Taiwan’s new envoy to Philippines hoping for closer exchanges

Taipei, Taiwan's new top envoy to the Philippines pledged Thursday to continue to promote closer bilateral exchanges on all fronts with the neighboring country once he officially assumes the post later this month.

Currently head of the foreign ministry's Department of International Organizations, Michael Hsu (???), who was appointed as Taipei's representative to Manila earlier this month, told reporters that he wishes to broaden the existing bilateral exchanges based on the current solid foundation.

He especially noted that agricultural and fishery exchanges will be his main mission.

Bilateral maritime cooperation on overlapping waters will be another focus, he added.

Hsu has served as head of the department since June 2015 and will take over the Manila post that has been held by Gary Lin (???) for nearly four years on June 30.

Lin is scheduled to retire from foreign service after he returns to Taiwan.

Hsu, a veteran diplomat who has spent most of his career in the United States, served as deputy representative to the Philippines from August 2009 to December 2011.

Meanwhile, in a short clip filmed for Filipino readers of CNA, Hsu, in both English and Tagalog, extended greetings to all citizens of the Philippines.

"It is so nice to be (going) back to the Philippines. I am glad to learn that there are so many (Filipino) readers of CNA news. I hope that in the future, relations between the Philippines and Taiwan will become closer through your very generous and kind support. Thank you," he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel