Diplomacy

Taiwan’s participation and involvement with the international community has always been challenging. Foreign diplomacy is a critical asset in achieving Taiwan’s goal of maintaining independence and sovereignty. Taiwan NextGen Foundation members proactively connect and build strategic partnerships within foreign governmental institutions, industries, and academia to increase Taiwan’s international exposure.

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2022 INFO/tegrity Workshop

Thank you to everyone who joined our INFO/tegrity workshop, made possible through the collaboration of the National Democratic Institute, Taiwan NextGen Foundation, and the European Values Center for Security Policy (EVC). 

The workshop featured discussions about how the challenges and solutions of digitalization and accessibility require expertise in the intersection of technology, trust, and transparency. We are particularly grateful to our local and international panelists who shared their perspectives, including:
- Lennon Ying-Dah Wong from the 桃園市群眾服務協會/ Serve the People Association-SPA,Taoyuan
- Gabriela Hrabanova « I am European » from the ERGO Network
- Jakub Janda from the European Values Center for Security Policy (EVC)
- Nai Chia Chen, an independent researcher - Arzu Geybullayeva from the Azerbaijan Internet Watch - Irene Mwendwa from Pollicy

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2022 National Policy Research Institute's Symposium on the Presidential Election in South Korea and the Situation in East Asia

On March 10th 2022, the National Institute for Policy Research held a symposium consisting of two important discussions: the CCP's Two Sessions and its effect on Cross-Strait relations, as well as an analysis of the South Korean presidential election; Taiwan NextGen Foundation's Kuan-Ting Chen had the pleasure of speaking on the latter. An important aspect of building Taiwan's middle-power diplomacy is understanding the world around us, and in this regard Taiwan is more than adept at analyzing both our own situation, as well as the national policies of our neighbors


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2021 Seminar on International Civil Society Cooperation

Taiwan NextGen Foundation hosted the Seminar on International Civil Society Cooperation, which invited representatives from Reporters Without Borders, the European Values Center for Security Policy, and the American International Democratic Institute to share their experience in Taiwan with legislators and provide opportunities for constructive development.

 

Participating today were numerous legislators; Chen Ming-Wen(陳明文) and Lo Chin-Cheng(羅致政), Chuang Jui-Hsiung (莊瑞雄), Tsai Yi-Yu (蔡易餘), Wang Mei-Hui (王美惠), Kuan Bi-Ling (管碧玲), Chen Tingfei (陳亭妃), Lin Tai-Hua (林岱樺), Wu Yu-Chin (吳玉琴), Chiu Tai-Yuan (邱泰源), and Chen Ou-Po (陳歐珀) all attended.

The exchange provided an excellent platform for knowledge exchange between the legislators and NGOs. Jakub Janda of the European Values Center for Security Policy, from the Czech Republic, said that while his and other countries in the region face pressure from Russia and China, more and more international organizations are considering moving their base of operations to Taiwan, while Cédric Alviani of Reporters Without Borders pointed out that in comparison with its cross-strait neighbor, Taiwan enjoys a high degree of press freedom. That said, he further noted that there are is room for improvement for Taiwan in regards to reporter autonomy vis-a-vis press freedom — exactly the kind of observation that these exchanges are perfect at bringing to the attention of legislators.

 

Li Peng-Shiuan, the planning manager of the Taipei office of the National Democratic Institute, noted that the information space is where much of the attacks on democracy are coming from, and because of this there are been particular attention paid to improving information flow and preventing false news. Youth and anti-corruption outreach and education have also been a major focus for NDI. While these exchanges are aimed partially at increasing the responsiveness of government and understanding of policy-makers to the wider NGO landscape, they also serve to increase the visibility, respect, and recognition that Taiwan garners from the international world. By being open about areas where we need to improve, inviting expert voices to exchange ideas with legislators, we hope that we’re contributing in a small way to the vibrancy of Taiwan’s democracy.

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2021 Taiwan NextGen and European Values

Taiwan NextGen met with European Values general manager Jakub Janda and discussed think tank operations and issues such as national security and international exchanges. We hope to further promote the friendship between Taiwan and Czechia.

