Monthly Archives: October 2011

HiRecruit Job Fair in Santa Clara on Nov 5

Taiwan’s vice economic minister, Liang Kuo-hsing, will lead “Taiwan High-Tech Overseas Talent Recruitment Mission” (HiRecruit) to the Bay Area this Saturday, November 5th. The daylong (9:30 am to 8:00 pm) job fair hopes to fill 1,205 job vacancies in Taiwan. Specifically, 22 companies will be present to hold one-on-one interviews at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara (2151 Laurelwood Road, Saratoga Ballroom.

This year’s participating enterprises from Taiwan include TSMC, UMC, AU Optronics Corp., MediaTek, Delta Electronics, Davicom Semiconductor, Macronix International, Silicon Motion, Oplink, E Ink, Arcom, AcBel, AAEON, LuxNet, Portman Security, AB Biosciences, EverFocus, and many others. Job opportunities are available in the field of process engineering, manufacturing, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutics chemistry, pharmacokinetics, chemical engineering, medical chemistry, cloud computing, functional textile R&D, solar cell engineer, etc.

Since it began in 2003, HiRecruit has successfully recruited 3,672 professionals to work in Taiwanese companies.

For further information, please visit: event/detail.jsp?id=1671&lang=en_US.


Taiwan Film Days 2011

Opening Night Reception at 9:00 pm on Friday, October 14

Formosa Mambo International Premiere

Friday, October 14, Movies at 7:00 and 9:45 pm

A kidnapping goes awry when the young hostage’s family refuses to take it  seriously. Stuck with a hostage and now on the run, the kidnappers’ situation  becomes a comedy of errors with delicious plot twists and double crosses. Director Wang Chi-tsai in person.


Taivalu North American Premiere

Saturday, October 15 at 1:30 pm

The island nation of Tuvalu is expected to be the first victim of rising sea levels associated with climate  change. This documentary examines the current situation in Tuvalu  and draws parallels to ecological situations facing Taiwan.  Winner of Grand Prize and Best Documentary Prize at 2011 Taipei  International Film Festival. In Taiwanese with subtitles. Director Huang Hsin-yao in person.


Pinoy Sunday

Saturday, October 15  at 4:00 pm  and Sunday, October 16  at 7:00 pm

In this charming comedy, two immigrant workers from the Philippines labor in a strict factory six days a week. On their day off, they find a sofa  that they are determined to take back to their workers’ dorm across town.  Without transport and laboring under a curfew,  it becomes an epic journey. In Tagalog and Mandarin with subtitles.


You Are the Apple of  My Eye North American Premiere

Friday, October 14 at 4:30 pm and Saturday, October 15 at 6:00 pm

Ko-teng has a crush on the beautiful class overachiever, Shen Chia-yi, as do most of his close-knit group of roguish friends. When a friendship serendipitously blossoms between the two, romance may seem inevitable, but what develops is infinitely sweeter. This directing debut of megastar novelist Giddens was a hit at the Taipei International Film Festival this year. In Mandarin with subtitles.


Honey Pupu  U.S. Premiere

Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 pm

A character named Dog, the key to a young woman’s love life, disappears, and she aims to track him down through his social media network. In Chen Hung-i’s exploration of networked communications and virtual friendships, the characters begin combining their online lives with their real ones, coming to grips with  what it means to live in an age of constant acceleration. In Mandarin with subtitles.


The Coming of Tulku International Premiere

Sunday, October 16  at 1:00 pm

A man of gentle paradox, 90-year-old poet Zhou Meng-die displays a particular economy of speech, gesture and expression belying his racing mental acuity. The audience is eased into the rhythm as Zhou’s life as it unfolds slowly and with purpose, thick with small pleasures. Those who allow themselves to be swept  into his perspective will find they are gently nudged into experiencing another mode of being. In Mandarin with subtitles.


Bear It  International Premiere

Sunday, October 16 at 4:15 pm

In Cheng Fen-fen’s comedy, Peter is a travel guide and chaperone for teddy bears sent on tours by their families. When he is in an auto accident and three of the bears go missing, his attempts to replace them, which results in a number of human entanglements that his work with inanimate objects was designed to help him avoid. Soon he is enmeshed in a roving band of misfits far more
unpredictable than his usual passengers. In Mandarin with subtitles.


