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Taipei, Taiwan, 01/11/2020 Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has secured a second term after sweeping to victory in an election dominated by the island's relationship with China.
Taipei, Taiwan, 01/11/2020 Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has secured a second term after sweeping to victory in an election dominated by the island's relationship with China.

An area long reserved to specialists of “Greater China” and overlooked in European policy circles, Taiwan has succeeded in carving out an important space for itself on the international scene in recent years. Its management of the Covid-19 crisis has proven exemplary. Its approach to managing new digital technologies has reinforced the rule of law. Its democratic model is held up as an example in an international context of increasing polarization between liberal and authoritarian regimes. Finally, its unique know-how in the field of high-performance semiconductors made Taiwan an indispensable actor for a wide range of industries across the globe during the pandemic, and now it is sought after by many states seeking to develop their own production chains.

In a context of growing rivalry between the United States and China, Taiwan is the most serious point of contention between the two adversaries and, as such, an area of extremely high-risk friction. In fact, the strategic interest in Taiwan is just as high for Washington as it is for Beijing.

Ifri’s Center for Asian Studies analyses and interprets the critical issues around Taiwan’s emergence and its role in contemporary international relations.

Marc JULIENNE
Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Céline PAJON

Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research, Coordinator of the Program on Pacific Islands,
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Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

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09/01/2024

On January 13th the young Taiwanese democracy will hold its 8th presidential election since direct universal suffrage began in 1996. The same day, the people of Taiwan will elect a new Parliament – the Legislative Yuan – which will start its term on February 1st. President Tsai Ingwen’s second...

10/10/2023

As US-China rivalry reaches its peak and the likelihood of a high-intensity conflict in the region seems greater than ever, this report advocates for a pragmatic recalibration of France’s strategic posture in the Indo-Pacific. This adjustment should be grounded in a realistic reframing of...

25/05/2023

The G7 summit in Hiroshima showcased a new international order in the making: in a world where security is indivisible, the priority should be to uphold a collectively shaped rules-based order and find a modus vivendi with China. The G7 can work toward this by taking into account the...

10/05/2023

While French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China is viewed by some to be an exercise in stirring the pot, this does not mean that the European boat has veered off course. The EU is used to robust debate among and within member states, and can take this as another opportunity to...

11/10/2022
By: Marc JULIENNE, Constantin LAGRAULET

The tremendous demographic challenges facing China will not significantly affect the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the immediate future, but will become more problematic in the medium and long term. The rapid aging of the population and the resulting socio-economic imbalances will put...

15/04/2022

The second round of the French presidential election on April 24 will decide whether Emmanuel Macron, the incumbent president, or Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right nationalist party Rassemblement national (national gathering), will become president of the French Republic for the next...

08/03/2022
By: Konstantinas ANDRIJAUSKAS

The year 2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania. Instead of commemorative events and customary lofty rhetoric, the bilateral relationship rapidly plunged to a level rarely seen in either country’s foreign policies...

20
Oct
2023
Friday 20 October 2023
from 09:30 to 17:00 - Conférences

Annual Conference of Ifri's Center for Asian and Indo-Pacific Studies. As strategic competition becomes an increasingly dominant feature of the international system today, the “de-risking” of interdependent economic ties has emerged as a new mantra for managing geopolitical uncertainty.

22
Sep
2022
Thursday 22 September 2022
from 09:00 to 17:00 - Conférences

Annual conference of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies. The war in Ukraine has marked the return of high-intensity conflict in Europe and represents a profound, structural shift in the region’s strategic environment. It also takes place against a backdrop of a decades-long...

09
Nov
2021
Tuesday 09 November 2021 to Wednesday 10 November 2021
from Tuesday 9 November 2021 09:15 to Wednesday 10 November 2021 12:30 - Videoconferences

The era of hyper globalization is now transforming into an age of geoeconomics, where trade and economic relations are increasingly conditioned by national security concerns. What impact will this shift have on the regional trade architecture and economic strategies in East Asia?  <...>

30
Sep
2021
Thursday 30 September 2021
from 09:30 to 10:45 - Videoconferences

The United States is the linchpin of Taiwan’s security. Under Donald Trump’s presidency, as tensions with the People’s Republic of China grew, the US increasingly took steps to signal ever more clearly its commitment to supporting and defending Taiwan, a trend that seems to have continued...

11/04/2023
By: Céline PAJON, quoted by Gabriel Dominguez in the Japan Times

One of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s top goals for next month’s Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima is to create a united front on issues like China and Ukraine. But finding a unified approach to dealing with Beijing’s assertiveness might have just become harder.<...>

07/04/2023
By: Marc JULIENNE, quoted by Finbarr Bermingham in the South China Morning Post

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron deliver united message to Chinese president during visit ; but as French leader signed over 20 business deals on China trip, EU chief took sterner line with Xi on economic grievances, human rights and Taiwan

14/03/2023
By: Marc JULIENNE, interviewed by Natasha Li for France 24

Recent US military activity in the Asia-Pacific is on the rise, including drills in the Philippines and South Korea as well as a submarine deal struck between the US and Australia. China has, meanwhile, accused the US of encircling the country. FRANCE 24 speaks with an expert to shed light on...