TAEF Biannual: Special Issue 2023 Oct.

November 6th, 2023

【From the Publisher】

Welcome to this special edition of our magazine, dedicated to exploring the achievements of the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) in the first half of 2023. At the same time, as we commemorate the 7-year anniversary of the New Southbound Policy, we embark on a journey to showcase the impactful initiatives that have been instrumental in fostering regional development and cooperation in New Southbound Countries.

In the first part of this magazine, we shine a spotlight on TAEF’s five core programs and the impressive outcomes they have delivered in the first half of 2023. These programs embody the essence of the New Southbound Policy and demonstrate Taiwan’s commitment to strengthening bonds with neighboring countries in Asia. From think tank collaborations to youth development, TAEF’s efforts exemplify the spirit of cooperation and progress that defines this dynamic region.

The New Southbound Policy, a milestone in Taiwan’s international relations, has been in place for 7 years, weaving a tapestry of partnerships, shared values, and common goals. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we present the “New Southbound Story Showcase,” a special series that chronicles the achievements of five flagship government departments in their endeavors under the New Southbound Policy. These success stories are a testament to the enduring impact of collaboration and diplomacy.

As we dive into these insightful narratives, it is essential to recognize the significance of the”people-centered” approach in shaping the New Southbound Policy’s goals. By incorporating principles of equity, innovation, and soft power, Taiwan and its partner countries are driving positive change and nurturing a region that thrives in harmony with nature and society.

Throughout this magazine, we aim to offer a comprehensive and enlightening view of the New Southbound Policy’s multifaceted impact. From diplomatic accomplishments to social initiatives, the featured stories exemplify the vision and dedication the government holds for this unique policy. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have contributed to this magazine, from the dedicated teams at TAEF and the participating government departments to the individuals whose efforts and passion drive positive change in the region. Your stories deserve to be celebrated.

Chairman, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation
Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao

【Table of Contents】 

1. TAEF Programs 

i. Think Tank Collaboration 

ii. Civil Society Connectivity 

iii. Regional Resilience 

iv. Taiwan-Asian Young Leaders Engagement 

v. Cultural Exchanges 

2. TAEF Commentaries on New Southbound Policy 

i. Situating India in Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (abstract) 

ii. To ‘Give Taiwan a Voice,’ Enlist the New Southbound Policy


3. TAEF Highlight 

Fostering Cross-Cultural Artistic Collaboration: Taiwan’s Commitment to Asia’s Development 

4. New Southbound Policy Story Showcase 

i. Ministry of Economic Affairs: Ever-Clear Environmental Eng. Corp.

ii. Ministry of the Interior-National Immigration Agency: The Second-Generation Immigrant: Pan Lin Yen 

iii. Ministry of Education: Indian Student: Akshit Mehta 

iv. Ministry of Agriculture: Filipino Young Farmers Internship Program: Arcel Ramirez 

v. Ministry of Health and Welfare: The Myanmar Medical Mission 

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