September 19th 2022

Jointly organized by Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) and Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies (KIIPS), the webinar on “Deciphering the Fourth Cross Strait Crisis: Economic and Military perspective”  was held on September 19, attracted more than 100 international participants to join online.

The incident originated back in Aug 2022, when the US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi made a visit to Taiwan. The response of the world community has been divided on this issue, making the crisis more complex than ever.

Following a warm welcome by Prof. Fu-Kuo Liu, director of TCSS, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, founder and honorary chairperson of KIIPS, further announced the MOU signing plan between the two institutions and committed to work together towards the common goals. 

Moderated by Prof. Hon-Min Yau, director of the Graduate Institute of International Security, National Defense University, the 4 experts from Taiwan and India were invited to give their remarks on the developments of recent regional escalation and to explore the geostrategy in Taiwan Strait.

Prof. Yuan-Chou Jing, associate professor at Graduate Institute of China Military Affairs Studies, National Defense University, initiated the session by analyzing the Cross-Strait situation before the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and commented on the lessons learned from the Russia-Ukraine war. Added by Prof. Swaran Singh, currently the visiting professor at University of British Columbia, he pointed out that the Cross-Strait issue seems to be a great power politics from another perspective and interpreted the background of the 4 crises as well as the implications for Taiwan.

Following up the previous discussion, Dr. To-Hai Liou, director of Center for WTO Studies, National Chengchi University and Dr. Jabin Jacob, associate professor at Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University, both mentioned the role of India in balancing the regional situation and further focused on the economic aspect. The webinar concluded with a constructive debate while receiving positive feedback from many participants. The dialogue once again stressed the complexity of the issue which will need the strategic leadership and wisdom to continue finding the optimal policy.