President Tsai Ing-wen has called on participants of the Yushan Forum to support the government’s New Southbound policy. Tsai was speaking Friday while meeting keynote speakers and foreign scholars.
The government-sponsored, two-day forum ended Thursday. The theme of this year’s forum centered on the promotion of social and economic links between Taiwan and countries targeted by the government’s New Southbound policy. Those countries include nations in South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Tsai said the goal of the policy is to redefine Taiwan’s role in South and Southeast Asia. She also said Taiwan needs support from neighboring countries and the international community to make it successful.
The president said, "We welcome valuable suggestions about the New Southbound policy from the Asia-Pacific region, and we also hope that you will continue giving the policy your biggest support after returning home. We also hope that countries that share our values, such as the United States and Japan, will support the policy. Together, we can seek win-win, cooperative opportunities that are mutually beneficial in the areas of trade, infrastructure, investment and education."