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Taiwan's Lai should not overlook 'new south' neighbors

Tsai Ing-wen's signature policy has built considerable goodwill

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Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te, left, and running mate Hsiao Bi-khim wave after claiming victory in January's presidential election.   © Reuters

Ratih Kabinawa is an adjunct research fellow at the University of Western Australia's School of Social Sciences and a Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fellowship visiting scholar.

Ahead of his inauguration next month as Taiwan's president, Vice President Lai Ching-te has sent his own running mate, Hsiao Bi-khim, on low-key missions to Washington and European capitals to lay out the next administration's priorities.

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