Once one of the 4 Asian Tigers – Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong – Taiwan began losing its roar in the 1990s, even as China’s economy rose, eroding Taiwan’s manufacturing competitiveness.
Today, anaemic growth, high cost of living and rising youth unemployment are putting pressure on President Tsai-Ing Wen, with local elections due in November.
Many of its talented young are moving abroad, including to China and Singapore, for better work opportunities.
Debating how Taiwan lost the plot are experts from National Chengchi University, Academia Sinica, Yale-NUS College, University of Nottingham and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.
The programme Insight investigates and analyses topical issues that impact Asia and the rest of the world.
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