Ranger International Premiere

Sunday, October 16 at 9:00 pm

A convicted murderer is released from prison after 25 years. Finding himself immediately reimmersed into the violent rotherhood of mob society once again. He soon faces ostracism and is on the run when he becomes protective of the mob boss’ abused child. A riveting story of multigenerational violence and retribution whose cycle can only be broken from within. In Taiwanese with

Film tickets and Venue
$11 for SFFS members, $13 general, $12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; Opening night film and party $15 for SFFS members, $20 general; Film Society CineVoucher 10-Packs $105 for SFFS members, $125 general. Purchase online at or in person at San Francisco Film Society. All screenings will be at the New People Cinema on 1746 Post Street, in San Francisco’s Japantown.

School principals stick with traditional Chinese characters

When Taiwan’s first lady visited the Bay Area several weeks ago, she lavished her attention on students attending weekend Chinese schools operated by the overseas Taiwanese community. During her low-key visit to the Bay Area, President Ma Ying-jeou’s wife, Chou Mei-ching, spent the bulk of her time visiting four schools for some storytelling.

Among the stories that the first lady told was one about the great Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303-361). Some might think that her talk was too difficult for students to understand, but Jason Lin, the principal of Silicon Valley Chinese School and Yongching Lim, the principal of Fremont Chinese School, were deeply touched and impressed by the first lady’s visit. By coming to their schools and selecting the stories, she emphasized the importance of instilling a Chinese education in the next generation.

Classes on weekends only

Currently, there are roughly 2,000 Chinese schools in the US, a quarter of which are in California with about 250-300 of them in Northern California. It is difficult to know the precise numbers because they are not regular schools. They only offer two to three hours of Chinese language courses per week at the premises of regular secondary schools during the weekends. Silicon Valley Chinese School with over 650 students opens every Friday night, while Fremont Chinese School with some 800 students opens every Saturday morning. At its peak, both schools had an enrollment of over 1,200 students each. Even now, they are still considered large in comparison to other Chinese schools in the US.

These two schools were founded in the early 1970s. After a large number of Taiwanese college graduates completed their studies in the US, many of them settled in Silicon Valley to work. When they started families, many of them wanted their children to receive a Chinese education and thus Chinese-language schools were established.

To begin with, each of these two schools had only 10 to 20 students, with parents serving as part-time teachers. Now, there are 36 professional Chinese teachers at the Silicon Valley Chinese School, and more than 50 at the Fremont Chinese School. Today, Chinese language courses are available from kindergarten to 12th grade at both schools.

The vast majority of the students’ parents are overseas Chinese (more than 90 percent are immigrants from Taiwan), with many of them being mixed-race children. Most of the non-Chinese parents are from Southeast Asia, followed by India, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Caucasian students are in the single digits.

Principal Lim, who is originally from Malaysia, said that most Caucasian families do not let their children take classes on the weekends, instead, they would rather their childen take Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) during the regular school year.

Controversy over traditional or simplified Chinese characters

Despite the current popularity of learning Chinese, student numbers have declined in recent years at Fremont Chinese School. The numbers have fallen from 1,200 in 2004 to 800 today, and they continue to decline. Silicon Valley Chinese School also faces the challenge of a shrinking student population.

Lim acknowledges that Silicon Valley Chinese School uses a curriculum designed for students of ethnic Chinese families. It is more difficult for non-Chinese students, who generally choose CSL during the normal school term. In addition, this overseas Chinese school run by the Taiwanese community teaches traditional Chinese characters and uses phonetic-based teaching methods. Many immigrants from China send their children to schools teaching simplified characters and the Hanyu Pinyin system which is used in mainland China. Thus, these weekend schools reap little benefit from Chinese classes being in vogue.

