As the political and economic power of the People’s Republic of China continues to increase, the international community’s stake in its relationship with China will also grow. The current trajectory of China’s growth seems clear and consistent. Less obvious, over the medium and long term, are the ways in which China will wield its increasing influence, conduct its relations with the United States and Taiwan, and play a role in the international economy.

On July 14 and 15, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) at Brookings and the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University hosted, for the first time, leading experts from Taiwan and the United States for the 38th Taiwan-U.S. Conference on Contemporary China.

Lai Shin-Yuan, minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, will provide a keynote address following opening remarks by Brookings Senior Fellow and CNAPS Director Richard Bush and IIR Director Tuan Y. Cheng. The conference will also feature expert presentations on China’s external strategy; U.S.-China relations under President Barack Obama; cross-Strait relations under Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou; and China’s response to the global economic crisis. After each panel, participants will take audience questions.

See conference agenda »
Read the Keynote Address »

Conference Papers
Read a Panel I paper by Arthur Ding »
Read a Panel I paper by David M. Finkelstein »
Read a Panel I paper by Vincent Wang »
Read a Panel II paper by Tuan Y. Cheng »
Read a Panel II paper by Michael Green »
Read a Panel III paper by Richard Bush »
Read a Panel III paper by Szu-chien Hsu »
Read a Panel III paper by Francis Y. Kan »
Read a Panel IV paper by Yih-Chyi Chuang »
Read a Panel IV paper by Albert Keidel »

Event Agenda

  • Opening Remarks

  • Keynote Address

    • Lai Shin-Yuan

      Minister, Mainland Affairs Council

      Executive Yuan of the Republic of China

  • 10:45 AM -- Panel 1: China’s External Grand Strategy

    • Moderator: <a href="">Kenneth Lieberthal</a>

      Visiting Fellow

      The Brookings Institution

    • Arthur Ding

      Research Fellow

      Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University

    • David Finkelstein

      Vice President and Director, CNA China Studies

      The CNA Corporation

    • Vincent Wang

      Associate Professor and Chair

      Department of Political Science, University of Richmond

  • 1:45 PM -- Panel 2: U.S.-China Relations Under President Obama

    • Moderator: Andrew Yang

      Secretary General

      Chinese Council for Advanced Policy Studies

    • Chih-Jou Jay Chen

      Institute of Sociology

      Academia Sinica

    • Michael Green

      Senior Adviser and Chair

      Center for Strategic & International Studies

    • Kevin Nealer


      The Scowcroft Group

  • 3:30 PM -- Panel 3: Cross-Strait Relations Under President Ma

  • 9:00 AM -- Panel 4: Global Economic Crisis and China’s Response

    • Moderator: Daniel Liu

      Research Fellow

      Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research

    • Yih-Chyi Chuang

      Department of Economics

      National Chengchi University

    • Albert Keidel


      Georgetown University

    • Gene Ma

      Associate Managing Director

      ISI Group, Inc.

  • 10:45 AM -- Panel 5: Closing Discussion


July 14-15, 2009

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