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"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)-
Former Chief of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei
Associate, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies
The Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) and The Prospect Foundation held a Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue in Taipei on June 21, 2018 --- a sequel to the same-titled conference held last year. The SSDP delegates took this occasion to visit to Taiwanese leading figures. Two years have elapsed since the inauguration of the Tsai Ing-wen administration, and President Tsai has passed the half-way mark of her first term. Public support for the administration is still stagnant, and the prospects for the betterment of cross-strait relations are not visible, while China is increasing its unconcealed pressure on Taiwan. On the other hand, the Tsai administration finds a hope in US-Taiwan relations comparatively rich in forward-looking topics. The focal topics of the recent bilateral dialogue were "Taiwan Identity and Cross-Strait Relations" and "Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan-US Relations." The following is a recapitulation of discussions between the two sides.
1. Taiwan Identity and Cross-Strait Relations
(1) Changes in Taiwan Identity Formation
The issue of Taiwan identity or of Taiwanese self-identification continues to be of vital importance in political, social and cultural aspects against Taiwan's complex historical background. Since 1992, The Election Study Center at National Chengchi University, has been annually conducting a public-opinion poll regarding the issue of Taiwan identity. When Lee Teng-hui took office as President of the Republic of China in 1992, the people who identify themselves as Taiwanese accounted for only 17.6 % of all the poll respondents, while those who recognize themselves as Taiwanese and Chinese constituted the majority of 46.4 %. ;25.5% of respondents considered themselves Chinese. Since then the "self-identified Taiwanese" population has continued rising, thanks to the effects of the policy of "Desinicization and Taiwanization" in the eras of the Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian administrations, while, on the other hand, the "self-identified Chinese" respondants decreased in number. Under the Ma Ying-jeou administration's "Detaiwanization and Sinicization" policy, the "self-identified Taiwanese" population continued increasing, and today approximately 60 % of the people think that they are Taiwanese; Those recognizing themselves as "Taiwanese and Chinese" have decreased to 33 %, and those who think of themselves as Chinese drastically fell to only 3.7 %. In this way the issue of Taiwan identity has undergone drastic changes. Meanwhile, the majority of Taiwanese people support "the status quo" in cross-strait relations, accounting for some 60 % of the population. The Taiwanese supporting the "independence" of Taiwan account for some 24 % and the supporters of "unification" are the smallest in number or about 10 % of the population. In other words, over 80 % of Taiwanese people are against "unification."
(2) A Political Profile of Taiwan's Youth
At the time of the January 2016 elections in Taiwan that gave rise to the first ever female President and the first change of government administration in 8 years, The Wall Street Journal summed up the elections as "a counter attack of the Taiwanese strawberry generation." Taiwan's strawberry generation refers to young people 20-30 years of age, born in 1980s. Attractive as they are in outward appearance, those youth are disparaged for being unable to handle pressure, self-complacent and spiritless. Yet the strawberry generation youth acquired the wherewithal to voice their political beliefs through participation in the Sunflower Student Movement, and have now come to be called "the Naturally Pro-Independence," capable of wielding a significant influence over the future of Taiwan's politics.
At the recent dialogue, the Taiwanese side gave a detailed presentation based on a Taiwan Foundation for Democracy's report on the public-opinion poll published in April 2018, "A Political Profile of Taiwan's Youth: Democratic Support, Natural independence, and Commitment to Defense."
The survey was conducted in the light of the following three major concerns regarding Taiwan's democratic development and young people's political inclination:
1) The youth in the West seem to be less committed to democratic values. How about Taiwanese youth?
2) Concerning the future cross-strait relations, are Taiwanese youth "naturally pro-independence?"
3) Is it true that the Strawberries are characterized by a weak commitment to self-defense and are irresponsibly provocative?
"There exist some problems with democracy, but is it still the best political system?" In response to this question, some 76 % of respondents answered "YES." Notably as many as 86 % of respondents under the age of 39 answered in the affirmative. Taiwanese youth highly support democracy in contrast with Western youth, and this tendency is conspicuous with younger generations. Just a small number of youth are oriented to autocracy. On the other hand, Taiwanese youth show "relatively low democratic satisfaction and democratic optimism."
Answers to a three-choice question (the status quo / unification / independence) regarding cross-strait relations revealed that 1) the people under the age of 39, like older people, predominantly support the status quo. Those supporting unification are quite small in number. 2) The people under the age of 30 support the status quo more strongly than those of 30-40 of age. 3) A research executed by Dr. Wu Nai-te of Academia Sinica also indicates that the Taiwanese under the age of 39 hold a feeling of strong Taiwan nationalism but are indifferent to Chinese nationalism. Their support for the status quo is obvious. Incidentally, research conducted by Dr. Wu in 2005 is also informative. 1) Asked a question about whether or not Taiwan and China should be unified if China becomes a democratic country, some 73 % of people under the age of 39 answered in the negative, and only 24 % in the affirmative. When it comes to the people 40 years old or more, the pros and cons are equal or some 43 %, respectively. 2) Asked a question about whether or not Taiwan should proclaim independence, provided such a unilateral step does not provoke a war with China, some 51 % of the people under the age of 39 and 53 % of the people over the age of 40 answered in the negative --- indicating almost the same ratio. Meanwhile, some 46 % of the people under the age of 39 and 36% of the people over the age of 40 answered to the same question in the affirmative --- younger people are more supportive of Taiwan's independence. The Naturally Pro-Independence generations are reported to tend to support independence; yet the above research results show that they are naturally against unification.
Asked whether or not the existence of China will be beneficial to Taiwan's economic development in a longer perspective, some 51 % of respondents answered in the affirmative. Particularly, as many as 63 % of younger people answered the same question YES. It is interesting that those youth accept China's economic influences positively. Taiwanese youth cling to their Taiwan identity and at the same time behave quite pragmatically, ready to take advantage of economic opportunities provided by China.
Lastly, Taiwanese youth's commitment to national self-defense. :1) Asked whether or not they would fight for Taiwan if Taiwan formally declares independence, in response to which China uses force against Taiwan, some 56 % of respondents answered YES, while some 36% replied NO. The percentage of affirmative responses is almost the same in all the generations. 2) Asked whether or not they would fight for Taiwan if China uses force against Taiwan for the purpose of unification, some 68 % of respondents answered YES. The percentage of YES to this question is 12 points higher than that to the previous question 1). The survey makes an assessment that Taiwanese people's commitment to democratic values is the cornerstone of safeguarding them from military unification by China.
From the above results, the survey publicized in April this year came to the following conclusion:
1) Taiwanese youth are not irresponsibly provocative. They have a firm commitment to democratic values and self-defense.
2) Taiwanese youth have a stronger Taiwan nationalism. But the 20-29 age group has a stronger tendency to maintain the status quo than other age groups.
3) The youth of 20-29 are more inclined to the status quo than to independence.
4) The essence of "naturally pro-independence" lies in "anti-unification."
5) In facing China's military threat of forced unification, some 70% of Taiwanese are committed to fighting back.
6) Democratic values provide a spiritual help for Taiwanese people to combat military threats of China.
(3) Taiwanese People's Good Feelings for China amidst Intensified Taiwan Bashing
A recent public-opinion poll regarding Taiwan identity conducted by The Election Study Center, National Chengchi University, reveals a trend that the percentage of respondents who recognize themselves as "Taiwanese" has decreased after a height of 60 % in 2014, dropping by 5 % to 55 % in a period as short as three years. Meanwhile, the percentage of people identifying themselves as "Taiwanese and Chinese" has increased after registering the record low of 32 % in 2014, rising to 37 % last year. The percentage of people identifying themselves as "Chinese" remains the same. Part of the people regarding themselves as "Taiwanese" seem to come to recognize themselves as "Taiwanese and Chinese." The year of 2014 is the year the Sunflower Student Movement came into existence. Taiwan identity attained a peak that year, and then entered a period of backlash. Similarly, the ratio of people who supported "the status quo" fell from 60 % in 2014 to 58 % in 2017, and the percentage of people who supported "independence" dropped from 24 % to 22 %, while that of people who were for "unification" rose from 9 % to 12 % over the same period of time. It is noteworthy that the supporters of anti-unification are decreasing, and those of unification increasing.
The Taiwanese participants at the dialogue commented on the results of a public-opinion poll on Taiwanese people's positive feelings for foreign countries conducted in June this year by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, a private research institute related to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Among countries that Taiwanese people have the most positive feelings toward are Singapore, Japan, Canada, the EU and the United States, in this order of preference. Notable is the fact that people feeling sympathy for China (49%) has exceeded those antagonistic toward it (44%) for the first time. This result was met with surprise, as China has been blatantly bullying Taiwan since the inauguration of the Tsai administration, in various ways including the severing of bilateral diplomatic relations; efforts to exclude Taiwan from international organizations, and demands for airline companies to drop any references to Taiwan as an independent country. The Xi Jinping regime's policy toward Taiwan can be said to be a double-standard strategy --- with severity towards the Taiwan government, while demonstrating a positive friendliness to Taiwanese people. With the background of the current economic stagnation in Taiwan, China's policy of preference for Taiwanese companies and individuals is alluring to Taiwanese people, particularly to the youth, who are eager to share the benefits from the growing Chinese economy. The Taiwanese people's increasing sympathy for China is attributable to such a situation.
The Taiwanese participants in the dialogue opined that it is necessary to analyze Taiwan identity and the anti-unification trend, along with Taiwanese people's good impression of China. The dialogue participants were invited to make a cautious judgment on these topics.
2. Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan-US Relations
(1) What is President Trump's Taiwan Policy?
