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AEI-TECO Special Seminar

Looking South: Comparing the Regional Policies of Taiwan and South Korea

Date: 16 May 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Venue : Resource Centre, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Universiti Malaya (hybrid)

Free Admission. Register here.

As two “middle powers” of East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea have both sought to broaden their options for strategic manoeuvres with their southern neighbours – Southeast Asia and India. In 2016, Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy (NSP-T) was a maiden regional policy for the Tsai Ing-wen administration as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP’s) leader set to recalibrate the island’s away from its economic dependence on China by seeking new markets in the region and search for Taiwan’s new role and value in regional development. On the other hand, South Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP-K) launched in 2017 by the previous Moon Jae-in administration came to an end with the articulation of Seoul’s Indo-Pacific Strategy under President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration. As major recipients of Taiwanese and South Korean capital, technology, cultures and educational aid, Southeast Asia and India are no strangers to these two middle powers which maintain either formal or informal relations with these neighbours respectively. Amidst the complex geopolitical landscape in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan and South Korea are working to manoeuvre through different and shared challenges in regional affairs while at the same time, navigating their relationships with the US and China.

This seminar aims to discuss new developments in the engagement both actors have had with their southern neighbours and what have the outcome of these previous policies are like.

Keynote Speaker and Discussant

Keynoote Speaker and Dicussant

Followed by Special Hybrid Panel with Authors of upcoming book:
Southward Bound: Examining the Regional Policies of Taiwan and South Korea

Special Hybrid Panel with Authors

Programme Schedule

Time Agenda
9:30am - 10:00am Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:00am - 10:15am

Welcoming Remarks by Distinguished Professor Dato' Dr Rajah Rasiah, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Universiti Malaya

1015am - 10.30am

Special Remarks by Representative Phoebe Yeh, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia

10:30am - 11:30am

Special Lecture - "Insights into Regional Policies"

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
Moderator: Dr Karl Chee Leong Lee
Discussant: Prof. Dr. Alan Hao Yang

11:30am - 11.45am Q & A Session
11.45pm - 12.45pm

Hybrid Discussion Session on Book “Southward Bound: Examining the Regional Policies of Taiwan and South Korea”

Moderator: Dr. Sadia Rahman

  1. Prof. Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
  2. Prof. Dr. Alan Hao Yang
  3. Dr. Karl Chee Leong Lee
  4. Dr. Nur Shahadah Jamil
  5. Dr. Sana Hashmi
  6. Ms. Sera Yun
  7. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jan Vincent Galas
  8. Dr. Jojin John
  9. Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin
  10. Mr Aaron Denison Deivasagayam
12.45pm - 1.00pm Closing Remarks by AEI Deputy Executive Director (Research and Internationalization)
1.00pm - 2.30pm Lunch and Networking

Biodata of Speakers

Contact Information

Any enquiries, please contact:

  • Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin (+603 7967 4642) (nurliana.k@um.edu.my)

Last Update: 14/05/2024