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Culture day brings Taiwan closer to other countries: vice president

2018/10/27 19:49:52

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) Asia-Pacific Culture Day brings Taiwan closer to other countries in the region and helps improve mutual understanding, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said in his opening address Saturday.

The event is a good platform to help Taiwanese learn about the cultures of other countries, which can help establish closer relations between people, Chen said at the event held on the first-floor concourse of Taipei Railway Station.

The New Southbound Policy, launched by the government of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), aims to promote better relations and interaction with the countries of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand, he said.

Accompanied by Ambassador Dilmei L. Olkeriil of Palau, the vice president visited several stands at the venue and met a Palauan student who expressed gratitude for Taiwan's help to the Oceanian country to Chen.

The Saturday event brought together exhibitors from six of Taiwan's Pacific allies, including Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, the Republic of Palau, the Solomon Islands, and the Marshall Islands, and 12 other countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Asia-Pacific Culture Day celebrated its seventh anniversary this year and will run until Sunday, covering food, music, and various performances.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉), the event attracted about 100,000 visitors last year.

(By Hou Tzu-ying and Chi Jo-yao)