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MOFA warmly welcomes European think tank delegation visiting Taiwan
Date: 2018/10/15    Data Source: Public Diplomacy Coordination Council
October 15, 2018
No.276      

A delegation consisting of six scholars from European think tanks and led by Ambassador James Moran, former Director for Asia and Pacific of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations, is visiting Taiwan from October 15 to 19 at the invitation of the Republic of China (Taiwan) government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warmly welcomes the delegation’s visit.

The visit will give the scholars a deeper understanding of the most recent developments in Taiwan’s politics, economy, democracy, culture, and relations with China, as well as in Asia-Pacific security.

The delegation will call at the Legislative Yuan, the National Security Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Mainland Affairs Council. The members will also attend seminars and meet with scholars from think tanks in Taiwan to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchanges.

All of the delegation members are experts in European and Asian affairs. Ambassador Moran has previously served as EU Ambassador to Egypt, Jamaica, Jordan, and Yemen. Other members of the delegation include Grigorij Mesežnikov, President of the Institute for Public Affairs(IVO) in Slovakia; Sylvia Hartleif, Leader of the Foreign Policy Team of the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Center(EPSC); Xavier Nuttin, Senior Associate and Advisory Board Member of the European Institute for Asian Studies(EIAS); John Seaman, Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Studies of the French Institute of International Relations(IFRI); and Lucrezia Poggetti, Research Associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies(MERICS)in Germany. This visit will help promote exchanges between European and Taiwanese think tanks, and create an opportunity for scholars on both sides to discuss global and regional security development and strategies.(E)