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2021 Taipei Korean Office Representative Visit

Taiwan and Korea are pillars of the regional architecture of Northeast Asia. Thank you, Assistant Representative Lee Sung Bok for visiting our team at Taiwan NextGen and engaging us in a nuanced conversation about Taiwan-Korea ties and regional issues in the Indo-Pacific.

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2021 Taiwan-Japan 2+2 Dialogue and Taiwan-Japan-China Trianglular Relations

Sponsored by the National Policy Research Institute, and co-organized by the Taiwan NextGen and the Contemporary Japanese Studies Association, a symposium on "Taiwan-Japan 2+2 Dialogue and Taiwan-Japan-China Trianglular Relations" was held on the 8th.

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2021 India Taipei Association Visit

Visiting Scholar Sana Hashmi led a visit by Deputy Director General of the India Taipei Association Prasant Tripathi to NextGen‘s office the other day — great to be able to continue engaging in face to face communications and developing the ties that will serve our nations in this century.

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2021 Establishing a Value-Based Alliance Between Taiwan and Germany

Taiwan NextGen Foundation,  organized a video conference with Dr. Marcus Faber, Member of the German Bundestag, to discuss prospects for deepening ties between Taiwan and Germany ahead of the upcoming 2021 German federal election.

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2021 Taiwan NextGen Meets with Jasmine Lim of the Singapore Office in Taiwan

This meeting exchanged views on the policy exchanges and cooperation between the two countries; especially the future bilingual national policy of Taiwan, issues of cultural exchange, and the political and economic situation this year. In the future, we hope that think tanks and NGOs from the two countries can be integrated and that the friendship between the two nations can be strengthened.

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2021 Taiwan NextGen Meets with the Representative of Representative of the Papua New Guinea Trade Office in Taiwan

Taiwan Next Gen hosted Mr. Tommy Kambu Kunji, Representative of the Papua New Guinea Trade Office in Taiwan, in our Taiwan NextGen Foundation office. Mr. Kunji kindly shared his nuanced insights on the current state of relations between Taiwan and his native Papua New Guinea as well as other Pacific States.

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2021 Meeting with Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association

Taiwan NextGen met with Director Yu Yamada of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and his colleagues about areas that could further Taiwan-Japan exchanges. In the future, we hope to deepen multilateral exchanges between the two sides and deepen Japan-Taiwan relations. Taiwan NextGen also looks forward to more in-depth dialogues between Japanese delegations and the foundation.

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2021 U.S.-Japan Summit and Cross-Strait Relations Forum

The “U.S.-Japan Summit and Taiwan Strait Affairs” symposium co-organized by the National Policy Research Institute and Taiwan NextGen was successfully held on the morning of April 19. The theme of "Relationships and Events in the Taiwan Strait" attracted more than 100 people from all over the world to participate. Taiwan NextGen will continue to deepen cooperation with other research organizations, and continue to express Taiwan's position and analysis to the world on regional security issues.

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2021 Remembering the 10th Anniversary of the 311 Earthquake in Japan

Today Taiwan NextGen Foundation held a commemoration and symposium on the devastating 311 Earthquake which occurred on March 11, 2011 off the coast of Japan. While we remember and honor those who were lost during that disaster, we also take from this tragedy a renewed commitment to disaster relief and prevention measures.

 

Japan has made many changes in its disaster relief system, and Taiwan is engaging with these new strategies and is determined to do the utmost to prepare for any contingency. One of the most important ways of doing so is through youth education, preparing the most precious members of our society for how to respond in emergency situations. We spoke alongside Shi-Yuan Ma, associate professor at Ming Chuan University, Tsau-Ying Tsao, associate professor at Taipei University of Education, and Member of the Taipei City Council Joshua Ruan, all of whom had important insights and updates into our disaster response.
 

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2021 Meeting with the European Economic and Trade Office and the French Association in Taiwan

Taiwan NextGen Foundation welcomes Mr. Jaume Soler from the European Economic and Trade Office and Pierre Goulange, Director of the Political Press Office of the French Association in Taiwan to visit the think tank.
 

