Roundtable Discussion: Assessing the state of EU-Taiwan relations

TaiwanWith the high-level political debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and selected EU Parliamentarians on 29 September 2015 as a backdrop, this roundtable will assess and discuss the current state of EU-Taiwan relations and their underlying rationales.


  • What is the current status and key aspects of the EU-Taiwan relation?
  • How do we understand the recent developments in the Taiwan-China relation and what lie ahead?
  • What are the underlying (national and cultural) rationales behind the internal Taiwan-China debate? 
  • What do Taiwanese students think about the Taiwan-China relationship?


  • Bertel Heurlin, Professor, Department of political science, University of Copenhagen
  • Clemens Østergaard, Senior Research Fellow, NIAS-Nordic Institute for Asian Studies
  • Camilla T.N. Sørensen, Assistant Professor, Department of political science, University of Copenhagen
  • Ida Risskov Sørensen, Student, China Studies, University of Copenhagen

Moderator: Jørgen Delman, Professor, Department of cross-cultural and regional studies, University of Copenhagen 

Background material

Watch the political debate between President Ma and selected EU Parliamentarians (video-podcast). Original URL:

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