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WHY TAIWAN’S NEW SOUTHBOUND POLICY SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF AMERICAN GEOPOLITIK

Taiwan Insight

November 27, 2019

https://2019/11/27/why-taiwans-new-southbound-policy-should-steer-clear-of-american-geopolitik/

The 2019 Yushan Forum, hosted by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation, lived up to its hype as a major forum on Asian trade and regional integration. In a major coup, this year’s programme succeeded in attracting a number of prominent speakers, including Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who delivered the event’s opening address, her Vice President Chen Chien-jen, India’s former foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon, and Sandra Oudkirk, the U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The constitution of this panel reflected its repeated references to the ‘Indo-Pacific’ – a term which Chinese officials claim to be a geographic fabrication inspired by an American strategy to ‘fence in’ China. This term was often used in this forum in discussions on a cornerstone of the policy platform of Taiwan’s current administration – the so-called New Southbound Policy, or NSP…