The Malaysian representative in Taiwan (Head of Mission in Taiwan), Datuk Adeline Leong said that 2017 was a good year and her office had achieved many goals because of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. She said the Policy has helped improve the relationship between countries in the south of Taiwan and Taiwan itself. Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has not only helped achieve targets in trade, investment and education but the scope has expanded to the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, ICT and smart city.
Datuk Adeline Leong said Taiwan is Malaysia’s sixth largest trading partner and the total trade amounted to USD$15 billion. Taiwanese tourist arrivals to Malaysia have increased by 21.6% with around 300 thousand Taiwanese visitors and the number of Malaysia’s tourists to Taiwan has increased by 9.9% with around 450,000 Malaysians visiting Taiwan.