2018 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue
Director, Akiyama Associates
Chairman, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies
I participated in the 2018 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue held in Taipei on August 30, 2018. The Prospect Foundation, Center for a New American Security and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-hosted the dialogue. In fact, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs planned and hosted the dialogue as a Taiwan-US-Japan trilateral meeting that is held every year.
This 2018 Dialogue was held under the title "Promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region". In addition to the three countries mentioned above experts from India and Australia also participated this time.
Taiwan has previously not necessarily commited itself deeply to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP) that Japan and the US have advocated, but this time Taiwan made clear its positive stance saying that Taiwan has much to contribute to the FOIP. Taiwan seemingly ghose the title for the Dialogue to make clear its stance toward the FOIP.
From the US, ADM(Rtd.) James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO joined as a keynote speaker and Ms. Nadia Schadlow, former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy delivered a speech at the luncheon.
Five political leaders from the US, Japan and Taiwan had a discussion in the first panel entitled "Envisage a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region". It was impressive that two Diet members of Japan are good speakers of English and made clear remarks and discussions. They were Ms. Rui Matsukawa and Mr. Keisuke Suzuki.
In the second panel six panelists including Professor Satoru Mori and Mr. Bonji Ohara from Japan discussed security aspects related to the FOIP. In the third panel economic aspects were discussed. I joined it as a moderator and Professor Akihiko Tamura gave a presentation. In the final session four panelists had a free discussion on the FOIP. Professor Ryo Sahashi participated in the session. Ms Junko Chano gave closing remarks as Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
My understanding is that Taiwan wants to maintain the strong ties with the US and Japan and also wants to strengthen its relationship with India and Australia as is indicated by the title given to the Dialogue. Tsai-led administration suffers from strong pressures exerted by China. Given the circumstance, Taiwan has tended to be dependent only on the US. This time, however, Taiwan wants to strengthen its ties with Japan, India and Australia as well.
Main players from Taiwan at this event were Foreign Minister Jau-shieh Wu and Deputy Foreign Minister Szu-Chien Hsu. They are good friends of mine as I have organized bilateral dialogues between Japan and Taiwan for a long time and maintain close contacts with them. This perhaps contributes to Taiwan keeping an interest in its ties with Japan.
The Taipei Times's Web reported the following morning on the meeting under the title "Taiwan part of Pacific solution: ex-NATO commander" as follows.
The Taipei Times paper reported the Foreign Minister Wu's speech entitled "Taiwan is partner in Indo-Pacific: Wu"
- September 2018: "The Taiwan Policy of the Xi Jinping Administration in its Second Term: An Outlook on Cross-Strait Relations in the New Era" written by Yasuhiro Matsuda, Professor of the Tokyo University
- July 2018: "The EU States and Russia on North Korea Issues- Expansion of Influence through Diplomacy: Attempts and Limitations -" lectured by Yuichi Hosoya, Professor of Keio University
- "An Assessment of the US-North Korea Summit and an Outlook for the Future of the Korean Peninsula" lectured by Junya Nishino, Professor of Keio University
- "Korean Peninsula Issue and Japan's Future Security Policy" written by Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
- July 2018: "US North Korea policy affected by personnel changes in the Trump administration" lectured by Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
- "China-North Korea relationship under Xi Jinping" lectured by Shin Kawashima, Professor of the Tokyo University.
- "North Korean Denuclearization and Russia" lectured by Nobuo Shimotomai, Professor of the Hosei University.
- March 2018: "The Network Hegemony Theory for a Security Architecture in The Asia Pacific Region" lectured by Masahiro Akiyama, Chairman, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies
- January 2018: "A Destabilized Middle East" lectured by Koichiro Tanaka, Professor, Keio University
- December 2017: "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042" lectured by Ezra F. Vogel, Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University
- November 2017: "The Future of the Asia-Pacific Region" written by Yoriko Kawaguchi, Fellow, the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Former Minister Foreign Affairs
- October 2017: "A New Trend in India's Foreign Policy and Japan" Written by HIROSE,Takako, Professor, Senshu University
- August 2017: "The Shocks that shook the Transatlantic World and their Implication for Japan's Foreign Policy" written by HOSOYA, Yuichi, Professor, Keio University
- August 2017: "Does Economic Interdependence not Encourage Collaboration? ―Thinking Japan-China Relations from an Economic Perspective―" written by Takashi SEKIYAMA, Ph.D., Toyo University
- July 2017: Proposal article "The Trump Administration's Impact on the Cross-Strait Relations" written by Yasuhiro Matsuda, Ph.D.
- June 2017: Proposal article "The outlook for the relationship between two great powers and implications for Japanese diplomacy" written by Professor Shin Kawashima
- May 2017: (Emergency Proposal) Facing the Inconvenient Truth: Re-examining Policy for Peace and Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula (Chief author, Masao Okonogi)
- March 2017: "Economic Influences of the Trump Administration" written by Professor Motoshige Ito
- February, 2017: Proposal article "Trump's Foreign and Security Policy - Unpredictable President, Realistic Secretaries - " written by Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe is posted on the website of SSDP.
- December, 2016: Proposal article "Reconsidering North Korea Policy: How to Deal with a Nuclear Armed Divided States" written by Professor Masao Okonogi is posted on the website of SSDP.
- September 2018: "Taiwan Identity and Cross-Strait Relations and Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan-US Relations-Discussion at The Second Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue (June 21, 2018, Taipei)-" written by OGATA, Makoto
- September 2018: "Japan-Taiwan Dialogue 2018 Minutes", 21st June 2018, Taipei, Taiwan.
- July 2018: Report on The Second Japan – Philippines Strategic Dialogue prepared by Ms. Vindu Mai Chotani, Ph.D. Student, Graduate School of Public Policy, Tokyo University.
- May 2018: "Civilian Control "at Crisis"? – Perhaps Not, for the Case of the Field Sit-reps from SDF's South Sudan Mission" reported by Ippeita Nishida, Research Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- January 2018: "Fukushima, Genki？Project－Young Taiwanese volunteers introduce the facts on Fukushima's revival through documentary films－" reported by OGATA, Makoto, Former Chief of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei
- December 2017: "Commemorating a Quarter Century of Dispatches of the JSDF's PKO Units: Challenges and Possibilities in the Post South Sudan" written by Takayuki Shoji, Lecturer, Nihon University
- November 2017: "19th CCP National Congress" written by Mr. Bonji Ohara, Senior Research Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Fondation
- October 2017: "What is Japan's Role in the Indo-China border conflict?" written by Dr. NGAO,Satoru, Research Fellow, Institute for Future Engineering
- July 2017: "Overview of the Current Situation in Taiwan-" the Naturally Independent Generation" will affect the Taiwan"s politics-" written by Makoto Ogata MGE.(Ret.)
- June 2017: "Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue" written by Mr.Takaaki Asano
- March 2017: "The Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue" written by Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi
- February, 2017: Current topic "The Importance of Japan's Security Role Under Trump" written by Dr. Satoru Nagao is posted on the SSDP website.
- December, 2016: Current topic "Widening Security Task: Will SDF do the Job?" written by Mr. Ippeita Nishida is posted on the SSDP website.
- September 2018: "2018 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue" reported by Masahiro Akiyama
- 2017 December: "The Butterfly Project-A possibility of showing a solution to the North Korea problem-"
- October 2017: Campaign on the problems with North Korea
- August 2017: A New Containment Policy Strategy
- June 2017: Korean peninsla
- March 2017: President Duterte
- February, 2017: Kazakhstan
- November, 2016: Participated in Astana Club 2016 held in Kazakhstan on November 14- 16, 2016.