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Foreign minister: DPP head's 'southward policy' in line with policy

Foreign minister: DPP head's 'southward policy' in line with policy

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working to promote ties with Southeast Asian countries in recent years, and the "new southward policy" proposed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) is in line with the ministry's efforts, Foreign Minister David Lin (???) said Wednesday. Lin said that "we've been making efforts to advance our ties with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India." The direction of Tsai's proposal is in line with the ministry's efforts to promote ties with Southeast Asian countries, he said in response to reporters' questions on the issue. On Tuesday, Tsai said that ASEAN and India will soon become major economies in the world and that "it is a natural choice for us to step up overall relations with ASEAN and India" as Taiwan seeks to diversify its trade. "In the future, we will establish a task force to actively execute the goals of the policy," she said. Tsai, the front runner in the Jan. 16, 2016 presidential election, made the remarks at a cocktail party for foreign envoys in Taiwan as the DPP celebrated its 29th founding anniversary. The easing of tension across the Taiwan Strait has also helped improve Taiwan's international relations over the past few years, Lin said, adding that Taiwan's investment in Southeast Asia has increased over the past two years. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-22 21:13 GMT+08:00