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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained its independence from the Great Britain in 1979 and has had diplomatic ties with Taiwan since 1981. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island state in the Caribbean Sea and it has a chain of 32 islands with a population of 110,000. Taiwan and Saint Vincent have had close cooperation the areas of agriculture, health and medicine as well education. Currently, there are more than 100 students from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines studying in Taiwan. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has openly supported Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations and in May this year, the minister of health and environment for the Caribbean Island group, Minister Robert Luke Browne said at the World Health Assembly in May that “the interests of Taiwan’s 23 million people should not be held ransom by political preferences”. The video went viral in Taiwan.
The embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was opened in August in Taipei at a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of SVG Dr.Ralph Gonsalves, Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-Jen and Foregin Minister Joseph Wu. The embassy officially began service in October and the first ambassador is Andrea Bowman who is a career educator. On October 27th, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines celebrated its 40th anniversary of its independence. A series of events were held in Taiwan to mark the occasion.
Professor Meron Medzini was born in Jerusalem, Israel and he studied in the United States and holds a BA degree from the College of the City of New York; MA from Georgetown University and Ph.D. from Harvard University where he majored in the history of modern China and Japan. Professor Meron Medzini has visited Taiwan several times since 1970s and is working on a book in Hebrew on the history and politics of Taiwan. He said Taiwan and Israel share a lot of similarities because both are small in area, we are both threatened by neighbors and experience growing diplomatic isolation and both have special relations with the US. Since 2016, Professor Meron Medzini he is an Associate Fellow at the Truman Peace Institute of the Hebrew University. His research focuses on Israel's relations with the Asian nations.
Art Taipei 2019 was held in Taipei from October 18 and 21. Art Taipei 2019, an international art exhibition, is the landmark of Asian art and it attracts artists from all over the world to exhibit their works. One of the artists, Beverly Barkat, is from Israel. Her four-meter high installation, After the Tribes denotes 12 tribes of Jacob, the biblical forefather whose sons became the tribes of Israel and Beverly Barkat created 12 circular paintings on translucent PVC fabric, each one meter in diameter.
International Youth Fellowship (IYF), an international youth organization, was founded in 1995 and officially changed the name to International Youth Fellowship in 2001 and has branches in more than 80 countries in the world.The main purpose of IYF is to raise leaders of tomorrow, provide social services and volunteer service with local organizations, international exchange as well as cultural exchange. Two members of IYF Taiwan, Bissainthe Josué from Haiti and Yum, Jong Eun from South Korea says to promote cultural exchange, IYF Taiwan will hold a musical event “Christmas Cantata” throughout three major cities in Taiwan in-mid November.