Taiwan has continued to use traditional characters as used in classical Chinese literature, while the simplified system of Chinese characters has been used in mainland China since 1956. The Chinese phonetic symbols are tools for teaching pronunciation in Taiwan, while Hanyu Pinyin is used in China. Lin said that his school has also taught Pinyin to follow the trend, but that “the traditional characters are authentic, and in no way would he abandon them.” Lim also believes that the traditional characters will help students to appreciate the beauty of Chinese characters and the school will continue to adhere to teaching traditional characters.

The Chinese schools that teach simplified characters and Pinyin are flourishing, while those that teach traditional characters account for only a fifth of all Chinese schools in Northern California. Faced with this trend, Lin does not consider it a threat, while Lim said that the school will adjust its direction and be open to other options, such as cooperating with regular American high schools to teach Chinese as a community service.

At the Fremont Chinese School, roughly 70-some administrators are comprised of parents of students or volunteers. When asked if the upcoming presidential election in Taiwan hampers cooperation among faculty members, Lim replied, “parents from Taiwan have different political affiliation…and we are not suppose to discuss politics in school.”

“I learn Chinese because I have a Chinese face”

Lin said that the highly educated Taiwanese immigrants in Silicon Valley have high expectations of his school. Teachers face a dilemma often between strict parents and a more laissez-faire approach. The two groups often hold divergent opinions on students’ work, testing, score rankings, etc. Lin said, “Learning Chinese is a life-long process. We do not want to be too strict in our teaching methods so as to dampen student interest.”

At the request of Taiwan Insights, Lim surveyed some of the reasons why students are studying Chinese.

Sophia Shih (4th grader): “In Fremont Chinese School, we learn traditional characters first. It will be easier for us to learn simplified characters in future. After learning Chinese, I can watch Mandarin TV programs, talk over the phone to my grandpa and grandma in Taiwan.”

Sarah Chang (10th grader): “I come to Chinese schools not just for classes, but also to make friends. If I did not come, I’ll sleep at home, a waste of time. Once I am used to it, I like to have classes on Saturday morning at Fremont Chinese School.”

Kevin Li (10th grader): “I look like a Chinese. I think it is a must to be able to speak Chinese.”

Hilary Yen (11th grader): “I think learning Chinese will help me find a job in the future. When I go to travel in Taiwan and China, I can talk to people using Mandarin.”.

Irene Chang (4th grader): “I have enjoyed staying in Taiwan during the summer vacation so that I might be staying in Taiwan in the future. Therefore, I have to be good at Chinese language.”

When these students grow up, they may not know who Wang Xizhi is or remember the stories told by Taiwan’s first lady, but they will nevertheless have a key which opens the treasure chest of Chinese culture worldwide, one that will provide life-long benefits.

Taiwan Film Days, Oct 14-16

Celebrate the best of contemporary Taiwanese films by attending this year’s Taiwan Film Days at the New People Cinema in San  Francisco’s Japantown. The three-day event offers something for everyone, from soft romantic love to gritty gangster flicks and light-hearted comedies to thought-provoking documentaries. Join the opening night festivities at 9 pm on October 14 at the gallery of the New People Building (1746 Post Street, between Webster and Buchanan Streets).

Formosa Mambo opens the festival on Friday evening with screening at 7 and 9:45 pm. Although scheduled to be the first film in the line-ups, it was usurped by You Are the Apple of My Eye at 4:30 pm on Friday. The movie was a hit at this year’s Taipei International Film Festival and the movie has received a lot of press in the Chinese media since. Initially, the San Francisco Film Society scheduled only one showing on Saturday evening, but when the tickets quickly sold out, another showing was added on the opening day. Both showings are now sold out, with only a few rush tickets set aside.

This year, two directors from Taiwan will be present at Taiwan Film Days. Wang Chi-tsai, the director of Formosa Mambo, will be here for the opening night and be present to answer questions after his film. A Golden Bell award-winning director, he also wrote the screen play for this movie as well. Formosa Mambo, a comedy of errors about a kidnapping gone awry, is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Along with Wang, director Huang Hsin-yao will also be present at the festival. Huang directed the documentary Taivalu about the impending plight of the island nation of Tuvalu, predicted to be the first island to be submerged due to global warming. The film won the Grand Prize and Best Documentary Prize at the 2011 Taipei International Film Festival.

