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March 2018

Asia Insight: China's Belt and Road Initiative


Nadège Rolland, Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR. Nadège walks us through the significance of BRI, what it means for the region, and how U.S. officials and businesses should respond to the initiative.

January 2018

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


This brief first examines the historical context of Taiwan’s Go South strategies toward Southeast Asia. It then evaluates the people-to-people component of Taiwan–Southeast Asia relations, followed by an analysis of Taiwan’s trade and investment engagement with ASEAN countries. The concluding paragraphs assess the prospects of the New Southbound Policy and its implications for Taiwan’s regional connectivity in the years ahead.

January 2018

Religious Ties between Taiwan and Southeast Asia


This brief will begin with a description of the new forms of religious ties and of the trends behind them. It then offers a case study of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to illustrate two distinct models of forming religious ties—post-disaster construction and social capital. The brief concludes by examining the policy implications of each model.

January 2018

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


This article examines Vietnam’s warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea.

January 2018

Taiwan's Maritime Linkages with Southeast Asia


This brief explains how the Tsai government’s maritime claims are different from China’s and will create a positive atmosphere to promote the New Southbound Policy. From controlling maritime risks to improving the treatment of fishery workers and encouraging greater collaboration within the fishing industry, Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries can take a range of actions to enhance their relations to achieve mutual benefits.

January 2018

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: One-Year Economic Performance Review


Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung evaluate the economic performance of the New Southbound Policy during its first year while also outlining the existing structure of investment and trade between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

January 2018

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


Ji-Ping Lin discusses Taiwan’s current and past immigration policies and highlights their political, economic, social, and cultural impacts now and into the future.

January 2018

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


Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang discuss the ways that enhanced people-to-people connections between Taiwan and Southeast Asia continue to foster strong regional links and create opportunities for integration of ideas and values.

January 2018

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


Ja Ian Chong (National University of Singapore) examines how the Taiwan-Southeast Asia relationship has evolved over time and highlights the historical continuity of linkages between Taiwan and the region.

November 2017

Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road


Roy D. Kamphausen is scheduled to testify on November 15, 2017, before the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The hearing is titled "Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road."

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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