At the beginning of the June 21 dialogue, the Taiwanese participants raised a direct question "What is President Trump's Taiwan Policy, if any?" It was bewildering to many Taiwanese experts that President Trump unprecedentedly held a telephone talk with President Tsai, and soon after that announced his support for the "One China Policy" at the request of Xi Jinping. They are skeptical whether President Trump really understands the "One China Policy." Thus, this question gives rise to another question, which in turn invites another… Is the "One China Policy" the same with what President Trump understands about the contents of the policy? To which contents does President Trump attach much importance in the "One China Policy", to the contents concerned with China or to those with Taiwan? What is the goal of the "One China Policy" under the Trump administration? Does the Trump administration maintain its status quo policy which Taiwanese people acknowledge? Or does the Trump administration pursue a new status quo policy? There remain many questions like these that have yet to be clearly answered.
(2) What is the Trump Administration's "One China Policy"?
According to the US government, the "One China Policy" consists of three communiques between the United States and China, and the Taiwan Relations Act (plus six guarantees). Taiwanese experts think that there is room for administrative discretion in the "One China Policy," and that it could change dependent on how the US government assesses the effect of external and internal factors upon the policy's strategic and logical foundations. Taiwanese experts admit that the United States is more inclined than ever to try to separate its Taiwan policy from its overall China policy. For example, the United States sold weapons to Taiwan, calling for a strengthening of military alliance in accordance with National Defense Authorization Act, and enacted the Taiwan Travel Act.
Taiwanese experts analyze that the overall US-China relations are shifting from engagement / cooperation to containment / competition. They argue that this shift is discernible from the fact that the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS) defines Russia and China as the most significant regional challenges against US strategic interests. If competition occupies the most dominant place in US China policy, Taiwan's value as a strategic asset for the United States will increase all the more. However, Taiwanese experts show a grave concern with President Trump's action of destroying the traditional relationship between the United States and Taiwan, and are becoming skeptical whether Taiwan is for the United States a genuine strategic asset or an ostensible, temporary asset for the purpose of trading-off.
There is a general recognition in Taiwan that the United States is attempting to increase the value of Taiwan as a strategic asset. A Symbol of this is the amicable Taiwan Travel Act the Trump administration has enacted. President Trump signed the bill on March 16, and clarified his position of support, and guaranteed once more his commitment to Taiwan. To be frank, however, the act would have been enacted automatically even if President Trump declined to sign the bill.
China's bullying of Taiwan is bound to bring Taiwan nearer to the United States. The Chinese authorities, however, interpret this in the opposite manner. China is punishing Taiwan in accordance with her policy of strategic competition against the US, aimed at imposing pressure at weak parts of the US alliance system. With a view to strengthening the alliance system considered fragile by China, the United States began transferring to Taiwan a sensitive weaponry technology, thereby encouraging US defense industry to help foster Taiwanese domestic industries in a great measure. This is an analysis by Taiwanese experts.
(3) The Future of US-Taiwan Relation
Taiwanese experts are of the view that the current US-Taiwan relations are good, but there remains ample room for improvement. What is most important to this end, they say, is to make clearer the role of Taiwan in the US Indo-Pacific strategy. The US basic idea regarding its Indo-Pacific strategy can be construed as a continuance of her rebalance strategy from a military point of view. Taiwan looks forward to developing a closer military cooperation with the United States in this regard. Especially, the Taiwanese government cherishes a strong expectation for developing her current cooperation with the United States in the field of national defense industry into "a genuine marriage," which once realized, would upgrade Taiwan's defense system a great deal.
Secondly, the Taiwanese participants in the dialogue hope that the United States and Japan can reconfirm the status of Taiwan in the international community. Recent Chinese diplomacy is intensifying its offensive character, attempting to oust Taiwan from the international community. If, however, the United States and Japan reaffirm that Taiwan is not part of the People's Republic of China, such a move will have a profound significance for the Taiwanese government as well as for the international community.
Some Taiwanese participants referred to the necessity for Taiwan to initiate a negotiation of a FTA with the United States and Japan at the earliest convenience. The revision of relevant Taiwanese domestic laws, however, would be a prerequisite to such a negotiation.
The Taiwanese side acknowledges that the US-Taiwan relations have so far evolved satisfactorily, but doubts if the present good relations will continue forever into the future. The Taiwanese dialogue participants are apprehensive about President Trump's proclivity for a deal. They argue that much attention should be paid to the extent of such a deal as President Trump decides matters depending on his intuition. They are also apprehensive about the possibility of a grandiose deal between President Trump and Xi Jinping for some shared goals.
On the other hand, many countries in Asia are now adopting a hedging strategy of taking the winning side, and Taiwan is keenly anxious about the possibility that such a trend would help disturb the alignment of US alliance system. Different from other Asian countries, Taiwan has no other options but to look to the United States for support for survival.
