SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Taiwan India Relations

Joe Karackattu
Dr. Joe Karackattu (SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellow and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai)

Date: 5 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 5 December 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has been awarded the first SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellowship, joining the School between October and December 2013.

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Taiwan India Relations - Dr. Joe Karackattu

Summary of the Talk

In recent years, Taiwan has signed the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with Mainland China. Increasingly, its political and economic future (including its relationships with countries such as India) will continue to be linked with Mainland China. This talk would examine the partnership between India and Taiwan within the new post-ECFA setting that Taiwan finds itself in. Given the core issue of contestation of Taiwan’s political status in world affairs and India’s adherence to the “One China” policy, the relationship remains a fragile one for both partners. The talk explicates the shifts and continuities in Taiwan’s economic relationship with Mainland China, discusses how partnership with India could become a crucial pivot of Taiwan’s foreign policy in the coming years, and argues why this partnership is vital for the “take-off ” of India’s own economic growth targets. It identifies specific avenues for India and Taiwan to benefit from the economic growth success stories that they have come to represent over these years and outlines policy realignments that could allow India and Taiwan to best realize their mutuality of interests.

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