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Mr.Fabio Franco, the director of Commercial Office of Brazil to Taipei said the commercial relations between Taiwan and Brazil have been growing citing the fact that the bilateral trade was valued at US$5 billion in 2015 and the trade underwent a slight decline in 2018. But, Mr.Fabio Franco said the prospects are good for the future and the trade volume is getting back on the track.
On January 2nd, Chinese President Xi Jin-ping reiterated its willingness to discuss peaceful unification issue with political parties in Taiwan calling for China’s unification with Taiwan can be based on “one country two systems” framework. President Tsai, on January 5th, said that Taiwan will never accept the 1992 consensus as it is defined by China as “one country two systems”.
On today’s show, I will revisit some of my favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2018. There are quite a number of issues that made the headlines for example a new initiative has been taken by Palau to protect the environment, that is “passport pledge” that visitors must sign before entering Palau. July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela. 2018 marked 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and the centenary is an occasion to honor his devotion to fighting poverty and social justice for all.
B Dance was founded by a Taiwanese award winning choreographer Benson Tsai Po-cheng in 2014. His work Floating Flowers won the Audience Award and the Gauthier Dance/Stuttgart Theater Production Award in Germany in 2014. He has won various awards ever since then. Just about two months ago, Benson Tsai worked with a Luxembourg dancer for the Blah Blah Blah production and in January 2019, B Dance plans to launch Millennials working with Marcos Morau, international artistic director and founder of a Spanish dance company La Veronal as well as Dr.Ryan Somerville, a renowned US composer.
East Asia and Taipei Bureau Director, Cédric Alviani of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders) said disinformation has caused a great impact on journalism. When the public receives too much information, they tend to believe what they are told. Every government should fight against fake news but he does not agree using censorship to deter fake news. He added that the government of Taiwan is considering revising the law to stop fake news and he calls upon the government to engage in positive measures to fight against fake news.