President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted how Taiwan can play an important part in Asia at the Yushan Forum on Thursday in Taipei. The forum hosted by the government is a platform for regional dialogue on society, culture, technology and youth engagement.
President Tsai said global trade tensions are bringing new challenges to the region so more cooperation is needed.
At last year’s forum former Philippines Vice President Teofisto TiTo Guingona Jr. spoke about how Taiwan and the Philippines could help each other. President Tsai referred to that sentiment in her speech.
"At last year’s Yushan Forum, he said we help each other; the Philippines to help Taiwan and Taiwan to help the Philippines. I take this quote to heart because, more broadly, it is a spirit of everything we are doing at Yushan Forum and the New Southbound Policy. That is, Taiwan can help Asia and Asia can help Taiwan," said Tsai.
She also said that every county and person is important.
"As we pursue a path to prosperity for Asia, there is no country, no society and no individual that should be left behind in this region. Taiwan will work together with every country seated here today," said Tsai.
President Tsai also said Asia is the engine of the global economy. Over half of the world’s population lives in Asia so Asia plays a major role in setting the direction of the world.