About the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Established in 1904, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (herein referred to as the Taiwan Red Cross) is the nation’s longest-standing humanitarian organization.
Boasting a 117 year history, we have participated in domestic, cross-strait and international relief efforts, embodying the Red Cross spirit of universal love, humanity, and volunteerism. In times of international crisis, we have strived to work towards and promote the Red Cross spirit these past two decades, promptly responding to international appeals for humanitarian relief with the help of our volunteers. We have showed the world the compassion of the Taiwanese people, in turn earning the recognition and support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Red Cross societies worldwide.
Concerning cross-strait relations, the Taiwan Red Cross and Red Cross Society of China have long-since established a good basis for mutual trust and exchange. We have collaborated with each other not just in times of major disaster relief, but have also strived to interact on more frequent and friendly terms. In recent years we have worked together to organize water safety events and youth volunteer exchanges, in addition to providing cross-strait medical cooperation or missing persons tracing services.
The Taiwan Red Cross has been unable to be recognized as an official member of the IFRC due to political reality. We have worked long and hard to accrue a substantial amount of energy and soft power within the international community, and, regardless of our membership status, we will continue to actively participate in international meetings and related activities.