Taiwan’s Southbound Drive towards Southeast Asia

Journal Article August, 2023

This article examines Taiwan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia during Ma Ying-jeou’s two-term (2008–2016) and Tsai Ing-wen’s first-term (2016–2020) presidencies. It discusses the context of East Asian regionalization and regionalism, and Ma’s and Tsai’s primary objectives for their strategies in relation to the ASEAN region. With a focus on their trade, investment, tourism, and higher education policies towards the region, this article evaluates how successful their policies have been in achieving the goals in the relevant areas.


This article authored by Bo-jiun Jing is published in East Asia Policy (World Scientific).

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