Taiwan needs to expand its exchanges and upgrade the level of mutual cooperation with Russia under the concept of regional security, Taiwan's Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission minister said yesterday.
Hsu Chih-hsiung (許志雄) made the remarks at the opening of the commission-sponsored 2005 Conference on Geopolitical Relations between Contemporary Mongolia and Neighboring Asian Countries: Mongolia and Russia, held at the Civil Service Development Center in Taipei.
Seventeen academics and experts from Taiwan and other countries are attending the two-day conference to discuss interactions and exchanges between Mongolia and three Mongolia-descended republics of the Russian Federation -- Tuva, Buryatia and Kalmyk.
Hsu said Taiwan should "walk out of the shadow of China" to try to develop multilateral interactions with countries in the region.
He hoped that the Taiwan-Russia friendship will deepen and that mutually beneficial exchanges between the two countries will be established.
One of the participants, Chang Chun-hsiung (