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Taipei-Manila ties closer than ever: Taiwan envoy

MANILA -- The links between Taiwan and the Philippines are closer now than at any time in the past, according to Taiwan's representative to the Southeast Asian country Raymond Wang.

Bilateral ties between the two countries have grown closer because of increasing interaction on economic, trade and labor affairs, as well as humanitarian relief efforts, Wang said Thursday in a newspaper interview that will be published in mid-November in the Philippines.

Taiwan is now the Philippines' eighth largest trading partner and its seventh biggest foreign investor, he told the English-language Business Mirror.

Wang said trade between Taiwan and the Philippines totaled US$10 billion last year, and that exchange visits by trade and economic officials and business delegations have become more frequent over the past years, according to his office.

The two countries have also maintained close relations in the labor and tourism sectors, he said.

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