On August 9, President Tsai Ing-wen met with HCSS deputy director Michel Rademaker and other international participants from the Ketagalan Forum – 2023 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue.
In her speech, President Tsai said that, standing on the frontline of the defence of democracy, Taiwan has continued to strengthen cooperation with other democracies – including the United States, Japan, the European Union, Australia, and Canada – to exchange experiences on combating disinformation and protect the freedom of speech. The president said she looks forward to more interactions and cooperation to safeguard our values of freedom and democracy.
The world is facing the risk of China’s economic sanctions. During the session on “Restructuring the International Supply Chain and Taiwan’s Role in Economic Security”, Rademaker commented that since China banned the export of rare earths to Japan in 2010, there have been more and more similar examples, and the economic sanctions have become stronger and stronger, highlighting the urgent need to diversify the supply chain.
Semiconductors will undoubtedly play an important role in the development of the next century, Rademaker added, and a healthy ecosystem cannot be built by only one country or one region, highlighting the need to stabilize the tensions in the Taiwan Strait. In order to implement the concept of an ecosystem, it is necessary to cooperate with like-minded partner countries, Rademaker continued.
During his trip to Taiwan, Rademaker also visited the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a Taiwanese think tank based in Taipei, discussing the potential for future collaboration with HCSS.