An Uncertainty of Cross-Straits Relations and Its Implication Towards ASEAN

  • Sigit
  • Muhammad Ghifari
Keywords: China and Taiwan Relationship, One China Policy, Tsai Ing-wen, New Southbound Policy, Status Quo, ASEAN

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to analyse the relationships between China and Taiwan
in the Tsai Ing-wen Era from 2016-2020 and their implications towards ASEAN with a realism approach and secondary data through qualitative method. Relations between Beijing and Taipei itself
began in 1949, after Communist Mao Zedong took power in Beijing and Nationalist Kuomintang
(KMT) led by Chiang Kai-Shek formed Taiwan. After that, relations between both of them experienced ups and downs, and even China strived on his policy called “One China Policy”. However,
the current relationship between the two heats up when Tsai Ing Wen was elected as President of
Taiwan in 2016 and encouraging Taiwan to maintain Status Quo with its New Southbound Policy.
Furthermore, ASEAN as a cooperation partner with Beijing and Taipei has long been influenced by
the two countries. With China, ASEAN started its relationship in 1991, while with Taiwan, ASEAN
began its relationship through the south policy which was adopted by the Taiwan government in
1990. However, this paper concludes that Beijing and Taipei relationship towards ASEAN have
made them have their own strategies and ways to work together with ASEAN countries.

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Published
2020-12-17
How to Cite
Sigit, & Ghifari, M. (2020). An Uncertainty of Cross-Straits Relations and Its Implication Towards ASEAN. Thai Journal of East Asian Studies, 24(2), 1-19. Retrieved from https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/easttu/article/view/246118
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Research Article