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Taiwan pushing for establishment of offices in Southeast Asia

Taiwan pushing for establishment of offices in Southeast Asia

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has promoted a "go south" policy in a pragmatic manner and has always wanted to set up representative offices in Southeast Asia, it said Monday amid reports that it could set up an office in Myanmar soon. The ministry has made efforts to strengthen substantive relations with Southeast Asia and India over the years and is pushing to set up offices, and discuss bilateral trade, agricultural and fishery cooperation, ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (???) said. "The ministry will report to the public if substantive results are achieved," Wang said. Wang was responding to media reports that Taiwan could set up an office in Myanmar soon, following the latter's establishment of a trade office in Taiwan in June to promote bilateral relations. A foreign ministry official said that as Myanmar will hold a general election on Nov. 8, the freest election in years after many years of military rule, and major decisions will depend on the results of the election. "The ministry is keeping close tabs on the development of the situation," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Taiwan has actually made trade inroads into Myanmar in recent years. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council set up a trade center in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon in 2013, and the Taipei-based International Cooperation and Development Fund also opened an office there in April 2014. The ministry's views came after Tsai Ing-wen (???), the presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, said her party would promote a "new southward policy" last week. Under the policy, Tsai said the party will strengthen relations with Southeast Asian countries and India. Tsai said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (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 global trade. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 00:25 GMT+08:00