Attends the 2023 Hakka Contribution Awards and a commemoration event for National Hakka Day. Says he looks forward to using our solid existing foundations to promote the new Hakka action plan across six key areas: public services, cultural identity among the youth, food culture, cultural and creative industries, local revitalization, and international promotion. Says he looks forward to continuing to develop Hakka industries and preserve Hakka culture.
Attends the annual meeting of an association in Taiwan established for children with serious diseases. States that the government will help improve care for newborns, serious diseases, inheritable diseases, and childhood cancer. Says we hope to establish a multi-billion-NT-Dollar fund for the development of cancer medicine to reduce cancer patients' financial dependence on their families, and to give patients earlier access to the advanced medical treatments they need.
Attends the 67th Anniversary of Taiwan Visitors Association. Says he hopes to spur broader economic growth through developing Taiwan's tourism sector by bringing awareness of tourism into all government agencies, promoting platforms that centralize local tourism resources, establishing an agency responsible for tourism research and training and international marketing, and helping tourism firms in the overall process of digitalization. Says he looks forward to helping give Taiwan a unique image in the tourism industry that will let the world see Taiwan while bringing Taiwan closer to the rest of the world.
Meets with new Chief Representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Taipei Office Katayama Kazuyuki. Expresses hope for an even closer friendship between the people of Taiwan and Japan and that we can foster mutual economic prosperity. Says he hopes that Taiwan and Japan will continue to play important roles for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Attends the 20th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee as deputy convenor. Says in closing remarks that the government has the responsibility to promote transitional justice, as well as its relevant policies, for indigenous peoples. Says that after the efforts of these past few years, we have accelerated the pace of reconciliation between the state and indigenous peoples, helping foster in the nation's citizens a more diverse historical perspective and ensuring that people of all ethnicities can live in dignity.
|Attends the Meet Taipei Startup Festival 2023. States that the government will continue to optimize Taiwan's startup environment by taking measures to cultivate more talent, provide early-phase startup funding, establish test fields, deregulate, and align with international practices. Expresses hope that 20,000 new startup jobs can be created within five years, that investments in startups arranged through public-private partnerships can exceed NT$150 billion per year, and that within 10 years Taiwan can become a net exporter of innovative solutions to the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.
|Attends an award ceremony for Taiwan and overseas individuals recognized with the 2023 Model of Entrepreneurs Awards. Praises award recipients for their contributions to Taiwan's economy. States that the government will continue to help in the upgrading and transformation of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Expresses hope that enterprises will base themselves in Taiwan and from there expand globally and provide their products and services worldwide.
|Attends the opening ceremony of the 2023 Taipei International Financial Expo. Recognizes the financial industry for promoting the development of industry in Taiwan. Expresses hope that everyone can work together to create a stable and resilient financial system that will turn Taiwan into a hub in Asia for asset management and financial technology development as well as a regional model of sustainable finance.
|Attends the unveiling ceremony for the High-Speed Electronic Transmission Interface Packaging Design and Testing Talent Training and Technology Center, launched under the Ministry of Education's program for establishing regional talent and technical training bases. States that Taiwan is playing an increasingly important role in the global trend toward development of smart industry. Expresses hope that the center will prove useful to the regional industries of the future and that it will make an outstanding contribution to Taiwan's economic development.
|Attends banquet marking the 60th anniversary of the Taiwan Steel & Iron Industries Association. Emphasizes that the government has a responsibility to develop domestic demand-driven industries, promote industrial innovation, and help steel and iron enterprises engage in green transition.
|Attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Emergency and Critical Care Center of Taipei Hospital under the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Notes that the hospital will be able to provide more timely medical care and help realize health equality. Says that in the future, by linking the medical community and Taiwanese society, we will continue promoting precision medicine, regenerative medicine, and smart medicine. Says that these efforts will help spur development of the biomedical industry and bring it more in line with international medical technologies.
|Attends a Premium Event of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan. Shares his national policy blueprint, the National Project of Hope, to make Taiwan more democratic and peaceful; innovative and prosperous; and just and sustainable. Expresses hope for a stronger Taiwan-Europe partnership.
|Meets with members of the Association of Taiwan Master Tailors who participated in the 39th International Congress of the World Federation of Master Tailors in 2023. Praises the members for their long-term efforts that earned them top honors at the congress. Points out that attendance at general high schools and vocational high schools in Taiwan will become tuition-free starting next year, and that the government will improve facilities and expand teaching staff at technical and vocational schools in order to boost the development of related industries.
|Attends the International Digital Textbooks Forum. Says that in the future the government will adopt a generative AI learning program that capitalizes on the strengths of our semiconductor and information and communications technology industries. Says that the government will continue cooperating with businesses in hope of using the strengths of Taiwan's tech industry to create a better digital learning environment.
|Attends the opening ceremony for an event showcasing the use of technology in baseball held by the Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. States that the development of sports technology is an important objective for the government. Says that Taiwanese athletes have been successful in recent Olympic Games and other international competitions by using sports technology to further hone their skills. States that the government will continue to support the application of technology to the development of sports and health in Taiwan so that the people will be healthier and our nation stronger.
|Attends the 2023 Associations of Star Alliance Pilots Executive Board Meeting. States that with the pandemic subsiding, there is increasing demand for air travel. Expresses hope that Taiwan can take advantage of this gathering and learn from the experience of other countries' pilot associations when it comes to promoting aviation safety and labor rights to help foster a healthier, safer, and more respectful air travel culture.
