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35 Years Later: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Taiwan Relations Act

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. 

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Shen Lyushun

Representative - Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Panel One: A Historical Examination of the Taiwan Relations Act


Chris Nelson

Senior Vice President - Samuels International Associates


David Lee

Chairman - Coordination Council for North American Affairs

Randall G. Schriver

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs - U.S. Department of Defense


Christopher K. Johnson

Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies - Center for Strategic and International Studies


Li Peng

Professor and Associate Director, Taiwan Research Institute, Xiamen University


David Wei-Feng Huang

Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies - Academia Sinica


Steven Goldstein

Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Department of Government, Smith College - Director, Taiwan Studies Workshop, Harvard University

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