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Vice President Lai
Vice President Lai

Dr. Lai Ching-te was born in 1959 in New Taipei City’s Wanli District. The son of a coal miner, his upbringing and medical training in empirical logic have given him the ability to understand and identify with the popular will and find tailor-made solutions, the foundations of a unique governing style that inspires public trust.

After receiving a B.S. from National Taiwan University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Lai completed the Post-Bachelor Program in Medical Science at National Cheng Kung University. He then obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, making him one of the few physicians in Taiwan with rehabilitation, clinical care, and public health expertise.

In 1994 when he was a chief resident at National Cheng Kung University Hospital and Taiwan was holding its first direct election for Taiwan provincial governor, Dr. Lai began his involvement in public affairs as the head of a Tainan physicians association supporting Chen Ting-nan (陳定南), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for governor.

During the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis, Dr. Lai decided to emulate his predecessors in the pursuit of democracy and gave up his medical career to enter politics. In the election for National Assembly representatives that year, he was the leading vote getter from Tainan City, and he set out on a historic mission to abolish the National Assembly.

In 1998, Dr. Lai was elected to the Legislative Yuan representing Tainan City. Leveraging his medical expertise, he played a dynamic role in the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee while addressing over 100,000 local issues. Dr. Lai put equal emphasis on professional governance and solid service, and Tainan citizens showed their appreciation by electing him to the legislature for four consecutive terms (1999-2010).

During his legislative tenure, Dr. Lai was named "Best Legislator" by Citizen Congress Watch, demonstrated leadership and coordination skills as the DPP caucus whip, and led delegations to Japan and the United States to conduct parliamentary diplomacy. He chaired the legislature’s bipartisan Health, Welfare and Environment Foundation and was also part of a lobby group promoting Taiwan’s World Health Organization (WHO) membership, making seven trips to 22 countries including Korea, Japan, the United States, and European Union member states. In 2004, Dr. Lai was also chosen to participate in the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

In 2010, Tainan County and Tainan City were merged to form the Tainan Special Municipality. Dr. Lai was elected as the first mayor, building a reputation for honest, diligent, and efficient government that became known as the Tainan New Deal. Running for re-election in 2014, Dr. Lai garnered 72.9% of the vote, the highest percentage in Tainan history, and the highest for any county or city head since the lifting of martial law in 1987.

As mayor from 2010 to 2017, Dr. Lai also actively promoted city diplomacy, working closely with Japan’s government, National Diet, and private sector to promote exchanges and sister-city agreements, enhancing substantive ties in culture, tourism, sports, agriculture, and disaster relief. In 2014, he met with State Department and National Security Council officials responsible for Asia-Pacific affairs for topical discussions in Washington, DC.

In keynote speeches delivered in English at the Henry L. Stimson Center and Project 2049 Institute that same year, he cited the DPP’s achievements using the letters of the party’s English abbreviation: Democracy, Peace, and Prosperity. He was also invited by the Israeli government to attend the 2016 International Mayors Conference in Israel, and he was the only mayor representing an Asian city in attendance that year. In 2017, he visited Washington, DC once again to hold in-depth discussions with experts from well-known think tanks about the Indo-Pacific situation, US-China relations, and the international trade regime following the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Taking on new leadership responsibilities in troubling times, Dr. Lai served as Taiwan’s premier from 2017 to 2019. His practical, results-oriented Cabinet adopted five key policy goals, setting out to promote: Taiwanese culture, the Green Silicon Island and smart digital nation concepts, a just society, and national well-being. His term of office also saw solid progress in achieving his vision of providing peaceful lives and employment security, sustainability, and balanced development throughout Taiwan.

In May of 2019, Dr. Lai traveled to Japan to deliver a speech to the House of Representatives on Taiwan-Japan relations during the Reiwa reign of Japan's new emperor Naruhito. He also held talks with dozens of parliamentarians and secretaries from various political parties, emphasizing that new international conditions make Taiwan-Japan cooperation under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy essential.

In November of 2019, as the anti-extradition movement roiled Hong Kong, Taiwan was in a key strategic location in the first island chain defending Asian democracy. With democratic institutions threatened like never before, Dr. Lai accepted President Tsai Ing-wen’s invitation to be her vice-presidential running mate in the following year’s election. Working on the front lines to consolidate Taiwan’s democratic system, he campaigned for the DPP candidates island-wide and defended Taiwan’s democracy, helping President Tsai win re-election and the DPP retain a legislative majority. The Tsai-Lai ticket rode to victory with a record-high of 8.17 million votes.

In February 2020 Dr. Lai accepted an invitation to the 68th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, becoming the highest-ranking official from Taiwan to attend since official diplomatic relations were severed 41 years ago while opening a new chapter in Taiwan-US relations. In May, Dr. Lai was officially sworn in as the 15th-term Vice President.

