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All-Out Diplomacy Workshop in Kinmen Yesterday

All-Out Diplomacy Workshop in Kinmen Yesterday
Reporter: Li Zeng-Wang/County Government

The 2017 All-Out Diplomacy Workshop (Kinmen Session), organized by the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conducted by the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, R.O.C., took place at the Multimedia Room of Kinmen County Hall yesterday. Wang Chien-Yeh (as shown in the photo on the left) and Victor J. Chin (as shown in the photo on the right), ambassadors of the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, introduced and explained the major foreign policies and affairs of Taiwan at present (including the New Southbound Policy, their deployment overseas, and their experience in city diplomacy) as well as international etiquette (such as how to receive foreign guests), respectively. The attending government staff gained a lot of new knowledge from the workshop.

This workshop began at 10 a.m. yesterday. In his introductory speech, Kinmen Deputy Magistrate Wu Cherng-Dean stated that the Kinmen County Government has established the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs in response to the government’s promotion of the New Southbound Policy. The office aims to build connections with a considerable number of overseas Chinese originally from Kinmen. Wu also called for more support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help Kinmen play its role.

The Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs stated that the trend of globalization has gradually blurred the boundaries between countries and made the division between domestic affairs and international events no longer as clear as it once was. As interactions between countries become more and more frequent, “all-out diplomacy” has become the mainstream in the current international society. Only by breaking through traditional boundaries and limitations and soliciting and improving citizen participation in diplomacy can Taiwan gain more opportunities for international involvement.

According to the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, for the purpose of efficiently combining efforts of our citizens and finding more resources for diplomacy, the scope of training provided in the 2017 All-Out Diplomacy Workshop was expanded on the basis of its previous rationale, to focus on fostering more potential diplomatic elites with a broad perspective of the world, future, and industry. A wide variety of training programs were also designed to accommodate the global development trends. The topics included the current foreign policy of Taiwan, foreign affairs and related work experiences, public services-oriented consular affairs, international etiquette, tips for attending or organizing international conferences and events, global economic prospects, international rescue and collaboration, NGO and all-out diplomacy, and expansion of business opportunities in foreign countries. The organizer expected that the professional knowledge and practical experience shared during the workshop would inspire the attendees to develop new ways of thinking in regard to foreign affairs, and equip them with the capabilities to engage in international events at any time and strive for more diplomatic opportunities for Taiwan when appropriate, in order to successfully promote Taiwan.

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  • Date:2018-01-02