|Attends a session of the 2023 Taiwan Capital Market Forum and calls for effective use of Taiwan's deep pools of capital to support the building of national infrastructure, promote economic and industrial development, resolve various social issues, and improve our people's quality of life.
|Attends a forum on innovation in the first island chain and says he hopes to bring together people from all walks of life to promote the National Project of Hope and move Taiwan from a factor-driven to an innovation-driven model of economic development. Adds that the government has a responsibility to prioritize developing Taiwan into an AI services hub for the Asia-Pacific region and to promote startups so that Taiwan can become a provider of innovative solutions to countries in the first island chain.
|Meets with a delegation led by Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, speaker of the Seimas (parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania and thanks her for demonstrating support for Taiwan through concrete action. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Lithuania can step up cooperation in democracy, freedom, human rights, high-tech research and development, and economic affairs.
|Attends the 23rd Annual Congress of the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia. Notes that the selection of Taiwan to host the annual congress once again this year not only signals continuing support for Taiwan in the international community, but also shows strong recognition of Taiwan's accomplishments in this field. Expresses hope that nutrition science can help resolve public health issues.
|Delivers an address titled "Stronger Together" at an AmCham Taiwan luncheon. Shares his thoughts on topics including Taiwan-US trade, energy transition, healthcare systems, the biomedical industry, and regional peace and stability.
|Attends the opening ceremony of the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show and commends textile firms for spurring Taiwan's economic development by focusing on environmental sustainability, functional applications, and smart manufacturing. Says the government will continue improving the investment environment, encouraging companies to invest in Taiwan, and working to facilitate integration into the regional economy.
|Attends the closing ceremony of the 2023 Hakka Expo. States that the term "Hakka" refers not just to an ethnic group, but to an entire culture, and to a feeling of pride in being Hakka that has been handed down through generations. Calls on Hakka youth to inject new vigor and creativity into Hakka culture and to engage with the world.
|Attends the 2023 Yushan Forum and states that going forward the New Southbound Policy will be people-centered. Says that the policy will be used to pursue an innovation-driven vision of economic development and social reform strategies geared toward the goals of justice and sustainability. Adds that the policy will follow a diplomatic strategy based on the guiding principles of democracy and peace.
|Delivers remarks using artificial intelligence at the Annual Taiwan AI Innovation Investment Summit. States that to address the rapid growth of AI, Taiwan has world-class supply chains in information and communications technology and semiconductors, and has innovative capabilities that are flexible, diversified, and customizable, all of which represent considerable advantages and opportunities for Taiwan. Says that as we work toward both digital transformation and transitioning to net-zero, Taiwanese startups are using AI to accelerate the creation of an intelligent and sustainable new Taiwan.
|Attends a Legislative Yuan welcome banquet for a delegation from the Japan-ROC Diet Members' Consultative Council visiting Taiwan to take part in the 2023 National Day celebration of the Republic of China and to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the council. Praises and thanks the council for its contributions to Taiwan-Japan relations and calls for further strengthening of people-to-people ties and economic cooperation between Taiwan and Japan.
|Attends the Hard Talk, Soft Power, Bold Future 2023 Forum held by the Taiwan Women on Boards Association. States that to encourage companies to increase female participation in decision-making roles, the government will continue working to promote gender equality policies, establish a more welcoming environment, support more diverse opportunities for women, and help them to obtain the professional skills needed in decision-making roles.
|Attends an international press conference for the unveiling of the Asia Trails Network secretariat logo and an introduction to its operations. Praises the Taiwan Thousand Miles Trail Association for making Taiwan an Asian hiking destination. Calls on the people of Taiwan to take up hiking and establish healthy habits to reduce time spent living with illness or disability, and help create a healthier Taiwan.
|Attends a forum and industry exhibition on the theme of technological innovation and global trends organized by the Tainan City Government. Expresses hope that society can pool its resources to promote an innovation-driven model of economic development, so that Taiwan's high-tech industry can achieve growth amidst the restructuring of global supply chains.
|Attends the opening ceremony of the 2023 Taiwan AI Academy Annual Conference. Says that AI is increasingly entering our daily lives and that geopolitical changes in recent years have presented excellent opportunities to Taiwan, which excels in the field of information and communications technology. Expresses hope that in the age of globalization the power of AI will open up bigger windows of opportunity for Taiwan, so that the nation can become even stronger.
|Attends the flag handover ceremony for Taiwan's esports team taking part in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. States that the government will continue to support the esports industry and help young esports competitors pursue their dreams.
|Attends the opening ceremony of Cares Expo Taipei 2023. Thanks partners in the long-term care community for working together to advance the long-term care sector, and for providing senior citizens with higher quality services.
|Attends the opening ceremony of the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Summit 2023. States that Taiwan is now a free and open democracy thanks to the bravery of its people and global support. Says that, therefore, Taiwan has a responsibility to give back to the international community. States that Taiwan stands together with religious leaders and the democratic alliance, and is prepared to do everything in its power to help foster world peace.
|Attends the SEMICON Taiwan 2023 Leadership Gala Dinner. States that the semiconductor sector is Taiwan's strength as well as its responsibility. States that Taiwan, in the face of geopolitical changes, is striving to maintain regional peace and stability, and that it will continue to improve its investment environment to spur stable development of its semiconductor ecosystem.
