13 Sept China Seminar: Dr. Lindsay Black: Going South or going sour?

Going South or going sour? Chinese pressure on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Dr. Lindsay Black, Assistant Professor, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)



Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has renewed calls for Taiwanese businesses to invest in Southeast Asia rather than China. Building on attempts by previous presidents to encourage Taiwanese businesses to diversify their investments, Tsai’s New Southbound policy aims to transform not only Taiwan’s economic relations, but also its political role in the East Asian region. Investing in Southeast Asia is not without risk, however, and critics assert that if mainland China does not acquiesce to this policy then Tsai’s efforts could well ‘go sour’. The success of the New Southbound policy therefore depends on how well the Tsai administration responds to domestic concerns and manages cross-Straits relations. This research will contextualize Taiwan’s new regional strategy and assess the impact of Chinese pressure on the New Southbound policy.


Time and venue

13 September 2017, 15.15-17.00, Lipsius 001

All are welcome! Entrance is free



Dates Room Presenter Affiliation
13 September 2017 LIPSIUS 001 Lindsay Black Leiden University
26 September 2017 WIJKPL2 – 001 Ge Jianxiong Fudan University
4 October 2017 LIPSIUS 001 Jeroen de Kloet University of Amsterdam
18 October 2017 VRIESH2 – 004 Christopher Rea The University of British Columbia
25 October 2017 LIPSIUS 001 Ching-Ling Wang Rijksmuseum
15 November 2017 WIJKPL4 – 005 Daniel Stumm Leiden University
7 December 2017 EYCKH2 – 005 James Benn McMaster University
13 December 2017 REUVENS 201a Rongdao Lai University of Southern California