This year’s line-up also include: Bear It, The Coming of Tulku, Honey Pupu, Pinoy Sunday, and Ranger. For more information about tickets, venue and the films, please visit this issue’s Photo Gallery.

Taiwan Film Days is presented by the San Francisco Film Society and sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Taiwan’s Government Information Office, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, and EVA Air. Its media sponsors are Hyphen Magazine and San Francisco Bay Guardian.

American scholars to discuss why Taiwan matters on Nov 1

The World Affairs Council (WAC) of Northern California and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco are proud to present “China and Taiwan: A Complex Relationship” a talk between Prof. Shelley Rigger and Prof. Alice Miller on Tuesday, November 1. It is the first installment of a three part series entitled “China: Reshaping the East.”

Both women are amply qualified to talk about the topic given their vast work and research experience. Together, they have 70-some years of experience in working and studying the complexities of Taiwan-China-US relations. The program will begin at 6pm at the World Affairs Council located at 312 Sutter Street (second floor), San Francisco.

One topic that’s sure to come up is the military defense of Taiwan in the face of China’s continued military build-up. It is something that Miller is especially qualified to speak on. She is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and visiting associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a senior lecturer at the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Miller has lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan and China and has gained an unique perspective on Taiwan-China-US relations through her 20  years as a professor and then as the director of the China Study Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Prior to her teaching stint at Johns Hopkins, she worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior analyst in Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics, and branch and division chief, supervising analysis on China, North Korea, Indochina, and Soviet policy in East Asia from 1974-1990.

Rigger is a worthy pairing for Miller since her new book, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, was just published on July 16. Rigger is a leading scholar of Taiwan and the Brown Associate Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College, North Carolina, and has spent extensive periods inTaiwan throughout her career.

As well as addressing the crucial question of why Taiwan is important to the United States, she chronicles the island’s deep political split and helps the reader understand the different factions at work. She offers insightful observations and peppers her book with interesting stories gained from conversation withTaiwan’s top leaders and everyday Taiwanese.

The talk will begin at 6pm with a reception to follow at the World Affairs Council of Northern California (312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco). Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for students and free to WAC members. Advance registration is recommended for guaranteed seating at

Taiwan’s first lady visits San Francisco

Overseas Taiwanese in San Francisco were excited to see Chou Mei-ching (President Ma Ying-jeou’s wife) join them at the Golden Gate Bridge Walk at noon on Sept. 24. Her surprise visit was met with tremendous excitement by the 3,000 people at the bridge who participated in a commemorative walk marking the Republic of China’s (ROC) 100th  anniversary.

Taiwan’s first lady arrived from Los Angeles a day earlier and spent the weekend visiting students studying Chinese at Taiwanese primary schools in San Jose and Fremont. While there, she met some of the students and read them stories. She decided to join the walk to convey her greetings to the overseas Taiwanese who converged on the bridge that Saturday. She also accepted the torch relay at the Golden Gate Bridge, and then held hands with children as she began walking across the bridge. She was accompanied by Jason Yuan, Taiwan’s representative in the US, and Jack K.C. Chiang, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco.

San Francisco played an integral part in the birth of the ROC because Sun Yat-sen, the republic’s founding father, visited the city four times to promote his revolutionary ideas against the Qing Dynasty. Given San Francisco’s importance, the local overseas Taiwanese community chose the iconic San Francisco bridge as the venue for the centennial celebration.

The first lady traveled light and arrived at the bridge without any pre-announcement and at the climax of the event. She was welcomed with thunderous applause, with the crowd rushing to shake her hand and to have their pictures taken with her. She graciously greeted everyone and agreed to have her picture taken with all who requested it.


Centennial National Day Reception held in San Francisco

On October 5, the centennial National Day celebration for the Republic of China was held at the Grand Ballroom of the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Director-General Jack K.C. Chiang and his wife greeted approximately 1,500 guests who attended the evening reception, including representatives from the States of Utah, Nevada and California.

