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German Minister of Education and Research visits Taiwan

German Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, is leaving for a trip to Taiwan on Monday. The liberal FDP politician announced her plans on Friday. It is the first time in almost three decades that the democratic island state has received a ministerial visit from Germany. The two-day visit is planned to include talks with ministers from the fields of education, science, technology and digital affairs, as well as visits to the university, a vocational training center and an institute for semiconductor research. Stark-Watzinger herself spoke in advance of an “exploratory and research policy” trip. A meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is not officially on the agenda, nor talks with human rights activists.

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