2021-10-30 Attends the opening ceremony of a forum on the transition to net-zero emissions by the year 2050. States that the transition to net-zero emissions is also a transition to equality, and must give equal consideration to economic development, social equality, and environmental protection in its implementation. Expresses hope that everyone will work together toward those goals.
2021-10-29 Travels to Taitung to visit custard apple production and marketing groups in Beinan and Taimali townships, and invites the business community to take concrete action to support farmers. Says that Taiwan should not rely on a single market in the future, and that industry must be transformed and upgraded while adopting a more diverse and long-term marketing approach. Visits the Taitung Tourism Night Market in the evening, uses Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers to buy local snacks, and encourages everyone to work together to stimulate Taiwan's economy.
2021-10-28 Attends the International Gay Sports and Equality Discussion Forum, and emphasizes that equality in sports is a global trend that Taiwan has a responsibility to promote while engaging with the international community. Notes that Taiwan will host the Asia Pride Games in 2022, and expresses hope that the event will help the international community see Taiwan's diverse values and culture as well as our achievements in gender equality.
2021-10-17 Attends the Taiwanese Cultural Association centennial, and expresses appreciation for the profound impact that founder Chiang Wei-shui (蔣渭水) and his contributions have had on Taiwan over the past 100 years. Expresses hope that everyone will work together to strengthen Taiwanese identity, our determination to protect Taiwan, our belief in freedom, democracy, and human rights, Taiwan's role as a protector of peace in the Indo-Pacific region, and Taiwan's confidence.
2021-10-06 Delivers recorded remarks at the opening of the Taiwan AI Academy Annual Conference & Technology Review Forum. States that Taiwan and all other democratic countries are facing threats posed by technological authoritarianism, and that protecting universal rights and democratic values will be at the core of future innovation. Asserts that we must remain vigilant of this important issue in order to prevent AI and smart technology from being used as a tool to oppress ethnic minorities, infringe on personal privacy, and trample civil liberties.
2021-10-02 Delivers a speech to the Harvard Taiwanese Cultural Society via video, discussing Taiwan's future development by looking at our democratic pandemic response. Shares Taiwan's achievements in controlling the pandemic, and states that the government is making every effort to address the challenges of China's geopolitical threat, the coming age of smart technology, and achieving net-zero emissions. Expresses hope that more Taiwanese from different generations and areas of expertise can continue working together to build a stronger Taiwan and make Taiwan an even greater country.
2021-09-30 After making an online vaccination appointment, visits the gymnasium at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine to receive a second shot of the domestically produced Medigen COVID-19 vaccine.
2021-09-29 Accompanies President Tsai to attend a party in honor of Taiwan's Paralympic athletes. Praises the Paralympic delegation for turning in outstanding performances and overcoming many obstacles, leaving the people of Taiwan deeply moved and inspiring all those in Taiwan living with disabilities.
2021-09-29 Travels to Tainan to celebrate the launch of a project for research and development in compound semiconductors, and witnesses the signing of an MOU on cooperation in the project between the Industrial Technology Research Institute and the Tainan City Government. Commends the project for leveraging the competitive strengths of southern Taiwan's auto parts industry and the added value of compound semiconductors, saying that this will drive development not just in Tainan City and southern Taiwan, but in all of Taiwan, making our nation more globally competitive.
2021-09-24 Attends a summit on carbon capture and a ceremony marking the launch of Taiwan's first carbon-negative demonstration factory, and asserts that we all have a stake in the effort to address climate change. Says that Taiwan must turn challenges into opportunities to bolster our efforts, while drafting and implementing pragmatic plans to achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 so that Taiwan can stand tall on the world stage.
2021-09-23 Delivers recorded remarks at a conference on healthcare and health insurance, and states that the government is drawing up fair and reasonable mid to long-term reforms of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system. Says that NHI coverage and payments will be reformed along with the national healthcare system, integrating the public health network with NHI resources to increase coverage and improve the efficiency and quality of medical services.
2021-09-20 Delivers recorded remarks at the Taiwanese Association of America's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Emphasizes that deepening Taiwan-US relations is of utmost importance to our government, and expresses hope for further increasing bilateral economic, social, and cultural exchanges. Calls on Taiwanese expatriates in the US to work with our government so that Taiwanese living abroad can take unreserved pride in their homeland.
2021-09-10 Accompanies President Tsai to attend the 16th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Listens to reports and presides in lieu of President Tsai, expressing his approval for the reconciliation reached between the indigenous communities of the Skaru watershed and national land management authorities. Says that, given its size, Taiwan would be a more harmonious place if people throughout this land could display the spirit and open-mindedness of this Sbalay reconciliation ceremony.
2021-09-01 Accompanies President Tsai to attend a celebration in honor of Taiwan's Olympic athletes. Says that their performances in Tokyo were Taiwan's best ever at an Olympic Games, winning medals in more events than ever before and uniting people across the nation. Thanks the athletes for their many years of intensive training and for their outstanding performances that help raise Taiwan's international profile.