As guests waited their turn to talk to the director-general and Mrs. Jack Chiang, they were treated to exhibits of gorgeous glassworks from Liuli Glass Art, distinctive potteries from Franz Porcelain, elaborate orchid arrangements from McLellan Botanicals and treats from Ten Ren Tea.

The evening officially started with a lion dance performed by eight lions. It was followed by the American anthem sung in acappella, a beautiful blending of harmonies and melodies from three female voices. It was followed by a lovely duet of the Republic of China’s anthem.

From the stage, the director-general welcomed the attendees to the centennial anniversary celebration of the republic founded by Sun Yat-sen. “Today, we remember our history and celebrate our accomplishments – one based on freedom, justice and human rights. We take pride in the journey to get here and safeguard these privileges for the future generations. This annual commemoration serves to remind us of our ideals and the aspirations shared by the global community for a just world.”

Chiang continued to talk about Taiwan’s strengths, “Despite the global financial downturn, Taiwan’s economic growth rate was 10.9%, a formidable achievement, ranked second in Asia and 4th in the world… With the signing the ECFA, a free-trade-like agreement that took effect on January 1 this year, it opened a new chapter of cross-strait relations with mainland China. ECFA has reduced tensions and advanced prosperity, benefiting both Taiwan and mainland China economically. I believe the future is even more promising.”

Though, the director-general cautioned that it does not mean that Taiwan should relax its guard against China, since China’s military buildup continues. He expressed the need to engage China from a place of strength and thanked Washington for green lighting the retrofitting of Taiwan existing F-16. Chiang paraphrased President Reagan by explaining, “Peace is made by the fact of strength and peace is lost when such strength disappears.”

He noted that relations across the Taiwan Strait have improved significantly since President Ma Ying-jeou assumed office three years ago by mentioning that the citizens of Taiwan can now travel to 124 countries visa-free. Near the end of his speech, he rallied the crowd by exclaiming that Taiwan has no “better friend” than the United States, to the cheers of the audience. In closing, he asked attendees to raise their glass to toast the US and Taiwan and their respective leaders.

In honor of the centennial celebration of the Republic of China, the San Francisco Public Library will be hosting an exhibition about Sun Yat-sen’s life and his efforts to establish Asia’s first democracy. The “Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy” exhibition will be on display from October 11 to January 12, 2012 at the San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch, Chinese Center, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco). For more information about the exhibition, please visit the library’s website at

Oral history project spotlights Taiwan’s IT pioneers

Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum (CHM) and Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC) jointly hosted a reception at CHM’s Mountain View, CA, headquarters on September 27 to celebrate a ground-breaking initiative to collect digital oral histories from Taiwan’s information technology (IT) industry pioneers.

The reception was attended by over 60 high-tech leaders and government officials from the US and Taiwan, including Jack K.C. Chiang, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco, Joseph Yang, director of TECO’s Science and Technology, and Gwo-dong Chen, director of Science Education, National Science Council.

CHM president John Hollar said that due to the fact that Taiwan holds such a special position in the global computer industry and information technology revolution, the museum collaborated with the Taiwanese IT sector to start the oral history project with the help of the Taiwanese government about a year ago.

Ten Taiwanese IT pioneers were interviewed in the documentary including: Chintay Shih, chairman of the Institute for Information Industry, Chun-yen Chang, former president of National Chiao Tung University, Ding-hua Hu, chairman of Champion Ventures, Barry Lam, chairman of Quanta Computer, Ding-yuan Yang, president of Winbond Electronics, Matthew F.C. Miau, chairman of Mitac, Synnex Group, Stan Shih, former chairman of Acer, Robert H. C Tsao, former chairman of UMC, Johnny Shih, chairman of Asustek Computer, and K.Y. Lee, chairman of Qisda Corp. Earlier the CHM also interviewed Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation.

In addition to reviewing the development history of computers and information technology in Taiwan, the interviewees shared stories of their personal struggle, the future outlook for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry and the post computer era.
Professor Kuo Sy-yen of National Taiwan University and Professor Eric Ing-yi Chen of National Taipei University of Technology were instrumental in coordinating the oral history project in Taiwan. They told Taiwan Insights that the project is the first part of an initiative by the Computer History Museum to document the global IT pioneers.

