Taiwan’s 'New Southbound Policy' and Australia

Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei speaks with Taiwan News about Taiwan-Australia relations                  

Catherine Raper, Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei. (Courtesy of Australian Office)

Catherine Raper, Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei. (Courtesy of Australian Office)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As Taiwan seeks to diversify its economy under its "New Southbound Policy," Australia has been identified as one of the important nations to expand cooperation and ties in the region.

Catherine Raper, Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei spoke to Taiwan News Tuesday about ways in which Taiwan-Australia ties could be benefited by the policy.

Raper describes ties between Taiwan and Australia as a "mature relationship," since both nations already have good connections, and this new policy will help reinforce them.

The new policy will help enhance education, innovation, and people-to-people links, said Raper. An example of this is the Working Holiday Maker program, which allows Taiwanese to experience cultural exchanges in Australia. Between 20,000 and 30,000 young adults go there every year to experience living and working in the Australian community, she explained.  

In a recent interview with ICRT on Taiwan-Australia relations, Raper pointed out agriculture, culture, tourism and vocational training as other areas of cooperation that could be further explored.