Relations across the Taiwan Strait: Opportunities and Challenges under New Conditions

Event Announcement

Relations across the Taiwan Strait: Opportunities and Challenges under New Conditions
Friday, September 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Johns Hopkins University, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
In over six years since the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou, relations between Taiwan and
mainland China have reached unprecedented levels of political, economic, and social exchange. As Ma approaches the end of his term in office and Xi Jinping enters the second year of his, Taipei and Beijing face both opportunities and challenges in enhancing and consolidating cross-Strait relations.  On September 12, the Association of Foreign Relations and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution will co-host a public conference to identify and analyze key opportunities and challenges in cross-Strait relations under new domestic, regional, and global conditions. Leading experts from Taiwan, the United States, and mainland China will assess the current state of cross- Strait relations, analyze prospects for further development during the remainder of President Ma’s term in office, examine current conditions in mainland China and how they impact mainland China’s approach to Taiwan, and discuss Taipei-Washington-Beijing relations. 
Lunch will be provided to conference guests. After each session, the participants will take audience questions. To RSVP, please call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202.797.6105, or visit

9:00 a.m. Panel 1: Opportunities and Challenges in Cross-Strait Relations  
David Brown
Adjunct Professor in China Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Douglas Paal
Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  John Fuh-sheng Hsieh
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina
Alan Romberg
Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center
  Kao-Cheng Wang
Professor, Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies; Dean, College of International Studies, Tamkang University
Quansheng Zhao
Professor, School of International Service, and Director, Center for Asian Studies, American University
10:50 a.m. Panel 2Opportunities and Challenges under New Conditions in Mainland China    
Bonnie Glaser
Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
David Lampton
George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director, China Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
  Chien-min Chao
Professor and Director, Graduate Institute of Mainland China Studies and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Thoughts, Chinese Culture University
Xiaobo Lü
Professor of Political Science
Barnard College
  Wen-Shuan Tsai
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
12:20 p.m. Lunch      
1:15 p.m. Panel 3Washington- Taipei-Beijing Relations  
George Quester
Professor Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Richard Bush
Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings
  Kwei-Bo Huang
Secretary-General, Association of Foreign Relations, Taiwan, R.O.C.;
Associate Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University
Min Ye
Director, East Asian Studies Program and Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University
  Yeh-chung Lu
Assistant Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University