Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan is working to deepen relations with Southeast Asian countries and facilitate more people-to-people exchanges with those countries, Premier Lin Chuan said Saturday while explaining the government's "New Southbound Policy."
During a visit to late writer Wu Chuo-liu's home in Hsinchu County that day, Lin was asked by reporters to explain President Tsai Ing-wen's "New Southbound Policy" and how it differs from the policies of previous administrations.
In response, Lin said that the aim of the government is to cement Taiwan's relations with the countries of Southeast Asia through people-to-people exchanges and through the signing of more agreements between the respective governments.
He said relations should not just be about trade and investment, and that in fact, economic relations last longer and are less susceptible to political changes if they are based on a strong foundation and mutual understanding.
More opening measures toward Southeast Asia can be expected in the near future, Lin added. （Courtesy of CNA)