Taiwan's New Southbound Policy Aspirations and Realities


Taiwan's New Southbound Policy Aspirations and Realities

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center
Available From: April 10, 2019
Publication Date: April 10, 2019


Authors discuss the elements and aspirations of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy from domestic, foreign policy, and strategic perspectives and offer assessments of the initiative’s achievements and constraints.

Michael Hsiao, Executive Director of the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation, explains that “[For Taiwan] the stability of regional order are in line with national interests.”
Alan H. Yang and Jeremy Chiang, Executive Director and Managing Editor at the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation, respectively, explain that “While the 'Go South' policies concentrated on economic cooperation and state-owned-enterprise (SOE) investments, the NSP seeks deeper socio-economic connectivity between Taiwan and its neighboring communities.”
Russell Hsiao and Marzia Borsoi-Kelly, Executive Director and Program Manager at Global Taiwan Institute, respectively, explain that “While other presidents before Tsai had their own versions of a southbound policy, the NSP is more strategic.”
Ja Ian Chong, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, explains that “NSP success requires... fostering greater public understanding and support domestically.”
Tirta N. Mursitama, Shidarta, and Yi Ying, of BINUS University in Indonesia, explain that “The scholarship and internship programs initiated by the Taiwanese government under NSP policies are parts of an innovative effort to strengthen the links between Indonesia and Taiwan.”

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