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Legislators push for Taiwan's integration in ASEAN

Leaders from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia voice their support

Legislators push for Taiwan's integration in ASEAN

Parliamentarians of several Southeast Asian countries have expressed support for Taiwan's bid to take part in activities related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ruling Kuomintang legislators said yesterday.
Legislative and political party leaders from Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia have all voiced their support for Taiwan in its efforts to participate in the ASEAN grouping and related economic activities, according to Legislative Yuan Vice President Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權).
Tseng said at a news conference held immediately after returning from visits to the three ASEAN member states with four other KMT legislators that Taiwan should not be excluded from ASEAN, given that the country is geographically close to these nations and is an important business and trade partner with the group.
Tseng noted that China, Japan and South Korea will join ASEAN as "ASEAN plus one," "ASEAN plus two" and "ASEAN plus three" in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Noting that the world's economy is moving toward a trend of integration, such as the European Union and ASEAN, Tseng said Taiwan should not be marginalized from this process.
"These countries will sign free trade agreements and will benefit from reduced tariffs," Tseng said, adding that if Taiwan is marginalized from this economic integration, its international economic competitiveness will be greatly affected.
He noted that two-way trade between Taiwan and ASEAN member states has topped US$60 billion over the past 49 years, with the number of two-way investment projects totaling 8,790, involving some US$53.85 billion.
KMT Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said that due to the independence ideology espoused by the previous Democratic Progressive Party administration and China's persistent containment policy against Taiwan, the country's economic development and global engagement has lagged behind over the last eight years of DPP rule.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:28 GMT+08:00