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Germany and Taiwan: Bilateral relations

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Germany does not maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. German interests are looked after by the German Institute in Taipei.

Other German institutions in Taiwan are the Goethe-Institut in Taipei, the German Trade Office Taipei run by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), and a Germany Trade and Invest office.

In addition, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) runs an Information Centre in Taiwan. There is also the German School Taipei, which, along with a French and a British section, forms the Taipei European School.

Taiwan maintains unofficial missions in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt. It also has a science and innovation officer working in Bonn.

Taiwan is Germany’s fifth most important trading partner in Asia. Conversely, Germany is Taiwan’s most important trading partner in the European Union. There are around 250 German companies in Taiwan, active in virtually all sectors. In recent years cooperation has intensified on renewables and green technologies in particular.

On the scientific and academic front, too, bilateral relations are very wide-ranging. Some 2000 Taiwanese are studying in Germany and over 1000 Germans are studying in Taiwan. There are more than 200 partnership agreements between universities and research institutions. A bilateral memorandum of understanding for expanded cooperation in the education sector was signed in 2015.

The double taxation agreement of 2011 and agreements to combat customs fraud and on cooperation on battery research and energy transition-related issues also reflect Germany’s efforts to further expand cooperation with Taiwan in the business, cultural and education sectors as well as in science and research.

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