|Attends a press conference announcing the winners of the 61st Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards, where he personally announces the names of the winners. Praises the awardees for their contributions to society. Encourages young people to be brave and resolute, and to bring hope for the nation, our society, and humanity through their actions.
|Attends the joint closing ceremony of the Taiwan Youth & Overseas Expatriate Bridging Program and Senior Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors Training Program, both of which are supported by the Overseas Community Affairs Council. Encourages youth to travel abroad, expand their world view, and develop a forward-looking mindset. Welcomes youth from overseas communities to come back to Taiwan often so that they can see different parts of Taiwan, become more familiar with the country, and come to love it even more.
|Meets with a study delegation from the Youth Division of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Expresses hope that person-to-person connections between Taiwan and Japan will continue to grow closer and that our cooperative ties will deepen so as to benefit both of our countries. Points out that Taiwan is Japan's fourth largest trading partner and that Japan is Taiwan's third largest, with last year's bilateral trade amounting to an all-time high of US$88.2 billion. Says that he hopes this figure will continue to rise. Emphasizes that, by cooperating to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan and Japan are helping foster prosperity and development in the region and throughout the world.
|Returns to Taiwan from his trip to Paraguay and issues remarks at Taoyuan International Airport. Discusses the results of his trip, saying that he and his delegation had successfully achieved their objectives of strengthening the friendship between Taiwan and Paraguay and expanding our bilateral collaboration. Notes that, in a rare display, Paraguayan President Santiago Peña Palacios reiterated in his inaugural address that the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Republic of Paraguay are brothers that share the values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights and stated that he will continue to promote collaboration with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in all areas to further bolster our bilateral relationship.
|While transiting through San Francisco on his way back to Taiwan, is welcomed by Representative to the United States Bi-khim Hsiao (蕭美琴) and American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Laura Rosenberger aboard the plane. Later attends a banquet with members of the local and Taiwanese overseas communities.
|Attends the inauguration of President Santiago Peña Palacios of the Republic of Paraguay. Also attends a luncheon hosted by the president and first lady. Exchanges greetings and interacts with the assembled heads of state and representatives. Later holds a reception for the press corps traveling along with his delegation. Shares the results of his delegation's efforts to complete the objectives entrusted to him by President Tsai, specifically to strengthen the friendship between Taiwan and Paraguay, to expand our bilateral collaboration, and to engage with leaders from other countries.
|Attends a banquet with President of the Senate Silvio Ovelar and President of the Chamber of Deputies Raúl Latorre of the Republic of Paraguay. Expresses hope that both chambers of congress will offer their support for Taiwan-Paraguay cooperation, which will further bolster our friendship and deepen our cooperative partnership. Then meets with a gathering of recent graduates and current student representatives of Taiwan-Paraguay Polytechnic University (UPTP) and learns how to make a native Paraguayan snack. States that Taiwan will continue to cooperate with Paraguay on the UPTP program and assist Paraguay in fostering talent. Says that he looks forward to the UPTP students acting as an important bridge to strengthen Taiwan-Paraguay cooperation. Later attends a welcome banquet hosted by our overseas community in Paraguay.
|While transiting through New York City en route to the Republic of Paraguay, attends a banquet with the local and Taiwanese overseas communities. Emphasizes that we stand up for our values of freedom and democracy and do not fear or shrink from the threat of authoritarianism, no matter how big it is. Holds an in-person discussion with young Taiwanese-Americans from various fields. Then visits Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, where he watches a ballgame. Subsequently departs for Paraguay, and after he arrives, receives a key to the city of Asunción and an honorary certificate from Mayor Oscar Rodríguez. Meets separately with outgoing President Mario Abdo Benítez and incoming President Santiago Peña Palacios and discusses with each of them the deepening of our countries' friendship and several future cooperative projects.
|Taking up the role of President Tsai's special envoy, delivers remarks before departing for the Republic of Paraguay to attend the inauguration of Paraguayan President Santiago Peña Palacios. Says that on this trip he will convey to the people of Paraguay, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the warm wishes of the people of Taiwan and our high regard for our friendship. Says that we hope to further expand upon the bilateral cooperation between our two countries, and that during the trip he will engage with leaders from a number of countries in exchanges built on confidence, showing the world that Taiwan is committed to the universal values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights.
|Hosts a banquet for a delegation led by Aso Taro, former prime minister of Japan, current member of the Japanese House of Representatives, and vice-president of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Thanks former Prime Minister Aso for his longstanding support and concern for Taiwan. Notes the former prime minister's determination to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Emphasizes that Taiwan and Japan are trustworthy security partners and important trade partners that are committed to shared values. Says he hopes that Taiwan and Japan, while working to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific and to develop trade and industry supply chains, will be able to jointly create opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit.
|Attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kaohsiung City Sanmin District Ben He Social Housing Development Turnkey Construction Project. States that the government will work to implement its social housing and subletting management policies in order to meet young people's demand for housing. Also states that the government will increase the loan limit on preferential interest rate loans and the interest subsidies offered under the housing assistance program for families.
