New Southbound Policy Portal

Taiwan: A vibrant democracy in Asia embracing creativity and diversity


On Oct. 10, 2017, the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates its 106th anniversary energized by growing international recognition of its thriving democracy and vibrant multicultural society. A staunch defender of human rights and the rule of law, Taiwan is a beacon of freedom in Asia that warmly welcomes people and integrates cultures from across the world.

This famed hospitality was on full display Aug. 19-30 when over 7,700 student athletes from 141 countries gathered in Taipei for the 29th Summer Universiade, or World University Games. The largest sporting event ever staged in Taiwan was universally acclaimed as a resounding success.

Taiwan again grabbed headlines Sept. 10-13 as host of the World Congress on Information Technology. Around 4,000 captains of industry, government officials and experts from over 80 countries traveled to Taipei to discuss the future of the ICT industry, highlighting the country’s status as a leading hub of high-tech innovation.

The scale and diversity of events staged in Taiwan in recent months are cause for great optimism about the country’s future. Emboldened by these successes, the people of Taiwan will mark this year’s Double Tenth National Day determined to further strengthen the country’s cultural dynamism and global profile.