Taichung Mayor: Taiwan should welcome more Southeast Asians

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung says Taiwan should welcome more young people from Southeast Asia to stay in Taiwan. He said that ASEAN countries have similar cultures to Taiwan and are not politically sensitive like China is. Therefore, he said, there are good reasons to promote more exchanges. His comments came in a recent exclusive with Radio Taiwan International.

“In addition to new immigrants and migrant workers, [Southeast Asian] students studying in Taiwan should settle in Taiwan and help develop the economy and society here. Developing ties not only applies to foreign spouses but also to other people from Southeast Asia as well. The more bigger the flow of people and capital, the better it is for development,” said Lin.

Lin said that ASEAN countries have a joint population of 700 million people. He said the region is full of opportunities for economic, trade, tourism and cultural exchanges.