On a hot summer day, more than 100 school principals from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries gathered in a conference room in downtown Taipei to attend the first ever ASEAN Chinese language school principals' meeting held from Aug. 20-22.
Organized by Taiwan's Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC), the agency in charge of liaising with ethnic Chinese communities abroad, the three-day-event featured 108 school principals or top managers from seven ASEAN countries -- Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Premier Lai Ching-te (???) noted that the meeting seeks to give participants a more in-depth understanding of efforts being made by Taiwan's government as part of the cultural and educational exchange side of its New Southbound Policy targeting 10 ASEAN countries, India, Bagladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Australia and New Zealand.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel