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German-Taiwanese Association

The German-Taiwanese Association e.V. (former German Chinese Association – Friends of Taiwan) was founded in 1957, making it the oldest society in Germany and throughout Europe advancing ties to Taiwan.

The association was originally made up of members of the German parliament (Bundestag), who were interested in long-term development of German-Taiwanese relations. Ever since, the DTG has united German and Taiwanese citizens through culture, economics, science and politics.
According to the DTG charter, the association’s purpose is to promote within Germany the understanding of Taiwan in the sense of international relations. The DTG advocates for the continuance, care and strengthening of the multifaceted relationship between Germany and Taiwan. This includes promotion and increase of cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Germany, development of economic relationships, and support for academic relations between the two countries.

The DTG is party-politically neutral, cross-party active in order to keep the scope, which is needed at events with both state and political as well as economic and cultural dialogue partners.
In workshops, lectures and discussion events, we are raising our voice for Taiwan. We understand ourselves as an initiator- this is how the Parliamentarian Friendship Group Berlin-Taipeh was established from our Executive Board in 1989. This parliamentary group includes parliamentarians of all parties and has all the rights of an official parliamentarian group.

Behind the change of name lies a long process of reflection and discussion. Over the past few decades, a Taiwanese identity has emerged – as shown by surveys and studies in recent years. Taiwan needs a strong voice of support. The name change is a black-on-white-commitment and a recognition of the civil society and its democratic successes of the past 30 years as well as a sign against the international discrimination of Taiwan. Our association wants consistency in friendly relations, but also seeks to demonstrate transition and clarity in our organizational orientation and to keep an eye on the dynamics of geopolitical and social changes.

Our mission

Taiwan´s unique political situation within the international arena requires special attention. The diplomatic space for Taiwan is limited. By making the best possible use of our diverse tools we constantly enhance awareness for the right of the people of Taiwan and ensure space for Taiwan to present.

We are raising Taiwan-related issues that are not covered by official Germany policy.

  • Fostering relationships between Taiwan and Germany in the areas of politics, economy, academics and culture
  • Improvement in Taiwan´s status issues
  • Making Taiwan more visible: stronger inclusion of Taiwan in the international community
  • Lobbying for an up-to-date Taiwan policy

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Heute jährt sich der traurige Jahrestag des Massakers am dem Platz des Himmlischen Friedens zum 34. Mal. In #hongkong lässt die #kpch selbst die Bücher zu diesem Tag aus den Bibliotheken entfernen. Die Volksrepublik China verweigert sich jeder Verantwortung, verbietet jegliche Erinnerung und bedroht Aktivisten im Land schon vor dem Jahrestag daran, keine Gedenkveranstaltungen durchzuführen.

#天 #天 #Tiananmen #China

Heute jährt sich der traurige Jahrestag des Massakers am dem Platz des Himmlischen Friedens zum 34. Mal. In #Hongkong lässt die #KPCh selbst die Bücher zu diesem Tag aus den Bibliotheken entfernen. Die Volksrepublik China verweigert sich jeder Verantwortung, verbietet jegliche Erinnerung und bedroht Aktivisten im Land schon vor dem Jahrestag daran, keine Gedenkveranstaltungen durchzuführen.

#六四 #天安門 #天安门 #人權 #人权  #tiananmen #china #毋忘六四

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Dass die Volksbefreiungsarmee brutal und skrupellos ins eigene Volk geschossen hat und höchstwahrscheinlich immer noch bereit ist, solche Gräueltat zu wiederholen, ist keineswegs Innenpolitische Angelegenheit, wie das schamlose Regime es wahrhaben will und behauptet. Die KPC soll in Vergessenheit geraten, aber nicht das Tiananmen Massaker.

Xi Jinping und Consorten mögen es nicht, daran erinnert zu werden. Also sollten wir sie umso deutlicher daran erinnern. Und ich hoffe, dass man sich an diese BIlder auch in Taiwan noch erinnert. Sie zeigen, was den Taiwanesen blüht, wenn XI seine Pläne umsetzt.

Werde die Bilder damals nie vergessen. Vor allem den Tank-man 😢 und seinen Mut. Und wer sich daran erinnert, dem sollte klar sein wohin sozialistische Regimes führen.

