Oxford passes motion to establish sister city ties with Taiwan

Oxford City Council to move forward with scouting out Taiwanese sister city

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/21
By: Kelvin Chen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Oxford City Councilor Stephen Goddard (right) (Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The British city of Oxford on Monday evening (July 20) voted to become sister cities with a yet-to-be-determined Taiwanese city.

The motion, proposed by Oxford City Councilor Stephen Goddard, was overwhelmingly passed with 42 votes in favor, one against, and two abstentions. Due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the vote was held via online conference, CNA reported.

The proposal stated that Oxford currently has sister cities in Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas but none in East Asia. If Oxford successfully establishes a sister city relationship in Taiwan, it will be the first in the U.K. to do so, Goddard stated.

Goddard said during the online meeting that even though Taiwan is diplomatically isolated, it is still prosperous and has kept its deaths in the single-digits during the coronavirus epidemic. There are many Taiwanese cities that Oxford could pair up with, he remarked.

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