In late June and early July, HCSS Director of Political Affairs Han ten Broeke and Strategic Analyst Joris Teer completed a study trip to Taiwan. They spoke with scholars, thinktank experts, policymakers and industry representatives from Taiwan, South Korea, Europe and the United States about:
- Maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, in the face of the rapid modernization of China’s People’s Liberation Army, intensifying US-China competition and the war in Ukraine;
- Economic security, including Taiwan’s central role in the semiconductor value chain (today and in the future), Taipei’s pioneering role in preventing unwanted technology transfer and Taiwan’s ambition to create greater security of supply by expanding its offshore wind energy production (including cooperation with European companies to achieve this!);
- The global importance of Taiwan’s vibrant (but also polarized) domestic politics and the January 2024 Presidential Elections;
- and geopolitical due diligence strategies of European/Western companies active in Taiwan.
HCSS is very grateful to Vice-President Jiann-Chyuan Wang of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), for co-hosting a round table with European and Taiwanese experts on supply chain and maritime security. We look forward to continue these fruitful exchanges in the future.
The Netherlands Office Taipei (NLOT) hosted a seminar, as well as a salon dinner at the Residence of Representative Guido Tielman, during which Ten Broeke and Teer gave insightful presentations on the topic of economic security and geopolitical due diligence. Together with European representatives and business leaders in Taipei, they engaged in an informative and constructive discussion based on findings from various HCSS research reports.
HCSS would like give special thanks to June Park, Schmidt Futures Fellow and Semiconductor expert, and Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, expert on EU-Taiwan relations, for helping us organize this trip, the lively exchanges on all of the aforementioned topics and accompanying us on this journey.
In the near future, HCSS will publish research on all the above topics as part of the larger research programme the “Europe in the Indo-Pacific Hub (EIPH)“, led by Senior Strategic Analyst Paul van Hooft. The HCSS Boardroom initiative, founded by Han ten Broeke, will launch new tools to help business representatives, investors and policymakers make their corporate strategies more geopolitically resilient.