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New Southbound Policy: Tsai’s first year in office marked by focus to south

POLICY IN PRACTICE:A businessman has opened a training center in Indonesia, boosting the skills of the local workforce and putting Taiwanese products to use

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

“One year ago, it was a new policy that the government had more passion for than the public,” Deng said. “Now we feel a boost in enthusiasm from enterprises, institutions and Taiwanese.”

As the policy enters its second year, Deng said the government aims to enhance its communication with Southeast Asian governments and enterprises, promoting economic and social cooperation between the countries to expand growth opportunities in regional markets.

However, Deng said it is not enough for Taiwan to unilaterally commit to the policy, as successful economic and cultural ties require the governments of both sides to show equal enthusiasm to collaborate in terms of sharing agriculture, public health and tourism resources.

The Taipei Times is to publish a series of articles focusing on President Tsai Ing-wen’s government’s “new southbound policy” in collaboration with the Office of Trade Negotiations of the Executive Yuan. The articles are to be printed every Saturday.

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