Vice president calls for closer cultural ties to Asia Pacific

Chen opens Asia-Pacific Culture Day

Taiwan News
Date: 2016/11/05
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Vice President Chen Chien-jen on Saturday called for more intensive cultural exchanges with the Asia-Pacific region.

He made the remarks at the opening of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Culture Day in Taipei. The day lasts from Saturday noon until Sunday evening and is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the past, Taiwanese governments used to emphasize trade and economy in their relations with South Asia and Southeast Asia, but under the new administration’s “New Southward Policy,” Taiwan would strengthen its exchanges and cooperation with the Asia Pacific through culture, Chen said.

He quoted President Tsai Ing-wen as saying that culture was a crucial force shaping progress. Culture is the expression of personal freedom and is the source of creative economic success, he added. m   [FULL  STORY]

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