Diplomat sees opportunities for Prince Edward Island products in Taiwan

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C.K. Liu is the ambassador to Canada from Taiwan and representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada. He was in Charlottetown Wednesday.

When it comes to life in Prince Edward Island, many people may not realize they live in a place that is blessed, says a representative for Taiwan’s economic and cultural office in Canada.

Ambassador Chih-Kung Liu arrived in P.E.I. Sept. 29 and is scheduled to leave today as part of his first official visit to the province since taking on his role last year.

Based on his experiences during his visit, Liu described P.E.I. as a place where people can practise a lifestyle of health and sustainability.

“For those who are seeking inner peace, who are seeking a clean environment, I think P.E.I. is a wonderful place for them to come,” he said.

Liu had high praise for P.E.I. and said it was one of the few lands left in the world that can be considered pure land.

“A land of peace,” he said.

During his first visit to P.E.I., Liu said the goal was to build a closer and better relationship between the province and Taiwan, which are both islands.

“I think we share so much in common and I believe there is great potential to develop an

even closer relationship between our two sides,” he said during an interview at The Guardian, where he met with members of the newspaper’s editorial board.

Liu said his country and P.E.I. need to build up direct contact and get to know each other to make things happen.

“The essence of business is networking,” he said.

Taiwan does import Island products like seafood, soybeans and other grains, but Liu said the amounts are small compared to the rest of Canada and he wants to talk to people in the community to try to find solutions so those exports increase.

“My immediate solution is to put them in contact with potential buyers and customers,” he said.

Liu said P.E.I.’s annual agricultural exports to Taiwan increased threefold over the last four years and are worth about $3.4 million.

“I think to double the export would be easy since Taiwan is a huge market compared to P.E.I.,” he said.

With a health-conscious population in Taiwan, the potential for healthy, organic and non-genetically modified products from P.E.I. would be welcome there, Liu said.

The problem, he said, is how to market them to Taiwan and make them better known.

“I think that’s the key to success of the business,” he said.

Liu said he was impressed by the involvement in eastern P.E.I. of GEBIS (the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society), which has ties to his country.

One of their ventures includes organic farming, with soy beans being shipped from here to his Asian nation.




Organizations: Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Taiwan, Canada Eastern P.E.I.

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