2021-08-30 Attends a ceremony marking the launch of Taiwan+, a new international multimedia streaming platform. States that the government is actively promoting the Bilingual Nation policy to improve the level of English proficiency in Taiwan and make our country more competitive. Says that this English-language multimedia platform will help bring Taiwan's viewpoints and stories to the world, letting the world see the real Taiwan.
2021-08-27 After making an online vaccination appointment, goes to the gymnasium at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine to receive a shot of the domestically produced Medigen COVID-19 vaccine.
2021-08-21 Attends an international forum on social prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and states that the practice of social prescribing can mitigate the alienation created by rigorous public health measures during pandemics. Expresses hope that international exchanges of expertise will strengthen cooperation and facilitate joint efforts to address the pandemic.
2021-08-21 Delivers recorded remarks by video at an online press conference and event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a center for missing senior citizens established by the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly. Praises the center for the many contributions it has made over the years, while noting that Taiwan is an ageing society and is expected to become a super-aged society by 2025, highlighting the urgent need to build systems to locate seniors who have gone missing. Expresses hope that the government can strengthen cooperation with civic organizations to help all families feel happy and content.
2021-08-10 Attends press conference for the world premiere of Seqalu: Formosa 1867 on Taiwan's Public Television Service, a landmark series in national television history. Says that by familiarizing audiences with events in Taiwan's history, the series will help us be more accepting of different ethnic groups. States that Taiwan's story is one of diversity, and that our country's television and film industries are capable of outstanding work that will draw international attention to Taiwan and make us all proud of our nation.
2021-07-21 Addresses the opening of the BIO Asia-Taiwan 2021 conference via video. Expresses hope that this event will highlight Taiwan's achievements in pandemic prevention and biomedical technology, advance cooperation toward the development of Asia's biomedical industry, and help Taiwan play a more active role in the global biomedical industry while contributing to the health and wellbeing of people around the world.
2021-07-13 Addresses an online event hosted by the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) celebrating United States Independence Day and bidding farewell to outgoing AIT Director Brent Christensen. Affirms cooperation between Taiwan and the US, which is steadily taking our bilateral relations to new heights, and thanks Director Christensen for his outstanding contributions to Taiwan-US ties over the past three years. Expresses hope that Director Christensen will continue to support Taiwan wherever he goes in the future. 
2021-05-12 Addresses the Taiwan Medical Association, saying that at this critical time, as Taiwan faces a spike in COVID-19 community transmission, our health professionals are standing on the front lines and protecting the health of the nation by swiftly and effectively diagnosing and treating patients. Calls on the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by diligently following the measures announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center. Encourages those prioritized for vaccination to promptly get vaccinated, and calls on everyone to remain united so that we can overcome this challenge.
2021-05-06 Attends a forum entitled “Declining Birth Rate in Taiwan: Countermeasures and Perspectives,” and announces that the government will launch new initiatives in August to expand affordable education and care services, double child-rearing allowances, and lower child care and education fees. States that the Executive Yuan has already approved three major new policies to expand subsidies and eligibility for infertility (in vitro fertilization) treatments, increase the number and types of subsidized obstetric examinations, and increase subsidies for parents who take unpaid parental leave. Calls for all parts of society to work together and to provide suggestions on how to address Taiwan's declining birth rate.
2021-05-01 Attends the 10th Florence Nightingale Awards Ceremony, and thanks nurses for their hard work and sacrifices. Asks nurses to remain focused on their disease prevention work, because Taiwan needs medical professionals standing on the front lines. Calls on members of the public to facilitate disease prevention work by cooperating with measures to combat COVID-19, thereby ensuring our common safety.
2021-04-27 Attends the EU-Taiwan Health Forum, and states that Taiwan is an integral part of the global public health network and can help other countries to combat the pandemic, realizing the spirit of our slogan "Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping." Says that we should start preparing for the post-COVID-19 era, and that as national borders are re-opened, more opportunities will be created for Taiwan and European countries to deepen cooperation.
2021-04-24 Welcomes American Institute in Taiwan Taipei Office Director Brent Christensen and other foreign representatives in Taiwan to Chiayi County to visit the Tfuya historic trail and the Tapangu Village of Alishan. Explains that the Tfuya trail is among the most culturally and historically significant trails used by the Tsou tribe. Expresses pleasure in leading foreign guests to explore Taiwan's mountains and forests, engage with indigenous peoples, and experience the culture and warmth of the Tsou tribe.
2021-04-22 Attends a book launch and roundtable discussion for How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates. States that Taiwan cannot avoid facing up to the possibility of climate disaster, and must actively participate in efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Says that Taiwan must make sincere efforts toward reaching net-zero carbon emissions, draw up a pragmatic policy response, and be steadfast in resolving problems in order to move toward national sustainability.