|Presides over the 19th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Thanks the Subcommittee on Land Matters for clarifying how indigenous peoples lost their lands, and the Subcommittee on History for its efforts in the field of education. Expresses hope, with regard to the rights and obligations of the Pingpu peoples after their indigenous identity is recognized, to assess and restore the relevant rights based on two important principles: the objective needs of various indigenous peoples and the allocation of national resources. Says he looks forward to the government and the representatives of indigenous groups engaging in parity-based dialogue through the committee to promote more communication and discussion and find viable solutions together.
|Meets with a delegation from the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. Thanks the committee for supporting actions to improve relations between Taiwan and the European Union. States that Taiwan is a democratic nation which, like the EU, pursues the universal values of democracy, freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law. Expresses hope that Taiwan and the EU can continue bolstering their cooperation to enhance economy and security while furthering the cause of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Meets with a delegation led by Senator André Gattolin, vice-chairman of the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces. Emphasizes that Taiwan and France are both democratic nations that pursue the universal values of democracy, freedom, and respect for human rights. Says that the world's democratically oriented nations are increasingly unified in face of the challenges presented by authoritarianism. Expresses hope that France will continue focusing on the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region and that it will continue building up its economic and trade ties with Taiwan.
|Attends an event held by the Agricultural Bank of Taiwan and young farmers in support of the net-zero emissions initiative in agriculture. States that no one is a bystander in the face of climate change. Praises the young farmers for becoming a powerful force in the transition to net-zero emissions. Outlines specific government policies regarding the transition to net-zero emissions in the agricultural sector. Expresses hope that we can cooperate across disciplines to fight the impacts of climate change together.
|Meets with a delegation led by Mrs. Abe Akie, wife of the late former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Japan. Extending his welcome to Mrs. Abe, expresses hope that Taiwan and Japan will be inspired by the spirit of former President Lee Teng-hui and former Prime Minister Abe to continue cooperating toward a better future for both countries.
|Meets with the team representing Taiwan at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Thanks the coaches and athletes for striving for national glory and athletic achievement. Emphasizes that the government attaches great importance to the right of persons with disabilities to take part in sports. States that central and local government agencies cooperate to enhance participation and that moving forward, they will continue directing athletic resources in support of Special Olympics athletes.
|Meets with a delegation led by President Damon Wilson of the United States-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED). States that the democratic achievements for which Taiwan is internationally recognized today have required many people to make tremendous sacrifices and contributions. Expresses hope that, in facing emergent regional hegemonic threats, the NED will continue to support Taiwan and that the international community will pay closer attention to Taiwan. States that we can work together to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and strive to ensure that all democratic nations can maintain their freedom and democracy.
|Meets with President-elect Santiago Peña Palacios of the Republic of Paraguay and his wife. Notes that the Republic of China and Paraguay have a shared commitment to the universal values of democracy, freedom, and respect for human rights, and that both countries play key roles in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. States that, moving forward, Taiwan hopes to work with Paraguay to create a better future for both countries and contribute to the international community, whether it be by taking part in international organizations or by maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Inspects a social housing project in Linkou of repurposed buildings from the 2017 Taipei Universiade Athletes' Village. Points to the government's three key policies for safeguarding the people's right to housing: adopting a nationwide registration system for real estate ownership and differential property tax rates; increasing the loan limit offered under the housing assistance program for families; and expanding the number of social housing units and rental subsidy recipients. Says he hopes to use these three policies to resolve right-to-housing issues so that people with housing needs can afford to buy or rent good-quality housing.
|Meets with a Canadian parliamentary delegation. Notes that Taiwan and Canada have solid economic and trade ties and are in the initial stages of signing a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA). Expresses hope that the FIPA will spur further development of economic and trade activity and enhance our bilateral partnership. Reiterates that Taiwan will spare no effort to maintain the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait while continuing to build up its national defense capabilities. Says he looks forward to standing with the democratic community against threats from authoritarian regimes.
|Meets with a delegation led by Representative Kevin Hern, chairman of the United States House Republican Study Committee. Thanks the US for its long-term support for Taiwan. Expresses hope for stronger economic and trade ties with the US and the signing of a Taiwan-US avoidance of double taxation agreement (ADTA), which will help stimulate economic development in Taiwan and the region as a whole. Says that, at a time when global supply chains are being restructured, an ADTA would enable Taiwan to contribute more to the international community.
|Meets with a cross-party delegation from Japan's National Diet including representatives from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Japan Innovation Party, and Democratic Party for the People. Expresses hope that Japan will continue supporting Taiwan's accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and that the two countries can cooperate on such issues as bilateral trade and regional security in order to enhance trade ties and maintain regional peace and stability.
|Attends press conference for the launch of the TPASS monthly commuter card for Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Pingtung. States that the TPASS will make life much easier for people by providing access to multiple forms of public transportation in and between these areas, including mass rapid transit (MRT), light rail, intracity and intercity buses, railways, ferries, and public bike rental. Says that TPASS cards are extremely convenient for users, can make a significant contribution to easing traffic congestion, and help reduce carbon emissions and carbon footprint.
|Attends a groundbreaking ceremony and investment promotion event for phase three of the Tainan Science Park. States that the government will continue improving Taiwan's investment environment by signing investment protection agreements with other countries and resolving taxation issues. Expresses hope that companies will take root in Taiwan, expand globally, and provide their services to the world, so that Taiwan can become a country on which the economic sun never sets.
