Speaking of major events that happened in November this year, apart from Biden winning the US presidential election, it is probably the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on November 15. With Trump withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017 and the United States unable to join the RCEP, the entire Asia-Pacific region is bound to embark on a road of economic integration under the leadership of the CCP.
The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership without Taiwan's participation would be a declaration of failure of the Tsai Ing-wen photo background removing government's new southbound policy. While we hope that Biden will quickly lead the United States back to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), we have to do some research on how Southeast Asian countries choose sides in the US-China competition. The role played in regional integration is quite similar to that of Taiwan. What's more, since New Southbound is the national policy of the current government, how can Southeast Asian countries respond to the strategies of the two major powers in the Indo-Pacific region, and how can the Republic of China easily ignore it?
It's just that we in Taiwan always seem to think that only Singapore, which is also a Chinese country, can be regarded as a model. But in fact, in dealing with powers, there is one country that even Lee Kuan Yew had to learn from, and that is Thailand, which has maintained national sovereignty and independence since the 19th century and has not become a colony of Western powers. With an area of 513,120 square kilometers, Thailand is not a small country, but it is definitely not a powerful country. How did it remain invincible under the circumstance of the United Kingdom, France, Japan, the United States, the Soviet Union, the Chinese Communist Party and Vietnam and other powers? This is indeed very worthwhile for us in Taiwan to understand. balance among the great powers The concept of a modern sovereign state actually entered Southeast Asia with the European powers, and