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German Institute Taipei honors departing Zickerick

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A farewell reception was held yesterday commemorating the conclusion of Dr. Michael Zickerick's three year term as the Director General of the German Institute Taipei.

During Zickerick's term numerous milestones in German-Taiwanese relations were achieved, including an agreement to deter tax evasion and abolish double taxation on income and capital gains, as well as an agreement facilitating the transfer of sentenced persons.

“Although we love our Bavarian home, which is waiting for us, still my wife and I feel sad to leave beautiful Taiwan, with all its friendly people, magnificent nature, modern infrastructure and diverse society. Taiwan offered us three years of high quality living. We are happy and proud of the many achievements in bolstering German-Taiwanese relations that were made possible during my term in Taipei,” said Zickerick.

As part of the farewell celebration, the German Institute in Taipei awarded the German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal to three distinguished individuals, Mrs. Charlotte Han (韓宜靜), honorary President of the Sino-German Cultural and Economic Association, Mrs. Angelika Chen (陳麗芬), a businesswoman from Southern Taiwan, and Dr. Lee Der-tsai (李德財), President of Taichung's National Chunghsing-University and a representative of the Humboldt-Foundation in Taiwan.

“Created in 2013, the accolade is an important new element in our partnership and has been awarded on 10 highly valued partners during my term,” said Zickerick.

Present at the event was Cultural Minister Lung Ying-tai (龍應台), whose friendship with Zickerick dates back to her time as an author. In recounting their first encounter many years ago, Lung lauded Zickerick as a diplomat with the rare ability to appear distant yet warm, who is adept in avoiding compromising disclosures or confirmations without deception.

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Dr. Michael Zickerick, outgoing Director General of the German Institute Taipei, second from left, poses for a photo with Charlotte Han, left, Angelika Chen, and Lee Der-tsai, who were awarded the German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal for their distinguished achievements toward bolstering relations between the two nations, on the top floor of Taipei 101 yesterday. (CNA)

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