3. Topics Discussed in and out of the Strategic Dialogue
(1) The US-North Korea Summit
The Taiwanese side raised public views that the US-North Korea Summit was disappointing and futile, and that the United States committed a great mistake. CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization) which the United States had clung to was not referred to in the Trump-Kim Joint Statement and the United States conceded to agree to the step-by-step process in the Korean Peninsula denuclearization that North Korea had persisted in srequesting. While Kim Jong-un made no additional important concession regarding weapons of mass destruction, President Trump made an easy compromise and concession, affording Kim security guarantees. President Trump went so far as to mention the suspension of US-ROK joint military drills and the withdrawal of USFK. It was essential for President Trump to successfully complete the historic Summit, or to create a feeling of success more than to have the substance of the agreement.
Taiwanese experts said it was interesting that the process toward the Summit proceeded, not just simultaneously but intertwined in a complicated manner with the US-China talks on trade friction. The Unites States is seriously confronting China as indicated by the emerging trade war with China and the North Korea issue. In order to draw some concessions from the United States, China is alleged to have capitalized on President Trump's impatience for success in the bilateral Summit and have proposed to him a deal. China intensified economic sanctions against North Korea by cutting off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other mineral resources. Thus, China tried to evade criticism for the ineffectiveness of its economic sanctions against North Korea and made ostensible efforts at easing tensions. Some sources say that the United States responded to North Korean overture for talks to decouple North Korea from China. The US-China trade war had been in a cease fire state before the June 12 Summit, but upon completion of the talks, the United States and China resumed an exchange of sanctions and retaliations.
South Korea has emerged from the recent Summit as a victor. President Trump says that South Korea is a beneficiary of the talks. In defiance of China's interference, South Korea supported efforts to realize the Summit throughout all the stages of its preparation. Thus, South Korea has now acquired a greater influence on North Korea than China; at least, China's influence on the North is deemed to have decreased due to South Korea's involvement from an early stage of preparation for the Summit.
Incidentally, a week after his return from Singapore, Kim Jong-un once again paid a visit to China --- such an action of his symbolizes the relationship between China and a Korean Peninsula state which had been a tributary of the Middle Kingdom. After returning from the Summit, Kim Jong-un lost little time in visiting Beijing and expressed his gratitude to Xi Jinping for flights the Chinese supreme leader provided to transport Kim to the venue of the US-North Korea talks. Kim strictly abided by decorum required of a leader of a tributary state. It has been a traditional custom for China to make public the North leader's visit to Beijing only after he had returned home. This time, however, China announced Kim's visit almost at the same time as the North leader's arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport. How should we interpret this? Since Xi Jinping harbors concern that the Korean Peninsula situation has taken steps without China's engagement, he intended to bring it home to Kim Jong-un and simultaneously appeal to the international community that China's commitment will be indispensable for the solution of the Korean Peninsula problem. Kim Jong-un also prefers to receive continuing support from China based on the traditional tributary relationships until the end of negotiations with the United States, although the way has been opened for Kim to have direct negotiations with the United States. An interpretation of Kim's conduct could be that with a show of an ostensible courtesy, he is preparing a letter of divorce against China.
(2) Cross-Strait Relations
After the cabinet reshuffle this spring, Chen Ming-tong, professor at National Taiwan University, took office as the Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council. He is a Taiwanese of aboriginal descent. With a pair of piercing eyes, he is known for his outspokenness. Chen is very close to President Tsai. In his capacity as a political scientist and as the last Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council in the era of the Chen Shui-bian administration, he experienced direct contact with China for a long time, witnessing changes in China's Taiwan policy. In addressing the frozen cross-strait relations, he is attracting expectations as a reliable figure capable of taking necessary actions against China. He always replies with a quick and adamant rebuttal to the Chinese authorities' ill-intentioned criticism or to fake news emitted by the pro-mainland media. Such reactions have never been made by a former Mainland Affairs Council. As a political scientist, Chen maintains an amicable relationship with Chinese scholars, and they amicably call him "Brother Tong," considering him a man of importance. Outward appearance aside, the Chinese authorities are considered to listen to the words of Minister Chen. Recently, the more China bashes Taiwan, the more the US involvement in cross-strait relations becomes deeper. The Chinese authorities seem to think about accordingly modifying its pressure-alone strategy against the Tsai administration. The Chen-led Mainland Affairs Council is expected to bring about a breakthrough in cross-strait relations now in a stalemate.
(3) Taiwanese Local Elections and the Revival of the KMT
Taiwan is now in an election mood, waiting for the local elections (the nine-in-one elections) held once every four years. The voting day is scheduled for November 24. On the occasion of the previous elections in 2014, the Ma Ying-jeou administration of the Kuomintang of China (KMT) suffered a terrible defeat because of public criticism over the issue of service trade agreement with China. As a result, a change of government ensued. In the coming elections, the people's judgement will be brought to the Tsai administration that came to power two years ago.
