Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou praised the Tang Prize awards Thursday, saying that they showcase Taiwan's soft power and value.
The Tang Prize encourages important research that benefits humanity and also promotes Chinese culture and showcases Taiwan's value, Ma said at a meeting with the five Tang laureates at the Presidential Office.
The president expressed his respect and praised the achievements of the laureates in the fields of sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.
The meeting took place prior to the Tang Prize award ceremony set for later in the day at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
The five laureates are Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, who won the prize for sustainable development; immunologists James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, who shared the prize for biopharmaceutical science; Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih, who won the prize for sinology; and Albie Sachs, a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, who was named the winner of the prize for rule of law.
The Tang Prize was established in 2012 by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin to honor leading lights from around the world in the four fields.
(By Liu Li-jung and Christie Chen)