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Taiwanese Minister Set to Make Rare Visit to Britain This Week

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Sakchi Khandelwal
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Taiwan's Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang speaks during an interview in Vilnius, Lithuania January 13, 2023 <br> Image Credit: Reuters

Tang's Trip Highlights Taiwan's Concerns over Chinese Military Activities and Seeks to Bolster Communications Resilience Plans

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Taiwan's Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, is set to embark on a significant ministerial trip to Britain this week. Despite the absence of formal ties, Taiwan considers Britain an important democratic partner and seeks to enhance bilateral cooperation. Tang, renowned internationally for her fluency in English and active presence on Twitter, will attend London Tech Week and engage with various government departments and organizations.
The trip aims to foster dialogue on digital governance, strengthen the digital industry partnership, and address Taiwan's communication resilience plans in the face of potential threats. In parallel, Taiwan's Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, is also scheduled to visit Europe, attending a security forum in Prague.
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Strengthening Bilateral Ties and Addressing Concerns

Taiwan recognizes Britain's significance as a democratic partner and seeks to deepen ties despite the lack of formal diplomatic relations. The visit aims to address shared concerns regarding the escalating Chinese military activities near Taiwan. As Beijing considers Taiwan its own territory, Taiwan hopes to garner British support for its participation in global bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO). The trip provides an opportunity for high-level engagement, enabling both sides to exchange views and strengthen their mutual understanding.

Focus on Digital Governance and Industry Cooperation

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Tang's visit holds particular importance in the realm of digital governance and industry cooperation. By attending London Tech Week, she will engage with key stakeholders and participate in discussions on digital policy and innovation. Tang will also visit the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology as well as the Department for Business and Trade. These visits are expected to facilitate knowledge sharing, exploring potential collaborations, and fostering technological advancements between Taiwan and Britain. The exchange of ideas and experiences will contribute to the growth and development of both nations' digital sectors.
The trip also entails a visit to OneWeb, a company specializing in low-earth orbit satellites. Tang aims to bolster Taiwan's communications resilience plans by exploring potential partnerships and technologies to preserve communication channels, particularly in the face of potential attacks. OneWeb, nearing completion of its internet-from-space network, presents an opportunity for Taiwan to enhance its communication infrastructure and learn from similar initiatives undertaken by other countries.
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Minister Audrey Tang's visit to Britain represents Taiwan's commitment to strengthening bilateral ties and addressing shared concerns. The focus on digital governance and industry cooperation highlights the importance of collaboration in the digital realm. Tang's engagements with government departments, organizations, and OneWeb demonstrate Taiwan's dedication to enhancing communication resilience plans.
This visit serves as a platform to deepen cooperation on government information security, investment opportunities, and overall Taiwan-Britain relations. In parallel, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu's visit to Europe further emphasizes Taiwan's engagement with the international community and its proactive stance on global security matters.
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