Taiwan hopes to cooperate more extensively with Europe on soft power issues, including public health, technology, and democracy. We are very pleased with the insights and visions of these two European friends on the relationship between Europe and Taiwan. 

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2020 Director Kim, Deog-Young Praises Taiwan's Korean War Orphans Documentary Film Premiere in Taiwan

Taiwan NextGen Foundation held the Taipei Premiere of the documentary film, "Kim Il-Sung's Children". This documentary tells the incredible story of thousands of North Korean orphans sent to Eastern Europe. It offered a meaningful opportunity to engage in a discussion with Director Kim, moderated by our Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy.

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2020 Taiwan NextGen Foundation Annual Meeting Report

This year’s annual meeting report was delivered by our advisor Lo Chih-Cheng, and the annual report was given by Chen Kuan-Ting and research fellow Marcin Jerzewski. I sincerely thank Bartosz Ryś, the Acting Director of Poland in Taiwan, Mr. Jordan Reeves, the representative of Canada in Taiwan, and Omer Caspi, the representative of Israel in Taiwan Mr. Maxime Ramon, Deputy Director of Belgium in Taiwan, AIT, Japan Exchange Association, India Office in Taiwan, British Council, Australia Office in Taiwan, Somaliland Office in Taiwan and our advisors MP Wu Yu-Chin, MP Chuang Jui-Hsiung, and MP Chiu Tai-Yuan for participating in this event. 

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2020 Donation to Honduras Recovery Efforts

This year’s annual meeting report was delivered by our advisor Chih-Cheng Lo and the annual report was given by Kuan-Ting Chen and research fellow Marcin Jerzewski. Taiwan NextGen sincerely thanks Bartosz Ryś, the Acting Director of Poland in Taiwan, Mr. Jordan Reeves, the representative of Canada in Taiwan, and Omer Caspi, the representative of Israel in Taiwan Mr. Maxime Ramon, Deputy Director of Belgium in Taiwan, AIT, Japan Exchange Association, India Office in Taiwan, British Council, Australia Office in Taiwan, Somaliland Office in Taiwan and our advisors MP Yu-Chin Wu, MP Jui-Hsiung Chuang, and MP Tai-Yuan Chiu for participating in this event. 

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2020 Taiwan NextGen Foundation – Parliamentary Delegations

Researcher and visiting scholar of Taiwan NextGen, visited The Legislative Yuan and Legislative representative, Ming-Wen Chen. The purpose of the meeting was to exchange opinions on agricultural policy and the prospects of Taiwan-US relations.

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2016 Taiwan NextGen Foundation – Parliamentary Delegations

Since the establishment of our thinktank in 2016, Taiwan Nextgen has sent delegations to visit Europe, Indonesia, Central and South America. While on these tours NextGen representatives have met with foreign Members of Parliament, industry leaders, and Taiwanese communities residing in the host countries. We have also arranged the reception for parliamentary delegations coming from the Middle East, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia to fortify our strong friendships and discuss opportunities for practical cooperation in near future. Below are a few photo journals, and takeaways from these exchanges. 

2016 Operation Ing-Chieh – NextGen members accompanied President Tsai Ing-Wen to Central America

Over the course of 9 days, we visited Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The goal of the trip was to strengthen bilateral relationships and support Taiwanese expatriates working throughout central America. 

This trip highlighted the struggles and triumphs within each Central American country. Through continued cooperation, these Countries' experiences serve as valuable lessons for Taiwan both as it relates to domestic policy and improving international cooperation.

Following this Trip, President Tsai released the following statements:

1.  Our practical diplomacy has replaced the previous approach of unilateral aid with bilateral communications and mutual assistance. This approach has earned positive support from our allies and will carry us forward to establish more efficient, more effective, win-win opportunities.

2.  Future cooperative agreements should take industry and market developments into consideration. As globalization intensifies, Taiwan’s industries must take advantage of global supply chain and enter global markets, in which Central America yields high potential. We aim to unlock the value of our Free Trade Agreements by encouraging Taiwanese enterprises and experts to plan for trade expansion.