2021-04-21 Attends the opening ceremony for the trade show 2021 Touch Taiwan, and witnesses the founding of the Smart Display Industrial Alliance. Expresses hope that Taiwan will make the most of the new 5G era by leveraging artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, virtual reality, and 8K resolution technology to become a key player in the development of innovative solutions for the smart display industry, thereby advancing our progress toward becoming a smart nation.
2021-04-21 Attends an awards ceremony for excellence in construction site management, and states that the derailment of the Taroko Express No. 408 highlighted the important role of construction site managers. Says that the government is determined to resolve problems facing the construction industry and enact reform. States that this administration will cooperate with local authorities to address systematic deficiencies and ensure that supervision, management, and inspections are all properly carried out. Calls on all construction firms to comprehensively oversee the key areas of quality, safety, environmental protection, timescale management, and costs.
2021-04-17 Attends a memorial service in Hualien for victims of the Taroko Express No. 408 accident of April 2, 2021. Offers incense and flowers for the deceased, and expresses sincere sympathy and condolences to their families.
2021-04-15 Accompanies President Tsai to attend the 15th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee, and then presides over the meeting in lieu of the president. Expresses hope that the Ministry of the Interior, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, and local governments will formulate overall plans and implement solutions for land use issues, which are of the utmost concern to indigenous peoples. Asks them to visit indigenous communities often to explain their national land allocation policies, so that local governments can adequately meet indigenous communities' land use needs and realize the spirit of the National Land Planning Act. 
2021-04-11 Travels to Baishatun Gongtian Temple in Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, to attend the seating of a statue of the goddess Mazu in a palanquin and the start of the Mazu pilgrimage, demonstrating the importance the government attaches to this annual pilgrimage as a part of Taiwan's cultural heritage. Expresses his wish for a smooth pilgrimage, favorable weather, and the health and well-being of the Taiwanese people.
2021-04-04 Travels to Hualien to visit passengers hospitalized after the derailment of the Taroko Express No. 408. Calls on doctors and hospital staff to do everything they can to treat the injured and help them return home in good health. At a funeral hall, offers incense and pays respect to those who died in the accident.
2021-03-30 Attends the launch of the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble together with Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. and First Lady Valerie Whipps, and encourages Taiwanese to visit Palau to enjoy its scenic beauty. Expresses hope that the two countries will continue to advance bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the future. 
2021-03-27 Takes part in a hike along Laonong River in southern Taiwan. Emphasizes that hiking historic trails is one of the best ways to stay healthy, and expresses hope that the day's hike encourages citizens to pay more attention to their health and take part in a series of hikes that he has been promoting.
2021-03-20 Visits the Taitung Indigenous Cultural and Creative Industries Park (TTICC) and the Bai-Chung-Ren Foodstuff Company, and expresses praise and support for young indigenous people who return to their hometowns to start businesses and promote traditional culture. Visits the TTstyle Wave House and attends a concert celebrating the 80th anniversary of Guoben Farm in Taitung County. Expresses hope that we can all work together to provide youth in Taiwan's rural areas the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
2021-03-19 Attends the opening ceremony for an Asia University seminar on opportunities and prospects for digital learning in the post-pandemic era. States that digital learning has become the new normal, so we should adapt to it as soon as possible, and that in addition to using digital learning to offer international curricula and turn universities into international institutions, we can also use it to resolve problems in remote areas such as ageing populations and falling birth rates.
2021-03-17 Attends the 2021 Wealth Magazine Wealth Management Award Ceremony, and emphasizes that climate change and efforts to reach carbon neutrality are key trends in future global development. States that with the restructuring of industrial supply chains driven in no small part by carbon reduction considerations, Taiwanese companies taking part in this process urgently need support from the financial sector. Says that by using financial management to direct private funds in support of Taiwan's development, financial institutions can benefit all parties involved.
2021-03-07 Attends the High School Basketball League (HBL) girls' division third-place playoff at the Taipei Arena and cheers on the competitors. Calls on Taiwanese to support the HBL so that high school students can pursue their dreams and demonstrate their abilities.
2021-03-06 Attends the launch of the book The Embroidery Collection of Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven) and a ceremony to mark the opening of a facility for the preservation of cultural artifacts. Notes that Tainan is rich in history and culture, and observes that cultural artifacts, as important and valuable parts of living religious history, can show us how religious festivals and rituals have evolved in Tainan over the past century. Calls on everyone to carefully preserve these artifacts and continue to pass them on to future generations so that the people of Taiwan can identify with and take pride in their culture.
2021-02-28 In response to the Chinese government's banning imports of Taiwanese pineapples on spurious grounds, attends a press conference announcing government coordination to promote the purchase of domestically grown pineapples by food processing firms. Noting that pineapples are both nutritious and delicious, states that local governments are collaborating with the Council of Agriculture to diversify export markets, and says that as long as we remain united, we can turn this difficult situation into an opportunity for Taiwanese farmers to enjoy even greater assurances of success.
