Foreign Minister: Beijing biggest challenge to Southbound Policy

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-04-19

Foreign Minister David Lee says that Beijing remains the biggest challenge to the

(CNA)

government’s New Southbound Policy.

The policy aims to bring Taiwan closer to the nations of South and Southeast Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Lee delivered a report on the policy’s achievements and challenges to the Legislature’s foreign affairs committee Wednesday.

He said that none of the eighteen countries covered under the policy have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. He also said that when it comes to dealings with Taiwan, each of these countries considers its own national interests and the positions of Beijing. According to Lee, these considerations have led some countries to intentionally limit their interactions with Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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