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  • 2018-06-05
2018 Taiwan Fellowship Scholars Research Presentation
2018 Taiwan Fellowship Scholars Research Presentation

Four Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Taiwan Fellowship visiting scholars were invited to present their research at the NCL on March 21, 2018. This is the first session in four in 2018, hosted by Mr. Kuo-ting Tan, Deputy Director General of the Dept. of Policy Planning, MOFA. The first to present her work was Professor Jessica Claribel Ramirez Vidal of the Ibero-American University, Dominican Republic. In her presentation, entitled “The Role of Technology in the Social and Economic Development of Taiwan and Its Impact on the Global Market,” Prof. Ramirez Vidal gave an account of the economic role played by Taiwan’s high technology industries, and the link between technological development and higher education in Taiwan. 

The second scholar to present his research was Dr. Abubakar Eby Hara, an associate professor at the University of Jember, Indonesia. The theme of his presentation was “The Development of Taiwan’s Soft Power and Its Impact on Taiwan-Indonesia Relations.” In light of the One China Policy, the development of Taiwan’s soft power is a vital aspect of its foreign relations. In his presentation, Dr. Hara set forth how Taiwan could raise its profile in Indonesia, and promote opportunities for the two countries to work together.

Mr. Tobias Burgers, a Ph.D. candidate at the Free University of Berlin, was the next to speak. His presentation topic was “The Rise and Increasing Use of Cyber and Robotic Technology in EastAsian Security Affairs, and Its Implications for Regional Security.” In the wake of technological development, the internet and robotic technology have seen rapid growth over the past 30 years. Mr. Burgers expressed the view that the rapid rise of such new systems was a potential threat to regional stability, which if not handled properly could negatively impact East Asian regional security.

The final presentation was given by Dr. Sumit Kumar, a research fellow of the Chennai Centre for China Studies, India. His presentation topic is “Taiwan-India Relations: An Overview,” remarking that in recent years, China’s tough foreign policy had influenced diplomatic relations between all Asian countries, particularly India. Despite the fact that India had been establishing a strategic relationship and exchanging intelligence with Taiwan since 2004, and views China as a common threat to the two countries’ security, it had no desire to damage its relationship with China.

Last Update Time:2018-06-05