|Attends the 2023 World News Media Congress welcome reception. States that artificial intelligence innovations, changing business models, and geopolitical tensions will all have profound and lasting impacts on the media, so we will need adaptation across the board, from business management to ethics and professional standards. Expresses confidence that by bringing together so many bright minds at this congress, we can find innovative solutions to these challenges.
|Attends the D2C X AI Summit Taiwan 2023 and calls on businesses to express their creativity and use technology to create Taiwanese brands, so that they can take root in Taiwan, expand globally, and provide their services to the world. Says that by cooperating with one another, we will foster continued economic growth and bring about a second Taiwanese economic miracle.
|Watches the women's singles championship match at the Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament in a show of support for Taiwan's most important badminton competition. Cheers on the athletes and commends them for their outstanding play.
|Attends a flag presentation ceremony for Chaoyang University of Technology volunteer summer service teams and states that the government cares deeply about students' financial burdens. States that for students from low-income backgrounds, the government currently reduces or waives tuition and fees, reduces interest rates on student loans, and extends student loan repayment deadlines. In addition to these measures, says that a budget will be allocated to narrow the gap between the cost of attending public and private schools in order to reduce the burdens faced by students.
|Attends the 2023 Taiwan Investor Capital Expo and praises Taiwanese startups for their progress and growth. Expresses hope that innovative venture capital will drive future economic growth, and that by harnessing the creativity of young people, we can achieve green and inclusive growth, building hope for the nation and bringing the international community's attention to Taiwan's achievements.
|Attends the Celebration of Australia-Taiwan Friendship and thanks Australian Representative Jenny Bloomfield for her contributions to and support for the Taiwan-Australia friendship. Calls for continued bilateral cooperation to advance economic and trade development in both our countries, so that we can make progress toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and jointly maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Accompanies American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Laura Rosenberger on a tour of Tainan's best-known attractions and local food. Thanks the United States government for demonstrating its longstanding support for Taiwan through concrete action, including the recent signing of a first agreement under the Taiwan-US Initiative on 21st-Century Trade. Expresses hope that Taiwan-US relations will continue to grow, as we work together to maintain regional peace and prosperity.
|Attends a plaque unveiling ceremony and press conference for the Taiwan Climate Institute. Calls on the institute to cultivate green-collar talent and to work with different sectors to satisfy industrial demand for low-carbon solutions, so that Taiwan's economy can further its green and digital development, while also working toward a just transition, social inclusion, and maintenance of social harmony and stability, thus steadily moving toward the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
|Meets with a delegation from the Berlin Security Conference and thanks the German government for emphasizing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait many times at public gatherings such as the G7. States that, in addition to strengthening its own self-defense capabilities, Taiwan will actively cooperate with democratic partners to achieve the goal of peace.
|Addresses Taiwanese Heritage Day at a Major League Baseball game via recorded video. Shares Taiwan's love of baseball and our shared values of freedom and democracy with US baseball fans.
|Holds bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister Ernest Hilaire of St. Lucia, and notes that Taiwan and St. Lucia are both island nations engaged in a shared pursuit of the universal values of democracy, freedom, and respect for human rights. Thanks St. Lucia for speaking up for Taiwan at international venues over many years and for supporting Taiwan's international participation. Expresses hope that our two countries will cooperate to develop the tourism industry post-pandemic.
|Meets with United Kingdom Member of Parliament and former Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss and thanks her for expressing support for democratic Taiwan through concrete action. States that Taiwan, as a member of the global democratic community, will stand firm in the first island chain, using its democratic and economic power to continue promoting global economic development, peace, and stability.
|Meets with a delegation led by Janet Napolitano, former United States secretary of homeland security and current director of the Center for Security in Politics at the University of California, Berkeley. Thanks Professor Napolitano for pursuing numerous Taiwan-friendly policies during her time in office, especially Taiwan's inclusion in the US Visa Waiver Program, which has substantially contributed to people-to-people exchanges between our two countries.
|Attends the opening ceremony of CYBERSEC 2023, and reiterates that cybersecurity is national security and that the government will fully support the development of the cybersecurity industry. Says he hopes that people working in this industry believe in safeguarding the country and will protect it from being influenced by disinformation, so that we can maintain democracy and peace.
|Holds bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister Geoffrey Hanley of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, and thanks him for supporting Taiwan through concrete action. States that Taiwan is St. Christopher and Nevis' partner in sustainable development, with our countries engaged in a wide range of cooperative projects. Says that Taiwan will continue to step up cooperation with St. Christopher and Nevis, and expresses hope for an enduring bilateral friendship and for the happiness and well-being of our peoples.
|Meets with a delegation led by former Japanese House of Councillors President Santo Akiko. Says he looks forward to Taiwan and Japan continuing to strengthen cooperation in economic affairs, trade, regional security, and people-to-people exchanges.
|Hosts a luncheon for a delegation led by Suzuki Norikazu, member of the Japanese House of Representatives and director of the Youth Division of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party. States that, as Taiwan and Japan enjoy a friendly and close relationship, our two countries always help each other when struck by natural disasters, two-way travel is frequent, and we enjoy close economic relations. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Japan can engage in economic cooperation and work together to maintain peace in the Indo-Pacific region, furthering our bilateral relations.
|Meets with a delegation of Liberal Democratic Party members of the Japanese Diet from Kumamoto Prefecture. Expresses hope that Taiwan can join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and that it can also play a positive role in the new regional economy, global supply chains, economic development in Taiwan and Japan, and the post-pandemic economic recovery.
