Date: February 24, 2017
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Tawei Lee met with around 200 representatives from
130 local nongovernmental organizations at a tea reception Feb. 22 at Taipei Guest House in the capital city, pledging to continue close collaboration with the NGOs in expanding Taiwan’s international presence.
Speaking at the event, Lee said the unique political status of the Republic of China (Taiwan) limits the nation’s participation in the international community. Therefore, NGOs can assist the government in expanding Taiwan’s global presence, he added.
The minister pointed out that since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May of last year, she has repeatedly stressed the importance of the partnership between the government and NGOs. She also expressed her hopes for the enhancement of the ROC’s diplomatic efforts through such organizations, as well as think tanks and other groups. [FULL STORY]