The Young Scholars Workshop 2017 was an event held by the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), jointly financed by Germany’s Universität Tübingen and Taiwan’s Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF). The yearly workshop is joined by Ph.D. students and postdocs of the social sciences working on academic projects related to Taiwan or China. The 2017 workshop carried the headline of “Taiwan in the Gloibal Arena” on 2-9 July 2017.
Our Faculty Member, Mrs. Luh Nyoman Ratih Wagiswari Kabinawa, presented in the workshop. She presented her paper entitled, “How Does Indonesia Benefit from the New Southbound Policy?” on 4 July 2017. In the paper, Mrs. Ratih discusses about Taiwan New Southbound Policy that President Tsai Ing-wen announced soon after her inauguration, which aims to promote regional exchanges and collaboration between Taiwan and 18 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Indonesia is one of targeted countries under this policy. Ratih’s paper asks, How does Indonesia benefit from Taiwan New Southbound Policy? and aims to analyze the benefits of Taiwan New Southbound Policy for Indonesia and to elaborate channels that Indonesia could utilizes to expanding its benefits. Her paper focuses on people-to-people approach to explain Indonesia-Taiwan relations, especially regarding students, tourists, and business people that will gain more benefits from the new policy. Ratih’s argument is built on the fact that the focus area of Taiwan New Southbound Policy is more targeting on people-to-people contact rather than state or institutions.
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