Ma Ying-jeou, former President of Taiwan, joined CPD for an insider's view on cross-strait relations.
This week's stories focused on non-traditional public diplomacy tools.
Taiwan’s famous stinky tofu made its debut in Washington’s Smithsonian Museum. The occasion was the result of Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau’s New York Representative Office cooperating with the Smithsonian Museum to hold a Taiwan Night Market. The S. Dillon Ripley Center at the museum was filled with red lanterns, snacks and all the sights and sounds of a Taiwan night market—including stinky tofu.
A delegation of "Youth Ambassadors" organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to the Philippines and Indonesia participated in the handing out of rice donated by Taiwanese civic groups in Manila to local disadvantaged families Monday. Under the MOFA's 2017 International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program, the delegation, which arrived in the Philippines Saturday, visited Tondo, a district of Manila, with representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, the Taipei Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, and the local branch of Taiwan's Buddhist
Japanese athletes in the Taipei Universiade have been earning high praises in Taiwan since a series of photos of them cleaning a park was posted on social media Tuesday morning. [...] "This is true people-to-people diplomacy," someone else wrote. "Their likability is completely off the charts."
This week's roundup explores the ways in which sports can play an active role in diplomacy.
Taiwanese eats are a key part of the country's soft power in Asia, and this is never any truer than it is for South Koreans. Tourists from the country are easy to spot in every Carrefour, filling their baskets with local snacks. Chief among them are pineapple cakes, the buttery pastry filled with sweet pineapple-flavored jam that may or may not contain actual pineapple.
The Bureau of Foreign Trade and Taiwan External Trade Development announced that the Taiwan Excellence logo, the mark of outstanding Taiwanese achievements, will appear on the jerseys of the Italian volleyball team, Top Volley Latina. This season the entire team will wear the Taiwan Excellence emblem on their jersey. The move supports the success of Huang Pei-hong, the only Taiwanese member of this international team and promotes Taiwanese recognition through sports.