Taiwan’s government has been promoting its New Southbound Policy as a means for boosting ties with countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand.
In a recent interview with Radio Taiwan International, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said that Taiwan needs to first learn more about the countries targeted in the new policy. He said that Taoyuan has been inviting experts to share their knowledge of those countries in order to give city officials a greater understanding.
Tseng says that his city has also been working to boost exchanges as well. He said that Taoyuan is preparing to sign an agreement with Dong Nai Province in Vietnam to cooperate in the area of agriculture.
“Through agricultural exchanges, they can learn about our high-quality agriculture, and many Taiwanese farmers are also planting Vietnamese tea," said Tseng.
Mayor Tseng says that Taoyuan is also gearing up to sign a cooperative agreement to work with University Malaysia Sabah in the areas of culture and anthropology. He said the agreement would enable both sides to boost research into the cultures of the Austronesian peoples who live in both places.