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Re-examining Critical Links between Taiwan and Southeast Asia: The New Southbound Policy in the Tsai Era

On September 5, 2016, Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen launched the New Southbound Policy to aid in promoting regional exchange and collaboration. The initiative focuses on expanding existing relationships with the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, countries in South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

This briefing series explores the long-standing relationships between Taiwan and Southeast Asia, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, in light of the New Southbound Policy. The briefs collectively provide policymakers and academics alike with a comprehensive assessment of how Taiwan’s relations with the region have evolved across the spectrum—from people-to-people ties and common cultural and religious bonds to economic integration. The objective of the series is to contextualize critical linkages between Taiwan and Southeast Asia as the Tsai administration embarks on future phases of its New Southbound Policy.

Download the full series or read the briefs online at the links below.

Rediscovering an Old Relationship: Taiwan and Southeast Asia's Long, Shared History

    By Ja Ian Chong

Repositioning Taiwan in Southeast Asia:Strategies to Enhance People-to-People Connectivity

    By Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang

The Migration of Labor between Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Changing Policies

    By Ji-Ping Lin

Taiwan's New Southbound Policy: One-Year Economic Review

    By Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung

Religious Ties between Taiwan and Southeast Asia

    By C. Julia Huang

Taiwan's Maritime Linkages with Southeast Asia

    By Ting-Hui Lin

Taiwan's Regional Strategy in Southeast Asia: Kicking the New Southbound Policy into High Gear

    By Jing Bo-jiun