The Community Services Center turns 35 this year, a significant milestone for the organization. Founded in 1987, the Taipei-based nonprofit has striven to provide high-quality support services to Taiwan’s foreign residents to help them settle and acclimate to life in Taiwan. Chief among the Center’s top-tier attributes is its strong and diverse counseling team. All…

More than for most businesses, shortening the time needed to bring a new product to market is vitally important for medical device companies. Given the industry’s rapid development of new technologies leading to steady improvements in functions and materials, the existing models of many devices are soon obsolete, ready to be replaced by next-generation products….

The numbering system used on foreign nationals’ alien resident certificates (ARCs) changed in January to match that of Taiwanese citizens’ IDs, removing a longstanding hindrance to carrying out everyday activities such as online banking, ticket booking, and registration for medical appointments. Before the change was made, whether an ARC number could be entered successfully online…

AmCham’s Human Resources Committee last year raised an important issue regarding how the Ministry of Labor (MOL) determines whether a given labor agreement constitutes an employment, mandate, or independent contractor relationship. The MOL makes this determination based on a 25-item checklist that includes such criteria as whether the business entity provides certain labor benefits; whether…

An appellate ruling could clarify the profession’s status in Taiwan. Year after year for more than a decade, AmCham’s White Paper has pointed out Taiwan’s near uniqueness among the countries of the world in denying legal status for the healthcare profession of chiropractic. The foreign-educated, foreign-licensed doctors of chiropractic practicing in Taiwan have had to…

Support is building for fellowship program for young and mid-career U.S. officials In 1994, the U.S. Congress established the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, named for the former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan, with the aim of developing a “corps of U.S. federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical,…

Scholar sees Taiwan benefiting from U.S.-China tensions. The U.S. government is showing increased willingness to back Taiwan’s continued security and prosperity, notes Princeton University’s Aaron Friedberg, a professor of politics and international affairs whose specialty is U.S.-Chinese relations. In an interview, he said that Taiwan’s skillful handling of the COVID-19 crisis is winning it new…

An annual report lists Taiwan-related trade issues being followed in Washington. Early each year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) releases a country-by-country Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. The nine-page Taiwan section for 2020 provides a concise statement of the main areas of U.S.-government concern regarding elements of the bilateral trade relationship. Taiwan’s…