|Meets with former United States National Security Advisor John Bolton. Thanks Mr. Bolton for his longstanding efforts to deepen Taiwan-US relations and for paying close attention to stability in the Taiwan Strait, as well as for his contributions to promoting global democratic solidarity and developing the regional security system. States that Taiwan will stand firmly alongside other democratic nations in shared defense of regional peace and stability.
|Hosts a dinner banquet for President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla of the Republic of Guatemala. Thanks President Giammattei for his friendship with Taiwan. Expresses his hope for a lasting friendship, mutual cooperation, and prosperity and good fortune in both countries.
|Meets with Latin America Formosa Club chapter. Thanks its members for supporting Taiwan's international participation. States that Taiwan faces a direct threat from authoritarianism in the Indo-Pacific region but that its people are deeply united and courageous and are certain to defend regional peace and maintain Taiwan's democracy and freedom. Expresses hope that our nations will cooperate for our mutual benefit and to make more concrete contributions to the international community.
|Meets with members of the World Veterinary Association (WVA). Thanks the WVA for its support and for giving Taiwan the opportunity to host the 38th World Veterinary Association Congress, affording Taiwan a chance to engage internationally. Expresses hope that the government, the medical profession, and the WVA will together support the One Health approach to the fight against disease and resolve the problem of zoonotic transmission.
|Accompanies President Tsai to welcome President Alejandro Eduardo Giammattei Falla of the Republic of Guatemala with military honors. Witnesses the conferral of a decoration upon President Giammattei. Attends a state banquet and bilateral talks with President Giammattei's delegation.
|Attends an event in a Taiwan Thinktank forum on Taiwan's national development up to 2032. Expresses hope that ambitious individuals in Taiwan can advance the three major objectives of democratic unity, democratic governance, and democratic peace as we promote a vision for national development rooted in democracy, peace, and prosperity. Expresses hope that the nation adheres to the principle of justice so that, in the course of its digital and green transformation, it can become a just and inclusive society that moves the nation forward.
|Meets with representatives of the Formosa Cancer Foundation and 12 other patient groups. Thanks the cancer-related medical associations and patient associations for their contributions to cancer prevention. Expresses hope that promotion of public health policies and development of the precision healthcare industry will further ensure people's health, strengthen the nation, and bring global attention to the level of healthcare in Taiwan.
|Meets with American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Laura Rosenberger. Emphasizes that as Taiwan occupies a critical position in the first island chain, it must defend the democratic alliance. Expresses hope to cooperate with our peace-loving democratic allies and friends to safeguard peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Meets with a delegation from the French National Assembly led by France-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group Chairman Eric Bothorel. Expresses hope that Taiwan and France can further enhance economic cooperation and strengthen bilateral economic relations, saying that doing so will make our countries more capable of dealing with security challenges.
|Meets with a delegation from the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic. Thanks the delegation members for their deep friendship and firm support for Taiwan. Expresses hope of furthering cooperation with Portugal in areas such as economy and security to contribute to the well-being of our peoples and to bring our countries together as important democratic partners.
|Meets with winners of the 10th Taiwan Children's Medical Contribution Awards and thanks them for their contributions and years of service. States that the government has budgeted NT$2.8 billion from 2021 through 2024 to implement a project for optimizing pediatric medical treatment. Expresses hope for cooperation to improve pediatric medicine and further develop children's health.
|Attends a press conference to announce the judges' panel and the selection rules of the 61st Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards. Expresses hope that the young people can use emerging technologies to enable our nation to meet the challenges of the coming age, and thus allow Taiwan to perform even better and establish its place on the world stage.
|Attends the 33rd Taipei Electrical Appliances, Air Conditioning and 3C Expo. Expresses hope that advanced, high-tech goods will enable people to lead more comfortable lives while encouraging consumption and economic development. Says he looks forward to consumers, companies, and government agencies cooperating in smart energy conservation and carbon reduction so that Taiwan can achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
|Meets with a Canadian delegation led by Member of Parliament John McKay, chair of the Standing Committee on National Defense. States that as Taiwan occupies a critical position in the first island chain, it will certainly maintain solidarity, safeguard the democratic community, and work together with the international community to uphold peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region while furthering global prosperity and development.
|Meets with a delegation led by US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. Expresses hope for solidarity and cooperation among democratic allies in a joint defense of peace and democracy. States that Taiwan stands willing to be a positive and critical force pursuing global prosperity and stable development.
|Attends the Net Zero City Leaders Summit, and thanks Czech Parliament Chamber of Deputies Speaker Markéta Pekarová Adamová and Deputy Mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko of Kyiv for attending. States that all cities stand on the frontline of the fight against climate change and thus have a responsibility to share ideas and stand united to address this issue. Expresses confidence that there will be a way to resolve the crises brought on by climate change.
|Attends the opening ceremony of the 2023 National Indigenous Games, and states that in addition to its goal of strengthening connections between different indigenous groups, a more important reason for holding this competition is to preserve indigenous culture and pass it on to future generations.
|Attends a Taiwan-Japan conference on building a peaceful global community, and expresses hope that Taiwan and Japan will continue to cooperate in the areas of economic affairs, democracy, national defense, and peace to benefit both our countries and improve global well-being.
