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An Analysis of ASEAN-Taiwan Relations Under Taiwan's Two Latest Presidents From 2008 to 2019

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Willis Wang

Georgetown University, TW
About Willis
I am an undergraduate student from Taiwan pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. I am fluent in Mandarin, English, and Japanese.
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Abstract

This paper offers a comprehensive and in-depth analysis between the five founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Taiwan from 2008 to 2019. The five founding countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. This paper answers the questions ‘How have ASEAN-Taiwan relations evolved from 2008 to 2019?’ and ‘What evidence exists to support the claim that ASEAN-Taiwan relations have grown stronger politically, economically, and socio-culturally?’ The finding reveals that, despite the People's Republic of China’s (PRC’s) One China Principle, ASEAN-Taiwan relations have now reached the strongest point politically, economically, and socio-culturally. This paper discusses the political, economic, and socio-cultural ties in each presidential term. The political aspects focus on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Economic Cooperation Agreements (ECAs), and other government-to-government interactions. The economic aspects examine the increasing total trade between ASEAN-Taiwan relations. The socio-cultural ties scrutinize the growing educational and tourism ties between ASEAN and Taiwan. The paper concludes by providing policy advice to bolster their relations.
How to Cite: Wang, W., 2021. An Analysis of ASEAN-Taiwan Relations Under Taiwan's Two Latest Presidents From 2008 to 2019. LSE Undergraduate Political Review, 4(2), pp.76–105.
Published on 31 Dec 2021.
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