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Going South or going sour? Chinese pressure on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

13 September 2017
China Seminar
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has renewed calls for Taiwanese businesses to invest in Southeast Asia rather than China. Building on attempts by previous presidents to encourage Taiwanese businesses to diversify their investments, Tsai’s New Southbound policy aims to transform not only Taiwan’s economic relations, but also its political role in the East Asian region. Investing in Southeast Asia is not without risk, however, and critics assert that if mainland China does not acquiesce to this policy then Tsai’s efforts could well ‘go sour’. The success of the New Southbound policy therefore depends on how well the Tsai administration responds to domestic concerns and manages cross-Straits relations. This research will contextualize Taiwan’s new regional strategy and assess the impact of Chinese pressure on the New Southbound policy.

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