Some of these stories are already available at the Computer History Museum’s website.

Taiwan’s Int’l Children’s Painting Exhibition coming to SF museum, Oct 15 – Jan 8

The 41st Taiwan International Children’s Painting Exhibition will be on display at the San Francisco’s Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) from October 15 through January 8, 2012. Nearly two hundred award-winning paintings from more than 50 countries by children ages five to fifteen will be shown.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00-5:00pm at the museum. On that day, admission to the exhibition is free, and the reception is open to the public. Entertainment will be provided by the students from the International School of the Peninsula, the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra and Team StudioKicks.

International cultural exchange in fine arts education is greatly emphasized in Taiwan today. Two Taiwan-based organizations spearheading its advancement are the National Taiwan Arts Education Center and the Chinese Association for Education through Art, which have sponsored the Taiwan International Children’s Painting Exhibition since 1966. Their goal is to cultivate children’s appreciation of the visual world, train them in critical thinking, and encourage them to express their personality through aesthetic perception. Prior to coming to San Francisco, the exhibition also stopped in New York, Houston and Vancouver, Canada. In previous years, it toured in Austria, Poland and Germany in 2008, Japan and Korea in 2009, and Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco is co-organizing the 41st Taiwan International Children’s Painting Exhibition with the San Francisco’s Children’s Creativity Museum and San Francisco State University in collaboration with local schools and community organizations.

For more information, please contact the Children’s Creativity Museum at or visit


President Ma: Republic of China exists “in the present tense”

President Ma Ying-jeou urged Beijing to acknowledge the existence of the Republic of China on Taiwan and to move toward freedom and democracy. His comment comes a day after his Chinese counterpart called for a China-Taiwan reunification by peaceful means, according to the Central News Agency.

The Republic of China must be referred to “not in the past tense, but in the present tense,” since it has flourished in Taiwan for more than six decades, radiating its vitality to every corner of the earth, and will continue to do so in the future, President Ma said in his centennial National Day (October 10) address in Taipei.

He also called on China to “courageously move” toward becoming a free democracy thereby reducing the gap between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. The Central News Agency reported that Chinese President Hu Jintao said on October 9 that Taiwan and China should heal the wounds of the past and work together.

However, President Ma said that “in commemorating the National Revolution of 1911 and the establishment of the Republic of China thereafter, one must not deliberately cut out certain parts of history, but bring to light the actual facts of history and face the existence of the Republic head-on.”

”And had it not been for the retrocession of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic, the setbacks encountered by Republic of China’s armed forces in the civil war against the Communists on  the mainland might have spelled the death to the Republic more than six decades ago, with no chance for a transformative rebirth or the possibility of developing the two sides along a different trajectories,” he added.

For more than 60 years now, the Republic of China has “safeguarded the viability of Chinese culture” and the Republic of China has proven to the world that “democracy can take root, blossom, and bear fruit in a Chinese society,” the president said.

“Today, as we celebrate the Republic of China’s centennial National Day, we take great pride in the Republic and in Taiwan’s democracy. The vitality and the way of life in Taiwan today have become benchmarks for Chinese communities worldwide.”

President Ma expressed the hope that “Taiwan and mainland China will be able – based on a clear-eyed appreciation and acceptance of reality – to find a common ground,” while respecting differences and building a peaceful relationship.

The president said the Republic of China “is more than the name of a nation; it also stands for a free and democratic way of life, and serves as a model for those living in other ethnic Chinese societies who yearn for freedom and democracy.”

In his 20-minute speech, the president said Taiwan will continue opening up new business opportunities with other countries and economies apart from China, the Central News Agency reported. He described China as Taiwan’s largest trading partner and the largest contributor to Taiwan’s yearly trade surplus.

”We must make wise use of Taiwan’s advantages to expand our presence in the mainland market, and we must accelerate efforts to conclude free trade agreements or economic cooperation pacts with other countries,” he said.