February 21st 2023

Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) in cooperation with Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association and Advanced Stratagem Asia Pacific organized the conference on “The Russo-Ukrainian war after one year: Strategic Implications for Taiwan’s Defense and Security” on February 21, 2023, three days before the one-year-anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The meeting hosted around 80 participants from various fields, including embassies, trade offices, foreign missions, governmental organizations, military, research institutions and academia. 

Director Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu and Ambassador Lin Yung-Lo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered the opening remarks. Followed by Adm. Richard Chen’s presentation, he gave an interesting insight on the Russian military strategy and analyzed the similarities and differences between Ukraine and Taiwan. 

The second presentation was held by President CY Huang, an influential banker who practiced in advisory and investment industries for more than 30 years. Focusing on the multilateral risks that countries in the world are facing, he believed that Taiwan as the biggest worldwide producer of chips should use its technological advancement and innovation to create its own brands. 

On another note, Huilin Lu “pointed out that medical readiness aligns with overall readiness”. She brought up the importance of medical care and transport during war times. In addition, she formulated the needs that countries ought to prepare in advance, such as human resources, modern military medicine training, rule of law and validation with plans and methods. 

The conference concluded with positive remarks, which all presenters agreed that with further development in technology and education, Taiwan can continue to demonstrate its unique value to the world.