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Taiwan's efforts to expand international space continue: president

2019/01/24 15:57:55

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday that Taiwan is continuing to seek greater international space, particularly through the United Nations system.

As Taiwan tries to reach out to the wider world, its allies remain an important link, she said in a meeting at the Presidential Office with a delegation from allied countries, comprising permanent representatives and deputy permanent representatives to the U.N.

Tsai thanked the members of the delegation for consistently speaking up for Taiwan at U.N. meetings and events and said she had been working to strengthen cooperation and exchanges with their countries.

"We absolutely have the ability to make a bigger contribution to the world," she said.

Noting that she has visited several of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the two years she has been in office, Tsai said all interaction helps cement bilateral relations.

She also told the delegation that she hoped their current visit would give them greater insight into Taiwan politics, economy and democratic society.

Taiwan's experience in the areas of green energy technology and sustainable development also allows opportunities for greater cooperation, she said.

In this era of globalization, trade and people-to-people exchanges between countries are growing and global cooperation is needed to tackle issues such as sustainable development, public health and aviation safety, Tsai said.

"Taiwan should not be excluded" from the international cooperation networks, she said.

Tsai said Taiwan is more than willing to work with its allies in the areas of sustainable development, green energy, medical and health care, agricultural technology and resilient cities.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)
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