One of the focuses of the coming elections is the mayoral election for Taipei city. At this moment the incumbent Ko Wen-je (nonpartisan) is taking a lead. For the DPP, the focal point is New Taipei city rather than Taipei city. Two candidates, ex-Premier Su Tseng-chang (DPP) and ex-deputy mayor Hou You-yi (KMT), are in a harsh competition. If Ko and Su win the mayoral elections for Taipei city and New Taipei city, respectively, the KMT would lose all the mayoral seats in direct-controlled municipalities, and suffer an irrevocable damage. Though such a possibility may be quite low, yet if the KMT wins both at Taipei city and New Taipei city, Tsai would be obliged to resign her office of the DPP Chairperson in accordance with the Party constitution.
At this moment Wu Den-yih is Chairman of the KMT. Actually, cross-strait policies of the KMT and the DPP are not so different from each other, except whether or not to approve the 1992 consensus. Pro-mainland Ma Ying-jeou advanced cross-strait relations too far, and lost public support. Wu, therefore, cannot adopt a similar policy; if he adopts a cross-strait policy, keeping some distance from the party's pro-mainlanders, such a policy may be regarded as almost the same as the DPP's status quo policy. It is becoming more difficult for the KMT to differentiate its position from that of the DPP in terms of cross-strait policy, which is to be the most decisive issue of contention distinguishing the KMT from the DPP. Among the reasons that the KMT still fails to make a resurgance are: 1) Wu's low personal popularity; 2) difficulty in policy coordination between pro-Taiwan and pro-China members inside the KMT, and 3) obscure points of contention of the KMT cross-strait policy. If the KMT's native Taiwanese wing fails to recover its influence in the coming elections, the KMT pro-mainlanders would not gain broad public support either. Furthermore, as the Tsai administration does not enjoy popularity among pro-independence factions in the DPP, a defeat in the coming elections would expose the administration to severe criticism from the party's pro-independence factions. The outcome of the coming local elections would not immediately accelerate internal strife in the DPP or the KMT to the degree of a possible party split. Anyway, the future political situation in Taiwan is unpredictable in a longer perspective.
Japanese and Taiwanese strategic dialogue participants saw each other after a year's time. Two things that have evolved after the previous dialogue seem to have caused a perceptible change in Taiwanese participants' outlook on the circumstances surrounding Taiwan. One is the US Indo-Pacific strategy to which Taiwan is looking forward to making an active commitment. The other is PLA operations in the neighboring waters of Taiwan that are becoming increasingly active, offering a serious threat for the island state.
Taiwan's commitment to the US Indo-Pacific strategy constitutes part of the security policy of the Tsai administration, which aims at deepening a multilateral relationship with ASEAN states and India through cooperation with states sharing universal values, such as Japan and the United States, as well as through its New Southbound Policy. The US Indo-Pacific strategy is also consistent with Taiwan's geopolitical recognition that the island state is located in the center of the region comprising the South and East China Seas and the western Pacific. Moreover, Taiwan criticizes the rebalancing policy of the Obama administration for failing to be effective, while favorably accepting the stronger security commitment of the Trump administration to Taiwan. Taiwan's expectation for the US Indo-Pacific strategy is growing significantly.
Since May 2017, one year after the inauguration of the Tsai administration, PLA aircraft and military ships have appeared in the waters and airspace east of Taiwan, which had never happened, and have also more frequently engaged in circumnavigating Taiwan. Every time they acknowledge such behaviors of the PLA, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense announces that since they monitored PLA activity, the Taiwanese people should feel relieved. A rapidly widening military imbalance between Taiwan and China, coupled with the latter's expanding power projection capability, is emerging as an overt threat against the national defense system of Taiwan.
In the foreseeable future, the security environment surrounding Taiwan will continue to become more serious, instead of becoming relaxed. It is difficult for Japan to take concrete actions relevant to the Taiwan's security situation. The best option for Japan in this connection will be to strengthen a bilateral security dialogue with Taiwan and a multilateral security dialogue with related countries including Taiwan.
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- December 2021, "Economic and Social Conditions in North Korea and its Relations with South Korea" written by Mitsuhiro Mimura, Chief Research Fellow, The Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia.
- December 2021, "China's Korean Peninsula Policy and North Korea" written by Shin Kawashima, Professor, the University of Tokyo.
- December 2021, "China's Korean Peninsula Policy and North Korea" written by Shunji Hiraiwa, Professor, Nanzan University.
- December 2021, "What to Do with the Relations with North Korea?" written by Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman for Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute.
- October 2021, "Strategic Implications of North Korea's Enhanced Nuclear and Missile Capabilities" written by Narushige Michishita, Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
- October 2021, "The Biden Administration's North Korea Policy: Its Low Priority and Looming Crises" written by Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
- October 2021, "The Evolution of the US-ROK Alliance: Tasks in the Biden Era" written by Yasuyo Sakata, Professor, Kanda University of International Studies.
