Date: November 17, 2016
Attendees in the first Taiwan-ASEAN Dialogue were received by Vice President Chen Chien-jen at the
Office of the President Nov. 16 in Taipei City, underscoring the importance the government places on strengthening exchanges with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations under the New Southbound Policy.
The academics, government officials and lawmakers from home and ASEAN member states such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam were warmly welcomed by Chen, who praised them for their insightful contributions to the one-day dialogue held the day before in Taipei.
A wealth of ideas and suggestions were tabled during the event on the challenges and opportunities facing the region when boosting multilateral economic cooperation, as well as the development of democracy in Asia, Chen said. These are deeply appreciated, as is the call for joint undertakings in areas like maritime enforcement, humanitarian assistance and talent cultivation, he added.
Taiwan is willing and able to work with ASEAN in opening market access and sharing resources and talent, Chen said, reiterating that the two sides can also collaborate on drafting cooperative strategies for the development of the region. [FULL STORY]