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Singapore’s Straits Times Newspaper is bullish on Kaohsiung’s future, writing in a recent editorial that, “Kaohsiung’s efforts to make itself a springboard for Taiwan to do more business with South-east Asia have paid off.”

The article cited the city’s pro-active approach, noting the Global Harbor Cities Forum in September, which saw Mayor Chen Chu host more than 100 delegates from 49 cities in 25 countries.

Subsidies for KHH schools to hold language classes in Thai and Vietnamese will both help facilitate communication with the growing population of immigrants from the region … as well as make doing business in SE Asia easier, the Times added.

President Tsai Ing-wen last week named Kaohsiung as the operations base for her government’s “New Southbound Policy,” aimed at boosting trade and investment links with South-east Asia.

The logic for picking KHH is pretty clear: an airport and seaport that are physically closer to SE Asia and just 20 minutes from downtown Kaohsiung.

Will Kaohsiung flourish under the new “Go South” plan?

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