2021-02-28 At a memorial service for victims of the 228 Incident and the Lin family murders, notes that President Tsai has actively pursued transitional justice since taking office in 2016. Observes that her administration has passed the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice and the Political Archives Act, and has established the Transitional Justice Commission, the National Human Rights Commission, and the National Human Rights Museum. Says that these measures demonstrate to Taiwanese society the government's will to thoroughly and critically reflect on the past, build the nation upon human rights principles, and let everyone in Taiwan live safely.
2021-02-26 Accompanies President Tsai to attend the First General Assembly of the Eighth General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC), and is elected as the GACC's new vice chairperson, a role in which he will work to enhance Taiwan's cultural power.
2021-02-19 At a press conference marking the launch of E.SUN Commercial Bank's ESG and sustainability initiative, observes that the effects of climate change are felt across the globe, and that Taiwan, as a member of the international community, cannot sit on the sidelines. Says that the government takes the issue of sustainable development very seriously, and that its use of national policies to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change is not just in line with what the international community is calling for, but can also spur industrial upgrading and economic transformation.
2021-02-17 Visits Adimmune Corporation, Medigen Vaccine Biologics, and United Biomedical. Says that Taiwan must find its own way to manage the pandemic, and notes that the government has taken concrete actions to support domestic companies, including by issuing emergency use authorizations (EUA) and by providing subsidies and making advance procurements during the R&D stage, so that domestic vaccine makers can focus on developing and manufacturing vaccines. Expresses hope that their vaccine production can ensure the nation's safety.
2021-02-10 Visits the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) Mobile Business Group to express appreciation for CDC staff members and those on duty at the CHT Mobile Business Group's 1922 Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline. Thanks everyone for working through the Lunar New Year holiday to protect Taiwan and our public health.
2021-02-09 At a high-level national security meeting, is asked by President Tsai to jointly lead a project with former Vice President Chen Chien-jen to study and assess the Nipah virus and how diseases develop, and to provide early deployment guidance to the administration with assistance from Academia Sinica and the National Health Research Institutes.
2021-02-04 Attends the opening of a new Google office complex in Banqiao. Notes that the complex is Google's largest hardware R&D base in the world outside of its headquarters, and is set to be a global innovation hub for the company's artificial intelligence, software, and hardware technologies. Thanks Google, an important business in Taiwan, for increasing its investments here, and expresses confidence that the company will help Taiwan achieve steady progress toward our goal of smart digital transformation.
2021-02-01 Attends a ceremony marking the establishment of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU), and calls on NYCU to cultivate cross-disciplinary talent and play a key role in the post-pandemic world. Encourages NYCU to target development in smart healthcare and precision medicine in order to drive progress in Taiwan and live up to the high expectations the nation has for the university.
2021-01-30 Attends the opening ceremony for an exhibit marking the centennial of a petition movement to establish a Taiwanese parliament. States that the movement laid the foundation for democracy and the rule of law in Taiwan, spurring wave after wave of democratic progress over the last century. Adds that we should cherish our democratic accomplishments, uphold regional peace and security, and assist in the development of international society to honor the contributions that our venerable predecessors made to our homeland.
2021-01-29 Attends Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) press conference. Commends the animal welfare organization for its compassion, and calls on Taiwanese to cherish animals through their actions by adopting pets rather than buying them, and loving them instead of abandoning them. Encourages the public to visit animal shelters to spend time with animals, and says that if everyone cherished animals more, Taiwanese society would be even better.
2021-01-26 Meets the winners of the 21st National Gold Award for Architecture and Taiwan Trusted Brands. Praises the numerous contributions of the award-winning firms, which have not just constructed buildings, but also improved architectural expertise and living environments while acting as a positive force to promote social progress.
2021-01-18 Visits an exhibition of artifacts from more than a century of the Baishatun Mazu pilgrimage, and states that the pilgrimage is a unique, independent, local, and intangible cultural asset protected by the state. Points out that the mutual trust, assistance, and encouragement among participants in the pilgrimage highlights their selfless devotion and the abundant goodwill of Taiwanese society.
2021-01-15 Attends the 4th Hit AI & Blockchain Summit, and emphasizes that for Taiwan, this new era presents opportunities that we must boldly embrace. States that the government will continue to cultivate talent, encourage innovation, offer funding, and forge international connections so that Taiwan can play a key role in the coming age of smart technology. 
2021-01-04 Attends the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry's 2021 annual meeting. In keeping with the meeting theme, “Crossing Disciplines, Breaking New Ground,” encourages the biomedical sector and government to work together in the post-COVID-19 era to protect public health, develop domestic industry, and help the international community.
2020-12-29 Accompanies President Tsai to the 14th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee in his capacity as a member and deputy convener of the Committee.
2020-12-27 Visits Hsinchu for an event marking the Shigen Historic Trail section of the Raknus Selu Trail, organized by the Hakka Affairs Council and the Taiwan Thousand Miles Trail Association. Encourages all Taiwanese to promote exercise and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, as well as develop personal exercise habits, and says that as long as our citizens are healthy, Taiwan will naturally be healthy too.
2020-12-25 Attends the Taipei Co-Space 2021 Turning Point startup festival, and praises the enthusiasm, innovative thinking, and abundant energy of the start-up teams. Encourages them to use their current achievements as momentum for the next stage of development, redouble their efforts, and forge a brighter future.
2020-12-23 Attends the opening ceremony for the second joint conference of directors and supervisors at the 28th Congress of the Asia Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce. States that the government has made extensive preparations to address post-COVID-19 economic development, including by recruiting and promoting national teams for five major initiatives promoting high-end R&D and manufacturing, semiconductor R&D and manufacturing, 5G technology, offshore wind power, and precision medicine. Welcomes domestic firms to return to Taiwan to invest and become members of the national teams working to develop our country.   
2020-12-10 Attends a book launch for The Romantic Road to Democracy: A Biography of Lei Chen, at which he commemorates Mr. Lei's sacrifices and contributions to Taiwan's democracy, and expresses hope for continuing to protect and strengthen Taiwan's democracy so that it can shine internationally. Also hopes that Taiwan's story will inspire people in areas still seeking democracy and freedom, giving them the strength to continue their quest and hold fast to their ideals.
2020-12-03 Attends the 2020 Taiwan Investment Summit Forum. Expresses hope that the venture capital sector and the government will work together to support Taiwan's innovative industries so they can thrive. Says that such support will also help Taiwan's enterprises expand globally, allowing the country to continue to improve and providing our citizens with more secure lives and gainful employment.
2020-11-24 Visits the Intelligent Manufacturing Pilot Productions Site and the Global Smart Machinery Development Center, where he encourages the enterprises to take the impact as a driving force and turn crises into opportunities when faced with changes in Taiwan's geopolitical landscapes, shifts in industry chains, and even challenges brought by COVID-19. As long as we stick and work together, production and manufacturing in the machinery industry will be more precise and efficient, and Taiwan's industry will get even better in the future.
2020-11-23 Accompanies President Tsai to attend the first advisory conference for the 2030 Bilingual Nation policy. Receives briefings and exchanges views with the advisors. States that in the future process of building a bilingual nation, we can help children, especially those in remote areas, to learn through "digital learning."
2020-11-21 Accompanies President Tsai to attend the 2020 Presidential Office Concert, "Dawn‧Kaohsiung" at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), joining the public for a musical feast. Expresses hope that the sound of Taiwan will inspire the world.
2020-11-17 Attends the closing ceremonies of the 2020 Conference of the Overseas Community Affairs Council via video. Emphasizes that the government is actively working to adopt policies regarding land, utilities, manpower, taxes, and financing and attract mainland China-based Taiwanese businesses back to Taiwan. Expresses hope that the other side of the Strait will heed Taiwan's voice. Under the principles of parity and dignity, we are willing to work together to facilitate meaningful dialogue and maintain stability and peace in the region. Also expresses hope that leaders from overseas Chinese communities will continue to follow through on their original commitment to supporting Taiwan so that the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to shine in the international arena.
2020-11-13 Attends the opening ceremony of the 2020 AI Academy's annual conference, where he praises the Taiwan AI Academy for assisting the enterprises in submitting questions to schools and bringing back answers to the industrial community. Also, emphasizes that in the process of developing science and technology, we must pay due attention to democracy, human rights, freedom, and cybersecurity issues. These are all the areas where we must seek to progress.
2020-11-03 Attends the beam raising ceremony for the urban renewal reconstruction project of the Weiguan Jinlong Building in Tainan, where he states that the 2016 earthquake was Tainan's most devastating calamity in nearly a century. We will not forget the pain, while our beloved family members will always be remembered. We will show the community Tainan City's solidarity and fortitude, and give the residents the opportunity to bravely rise to their feet at the same place, taking away the storm clouds covering the sun and offering the residents a promising future.
2020-10-27 Attends a seminar on the application of artificial intelligence to 25 years’ worth of health data collected by Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program. Encourages the National Health Insurance Administration and the relevant agencies to continue working with industry and the medical community to properly utilize medical claim and medical imaging data collected over the years to improve the quality of Taiwan’s healthcare and disease treatments, and jointly promote the development of smart healthcare and precision medicine.
2020-10-13 Attends the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS) 2020 opening ceremony, and thanks the textile industry for joining forces with the government to help fight COVID-19. With the joint efforts of the textile industry, pandemic prevention materials have become an emerging industry, demonstrating Taiwan's adaptability. Expresses hope that under the concept of "Asia's high-end manufacturing and R&D center," the government and textile industry will work together so that the textile industry can make even greater progress and grow even stronger.
2020-10-08 Addresses the 2020 Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation and Progress, where he explains Taiwan’s development in public health, technology, and democracy, and expresses hope that developments in these areas will bring about even greater contributions to Asia. Also emphasizes that Taiwan is willing and able to more actively participate in regional partnerships, and looks forward to continue expanding our engagement with countries around the world to jointly create a more resilient future. 
2020-10-07 Accompanies President Tsai to former President Lee Teng-hui's burial service to pay his last respects.
2020-09-29 Participates in the "Taiwan Biotech Industries Development Strategy Forum," where he expresses hope that Taiwan's biotech industries will be more resilient and become the next trillion-NT-dollar industry, and that the biomed industry will work together with ICT industries to create a "Healthy Taiwan."  
2020-09-19 Attends the 9th Nightingale Award Ceremony, where he praises the nurses' spirit of sacrifice and dedication, thanks them for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expresses his hope that our citizens will appreciate the services of our nurses, respecting their professionalism and recognizing their efforts.
2020-09-18 Hosts a dinner banquet for the Japanese delegation attending former President Lee Teng-hui's memorial service, and thanks former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori for leading the delegation to Taiwan to commemorate former President Lee. Also expresses hope that Taiwan and Japan will continue to strengthen cooperative relations, fostering bilateral friendship and safeguarding peace and democracy in the Indo-Pacific region together. 
2020-09-11 Heads for Jianshih township in Shinchiu County and visits Qalang Smangus for two days to participate in the "2020 Smangus Harvest Festival" celebrations and to witness the spirit and love reflected in the Tayal people's symbiotic relationship with nature. Hikes a forest trail the next day, experiencing the beauty of the tribal forest and listening to the needs of local indigenous tribes, hoping to achieve true justice for indigenous peoples.  
2020-09-11 Participates in the "Hacks In Taiwan Conference, HITCON 2020," and states that he looks forward to working with hackers in the information security field to maintain Taiwan's information security and promote our information industries together. 
2020-09-03 Accompanies President Tsai Ing-wen as she confers the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon posthumously on late Czech Senate President Jaroslav Kubera and meets with incumbent Senate President Miloš Vystrčil at the Presidential Office. Also attends a banquet held by the Czech delegation in the evening, expressing hope that Taiwan and Czech will continue to cooperate and work together for global democracy. 
2020-08-30 Attends a volunteer repair team's home renovation completion ceremony in Shizi Township, Pingtung County, where he states that this is the first successful cooperation project between Pingtung and Tainan counties. Expresses hope that there will be more opportunities for cooperation to benefit the underprivileged. Also expresses hopes that our citizens will maintain altruistic beliefs like this and expand their efforts to more locations. 
2020-08-24 Attends a Transitional Justice Commission press conference marking the exoneration of Tu Hsiao-sheng and Liao Li-chuan, where he states that pursuing transitional justice is something that all ethnic groups in Taiwan must address together. Also says that to face the future, Taiwan must be united, and encourages people from all walks of life to work together with the government to respond to challenges of all kinds so that the nation will continue to make progress.
2020-08-21 Participates in the "TAIWAN is Helping: Comprehensive AI x Disease Prevention online forum—Future Disease Prevention", where he states that for future disease prevention, technology and public health should develop in tandem, combining electronic technology, biotechnology and AI. Also reminds citizens that in facing the challenges of the pandemic, they should follow the Central Epidemic Command Center's instructions so that we can successfully fight its spread. 
2020-08-19 Presides over a meeting of the Funeral Committee for former President Lee Teng-hui and issues the following directives: 1. The state funeral will be conducted by state institutions, respect the opinions of the Lee family, and be based on the principles "out with the old, in with the new" and "honest and natural"; 2. The Presidential Office has communicated with family members over the past few days to coordinate decisions that have been made, and will respect the results of those discussions accordingly; 3. To maintain the dignity of the state funeral and show respect for former President Lee, security tasks should be given special attention in conducting the ceremony; 4. The Presidential Office and the Lee family will continue to communicate and further promote the idea of a memorial library in honor of former President Lee. 
2020-08-17 Heads for Fuli township in Hualien County and visits the St. Andrew Training Center for the Disabled, the Yi Feng Gardens, and Father Yves Moal's resource recycling center. States that he will assist President Tsai implement justice for indigenous peoples and ensure that their demands are taken seriously. Then visits the Yu Dong Carpenter at Yudong Junior High School to gain a first-hand understanding of rural education issues, encourage students to put the techniques they have learned to good use and find their own path in life.  
2020-08-16 Heads for Yuli township in Hualien County and visits indigenous elders to understand the results of government efforts to improve the home sanitation facilities of economically disadvantaged tribal elders in Hualien and Taitung counties. Then attends the Harawan tribe's Rice Harvest Festival and the Tafalong tribe's Ilisin Festival to experience traditional Amis culture. Emphasizes that the government will continue to show support for the tribes and provide better venues for cultural events to ensure that indigenous cultures are fully protected. Stays overnight in Hualien. 
2020-08-11 Hosts a luncheon for US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and his delegation. States that Mr. Azar's trip marks the highest level visit to Taiwan by a US cabinet official since 1979, showing substantive progress in Taiwan-US relations. Expresses hope that after the signing of an MOU on health cooperation, the two countries will work together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and defeat the virus.
