care stations set up by the Hakka Affairs Council, and expresses hope that those care stations will provide elderly Hakkanese with proper care so that in all Hakka communities, seniors can feel secure in old age, adults will have employment opportunities, and the young can grow in body and mind.
2018-01-17 Attends a forum marking the 10th anniversary of the Stanford-Taiwan Biomedical Fellowship Program and the launch of a medical device enterprise accelerator. Expresses hope that business startup and personnel cultivation plans will help to promote innovative development in the biomedical industry. 
2018-01-12 Meets with Vicar General Monsignor Mariano Fazio of Opus Dei, and stresses that Taiwan will continue to take concrete action to answer the Pope's call for international charitable work and humanitarian aid.
2018-01-11 Meets with representatives from certified “trusted brands” for 2017 and winners of the 18th National Gold Award for Architecture. Stresses that the government is actively implementing its housing policies and stepping up efforts to promote Taiwan's economic development. Encourages the award winners to continue to contribute to high-quality buildings and living environments.
2018-01-06 Attends inauguration ceremony for the Taiwanese Returned Expatriates Association, and thanks Taiwan's overseas compatriots for their staunch, longstanding support for the government and love for our fellow countrymen. Expresses hope that everyone will continue to contribute to progress, development and reform in Taiwan society.
2017-12-29 Attends the 2017 year-end press conference for the Presidential Office press corps, and explains the current state of pension reform and the achievements of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee. States that the government will continue to carry out various reforms and fulfill the public's mandate to make Taiwan a better, more progressive country.
2017-12-22 Attends an exhibition of outstanding Taiwan agricultural products, and emphasizes that agriculture is the cornerstone of national development that impacts national security, ecological conservation, and farmers' livelihood. Calls on the public to maintain and support local agricultural development, and do our part to contribute to this land.
2017-12-20 Meets recipients of the national awards for charity role models, and encourages the public to continue developing a spirit of charity and promote good works to nurture goodwill throughout society and make Taiwan better.
2017-12-17 Attends the award and sharing ceremony for the Youth Overseas Peace Corps, and encourages youth volunteers to share their own experiences and inspire their friends to join the overseas volunteer service, letting the whole world experience the power of Taiwan's youth and helping Taiwan make more friends.
2017-12-09 Attends a ceremony marking the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence Industry and Academia Alliance, and expresses hope that Taiwan's government, academic, business, and research communities will work together to expand AI technology and applications to more areas so that Taiwan can become an “intelligent island.”
2017-12-01 Attends the Guoguang Sports Medal and Sports Science Research Award Ceremony and expresses hope that in the future, talent selection, training and sports science will complement each other to create a comprehensive mechanism and spur new approaches to Taiwan's sports training and increase Taiwan's competitiveness in international sports competitions.
2017-11-17 Meets with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Praises the 6th Buddhist-Christian Colloquium for enriching the dialogue between different religions in Taiwan and promoting peace and goodwill. Expresses hope that more interreligious meetings will be held in Taiwan.
2017-11-11 Attends the opening ceremony of a conference for Taiwan’s outstanding environmental volunteers, praising their efforts and expressing hope that more people will follow in their path so that environmental protection concepts spread throughout Taiwan, making our country a model for Asia and the world.
2017-11-08 Attends the opening ceremony for the 2017 Institute of Environmental Engineering Annual Conference. Delivers an address emphasizing that the government will continue to promote environmental protection and children’s health.
2017-11-07 Attends the 19th National Golden Award for Architecture and the 14th National Brand YuShan Award ceremonies. Expresses hope that in the not so distant future, all architectural designs will make a major contribution to environmental sustainability.
2017-11-06 Attends a forum on air pollution control and prevention. Exchanges views with environmentalists and environmental protection groups in central Taiwan, emphasizing that the government is serious about tackling air pollution.
2017-11-01 Attends a youth forum that promotes innovation and creativity. Encourages young people to embrace entrepreneurial dreams and innovative thinking, have no fear of failure and be brave in challenging themselves, taking Taiwan to the next level.
2017-10-21 Attends a forum that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union. Expresses hope that the whole nation will work together for Taiwan’s environment, making Taiwan a beacon of environmental protection.
2017-10-18 Meets with a delegation from the 5th Pacific Islands Leadership Program and states that by training young leaders from the island nations, we are investing in our future and helping allied nations, thereby creating a sense of regional community.
