New Southbound Policy
The New Southbound Policy (Chinese: 新南向政策) is the initiative of the Government of Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia.
- 1 History
- 2 Cooperation Countries
- 3 Cooperation Aspects
- 4 Implementation measures
- 5 Budget
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The 18 countries New Southbound Policy intend to cooperate with are: Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Australia and New Zealand.
Connection to Free and Open Indo Pacific (FOIP) strategy
Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, officially opens the new Indo-Pacific section under the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The Indo-Pacific section is to forge more cooperative ties with United States, Australia, and Japan, who all have the strategies for Indo-Pacific region, which is Free and Open Indo Pacific, FOIP.
New Southbound Policy and United State's Free and Open Indo Pacific (FOIP) strategy may be convergent since both strategies focus on ASEAN and South Asia. Besides the developing relationships between Taiwan and Washington, there are three convergences for Taiwan and Washington. First, while Washington maintains the FOIP in ASEAN and South Asia, Taiwan can benefit from the freedom and openness in ASEAN and South Asia and focus on developing relationships with the 18 countries in NSP. Second, while Taiwan strengthen the relationships with 18 countries in NSP, Taiwan is more free from the China's unifying pressure. Third, a democratic and free Taiwan is more autonomous and can develop more political and economic relationships with countries in ASEAN and South Asia and also safeguard the United State's interest in Indo Pacific area at the same time.
Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy connection to New Southbound Policy
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affiars, Alex N. Wong briefs about the strategies on Indo-Pacific Strategy and mentioned the New Southbound Policy of Taiwan would help seek political, economic and security ties in this region, particularly with the ASEAN countries and India is also strengthening connections to the ASEAN countries, too. These multiple nations' efforts to connect to each other in Indo-Pacific area would bring the fabric of stability and prosperity, which is what the United States support and devoted to bring a rules-based free and open order in Indo-Pacific region.
In order to help Taiwan free from outside coercion, the United States help Taiwan to defend its own on the basis of Taiwan Relation Act and the three joint communiques and "one China" policy. Taiwan can also preserve sovereignty by strengthening connection to ASEAN and APEC countries, which is New Southbound Policy. United States need to invest in ASEAN and APEC countries, so that Indo-Pacific countries can be free from outside coercion.
Profiles of Cooperation Countries
|Country||2018 Ease of doing business(190 Countries) rank order||Currency||Time Zone||Taiwanese Business Association||Visa Entry Program to Taiwan|
|Thailand||26||Baht (฿)||ICT utc_offset +07:00||http://ttba.or.th/||14 days Visa-free from Aug, 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019|
|Indonesia||72||Indonesian rupiah (Rp)||various utc_offset +07:00 - utc_offset +09:00||online visa application|
|Philippines||113||Peso (₱)||PST utc_offset +08:00||14 days Visa-free from Aug, 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019|
|Malaysia||24||Ringgit (RM)||MST utc_offset +08:00||http://www.tiam.com.my/||30 days Visa-free|
|Singapore||2||Singapore dollar||SST utc_offset +08:00||30 days Visa-free|
|Brunei||56||Brunei dollar||Brunei Darussalam Time utc_offset +08:00||14 days Visa-free from Aug, 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019|
|Vietnam||68||đồng (₫)||utc_offset +07:00||http://ctcvn.vn/||online visa application|
|Myanmar||171||Kyat (K), Baht (฿)||MMT utc_offset +06:30||online visa application|
|Cambodia||135||Riel, US dollars, Baht (฿)||KRAT/ICT utc_offset +07:00||online visa application|
|Laos||141||Kip (₭), Baht (฿)||ICT utc_offset +07:00||online visa application|
|India||100||Indian rupee (₹)||IST utc_offset +05:30||http://www.taiwan-india.org.tw/zh/home.php||online visa application|
|Pakistan||122||Pakistani Rupee||PST utc_offset +05:00||general Visa|
|Nepal||105||Nepalese rupee||Nepal Standard Time +05:45||apply Visa from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India|
|Bangladesh||177||Taka (৳)||BST utc_offset +06:00||general Visa|
|Sri Lanka||111||Sri Lankan rupee||SLST utc_offset 05:30||apply Visa from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center|
|Bhutan||75||Ngultrum (BTN) and Indian rupee (INR)||BTT utc_offset +06:00||apply Visa from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center|
|Australia||14||Australian dollar||Various There are minor variations from three basic time zones; see Time in Australia. utc_offset +08:00 ~ utc_offset +10:30||90 days Visa-free till Dec 31, 2018|
|New Zealand||1||New Zealand dollar ($)||NZSThe Chatham Islands have a separate time zone, 45 minutes ahead of the rest of New Zealand. utc_offset +12:00||https://tba.org.nz/||90 days Visa-free|
The New Southbound Policy is for Taiwan to cooperate with 18 countries in the following aspects:
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Promote economic collaboration
- Trade offices will be set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand for Taiwanese companies to integrate with the local resources.
- Service counters will be set up in Taiwan for business and trade promotions to countries covered by the policy.
Conduct talent exchange
- The Taiwan Education Center, Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan and universities in Taiwan help execute higher education talents exchange programs, including teaching Taiwanese Mandarin in cooperated countries locally and accept students from cooperated countries to apply for scholarships to study in Taiwan.
|Universities in Taiwan||Responsible Countries|
|National Sun Yat-sen University||Philippine|
|National Taiwan University||Malaysia|
|Asia University (Taiwan)||Indonesia|
|Chung Hua University Taiwan||Philippines (Adamson University)|
- Expanding scholarships to students from ASEAN countries up to 60,000 students by 2019.
Visas for the cooperation countries
- Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei for one year to July 31, 2019.
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It is my belief that Japan and the U.S. together should lead the Indo-Pacific Century to make it one that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and rules-based order, with the TPP as its backbone.
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