Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: Signaling Foreign Policy Restraint

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has garnered attention for its efforts to expand Taiwan’s ties throughout Southeast Asia, but it has also had a positive impact on the development of relations with the U.S. The policy signals Taiwan’s commitment to a moderate foreign policy. By diverting resources and attention to Southeast and South Asia, Taiwan creates an unprovocative foreign policy profile, which the U.S. desires, and contributes to Taiwan’s upholding of U.S. policy on the Taiwan Strait. Join us for a discussion with Visiting Fellow Ping-kuei Chen, Assistant Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, on his research into the New Southbound Policy’s effect on U.S.-Taiwan relations. Brian Eyler, Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program, will participate as discussant and Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director of the East Asia Program, will moderate.

WHAT: A discussion on the impact of the New Southbound Policy on U.S.-Taiwan relations with Visiting Fellow Ping-kuei Chen. This event is on-the-record.

WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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PING-KUEI CHEN, Assistant Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University

Ping-kuei Chen, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Diplomacy at National Chengchi University in Taipei. He was a staffer on the Taipei delegation to the World Health Assembly in 2009 and has worked as a researcher for the Department of Health in the government of Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his research interests range from international relations theory and alliance management to nationalism and ethnic politics. He has published papers and chapters on Taiwan’s relationship with the U.S. and participation in international organizations, including “Sitting Outside the Network: Reassuring the Stability of the Taiwan Strait under the Trump Administration” (Journal UNISCI No. 46, January 2018).


BRIAN EYLER, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson

Brian Eyler is the Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program. Eyler is an expert on transboundary issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China’s economic cooperation with Southeast Asia. He has spent more than 15 years living and working in China and over the last ten years has conducted extensive research with stakeholders in the Mekong region, leading numerous study tours through China and mainland Southeast Asia. Before coming to the Stimson Center, he served as the Director of the IES Kunming Center at Yunnan University and as a consultant to the UNDP Lancang-Mekong Economic Cooperation program in Kunming, Yunnan province. He holds an M.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. from Bucknell University. Brian is the co-founder of the influential website His first book, The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, will be published by Zed Books in 2017.


YUKI TATSUMI, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson (Moderator)

Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. Previously, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. In September 2006, Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and in 2012 earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contributions to advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

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