|Meets with Dr. Richard Bush, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and expresses hope that democratic nations will form a closer cooperative network to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, and to ensure that the world order can continue to develop.
|Meets with a delegation from the Global Taiwan Institute, and states that the administration will do everything it can to bolster the economy, defend democracy, strengthen national defense, and ensure peace. Expresses hope that the international community will continue to support Taiwan.
|Meets with winners of an award for outstanding teachers in early childhood education and representatives from a national association for the advancement of early childhood education. States that the government continues to promote various policies to deal with the declining birth rate. Expresses hope that the government and the people will work together to improve early childhood education policies and give frontline early childhood education workers a better working environment in which to pursue their ideals, so that our children can receive better care.
|Attends an event to commend children who have overcome difficult circumstances, and praises award recipients for their growth in the face of adversity. States that Taiwan is a democratic, diverse, free, and open society where, as long as you work toward your goals, you can make your dreams come true, regardless of your family background.
|Attends an event marking World Down Syndrome Day and the 25th anniversary of the Down Syndrome Foundation ROC. Expresses hope that Taiwan will act as a force for good, fostering a stable, harmonious, and just society where disadvantaged people and the elderly are cared for, young people see reason for hope, and people in their prime achieve their ideals.
|Attends the 2023 CommonWealth Semiconductor Forum: Global Chip Competition and Taiwan's Key Strengths, and states that the government has absolute responsibility for the continued development of the economy, improving Taiwan's investment environment, and ensuring that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and other Taiwanese companies have a stable supply of water, electricity, land, labor, and professional talent, so that the economy can develop and prosper. Emphasizes that Taiwan will continue to safeguard democracy, strengthen its national defense capabilities, uphold its security, and maintain the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.
|Meets with leaders of outstanding service-oriented university societies and recipients of the 29th Outstanding Youth Awards, their faculty mentors, and important officers of the Distinguished Citizens Society of ROC. Praises the award recipients for being service-minded and for their contributions and dedication. Describes them as role models for young people, and calls on everyone to work together so that Taiwan will be filled with love.
|Attends an annual celebration of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and an international forum, and praises practitioners of TCM for their contributions to the health of their fellow citizens. Expresses hope that Taiwan will continue to play a key role in development of TCM for the benefit of our citizens and people around the world.
|Watches a 2023 World Baseball Classic Pool A game at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. Joins a baseball legend to throw out a pair of opening pitches. Cheers for the athletes, calls on fans to show their support for the national team, and enjoys an entertaining baseball game.
|Travels to Tainan to attend the opening ceremony of the 2023 Taiwan International Orchid Show. Expresses hope that government agencies at the central and local levels can promote cooperation between industry, government, and academia to market Taiwanese orchids worldwide. Thanks the World Orchid Conference Trust for choosing to hold the 23rd World Orchid Conference and Exhibition in Tainan in 2024.
|Attends a special screening and exhibit to mark the 33rd anniversary of the film A City of Sadness. Encourages people to see the movie in theaters so that they can better understand Taiwan's history and the difference between democracy and autocracy. Expresses hope that through the film, all can come to appreciate democracy more, set aside differences, and cooperate in solidarity.
|Attends groundbreaking ceremony for Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital expansion project. Thanks the hospital for bearing its societal duty during the pandemic and for helping the country provide medical assistance to Palau, thereby enhancing bilateral ties. Expresses hope that the expansion will provide medical care providers with a better environment and benefit more people.
|Meets with representatives of companies that won the 23rd National Gold Award for Architecture and representatives of companies named as "Taiwan Trustworthy" brands for 2022. Thanks the awardees for their work in improving the quality of architecture and the living environment. Calls for continued repair of dilapidated and dangerous old buildings and for transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, so that Taiwan can become more advanced and do more for the common good.
|Travels to Taichung City to attend the 2023 handover ceremony between the 28th and 29th chairpersons of the elite club of listed companies in central Taiwan. Expresses hope that Taiwan can maintain its position in the world economic landscape amid geopolitical changes and the transition to a global smart and digital age; and that amid the formation of new supply chains, Taiwan can continue to play a key role, build up its global presence, and bring attention to Taiwan's economic power.
|Attends 2023 International Mother Language Day: Indigenous Languages Revitalization Awards Ceremony and Development Conference. States that the government pursues a policy of multi-ethnicity and will continue to promote state-planned language revitalization. Calls for cooperation with the government to revitalize Taiwan's indigenous languages.
|Accompanies President Tsai to welcome President Mario Abdo Benítez of the Republic of Paraguay and First Lady Silvana López Moreira de Abdo with military honors. Attends bilateral talks, and witnesses the signing of a bilateral agreement between Taiwan and Paraguay for the training and exchange of diplomatic personnel. Accompanies President Tsai to host a state luncheon for President Abdo Benítez and First Lady López Moreira.
|Meets with a delegation led by Chen Tian-long (陳天隆), chairman of a Taiwan support association in Japan. Thanks the expatriate leaders for continuing to care about Taiwan from Japan, and says that they serve as a bridge for bilateral ties between the two countries. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Japan will engage in a united effort to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Attends presentation ceremony for the 25th National Biotechnology and Medical Care Award and the Symbol of National Quality (SNQ). Expresses hope that medical professionals and the medical industry will work together to further develop biotechnology into a trillion-NT-dollar industry, so that Taiwan can gain international presence and create a global impact in biotechnology.
