Asia and Pacific Security Forum
With its fast-growing economies, the Asia-Pacific region not only stands seized of tremendous opportunities, but faces many challenges in the post-Cold War era. It is the common goal for all the countries to maintain the regional security and to ensure continuously growing economy simultaneously. Taiwan is at the core of the geostrategic, political, and industrial chains of Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as the continent of Asia and Ocean Asia. It is essential to grasp the regional development situation and strengthen cooperation with various countries in the Asia-Pacific countries. In order to strengthen two-track dialogue system, INPR has cooperated with the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Philippine Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), the Asia Centre and the Institute of International Relations (IFRI), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and the European Institute for Asian Studies to form the Asia-Pacific Security Forum in September 1997. It became the first mechanism for multilateral security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region managed by Taiwan, and has continued for more than two decades. The forum has gradually established its authority and credibility, and strives to provide Taiwan a place in multilateral discussions.
In recent years, the situation in the Asia-Pacific region has changed rapidly and is intertwined. China has declared that it will adopt the Belt and Road Initiative as a strategy that spans the continent and marine of Europe, Asia, America, Africa, and Australia. The United States, on the other hand, initiates India-Pacific strategy and trade, and science and technology wars to meet the challenges of China. It intends to integrate Japan, India and Australia to form a quad alliance to further strengthen cooperation and ensure security in the Asia-Pacific region. In this connection, the INPR and the Pacific Forum jointly hosted the "2019 Asia-Pacific Security Forum" in Hawaii, and invited experts, scholars and officials from the relevant fields in Taiwan, the United States, Japan, India and Australia to discuss concepts and practice of policy cooperation on related issues. Topics discussed included “Maritime Domain Awareness in Focus”, “Indo-Pacific Strategy in Linking South China Sea and Indian Ocean”, and “Anti-Acces/Area enial, A2/AD”.