2017-10-17 Meets with a delegation led by Indonesian Ulema Council head Kyai Haji Ma’ruf Amin, and states that the government and the private sector are committed to fostering a Muslim-friendly environment so that Muslims from around the globe can feel the goodwill and respect Taiwan has for Islamic culture.
2017-10-15 Attends a tree-planting ceremony in Daan Forest Park to raise public awareness about poverty. States that the government bears full responsibility to address poverty in Taiwan, and expresses hope that the private sector will work with the government to help those with limited resources to pursue their dreams and turn their lives around.
2017-10-11 Hosts a luncheon to welcome Republic of Honduras Second Vice President Ava Rossana Guevara Pinto and her husband Julio Cesar Gonzalez Cordova. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Honduras will continue working together to boost the well-being and economic prosperity of people in both countries.
2017-09-25 Attends the National Hakka Conference and Hakka Contribution Award Presentation Ceremony of Year 2017. Explains what the government has done and accomplished in promoting Hakka culture and heritage to make it sustainable while diversifying and enriching Taiwan.
2017-09-18 Attends the closing ceremony of the 5th Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference. Expresses hope that Taiwan’s young people, as well as youth in Southeast Asian nations, can all find their “life project” through exchanges and efforts under the New Southbound Policy.
2017-09-16 Attends the 4th National Cultural Heritage Conservation Award ceremony, congratulates group winners and individual recipients, and expresses his utmost respect to those devoted to cultural heritage preservation.
2017-09-10 Attends the Youth Summit and emphasizes that it’s essential for young people to participate in public policy. Encourages young people to make “life values” their premise, and “contributing to society” their starting point, to make public participation more meaningful.
2017-09-07 Attends the closing ceremony of the 2017 Bio Taiwan Committee organized by Executive Yuan’s Office of Science and Technology. Expresses hope that through cross-agency integration, comprehensive infrastructure and regulations, and more dynamic innovation, Taiwan’s biomedical industry will reach new milestones and usher in a new era.
2017-08-30 Attends the closing of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade and lauds all the athletes for challenging their own limits, and letting the world experience their positive energy. Expresses thanks to the people of Taiwan for actively supporting the event, showing the world that Taiwan has the ability to host international competitions and can be a great host.
2017-08-23 Visits Estelle Wilkerson Dementia Daycare Center and Nandain Community Development Association in Changhua County. Expresses hope that the public and government will work together to create senior-friendly communities, and through community care stations, create environments that allow senior citizens to remain active and healthy while ageing in place.
2017-08-09 Meets with a delegation of Taiwan’s team attending the 2017 Summer Deaflympics held in Samsun, Turkey. Praises the athletes for their efforts and notes that the government will continue to collaborate with the private sector to develop policies and systems that will transform Taiwan into an island with a thriving sports culture, enhancing Taiwan’s international image.
2017-07-28 Visits long-term care stations and child care centers in Kaohsiung City. He praises the local government for their efforts to encourage aging in place, and expresses hope that the public will work with the government to take care of senior citizens and children. He then visits a day care center and a community care station in Tainan City, encouraging the city government to continue promoting the Long-Term Care 2.0 Plan while incorporating local characteristics, thus becoming a bellwether of national long-term care efforts.
2017-07-14 Attends flag conferral ceremony for the Taiwan team that will take part in the 2017 Summer Deaflympics to be held in Samsun, Republic of Turkey. He confers a national flag and a team flag on our delegation, hoping the athletes transcend their limitations, reach new heights, and return in triumph.
2017-07-12 Attends the 2017 FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence awards ceremony and expresses hope that the central government, local governments and private enterprises will continue communicating and working together to make buildings that meet social needs and reflect Taiwan’s human-centered architecture.
2017-07-06 Attends the Industrial Technology Research Institute Laureates Award Ceremony and encourages the laureates to use their collective wisdom to continue making recommendations to the government, enhancing Taiwan’s industrial productivity and building a new innovation-driven economy.
2017-07-05 Visits a community rehabilitation station in Keelung City and stresses that the government will coordinate resources to integrate care management models to meet community needs and develop local, diversified, integrated services. He expresses hope that everyone will work together to ensure the health and quality life of our senior citizens.
2017-06-29 Attends the opening of Bio Taiwan 2017, and stresses that the government will provide resources and policy support to make the biotech industry the new engine of Taiwan's economic development, hoping that the industry can help provide many people with a better life, and spur regional industrial innovation.