2020-08-11 Accompanies President Tsai Ing-wen to pay tribute to former President Lee Teng-hui at Taipei Guest House. Pens a personal tribute: "Heartfelt thanks for your contributions to Taiwan" in memory of former President Lee's efforts on behalf of the nation and society.
2020-07-31 Meets with the winners of the 20th Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and fondly recalls Mr. Democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui, and his selfless commitment and contributions that helped Taiwan’s democratic development. Because the volunteer spirit can only be fully realized under a democratic system, one could say that former President Lee is Taiwan’s greatest volunteer. 
2020-07-28 Attends a Digital National Competitiveness-Talent Circulation Alliance Industrial Exchanges Tour event in Kaohsiung, where he states that as a result of Industry 4.0 the world has entered a new digital era that he hopes will help industrial upgrading and talent cultivation in southern Taiwan. Also expresses hope that the Great South, Great Development plan will enhance the nation’s digital competitiveness, benefitting people in southern Taiwan and the whole country. 
2020-07-23 Attends the Workshop on Strategies of Climate Emergency, where he states that everyone can play an active and essential role in responding to climate change. Reducing carbon emissions and disaster prevention are not just policies, but are also industries in their own right. In addition to learning from our experiences in facing disaster, we must also be prepared and proactive. The government should cooperate with enterprises and learn from them to form a public-private partnership, which will surely drive the growth of new industries.
2020-07-22 Addresses the BIO Asia–Taiwan 2020 Conference via video, and emphasizes that Taiwan's success in containing COVID-19 has attracted worldwide attention and the key factors in that success were: prudent action, rapid response, and early deployment. Looking ahead, Taiwan will develop the biomedical industry, making it a new source of momentum for Taiwan's economy while making Taiwan a benchmark country in precision health, and using science and technology to prevent pandemics.
2020-07-15 Visits the Taipei Orphan Welfare Foundation and states that citizens will start to receive their Triple Stimulus Vouchers that day, and that no matter how people use them, they will help revitalize Taiwan’s economy. Encourages citizens to turn Triple Stimulus Vouchers into “Charity Vouchers” by donating them to the Orphan Welfare Foundation or other public interest groups to help more people in need . 
2020-07-02 Attends a Dr. Chen Wen-cheng memorial event, where he quotes what Dr. Chen repeatedly emphasized when he was interrogated by the Taiwan Garrison Command: "I support democracy" and "I always hope that Taiwan will progress." Expresses hope that everyone will unite to protect Taiwan and help Hong Kong, and ensure that democratic values will take root around the world to achieve global peace. 
2020-06-22 Attends the Joint Rice Harvest Festival of the Imaorod tribe on Orchid Island and visits the Lanyu health center and township office to understand local medical and basic infrastructure issues and needs.
2020-06-21 Tours the century-old underground houses of the Ivalino tribe on Orchid Island and visits the tribal elders, then stays overnight on the island. 
2020-06-12 Visits non-woven fabric and face mask manufacturers in Kaohsiung and states that Taiwan's success in the fight against COVID-19 has not only been praised by our citizens, but also widely admired in the international community, and our National Face Mask Team logistics support services also made a major contribution. Expresses hope that the national team remains intact and continues to work together to take Taiwanese brands global. The leading brand in public health and epidemic prevention is Taiwan, and we should cherish that brand image and use it so that Taiwan can forge its own path.
2020-06-11 Participates in a Harvard Table Series webinar on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Taiwan: Past, Present and Future" at the invitation of the Harvard Club of the Republic of China. Shares Taiwan's epidemic prevention experience, the pandemic’s impact on individuals and companies, and talks about how we are responding to post-COVID-19 changes in economic and trade patterns. Expresses hope that Taiwanese brands will definitely pursue global markets and promote our biomedical industry. 
2020-06-04 Visits Harbor Precision Inc. and praises the machine tool industry for their willingness to be part of the front line of defense in our national disease prevention efforts. Emphasizes that in the post-COVID-19 era, the government is dedicated to making Taiwan a hub for global disease prevention strategies and the production of medical supplies, upgrading Taiwan’s industries and developing our economy, and contributing to the international community. 
2020-05-28 Visits the Taiwanese Cultural and Creative Park and states that with the passing of the National Languages Development Act, in principle the native languages of all ethnic groups are mother tongues of Taiwan. During stormy times in Hong Kong, only by defending our sovereignty, democracy and freedom can we exercise our free will to protect and promote our mother tongues, and Taiwan will continue to move in that direction. 
2020-05-20 Sworn in as the ROC 15th-term Vice President. Accompanies President Tsai to receive congratulations from members of the diplomatic corps and foreign organizations stationed in Taiwan, as well as representatives from international organizations.   
President Tsai Ing-wen
Vice President Lai Ching-te
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