Taiwan Contingency- Opinion Piece

Japan: Its situation, recognition, and discussions around the gray-zone issue

An enormous sense of crisis over a possible invasion of Taiwan by China, which is strengthening its hegemony, was shared and manifested first in the Japan-United States 2+2 meeting, the following bilateral summit meeting, the Japan-EU summit meeting, as well as the G7 summit meeting. It was the very first time in 52 years that Taiwan was included in the joint statement by the leaders of Japan and the U.S. In 1969, Japan and the U.S. had diplomatic relations with Taiwan, hence the situation back then was far different from today. The U.S.-Japan Joint Leaders’ Statement by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Joseph Biden stressed the "importance of peace and stability of Taiwan Strait." It is my aim to present Japan's recognition of the situation in the event that China attacks Taiwan. Furthermore, I look at the challenges posed by the gray-zone issue followed by discussions of major political parties around this issue.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth

Country Profile: Vietnam

The country profile provides a deeper analysis of Vietnam’s youth to ensure a better future of work for them. It is organized into four main parts. The first part outlines the situation in Vietnam, the demographics of its labor force, and in particular, the youth labor force. The second part discusses the trend in the future of work for Vietnamese youth followed by the third part discussing the challenges that Vietnamese youth face in the labor market. The final part sets out policy responses and recommendations to support the youth in their future of work.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth

Country Profile: Malaysia

This country report serves to shed light on the realities of the future of work in Malaysia. The first part will examine the current state of youths in Malaysia from the demographical lenses, education and workforce participation of youths. The second part will discuss the realities faced by Malaysian youths from both the opportunities and challenges for the youths. And the final part will be the policy recommendations to further alleviate some of the challenges faced by youths in transitioning to the work.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth

Country Profile: Indonesia

This country profile is meant to give readers an understanding about the future of work in Indonesia. The first part will provide information about Indonesian young people, looking through the demographic, education and employment trends. The second part will analyze future of work opportunities and challenges for Indonesian young people. The last part will be policy responses and recommendations to further support young people in transitioning to their work in the future.

Digitalisation, Trade, and Geopolitics in Asia

The papers in this volume “Digitalisation, Trade, and Geopolitics in Asia”, published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) regional program, Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS), investigates how digitalisation is changing our understanding of trade and the international economy. It assesses the impact of digitalization to production, consumption, and trading patterns as well as national and multilateral regulatory frameworks (including those agreed in regional free trade agreements). It also looks at the evolving roles and configurations of economic actors (e.g. WTO, multinational corporations, digital platforms) and provides a discussion on the issues involving e-commerce and new technologies (i.e., block chain).

What's the real deal?

A look inside RCEP

Now that the Electoral College has formalized Biden's win, the U.S. President-elect needs to rebuild trade deals with the Asia-Pacific to counter China's dominance. Below is an analysis of the RCEP and what the U.S. and its value partners can expect from the world's largest trade bloc.

The Path to Success: How Women-owned Businesses Transform in the Era of Digitalization

Case Studies from Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar

Jointly conducted with Woomentum, the research looks at the effects of digitalization on WSMEs’ (1) access to financing, (2) access to mentoring, networking, and skills, (3) business process and management, as well as (4) COVID-19 crisis management. The common WSME challenges across four countries are highlighted in the introductory chapter. The chapter also discusses a general framework, comprising both policy and practical recommendations that governments and private organizations can take on to encourage women entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities that digitalization offers. The succeeding chapters include country studies on Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. The country case studies provide a more in-depth analysis of the general findings introduced in the first chapter.

COVID-19 and the Future of Doing Business in Asia

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s regional program, Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS), has conducted this research, “COVID-19 and the Future of Doing Business in Asia” jointly with the Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC) to outline how the “new normal” will look like. Asia’s resilience to the shocks brought about by COVID-19 provides a first sketch of how the structural changes accelerated by the pandemic have reimagined and reformed the roles of the State and businesses. As businesses in the region resume economic activity, Asian governments and enterprises are in a unique position to define and structure the “new normal”, providing Germany, Europe and the rest of the world a tentative template of how to respond to these unprecedented challenges.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth

Country Profile: Taiwan

This country profile discusses the rising global issues of the future of work and its impact on youth employment in Taiwan. It begins by giving a brief background of Taiwan’s demography, economics, and labor profile. The next session describes the three main challenges of the future of work in Taiwan: (1) the structural change of the nature of work, (2) the gap between education and youth employment, and (3) issues of workforce and social protection. The profile concludes by highlighting the advantages that Taiwan holds in preparing for the future of work and a brief set of policy recommendations that will enable it to harness these advantages.

Japan-EU relationship:

Recommendations on SPA

The implementation of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from February 2019 provided the basis for the conference discussion concerning trade and economic issues. The EPA, being the largest free trade agreement ever concluded, is of course very important, especially at present when some other countries instead have turned more towards protectionism. Moreover, the EPA provides predictability, transparency, and a roadmap for the development of EU-Japan trade and investment ties in the years to come. Regarding the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which was concluded in tandem with the EPA, and is now under provisional implementation, the picture is much more vague. While the EU and Japan have defined the priorities areas, i.e. the areas Brussels and Tokyo have chosen from a list of more than 40 areas formulated in the SPA – discussions on how and when to do this have only just begun. The purpose of this publication is to take a few of the most innovative ideas presented at the conference and add some new thoughts and initiatives that have developed since then. In this way we aim to make several policy recommendations that we believe can assist in moving forward mutually and globally beneficial EU-Japan cooperation in several diverse fields.