When Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on May 20, 2008, he and his new administration faced twin challenges. One was to stabilize relations with China after more than a decade of tensions. The other was repairing strained relations with the United States. To these a third was quickly added: coping with the effects of a historic global economic recession.
On May 18 at Brookings, Brookings’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) and John L. Thornton China Center, and the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies hosted a day-long public seminar examining the policies of the Ma administration at the half-way point of its current term, with specific focus on its management of Taiwan’s economy, cross-strait relations, and relations with the United States.
Following opening remarks, officials of the U.S. and Taiwan governments made brief keynote statements. In subsequent panels senior experts, former government officials, and influential opinion leaders from across the political spectrum analyzed President Ma’s policies regarding Taiwan’s economy, cross-Strait relations, and the United States. Dr. Paul C.H. Chiu, chairman of Bank SinoPac, and vice premier of Taiwan from May 2008 until September 2009 and minister of finance during 1996-2000, gave a lunch address on the Ma administration’s economic policies.
Freeman Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College
President, Epoch Foundation and Chairman and CEO, PHYCOS International Co.
Professor of Strategy and War Gaming, Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Tamkang University
President, Polaris Research Institute
Senior Research Fellow, Taiwan Brain Trust
Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Founder and China Practice Leader, Rhodium Group
Vice President, Taiwan Brain Trust
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