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The World...In General: Vincent Chin Hsiang Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

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The origin of diplomacy and consuls predates that of permanent ambassadors by almost two millennia. The first ambassadors set up residence in foreign countries during the late Middle Ages.  When most people think about consular matters, if they think about them at all, it’s because they are having difficulties in a foreign country or because they have to apply for a visa to travel, study, or immigrate abroad. But there is so much rich history around the key role consuls have played in international trade and diplomacy.

Join World Affairs Council of Oregon, Portland State University’s Office of International Affairs and Institute for Asian Studies, and the Oregon Consular Corps for this engaging, multipart series highlighting the work of Consul Generals from across the Pacific Rim - a wonderful way to learn more about what connects Oregon to the world.

Vincent Chin Hsiang Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office 
Taiwan is Oregon’s 5th largest export market in Asia, and 6th largest export market in the world - and in  2015, Oregon’s exports to Taiwan reached $836.3 million. This program provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the horizon for strengthened economic and cultural relations between Oregon and Taiwan - especially around information and communications technology, the renewable energy industry, and agricultural exports. 

The World...in General is cosponsored by World Affairs Council of Oregon, Portland State University’s Office of International Affairs and Institute for Asian Studies, and the Oregon Consular Corps



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