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Taiwan youth ambassadors to visit Vietnam, Philippines

2019/01/21 16:14:38

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Three groups of youth ambassadors will embark this week on an 11-day trip to two Asian countries, as part of the Taiwan government's New Southbound Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

The 20 youth ambassadors will depart Tuesday for Vietnam, where they will visit political, economic and cultural institutions and international organizations in the capital Hanoi and in the country's largest city Ho Chi Minh, according to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章).

On the second leg of their tour, they will visit similar places in the Philippines, Lee said, adding that the 11-day trip is being sponsored by MOFA.

In both countries, the youth ambassadors will also engage in exchanges with students at various levels and with Taiwanese businessmen, he said.

The visit is part of the Taiwan government's New Southbound Policy, which focuses on building closer ties with countries in South and Southeast Asia, as well as with Australia and New Zealand, he said.

The tour was organized in light of the increasing people-to-people interactions between Taiwan and the two countries and the rapid growth in the tourism from those two sources, Lee said.

In addition, Taiwan employs a large number of Vietnamese migrant workers and is home to a considerable number of Vietnamese who immigrated because of marriage to Taiwanese, he said.

The youth ambassadors were selected from three senior high schools, namely Ching Cheng High School in Changhua County, Deguang Catholic High School in Tainan City, and Taoyuan Municipal Wu-Ling Senior High School, Lee said.

Carlo L. Aquino, deputy resident representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, said at the press conference that he hoped the youth ambassador program would help deepen the friendship between Taiwan and his country and increase exchanges between their young people.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)