Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council Minister Wu Tsung-tsong concluded a successful four-day visit to Australia Oct. 26, pledging to continue expanding bilateral cooperation in green energy as the two sides strive to achieve their respective carbon emission goals.
According to the NSTC, Wu brought senior officials from the New Southbound Policy partner country up to speed on several scientific research projects under the council’s purview, as well as Taiwan’s progress on its Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050.
Given Australia’s rich natural resources and related technological prowess, Wu expressed hope that the two sides will ramp up collaboration in areas such as hydrogen energy, carbon sinks, semiconductors and quantum technology.
As part of his itinerary, Wu inspected Taiwan’s Cold Neutron Triple-Axis Spectrometer located at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization. Constructed with NSTC sponsorship in 2012 under the bilateral Arrangement on Neutron Beam Application Research signed in 2005 and beginning operations the following year, the project is a stellar example of the two sides’ robust partnership, the council added.
According to the NSTC, other highlights of the minister’s visit included calls at the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the headquarters of the New South Wales government to discuss ways to enhance exchanges in related sectors.
A key plank in the government’s national development strategy, the NSP seeks to reinforce Taiwan’s agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand. (SFC-E)
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