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Taiwan, France celebrate bilateral technology cooperation

2018/09/14 18:53:03

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwan and France celebrated their decades-long cooperation in technology Friday by showcasing the contributions made by bilateral academic projects at an event in Taipei.

Over 100 people attended the one-day France-Taiwan Science Festival, organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

Some of the academic cooperation between the two countries include the likes of Hsu Shu-kun (許樹坤), head of National Central University's Center for Environmental Studies, who cooperated with France to form an exploration team that helped discover methane hydrate in the seas southwest of Taiwan that could serve as an alternative energy source.

The team, which used a French vessel to conduct exploration and research, also wants to use data from previous earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis to learn and be better prepared for future disasters.

Hsu said the two countries have been cooperating since 1986 in earth sciences, because Taiwan provides a good research environment.

Benoît Guidée, head of France's de facto embassy in Taiwan, the Bureau Français de Taipei, said the two countries cooperate in many fields such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and climate change.

In the future, the two countries will continue to deepen their cooperation, while a delegation from France's University of Lille will visit Taiwan in October, Guidée said.

MOST Vice Minister Tsou Yu-han (鄒幼涵) said that every year, the ministry and various French research institutes and centers have over 100 bilateral programs and personnel exchanges.

(By Chu Che-wei and William Yen)