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Tsai: Taiwan to redefine its role in Asia

  • President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen

    President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at the opening of the first Yushan Forum in Taipei Wednesday. (CNA)

President Tsai Ing-wen has spoken about the importance of Taiwan redefining its role in Asia.


She was speaking on the government’s New Southbound Policy at the opening of the first Yushan Forum in Taipei. The policy aims to promote closer ties with Australia, New Zealand, and the countries of South and Southeast Asia. The president said strengthening these ties will be good for the region.


"It does not come at the expense of other regional initiatives and it’s designed to complement rather than compete against RCEP, the One Belt One Road, and the Indian and Japan Freedom Corridor. With our New Southbound Policy, one of our foremost objectives is to strengthen cooperation in terms of resources, talent and market development," said Tsai. 


Tsai said the economic, political and social conditions in Asia are changing quickly. She said her priority is to redefine Taiwan’s role in this new order, so that Taiwan will not be marginalized.


Tsai said the New Southbound Policy was not just a policy but Taiwan’s commitment to the region. She said Taiwan will make five commitments to the region.


She said that Taiwan would like to promote regional talent and attract 5000 students a year to study in its educational programs. It would like to share its experience in the petrochemical, ICT, and medical fields and to help other countries build these industries. Taiwan will also help other countries with their infrastructure plans and create local job opportunities. Taiwan would also like to work with other countries for the peaceful and stable development of the Asia-Pacific region.