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Remarks by Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu at the flag presentation and press conference for the 2022 International Youth Ambassadors

  • Data Source:Department of NGO International Affairs
  • Date:2022-08-25

Jaushieh Joseph Wu
 Minister of Foreign Affairs 
 Republic of China (Taiwan)
 August 25, 2022
 (As Prepared for Delivery)


Good afternoon!

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan), I would like to thank all of you for your participation and dedication to the International Youth Ambassadors Program. MOFA believes that young people can be changemakers. You not only have the power to change yourselves, you can also transform your communities, your country, and even the world. That is why we resumed this program as soon as circumstances allowed.

Two days from now, you will depart for Palau to undertake an important mission for Taiwan. Your task will be to strengthen the friendship between Taiwan and Palau and introduce Taiwan to the international community in fresh and creative ways. Through seminars, forums, volunteer work, courtesy visits, and cultural performances, you will have the opportunity to display your talents, exchange ideas with local people, and show that Taiwan is a force for good in the world. This is soft power in action.

The theme for this year's program is “Our Ocean, Taiwan's Devotion.'' The choice of topic reflects that Taiwan and Palau are both island nations in the Pacific Ocean. Our countries share a common interest in providing a clean, safe, and productive ocean for future generations.

This year's Youth Ambassadors are from a wide variety of backgrounds and are studying a range of different majors. The group reflects the diversity of Taiwan's society. During your visit to Palau, I am sure that you will represent the multicultural nature of Taiwan and demonstrate the inclusiveness of its people.

I'm encouraged to see that so many young Taiwanese people want to take part in this program. I hope that the two-week orientation and five-day visit to Palau will give you a better understanding of the importance of diplomacy to Taiwan's future. The experience is sure to broaden your horizons.

Finally, I would like to thank you again for your commitment to this important initiative. No doubt, you will feel a sense of pride to be a Youth Ambassador. I have full confidence that you will also make Taiwan proud of you. May you all have a fulfilling and meaningful journey! Thank you!