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New Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)
Should it include Taiwan?


Shirley Kan
Independent Specialist in Asian Security Affairs

On May 23, 2022, while in Tokyo, Japan, United States President Joe Biden announced the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) with a dozen initial partners: Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. On May 26, Fiji became the 14th founding member. Members represent 40% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). However, the new cooperation raised the question of whether to include Taiwan, which was disappointed with the initial exclusion. Judging by objective criteria, it makes sense to include this major player in democracy, economy and technology in the world. Ms. Shirley Kan will discuss whether Taiwan’s participation would advance the common strategic goal of a free and open, more inclusive, connected, prosperous, secure and resilient Indo-Pacific. She will discuss what is IPEF? What is it not? What are the background and considerations for potential Taiwanese participation? And what are Taiwan’s challenges and options?

Ms Shirley Kan is an independent scholar of Asian security affairs who retired after working for Congress at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). Serving the US government since the late 1980s, Shirley Kan specializes in security policy regarding Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Ms. Kan closely supported Congress as an Asian security affairs specialist at CRS from 1990 to 2015. She received a special award for her 25 years of service in Congress. Ms. Kan was an original advisory board member of the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), a think tank in Washington, DC, since its founding in 2016. Since July 2022, she has been a member of its new task force. review the US-Taiwanese partnership. Ms. Kan testifies and speaks at congressional hearings and conferences. She is quoted in the media as an independent and authoritative specialist. She writes analyzes that have been widely published in publications.

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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Ana Reidy, 808-944-7111, [email protected], https://www.eastwestcenter.org/events/ewc-insights-new-indo-pacific-economic-framework-ipef


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