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President seeks support from U.S., Japan for New Southbound Policy

2017/10/13 18:03:12

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Taiwan would like the United States and Japan to support its New Southbound Policy in promoting cooperation spanning trade, infrastructure, investment, and education between Taiwan and the policy's target countries, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday.

Tsai made the remark at the Presidential Office when she received a group of foreign scholars who had attended the first Yushan Forum Oct. 11-12.

"The key for Taiwan's New Southbound Policy to succeed is positive responses from our neighboring countries and the international community," she said.

As the New Southbound Policy is aimed at "redefining Taiwan's role in Southeast Asia and South Asia, our nation is committed to expanding opportunities with other like-minded countries in the New Southbound Policy target countries," she said.

Tsai has been promoting the New Southbound Policy since she took office in 2016, which is an initiative to enhance ties between Taiwan and 16 countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

"We believe that it will benefit peace, stability and prosperity, both here in the region and around the world," she added.

The two-day forum invited 40 speakers from 15 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Europe with the aim of stimulating cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

(By Fan Zheng-xiang and Isabel Wang)