2017-06-13 Attends the ninth Government Service Quality Award Ceremony, and urges civil servants to serve with passion, respond effectively to the public's needs, and provide effective and high-quality public services, working together to forge a brighter future.
2017-06-08 Attends activities marking World Oceans Day 2017—Restoration of Marine Habitats, and expresses hope that by making people more aware of the importance of cultivating national fishery resources, the conservation of natural habitats, and sustainable use, Taiwan can become a healthy, beautiful, and prosperous maritime country.
2017-06-02 Attends the launch ceremony for a children and youth education development fund, noting that no child's development opportunities should be limited by family economic conditions, and that it is the nation's responsibility to cultivate them so they can develop their limitless possibilities.
2017-06-01 Attends the inauguration of Taiwan Biotechnology Industry Alliance, and expresses hope that the government and private sector will work together to make Taiwan the hub of biomedical R&D in the Asia-Pacific region, and develop biomedicine into an NT-trillion-dollar industry.
2017-05-19 Interviewed by "Time" magazine and elaborates on Taiwan's contributions and achievements in global health and healthcare; urges that the World Health Organization abide by its constitution and universal application principle so that Taiwan can continue making contributions to global health-related activities.
2017-05-05 Attends the opening of 2017 Taipei Tourism Exposition and stresses that the government will deliver a new sustainable tourism strategy that aims to achieve five key objectives: diversifying tourism markets, promoting domestic travel, assisting industrial transformation, developing smart tourism, and enhancing tourism experience, all of which strive to upgrade and transform Taiwan's tourism.
2017-05-02 Elected as foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, indicating that the efforts and distinguished achievements made by Taiwan's researchers in their respective areas have been recognized in the international academic community.
2017-04-19 Delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of 2017 Creative Expo Taiwan and expresses hope that the Expo will serve as a platform for exchanges among cultural and creative enterprises in Taiwan and around the world, thereby further elevating Taiwan's cultural power and building up our country's soft power.
2017-03-29 Convenes an initial dialogue between representatives of groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue, to discuss the establishment of a platform for communication on values.
2017-03-02 Attends a ceremony marking the official opening of the Taoyuan Airport MRT, and bears witness to the formation of a one-hour rail link connecting Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan City into one metropolitan sphere.
2017-02-28 Attends the communion service entitled “Compassion and Justice-Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of 228 Incident,” and prays for the victims and their families; expresses hope that Taiwan can learn the lessons from the incident, walk toward reconciliation, and practice the transitional justice, so that this nation will become a paradise of justice and peace.
2017-01-25 Attends launch ceremony of the Center of Biomedical Industry Innovation Program.
2017-01-22 Presides over the National Congress on Pension Reform.
2017-01-16 Attends the opening ceremony of the international review committee meeting for the Second National Reports under the ICCPR and ICESCR.
2017-01-13 Attends the 2017 National Conference of University and College Presidents, and holds discussions with the participants.
2016-12-31 Accompanies President Tsai to attend a year-end press conference for the domestic and international news media.
2016-12-29 Convenes the 25th meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.
2016-12-25 Attends the launch ceremony of the Asian Silicon Valley Development Agency.
2016-11-11 Convenes the 24th meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.
2016-11-02 Convenes the first meeting of a task force to nominate candidates for vacancies in the fifth Control Yuan.
2016-10-28 Meets with Tuvalu Deputy Prime Minister Maatia Toafa.
2016-10-28 Meets with Kiribati Vice President Kourabi Nenem.
2016-10-10 Attends the ROC's 105th Double Tenth National Day Celebration.
2016-10-03 Accompanies President Tsai to meet with visiting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado and his wife.
2016-09-05 Meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
2016-09-05 Attends the canonization of Mother Teresa.
2016-09-02 Departs on a trip to the Holy See.
2016-08-31 Publishes an open letter on pension reform.
2016-08-26 Convenes the 23rd meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.
2016-08-18 Meets with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina Sanchez.
2016-08-13 Embarks on a trip to visit Dominican Republic.
2016-07-22 Convenes the 22nd meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.
2016-06-23 Convenes the first meeting of the Presidential Office Pension Reform Committee.
2016-06-15 Convenes the first task force meeting for selecting the ROC Grand Justices.
2016-05-20 Sworn in as the 14th-term Vice President.
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