The Taiwan Relations Act, enacted by the United States in April 1979, authorized continued “commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the United States and the people on Taiwan” in the wake of the United States shifting diplomatic recognition to the People’s Republic of China. By authorizing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and other provisions, it created the institutional platform on which the United States could – and has – preserved substantive relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations.
In observance of the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, on May 12 the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) at Brookings and the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a public seminar featuring analysis of the creation and implementation of the TRA, and how it continues to shape U.S.-Taiwan relations and interaction among Taiwan, China, and the United States. Shen Lyushun, representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, will make opening remarks. Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, will provide a luncheon keynote address.
Following each panel, speakers will take audience questions.
Panel One: A Historical Examination of the Taiwan Relations Act
Senior Vice President - Samuels International Associates
President - Ford and Associates
Chairman - Coordination Council for North American Affairs
Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies - Center for Strategic and International Studies
Professor and Associate Director, Taiwan Research Institute, Xiamen University
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies - Academia Sinica
Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Department of Government, Smith College - Director, Taiwan Studies Workshop, Harvard University
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