Tsai's channel earns YouTube Silver Creator Award

04/18/2019 02:24 PM
President Tsai Ing-wen
President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文)/CNA file photo

Taipei, April 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) YouTube channel has earned the Silver Creator Award from the video-sharing website by reaching more than 100,000 subscribers, according to a Thursday Facebook post by Tsai.

Tsai was awarded a day earlier during a visit to Google's Taipei office, the post said.

Since the president reactivated her YouTube channel March 17, the number of her subscribers jumped from some 6,000 to 102,513 within one month, according to the Google subsidiary.

In her post, Tsai also described Taiwan is an attractive destination for international corporations, as many of them have increased their investment in the country.

Tsai said that Google now has more than 2,500 employees in six counties and cities in Taiwan, and will double its footprint by setting up a new office complex in the Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park in New Taipei's Banqiao District, aiming to double the number of its employees in Taiwan.

Google's Intelligent Taiwan project, which was officially unveiled in March last year, aims to train over 10,000 artificial intelligence (AI) personnel and 100,000 digital marketers, Tsai added.

More importantly, she said, Google announced earlier this year that it has agreed to purchase Taiwan's renewable energy, which is of great significance, as the deal is the company's first ever such project in Asia.

The output purchased will be generated from about 40,000 solar panels in Tainan, located 100 kilometers south of Google's data center in Changhua County in central Taiwan, but connected to the regional power grid, according to the Internet giant.

While Asia is the fastest-growing region in terms of digital industry, Tsai pointed out, Google has invested in Taiwan because of its tech hub status.

Tsai also ascribed Google's choice of Taiwan to its talent in the science and tech fields, the democratic values it upholds and the government's adaptation of policies in support of innovative entrepreneurship.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen)


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