The Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Philippines, separated by the Batanes and Luzon Strait, are two neighboring countries sharing geographic proximity and traditional friendship. Both countries also share similarities in freedom and democracy. Taiwan and the Philippines have long been maintaining close and substantive relations.
Taiwan-Philippines bilateral trade volume reached US$12 billion in 2013. In 2013, Taiwan's export to the Philippines totaled US$9.78 billion dollars while Taiwan's import from the Philippines reached a total of US$2.2 billion dollars.Form January to July 2014,the Philippines is the 8th largest export and the 25th largest import partner to Taiwan,whereas Taiwan is the 9th largest export and 6th largest import partner for the Philippines. Meanwhile, Taiwan is also the 9th largest foreign investor in the Philippines for Taiwan in 2013.
On tourism, Taiwan is the 9th largest tourist source for the Philippines, whereas the Philippines is the 9th largest source of visitors for Taiwan in 2014.
In 2014,there are more than 100,000 Filipino workers and migrants in Taiwan. The annual remittance from Filipino workers in Taiwan has amounted to more than US$100 million.
The air-links between Taipei/Kaohsiung and Manila are daily operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air.
Starting for February 13, 2015, direct flights between Taipei and Palawan will begin to operate through the Philippine Airlines.
The mutual interactions and exchanges on other areas like culture, education, agriculture and aquaculture are vibrant.