Taiwan considers 'safe bubble economy' with Palau

Taiwan mulls setting up direct flights, selective border openings with Pacific ally

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Taiwan and Palau discussing possibility of safe bubble economy. (Twitter, Thomas Remengesau Jr. photo)

Taiwan and Palau discussing possibility of safe bubble economy. (Twitter, Thomas Remengesau Jr. photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) revealed Thursday (Sept. 24) that Taiwan is considering setting up a "safe bubble economy" with Palau, which would entail direct flights and selective border openings between the two countries.

In response to Palauan President Thomas Remengesau Jr.'s address at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (Sept. 23), MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) confirmed that there have been talks about creating the world's first safe bubble economy between Taiwan and the Pacific ally. She said Palau's government has expressed a desire to maintain economic exchanges with Taiwan during the coronavirus pandemic as well as cooperation in other areas.

Ou said the discussions have covered topics such as potential regular direct flights between the two nations and limited border openings for students and business travelers. She said the Taiwanese government is seriously considering the possibility but that it will prioritize the safety of its citizens.

Ou pointed out that the proposal demonstrates the strong relations between Taiwan and Palau and the faith the two nations have for each other. She also expressed gratitude on behalf of all Taiwanese for Remengesau's support for the country at the 75th UN General Assembly, emphasizing that Taiwan will continue to cherish the friendship, reported Liberty Times.