|Meets with members of the Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Associations (FTPA) and Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA). Thanks the pharmacists for fighting on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks FAPA for its support of Taiwan. Notes that FAPA 2023 will be held in Taiwan, which is a matter of great significance. Expresses hope that Taiwan's pharmaceutical profession will receive further support from Asian counterparts, and that their close cooperation can benefit all.
|Delivers an address titled "Believe in Taiwan and Be Proud of Hakka" at the invitation of the Taiwanese Hakka Association of the World. Thanks successive generations of Hakka citizens for all they have done for Taiwan. Explains the government's Hakka policies, and calls on the Hakka community to display the same spirit embodied by their virtuous forebearers by working with the government to strengthen the economy, care for the people's needs, bolster the national defense, and preserve the peace.
|Following the devastating earthquake in Türkiye that occurred earlier in the week, visits the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei to offer condolences on behalf of the people and government of Taiwan to Turkish representative Muhammed Berdibek. Wishes Türkiye a smooth recovery and expresses hope that the people of Türkiye can make a quick return to normal.
|Visits the Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaohsiung to mourn the passing of Master Hsing Yun (星雲大師). Expresses his sincere gratitude toward the master and hopes that the master's good works will spread throughout Taiwanese society, that Fo Guang Shan Monastery will continue to be a force for good in Taiwan, and that the power of Buddhist doctrine will serve as an important pillar of social stability.
|Attends the 2023 Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony and thanks partners in the tourism industry for cooperating with the government's pandemic measures. States that tourism is ready to rebound and that the government will take steps to strengthen the state of the tourism industry, including an inventory of tourism infrastructure and working with the industry to develop a more diverse range of tourist themes, to prepare for post-pandemic tourism and attract more international tourists to Taiwan.
|Presides over a handover ceremony for the secretary-general to the president and praises outgoing Secretary-General David T. Lee (李大維) for his outstanding performance and contributions. Calls on incoming Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) to make the most of his strengths and build on the foundation laid by Secretary-General Lee, so that he can serve as an important channel of communications between local governments and the Office of the President. Expresses hope that this will help ease the burden on the president and allow her to contribute even more to diplomacy, national defense, and cross-strait affairs in order to better serve our national interests.
|Presides over an Executive Yuan joint handover ceremony for the new premier and cabinet ministers, and thanks outgoing Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) for his hard work over the past four years. Expresses hope that under the leadership of incoming Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), the Executive Yuan will embrace his spirit of care and compassion to comfort our people in the post-pandemic society. Says that he also hopes the Executive Yuan can follow Premier Chen's lead as a scientific expert by taking a pragmatic and steady approach to completing the tasks entrusted to it by the president, ensuring the nation's continued development.
|Meets with representatives of companies and local governments that received awards at the 30th Chinese Architectural Golden Stone Award Ceremony and commends them for their contributions to Taiwan's architecture industry. Noting that living in old residential buildings affects the safety and quality of life of people in Taiwan, says that government agencies are actively promoting urban renewal and calls on industry to join this effort and work together for a better quality of life and higher standard of housing.
|Meets a group of students from the 2022 International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program and praises them for successfully completing a considerable undertaking in people-to-people diplomacy. Expresses hope that moving forward Taiwan will make even more progress in responding to climate change and addressing cultural and environmental challenges, so that Taiwan can become a better country.
|Attends the 2022 National Healthcare Quality Awards ceremony. Encourages the award winners to continue striving to advance the quality of healthcare in Taiwan, so as to provide citizens with better diagnostics and care and to spur industrial development.
|Attends a ceremony at the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association to mark the handover between its 25th and 26th chairpersons and the awarding of certificates. Commends the association for its contributions and says that Taiwan must continue to make progress in responding to challenges such as climate change and the changing geopolitical landscape as well as Taiwan's aging population and falling birth rate. Says that everyone needs to work together and come up with innovative approaches to address these issues and expresses confidence that Taiwan will have an even brighter future.
|Addresses via video an event marking the end of the lunar year held by the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly. Thanks the federation for consistently speaking up for senior citizens and for its longstanding cooperation with the government to promote senior citizens' welfare. Says he hopes that the government, the federation, and other private organizations will work together to build a friendlier and safer environment for seniors that is better suited to their needs.
|Meets a delegation from the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank based in Washington, DC, and thanks Chairman Randall G. Schriver for his longstanding support for Taiwan. Emphasizes that Taiwan hopes to play a positive and constructive role in the international community by working with the global democratic community to uphold peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
|Meets with members of Taiwan's delegation to the 2022 Summer Deaflympics. Reiterating President Tsai's conviction that participation in sports is a basic human right, recognizes the delegation members' hard work. States that the government highly values the right of people with physical and mental disabilities to participate in sports. Calls on the athletes to keep up their good work and to represent our country with distinction.
|Attends the 2023 CommonWealth Economic Forum and states that this year the global economy will face four major challenges: tight monetary policy, an economic downturn in China, the restructuring of global supply chains, and climate change. States that the government will continue to increase public spending and encourage private investment and hopes to cooperate with the private sector to formulate appropriate policy responses to global economic challenges.
|Meets with Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation Anders Fogh Rasmussen and states that Taiwan is willing to play a positive and constructive role in contributing to the international democratic order. Says that Taiwan looks forward to cooperating with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation to promote our shared values of democracy, freedom, and respect for human rights.