A delegation from the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) visited on Jan. 31, 2023 to meet with fellows of INDSR. The six-member delegation was led by Admiral Philip Davidson, former Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and includes James Schoff, Dr. April Herlevi, Tami Overby, Alison Szalwinski and Rachel Bernstein. Dr. Ming-shih Shen, Acting Deputy CEO of INDSR, chaired the meeting.
Based in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, NBR is a prominent research institution devoting to policy research on Asia.
The delegation and INDSR fellows had very fruitful exchanges on development in the Taiwan Strait. Various issues were raised, including the impacts of upcoming U.S. and Taiwanese elections on cross-strait stability, China’s
Taiwan policy after the 20th Party Congress, supply chain resilience, and strengthening integrated deterrence.
Through this meeting, both sides gained better insights at Taiwanese and American perspectives, and while China seems to have taken a “softer” approach after the 20th party congress, both sides have acknowledged that Taiwan and its neighbors encounter an increasingly challenging security environment. A deepening of security, economic and hi-tech cooperation between Taiwan, the U.S. and other East Asian countries will help boost Taiwan’s deterrence capability.