Offshore Wind: a UK-Taiwanese success story

In recent years Taiwan has also been a pioneering leader in the field of green energy and as an island, much like the UK, offshore wind has been a big focus of that push. Similarly to the UK Government, the Taiwanese Government is committed to a transition to green energy.

In this paper, the British-Taiwanese APPG highlights the significant achievements that have already been delivered. But there is scope for closer cooperation in this and other sectors too and the APPG urges the British Government to do the right thing and work closer with Taiwan on these issues, starting by extending a full invite to Taiwan to participate in the COP26 Conference in Glasgow this November.

As the offshore wind space shows, closer relations between the UK and Taiwan are beneficial for both of these island nations. Furthermore, those benefits also extend to the wider world.

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Taiwan Brings a Trendy Look to Rush Weaving at London Craft Week

The traditional craft of Taiwanese rush weaving is set to feature at this year’s London Craft Week 2021, with the exhibition Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and created in collaboration with the Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association, the exhibition will mark the fifth year Taiwan has participated at the festival. The exhibition will run from the 30th September to 10th October, giving UK audiences the chance to experience the centuries-old craft at London’s iconic [email protected]

Taiwan’s particular strain of cyperus malaccensis is unique to the island. Famous for its triangular shape and firm texture, the plant provides greater variety in pattern design, giving rush-woven products a distinctive look and a higher quality. Taiwan’s indigenous Taukat people began weaving this rush plant into high quality mats to sit on during the mid-eighteenth century. Soon spreading amongst local Hakka and Minnan ethnic groups, centuries of interdependence and integration, from dynastic times to the Japanese Empire and now the modern day, have made Taiwanese rush weaving a unique multicultural craftsmanship.

Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving will be presented in a hybrid format, with the physical exhibition being accompanied by an online viewing room (https://www.linesofpossibilities.com), showing off a variety of products from the modern rush weaving industry. The online viewing room also presents a short documentary on the development of the rush weaving industry in the small town of Yuanli, Miaoli, drawing on the personal experiences of the town’s craftspeople. The exhibition will also give the British public the opportunity to learn the basics of rush weaving themselves, with interactive workshops running on the 2nd and 9th October between 14:00 and 15:00.

“The exhibition isn’t just about presenting Taiwanese craftsmanship,” noted Dr. Chen Pin-Chuan, Director of the Cultural Division at the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, “it’s about finding similarities and noting differences in Taiwanese and British culture. Both island nations have a tradition of plant weaving and basketry – so this exhibition presents an opportunity to further explore what our countries have in common, and foster interest in each other’s craft industries.”

London Craft Week is one of the largest annual festivals celebrating craft, attracting established and emerging makers, designers, brand and galleries from around the world. Now in its seventh year, the festival will feature more than 300 events, exhibitions, workshops and forums, creating a spiritual feast for lovers of craft. With authenticity at the heart of London Craft Week, Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving is set to present the island nation’s creativity and craftsmanship on the international stage.

 

 

Question / Taiwan: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN HL1573, tabled on 29 June 2021

Question
Lord Truscott
Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to supply Taiwan with COVID-19 vaccines; and what is the timetable on any such plans.

Answer
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Conservative

Answered on
13 July 2021

The UK remains committed to equitable access to safe and effective vaccines and the Prime Minister has stated that we will share vaccines with COVAX and has called on G7 leaders to vaccinate the world by end of next year. We will continue to discuss this issue with our G7 partners and will issue details of the quantities and timeframe for sharing vaccine doses soon.

Taiwan has had one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are continuing to engage with the relevant authorities locally through the British Office in Taipei as it faces its first significant occurrence of community transmission of the virus. Taiwan has so far received 609,600 doses through the COVAX platform. We will continue to work with all of our international partners to deliver a strong global response to the pandemic.

 

Question / China: Taiwan

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 24103, tabled on 29 June 2021

Question
Mr Gregory Campbell
Democratic Unionist Party
East Londonderry Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to offer support to the Taiwan people in respect of the current political climate involving China.

