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Taiwan–Myanmar Relations within the Framework of the New Southbound Policy

In: International Journal of Taiwan Studies
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  • 1 Senior Researcher, Project ‘Sinophone Borderlands: Interactions on the Edges’, Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic, k.kironska@gmail.com
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Abstract

This article combines the study of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy with a case study of Taiwan–Myanmar relations from a perspective of political relations, economic cooperation, and Taiwan’s (un)recognisability in Myanmar—i.e. Taiwan’s soft power in Myanmar. The first part of the paper introduces the policy and compares it with the previous ones, and sheds light on Taiwan’s motivation to engage with Myanmar. It considers the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, due to which investment relocation from China is expected to sharply increase. The second part of the paper provides an insight into the relationship between Taiwan and Myanmar after Myanmar’s state-led political transformation from military rule and economic liberalisation since approximately 2010. It explains the main aspects and determinants of the relationship between two countries that share a neighbouring potential hegemon which they both wish to balance against.

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