- September 2021, "The Development of Regional Security Architecture: From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific" written by Ken Jimbo, Professor, Keio University.
- September 2021, "The Strategic Development of Japanese Security Cooperation under Superpower Competition and the Development of the FOIP and its Operationalization" written by Nobushige Takamizawa, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo.
- August 2021, "Security Perceptions of Central Asian Countries--- From the Perspective of China Studies ---" written by Shin Kawashima, Professor, the University of Tokyo.
- August 2021, "Security in the Indian Ocean Region---Implication of the Galwan Incident for QUAD in the Indo-Pacific" written by Dr. Satoru Nagao, Fellow (Non-Resident), Hudson Institute.
- August 2021, "Easternization and Security in Asia" written by Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
- July 2021, "The Ideas of "Autonomy" and "Self-Reliance" in Contemporary India's Foreign Strategy" written by Kazutoshi TAMARI, Associate Professor,Chukyo University.
- July 2021, "Thailand's Security Policies and Threat Perceptions" written by Saya Kiba, Associate Professor, Komatsu University, Faculty of Intercultural Communication.
- July 2021, "Myanmar's Security Perceptions and the February 1 Coup d'Etat" written by Yoshihiro Nakanishi, Associate Professor, Kyoto University.
- July 2021, "Australia's Security Perceptions and the "Asia Threat"" written byTomohiko Satake, Senior Fellow, Defense Policy Division, Policy Studies Department, NIDS .
- June 2021, "The Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture: Its Future--- Multipolar Order Beyond US-China Relations ---" by Tsutomu Kikuchi, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
- June 2021, "The Quad Plus in the Security of Asia: Its Significance and Outlook" by Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
- June 2021, "Indonesian Views and Perceptions on National Security" by Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor, The Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University
- June 2021, "Normalized Tensions in the Cross-Strait Relations--- Structural Changes in Taiwanese Society and the Xi Jinping Administration's Strategic Shift ---" by Yasuhiro Matsuda, Professor, The University of Tokyo
- June 2021, "China's Maritime Strategy and Responses of the United States and Japan" by Yoji Koda, Former Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet
- June 2021, "The South China Issues from the Perspective of the International Law Order",by Shigeki Sakamoto, Emeritus Professor, Kobe University
- May 2021, "Indonesian Views and Perceptions on National Security" by Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor, Kyushu University
- May, 2021, "The Philippine Foreign and Security Policy Perspective" written by Yusuke Takagi Associate Professor,National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
- May, 2021, "Vietnam's Security: Challenges and Responses" written by Tomotaka Shoji Head, Asia and Africa Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies
- March, 2021, "Can the Biden Administration Restore America as a Global Leader?" written by Matake Kamiya, Professor, the National Defense Academy of Japan.
- March, 2021, "The Biden Administration and Japan's Security Strategy" written by Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
- February,2021, "US Foreign and Security Policy Direction Viewed from the Biden Administration's Lineup" written by Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- February,2021, "Trade Policies of the Biden Administration" written by Takaaki Asano, Senior Analyst, Sumitomo Corporation Global Research Co. Ltd.
- February,2021, "The Biden Administration's Policy toward Russia" written by Taisuke Abiru, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- January,2021, "Will US Policy Toward China Change?" lectured by Ryo Sahashi, Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo
- January,2021, "How will China View the Biden Administration?" written by Bonji Ohara, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- January,2021, "An Assessment of the 2020 US Presidential Election－American Democracy Now－" lectured by Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, the University of Tokyo
- January,2021, "Two Trumpian Mysteries－Why did Trump win over 70 million votes? Why is his outrageous behavior unchecked?－" lectured by Kazuhiro Maeshima, Professor, Sophia University
- September, 2020, "The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and Internationa Relationsl" by Matake Kamiya, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan
- September, 2020, "The Policy Agenda for the Xi Jinping Administration- COVID-19 Countermeasures and China's International Relations -" by Shin Kawashima, Professor, The University of Tokyo
- "Control in the United States and International Relations" by Koji Murata, Professor, Doshisha University
- September, 2020, "The EU's Response to COVID-19 and International Relations" by Yuichi Hosoya, Professor, Keio University
- August, 2020, "The Corona Crisis Seen from a Macroeconomic Perspective" written by Motoshige Itoh, Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
- August, 2020, "The Coronavirus Pandemic and Japan's Infectious Disease Control" written by Takashi Mihara, Senior Research Fellow, NLI Research Institute
- August, 2020, "Infectious Disease Crisis Control in Japan- Recommendations on an Exit Strategy -" written by Kazumasa Oguro, Professor, Hosei University