Es ist immer wieder neu unfassbar, zu welcher Brutalität es in autokratischen Regimen kommt. Dabei sind mir die Doppelmoral und all die Fehler, die in demokratischen Ländern geschehen durchaus bewusst. Darum ist es absolut verständlich, wenn zum Beispiel lateinamerikanische Länder " dem Westen" sehr zwiespältig gegenüber stehen…aber was in Ländern wie China und Russland, in Syrien, Nordkorea geschieht, ist unfassbar und wenn Erdogan so weitermacht, bewegt er sich auch immer deutlicher in diese Richtung…

In Taiwan, Deutschland, Australien, Japan, USA und in anderen freien Ländern: überall Veranstaltungen zum 6/4.

abscheuliches, schreckliches Massaker … tiefes Mitgefühl für die Opfer …

Weil die Regierenden von China so brutal gegen das eigene Volk vorgegangen ist, kann man den Chinesen nicht trauen.

最好中國禁用 6 & 4 , 否則如鬼魅隨行在側 ! 🥱🥱🥱

"What we are actually hoping for is bloodshed, for the moment when the Chinese government has no choice but to brazenly butcher the people. Only when Tiananmen Square is awash with blood will the people of China open their eyes. Only then will they really be united. But how can I explain any of this to my fellow students? Those who oppose provoking the government into doing that are selfish." (23-year-old Chai Ling, 'chief commander of the radical wing' in: Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton, "The Gates of Heavenly Peace" (film), Independent Television Service, 1995)

"With the narrative of a massacre having originated in the British colony of Hong Kong, and gaining particularly strong support from British media,former Australian diplomat and Tokyo Bureau chief for 'The Australian' Gregory Clark was one of many to attribute the narrative to a British black information operation: "Almost on par with the mythical Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The original dtory of Chinese troops on the night of 3 en 4 June, 1989 machine-gunning hundreds of innocent student protestors in Beijing's iconic Tiananmen Square has since been thoroughly discredited by the many witnesses there at the time – among them a Spanish TVE television crew, a Reuters correspondent and protesters themselves, who say that nothing happened other than a military unit entering and asking several hundred of those remaining to leave the square late that night. Yet none of this has stopped the massacre from being revived constantly and believed." (Gregory Clark, 'Tiananmen Square Massacre is a Myth, All we're 'remembering' are British Lies,' International Business Times, June 4, 2014)

"Some people said that 200 died in Tiananmen square and others claimed that as many as 2000 died. There were also stories of tanks running over students who were trying to leave. I have to say that I did not see any of that. I myself was in the Square until 6:30 in the morning." (Taiwanese writer Hou Dejian in: "Tiananmen Square Massacre is a Myth, All we're 'remembering' are British Lies," International Business Times, June 4, 2014)

"I was one of the foreign journalists who witnessed the events that night…There was no massacre on Tiananmen Square. Western reporting had conveyed the wrong impression and protestors who were still in the square when the army reached it were allowed to leave after negotiations." (James Miles, BBC's Beijing Correspondent "Tiananmen killings: were the media right?" BBC News, June 2, 2009)

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Hong Kong wird nun von den Statthaltern der KP China regiert und verbietet sämtliche öffentliche Versammlungen zum Massaker des 03/04 Juni 1989.

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Our long-standing engagement shows a wide range of activity:
From workshops organized within German Bundestag, lectures, reading tours through university cities in order to fill the Taiwan-gap at Chinese Studies Centers to Social Media events, and of course organizing petitions.

Young Taiwan Initiative (Junge Taiwan Initiative JTI)

The JTI was established in December 2019. This young and energetic team of the DTG especially invites young people to engage with Taiwan. The JTI pursues the following tasks and goals in particular:

  • Strengthening the relations between Germany and Taiwan as well as promoting the understanding of the situation of Taiwan among the youth.
  • Organizing activities and events
  • Exchange with other youth associations and youth organizations on a national and international level in order to contribute to solidarity between people of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures

Members of the DTG receive regular information about Taiwan, German-Taiwanese relations as well as invitations to economic forums, cultural events, lectures and receptions.

The German-Taiwanese Association is a registered association. The charitable status of the association is recognized by the state. The annual membership fee is 60 €, for families 90 €, reduced 30 €.

We welcome your interest in the DTG, and we would be happy to update you on the activities of the association and German-Taiwanese relations.

Civil society involvement thrives on dialogue, and we are pleased to invite you the discussion. We are interested in your opinion and we welcome all types of support. Please find our contact information below:

Deutsch-Taiwanische Gesellschaft e.V.
Markgrafenstr. 35
10117 Berlin
Telephone: 030-20 36 14 40
Fax: 030-20 36 14 10