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Evergreen Group chairman awarded German decoration

Evergreen Group chairman awarded German decoration

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) Evergreen Group Chairman Chang Yung-fa received a decoration from the German government Thursday honoring his contributions to relations between Germany and Taiwan. Chang, who runs one of the world's biggest shipping companies, was presented with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Mirko Kruppa, deputy director-general of the German Institute Taipei, on behalf of German President Joachim Gauck. Chang is the third Taiwanese to receive an Order of Merit from the German government, but his decoration is of a higher rank than those awarded to the two previous recipients. "I am very delighted and profoundly honored to be here to receive the award bestowed by German President Joachim Gauck," Chang said at the award ceremony, which was also attended by Frank Horch, senator for economic affairs of the City of Hamburg and other German and Taiwanese government and company representatives. "Dr. Chang Yung-fa and the Evergreen Group have contributed like almost no other company to the strengthening of ties between Germany and Taiwan," Michael Zickerick, director-general of the German Institute Taipei, said in a statement. He noted that Chang's company, Evergreen Line, launched its first round-the-world international shipping service in Hamburg, "thereby considerably raising the significance of the Port of Hamburg, the City of Hamburg, as well as the Federal Republic of Germany, in global shipping," he said. Chang, 86, founded the conglomerate in 1968 to offer shipping, transportation and related services.He now chairs a multinational corporation that owns 200 container ships and 62 passenger and cargo planes. He has received 15 decorations from Taiwan and abroad and eight honorary degrees. Last year, he was named by Forbes magazine for the fifth time as a hero of philanthropy in Asia. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-28 23:17 GMT+08:00