- August, 2020, "Security against Infectious Disease Threats --- Policy Responses Abroad" written by Takashi Sekiyama, Associate Professor, Kyoto University
- June 2020,"Transformation of the International Order in the Middle East--- Varying Degrees of "Stateness" and Three Directions of the New Order" written by Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
- June 2020,"Destabilization in the Middle East and its Impacts on Japan's Energy Security" written by Amane Kobayashi, Research Fellow, The Institute of Energy Economics
- May 2020: Urgent Recommendations "Toward a V-shaped Recovery after the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic "Coronavirus Testing for All" --- the First Step of the Next Phase"
- May 2020: "US Diplomacy toward Iran: Economic Sanctions as a Diplomatic Tool" Hiroki Sugita Columnist, Kyodo News
- "Russian Factors in the Middle East" Taisuke Abiru Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- "The SDF Dispatches to the Middle East --- History and Significance" Ippeita Nishida Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- March 2020, "Space and Security" Kazuto Suzuki Professor, Hokkaido University
- March 2020, "The US Security Space Policy --- With a Focus on the Establishment of Two Space Forces" Yasuhito Fukushima Chief Researcher, The National Institute for Defense Studies
- March 2020, "China's Recent Activities in Space and Cyberspace" Bonji Ohara Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- March 2020, "Environmental Security and Japan" Takashi Sekiyama Associate Professor, Kyoto University
- March 2020, "Changes in Global Environment and Security --- US Security Strategy" Hideshi Tokuchi Senior Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
- February 2020, "Cyberspace Security" Motohiro Tsuchiya Professor, Keio University
- February 2020, "Japan's Space and Cyberspace Policy" Yukinari Hirose Former President of the National Institute for Defense Studies
- December 2019, "The US-China Confrontation --- Where Will Hegemony Reside Next?" Akio Takahara Professor, the University of Tokyo
- December 2019, "Challenges Facing the Chinese Economy" Osamu Tanaka Chief Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO
- December 2019, "US Strategic Perception on China: Implications for US Allied Partners" Tsuneo Watanabe Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- November 2019, "The Xi Jinping Administration's View of the International Order– China's emphasis on United Nations diplomacy and liberal economic policies−" Shin Kawashima, Professor, the University of Tokyo
- November 2019, "The Future of China's Security Strategy" Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
- November 2019, "China --- Its Confidence and Anxiety" Bonji Ohara, Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- August 2019: Several Perspectives on the Korean Peninsula Issue--- The Deteriorating Japan-South Korea Relationship and the Uncertain Denuclearization of North Korea --- By Masahiro Akiyama Chairman, the SSDP
- July 2019, "An Outlook on the Denuclearization of North Korea--- What is the Stance of North Korea?---", Junya Nishino, Professor, Keio University
- July 2019, "An Outlook on the Denuclearization of North Korea --- How will the US move?", Narushige Michishita, Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
- July 2019, "Discussion on Denuclearization of North Korea", SSDP Discussion Meeting on May 8, 2019
- May 2019: "Current Status and Prospects of South Korea and Japan's Frictions over History: How to address the Judicial Problems", Masao Okonogi, Professor Emeritus, Keio University
- May 2019: "South Korea and Japan's Frictions over History" (Comments), Junya Nishino, Professor, Keio University
- May 2019: Japan and South Korea Relationships (Question & Answer)
- March 2019: "The Present State and Prospects of the Indian Economy and Economic Policies" written by Koji Kobayashi, Senior Economist Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.
- March 2019: "The "Modi diplomacy" in the History of Indian diplomacy--- Departure from or maintenance of the traditional diplomacy? ---" written by Toru Ito, The National Defense Academy of Japan
- February 2019: Dynamics of Indian Politics and the 2019 General Elections, written by Chiharu Takenaka, Professor of Rikkyo University
- February 2019: "Cooperative Strategy" to Realize "Competitive Strategy"--- The composite structure of Japan's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy (vision) ---, written by Matake Kamiya, Professor at The National Defense Academy of Japan
- January 2019:, A paper, "How will the US midterm elections results affect the Trump administration's foreign policy for 2019?" written by Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
- January 2019:, A paper, "The Present and Future of the International Trade Order" , written by Akihiko Tamura, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
- December 2018: The US-China Competition and Japan, written by Ryo Sahashi, Professor at Kanagawa University
- December 2018: An Outlook for the US-China Trade War―What makes the two economically interdependent superpowers confront each other?―, written by Takashi Sekiyama, Associate professor at Toyo University
- September 2018: Proposal, "The Denuclearization of North Korea and the Restoration of Peace in the Korean Peninsula― Correct Perceptions and Eight Proposals on Japan's North Korea Diplomacy－" edited by the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies
- 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.
