From the 21st century onwards, the Asia-Pacific region has become the focus of global political and economic developments. The Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific and the Indo-Pacific Strategy introduced by the United States, EU’s EU-Asia Connectivity and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership initiated by regional countries demonstrate the growing importance of the regional political and economic security. Taiwan, as strategic hub in the region, is of greater importance and continues to make contributions to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Ketagalan Forum: Asia Pacific Security Dialogue” is an annual event which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has co-organized with Taiwanese think tanks since 2017. The event gathers current or former officials, scholars and experts to discuss both traditional and non-traditional threats and the challenges of changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region. This forum is also a chance to forge bonds across the region so that we may promote peace, safety and prosperity through continuing dialogues.
The Ketagalan Forum discusses various security issues including maritime security, global public health cooperation, economic security, etc. President Tsai Ing-wen gives her opening remarks every year. Richard B. Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, Ash Carter, the former Secretary of Defense of the United States, H. R. McMaster, the former National Security Advisor of the United States, Kelly Craft, the former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Christopher Pyne, the former Minister for Defence of Australia have previously been keynote speakers.
Taiwan’s continued promotion of multilateral dialogue is part of how we are working to find peaceful resolutions to the security issues of our day. The Ketagalan Forum is one example of our commitment to being an active, reliable partner in the Indo-Pacific.