Unifying the strength of Taiwanese citizens who are living abroad and promoting Taiwanese culture in all corners of the world remain as the core values of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, said Chairwoman Chang Fu-mei (張富美) yesterday in a luncheon to review the past year's accomplishments of the commission.
"It is very clear to all that China seizes every opportunity to marginalize Taiwan in the international community. Part of their strategy includes creating factions among overseas Taiwanese compatriots," Chang said.
Chang said in the past year, the OCAC has worked hard to tighten the relations among the overseas Taiwanese population by sponsoring various programs such as bringing a group of 150 so called ABCs (American Born Chinese) back to Taiwan as English teachers for kids in remote areas on the island.
Furthermore, the OCAC has launched a project, in collaboration with 109 small- and medium-sized enterprises in Taiwan, to market the country's abundant investment opportunities. Over 170 overseas compatriots participated in the project aimed to highlight Taiwan's competitiveness in areas such as tourism and commercial trades.
Chang also listed other OCAC achievements in the past year, such as pushing for an Advanced Placement program in Mandarin Chinese for over 200 high schools in the U.S., helping a Brazilian-Taiwanese girl receive immediate medical attention when she fell ill while in Taiwan, and holding a number of overseas demonstrations to voice Taiwan's strong opposition to the Chinese government's anti-succession law.