TAEF think thank to strengthen relationships between Taiwan and New Southbound Policy nations
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government’s New Southbound Policy can start at home
with a positive treatment of foreign workers and spouses, the chairman of the new government-funded Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF, 台灣亞洲交流基金會) said Saturday.
The think tank was expected to lead efforts to strengthen relationships with the countries targeted by the New Southbound Policy, 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and six countries in South Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. The policy was launched by President Tsai Ing-wen after she took office in May 2016.
Charity starts at home, so people in Taiwan should begin by treating foreign workers and spouses well, TAEF Chairman Michael Hsiao (蕭新煌) said in an interview with the Central News Agency.
Most foreign workers in Taiwan, he noted, hail from New Southbound Policy countries, in particular the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Care and concern for those workers from overseas could be linked to the policy, he told CNA, adding that Taiwanese should not wait until going overseas before practicing the policy. [FULL STORY]