Trump to bring uncertainty to Asia-Pacific region: Taiwan official

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will bring tremendous uncertainty to the development in the Asia-Pacific region, and Taiwan will adjust its diplomatic strategy in response to international affairs, Foreign Minister David Lee (???) said Friday.

As Trump is expected to bring great uncertainty to the Asia-Pacific region after he takes office in January, Taiwan will step up its efforts to join regional economic integration and push for bilateral trade negotiations, as well as adjust the allocation of its diplomatic strategic resources, Lee was quoted as saying by Bau Tzong-ho (???), a member of the Control Yuan, the government watchdog body.

Led by Control Yuan President Chang Po-ya (???), Bau and other Control Yuan members visited the Executive Yuan on an inspection tour earlier Friday.

Bau, who heads the Control Yuan's Committee on Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs, said at a news conference following the visit that he asked questions about the difficulties faced by Taiwan in its international participation and the government's response measures as well as issues concerning the government's "New Southbound Policy."

Fielding questions from Control Yuan members, Lee said that the difficulties faced by Taiwan in international participation have mainly resulted from the U.N. Resolution 2758 -- which states that the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government of China -- and Beijing's "one China principle" which sees Taiwan as part of the PRC, according to Bau.

Premier Lin Chuan (??), meanwhile, said that the government will continue its efforts to seek greater international participation with a pragmatic, flexible approach, under President Tsai Ing-wen's (???'s) "steadfast diplomacy," according to Bau.

The "New Southbound Policy" seeks to advance ties with countries in Southeast and South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Chen Tain-jy (???), head of the Cabinet-level National Development Council (NDC), said the policy does not mean that Taiwan will give up on the Chinese market, according to Bau.

Instead, it is aimed at boosting people-to-people exchanges with countries targeted under the "New Southbound Policy," Chen was quoted by Bau as saying.

Sharing similar views, Lin said Taiwan should promote exchanges in tourism and education with Southeast Asian countries in its effort to advance people-to-people ties with those countries.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel