Tsai Ing-wen is ROC’s first female president, and is a chairwoman of DPP. She comes into office at a time of great tension in Cross-Strait relations. PRC has attempted to include Taiwan into One-China. This pressure forces Tsai to carefully create policy that lays the basis for her party’s aim of an independent Taiwan without publically denying PRC’s aim of unification. The PRC government has preserved that it will use force if necessary to accomplish their aim of unification. In reaction, Tsai has taken actions to upsurge Taiwan’s attendance in the worldwide economy and to falsify closer economic and strategic relations with other countries. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one potential method for fulfilling this aim. Through the TPP, Tsai wishes to deepen Taiwan’s relationship with the United States, Japan and to open passages of relationship strengthening with the greater Pacific region.
This paper will explore the possibility which Tsai and her cabinet will present a main change in the foreign policy, making the foreign policy toward Japan as a principle focus. Tsai is supposed to be more sensitive than before on developing substantive Taiwan-Japan relations, in areas such as economic and trade relations or even military cooperation in fields of intelligence and defense technology.