Answer
Nigel Adams
Conservative
Selby and Ainsty Commons

Answered on
5 July 2021

HMG considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. However, we remain concerned by any action which raises tensions and risks destabilising the status quo.

 

Question / Trade Agreements: Taiwan

Question for Department for International Trade
UIN 12938, tabled on 9 June 2021

Question
Mr David Davis
Conservative
Haltemprice and Howden Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans her Department has to open trade negotiations with Taiwan.

Answer
Greg Hands
Conservative
Chelsea and Fulham Commons

Answered on
14 June 2021

The UK remains committed to strengthening its rich and wide-ranging trading relationship with Taiwan. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Taiwan was £6.1 billion in 2020. The UK is working with Taiwan to deepen its relationship, including through the annual Trade Talks and associated dialogues, ministerial engagement, and through engagements by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Taiwan.

 

Question / Overseas Trade: Taiwan

Question for Department for International Trade
UIN 13928, tabled on 10 June 2021

Question
Mrs Heather Wheeler
Conservative
South Derbyshire Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to expand the UK’s trade and investment relationship with Taiwan.

Answer
Greg Hands
Conservative
Chelsea and Fulham Commons

Answered on
14 June 2021

I refer my hon. Friend for South Derbyshire to the answer I gave to my Rt hon. Friend for Haltemprice and Howden on 14 June 2021, UIN: 12938

 

Question / Taiwan: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 10399, tabled on 4 June 2021

Question
Stephen Kinnock
Labour

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that Taiwan can viably access an alternative source of covid-19 vaccine supply to that being offered by the Chinese Government.

Answer
Nigel Adams
Conservative

Answered on
9 June 2021

The UK remains committed to equitable access to safe and effective vaccines and the Prime Minister has stated that we will share vaccines with COVAX and has called on G7 leaders to vaccinate the world by end of next year. We will continue to discuss this issue with our G7 partners and will issue details of the quantities and timeframe for sharing vaccine doses soon.

Taiwan has had one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are continuing to engage with the relevant authorities locally through the British Office in Taipei as it faces its first significant occurrence of community transmission of the virus. Taiwan has so far received 609,600 doses through the COVAX platform. We will continue to work with all of our international partners to deliver a strong global response to the pandemic.

 

Question / Navy: Taiwan Strait

Question for Ministry of Defence
UIN 10212, tabled on 4 June 2021

Question
Tobias Ellwood
Conservative

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister is responsible for deciding what Royal Navy ships may pass through the Taiwan Strait in 2021.

Answer
James Heappey
Conservative

Answered on
9 June 2021

As with all operational policy, naval deployments are a Ministry of Defence Departmental responsibility under the Secretary of State for Defence. Where Defence activity has broader policy implications for other Government Departments, it is usual for the Defence Secretary to consult with Cabinet colleagues before issuing his direction.

 

Question / Taiwan: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 7112, tabled on 25 May 2021

Question
Andrew Rosindell
Conservative

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent conversations he has had with his counterpart from Taiwan on the cause of a recent increase in cases of covid-19 in that country.

Answer
Nigel Adams
Conservative

Answered on
2 June 2021

Taiwan has had one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are now engaging with the relevant authorities locally through the British Office in Taipei as it faces its first significant occurrence of community transmission of the virus. We will continue to work with all of our international partners to deliver a strong global response.

 

Question / Taiwan: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
UIN 7112, tabled on 25 May 2021

Question
Andrew Rosindell
Conservative

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent conversations he has had with his counterpart from Taiwan on the cause of a recent increase in cases of covid-19 in that country.

Answer
Nigel Adams
Conservative

Answered on
2 June 2021

Taiwan has had one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are now engaging with the relevant authorities locally through the British Office in Taipei as it faces its first significant occurrence of community transmission of the virus. We will continue to work with all of our international partners to deliver a strong global response.