- Taiwan-Japan Round Table on August 24th, at Capital Tokyu Hotel
- Japan-Korea Political Leaders Dialogue was held on February 10th,2023 at International House of Japan
- March 2022, A remembrance seminar "Remembering Professor Ezra Vogel" held on January 17, 2022
- March 2021, Japan-ROK Parliamentary Dialogue -Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Era of US-China Competition- held on March 11, 2021
- December 2020: The report of the Japan-ROK Future Dialogue held on November 21 to discuss "Japan-ROK Cooperation in the Post-Covid-19 Era
- October 2020: "Responses to COVID-19 and Agendas for the Post-COVID-19 Era", A Brief Overview of the Japan-Korea Experts Dialogue held on July 29,30, 2020
- October 2020: "The China-Taiwan Confrontation over Corona Response and Taiwan's Security" written by Makoto Ogata, Former Chief of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei
- May 2020: "Rivalries in the Middle East in New Security Dynamics", Written by Sayed Ghoneim, Major General (retired) of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Chairman, Institute for Global Security & Defence Affairs
- March 2020: The Japan-South Korea Relationship in a Cul-de-Sac--- Where is an Exit ? Masao Okonogi Professor Emeritus, Keio Universit
- December 2019: The Hong Kong Upheaval and the Future of Cross-Straits Relations－The 2019 Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue Report OGATA, Makoto Former Chief of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei
- August 2019: Report; 2019 FUTURE CONSENSUS DIALOGUE --Sustainable Prosperity and Future of Korea-U.S.-Japan Cooperation-- By Future Consensus Institute (Yeosijae)
- June 2019: Report on India – Japan Security Dialogue 2019 by Ms. Vindu Mai Chotani, Ph.D Student, The University of Tokyo
June 2019: Four papers on Japan-India Cooperation submitted to India-Japan Security Dialogue 2019
Japan's Rationale for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision
Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
The Significance and Possibilities of India-Japan Cooperation in the Concept of the Indo-Pacific
Toru ITO Associate Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan
Japan-India Defense Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Context - Operationalizing the Security Aspect of the Indo-Pacific Vision –
Hideshi Tokuchi, Senior Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
India-US-Japan Defense Cooperation: What's next?
Dr. Satoru Nagao, Hudson Institute
- Japan's Rationale for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision
- November 2018: "The Present State of the Japanese Economy and Policy Issues" lectured by Motoshige Itoh, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo.
- November 2018: "Expanding Social Security Expenses and Fiscal Reforms" lectured by Kazumasa Oguro, Professor at Hosei University.
- 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 2023, Research journal "Security Studies vol5 no3" (Hegemonic America: Where It's Headed) in English edition was published.
- June 2023,Research journal "Security Studies vol5 no2" (Nuclear Crisis Scenarios Facing Japan and the Outlook of Nuclear Deterrence and Arms Control and Disarmament) in English edition was published.
- March 2023,Research journal "Security Studies vol5 no1" (What Will Happen to European Security?―Facing the War in Ukraine) in English edition was published.
- January 2023, Research Jounal "Security Studies (vol 4 no 4)" - Defending Our Country – Defense Policy in a "New Cold War Era - was published.
- October 2022, Research Jounal "Security Studies (vol 4 no 3)" - Xi Jinping's China - Politics, Economy, Society and Diplomacy - was published.
- Jun 2022, Research Jounal "Security Studies (vol 4 no 2)" -The Russia-Ukraine War and Its Global Impact- was published.
- March 2022, Research Jounal "Security Studies (vol 4 no 1)"-What is Economic Security?- was published.
- December 2021, Research Jounal "Security Studies (vol 3 no 4)"-Korean Peninsula Situation- was published.
- September 2021, A research journal "Security Studies vol03 no03" -Asia's Security II- (English edition)
- June 2021, A research journal "Security Studies vol03 no02" -Asia's Security I- (English edition)
- March 2021: Research journal "Security Studies (vol3 no1) "- US Foreign Policy in the Biden Administration / The 2020 US Presidential Election and American Democracy -(English edition)
- December 2020: A research journal "Security Studies (vol2 no4) "- Normalize Japan-South Korea Relations trough Dialogues -(English edition)
- September 2020: A research journal "Security Studies (vol2 no3) "-The Novel Coronavirus and Security-(English edition)
- July 2020: A research journal "Security Studies (vol2 no2) - Middle East Situation and Japan's Security - " (English edition) was published
- May 2020: A research journal "Security Studies (vol2 no1) - Cyber, Space, Environment and Security - " March 2020 (English edition)
- February 2020, "A research journal "Security Studies (vol1 no4) " (English edition)"
- September 2019: A research journal "Security Studies (vol1 no3) " (English edition)
- August 2019: Korea-Japan Joint Seminar: FUTURE CONSENSUS DIALOGUE
- April 2019: "Security Studies (vol1 no2) April 2019"
- March 2019: A research journal "Security Studies vol1 no01" just published
- February 2019: The Denuclearization of North Korea and the Takeshima Issue
- December 2018: Former Vice Defense Minister Masahiro Akiyama's Memoirs (An Ad)
- November 2018: Participation in the Future Consensus Forum held in Beijing
- 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.