Government meetings held more and more via web conference

Wednesday, May 11 2011

International leaders are increasingly using video conferencing as a means to hold summits, attend seminars and meet collaborators.

Radio Taiwan International reports upon the latest example of this trend. Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou is participating in a video conference with the Center for Strategic and International Studies this week. President Ying-Jeou will be in Taipei during the conference, while the Center staff will be in Washington, D.C.

Taiwan's position as an important ally to the United States in East Asia highlights the esteem with which video conferencing is held by government officials. President Barack Obama held a web conference with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2009, as well as one with Harvard University in 2008.

Expected to join the video conference are representatives from many governmental agencies. They include the Department of Commerce, the State Department and the Department of Defense.

Important topics expected to be covered by the discussion include the upcoming Taiwanese presidential election and the changing relationship between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.