Tsai hoping English proficiency of Taiwanese can improve in 10 years

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/23/2020
By: Yeh Su-ping and Elizabeth Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (second from right) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (right) attend the first consulting meeting for the “2030 Bilingual Country” policy. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office.

Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) hosted the first consultation meeting to discuss Taiwan's "2030 Bilingual Country" policy on Monday, during which she hoped the English proficiency of Taiwanese could improve over the next decade.

In a speech at the closed-door meeting, released afterwards by the Presidential Office, Tsai said mastering English is important for Taiwanese to talk about Taiwan and its values in the international community.

People should be more connected to the world, now that the international community has noticed the presence of Taiwan and the values it represents because of its success in stopping the spread of COVID-19, Tsai said.

Making Taiwan bilingual by 2030 is a policy initiated by Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) in 2018 when he served as premier. In June that year, Lai specified the "2030 Bilingual Country" plan as a major national policy.    [FULL  STORY]

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