Conference held on Taiwan’s economic integration in Asia

SOAS intl Conference


From 10-11 May, an international conference titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Asian Economic Integration Facing Taiwan under the Impact of Globalisation’ took place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with the help of SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) founder Professor Bob Ash and research associate Dr Charles I-hsin Chen. Experts and academics from the UK, US and Taiwan gathered to share their research and insights, providing the attendees with a better understanding of the political context surrounding Taiwan’s current economic issues.


The two-day conference was jointly opened by Deputy Representative Shyang-Yun Cheng and Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS. In his remarks, Deputy Representative Cheng congratulated the CTS’s success and discussed Taiwan’s ‘New Southbound Policy’, ‘Five Plus Two’ innovative industries programme and efforts to participate in the process of regional economic integration through the signing of Free Trade Agreements. The conference also featured a video speech titled ‘The New Southbound Policy’ by former Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr John C. C. Deng.