9:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Past Event

Cross-Strait relations under the Tsai Ing-wen administration

Thursday, September 15, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC

Since President Tsai Ing-wen’s May inauguration, her administration has faced daunting challenges in trying to implement a complex domestic and foreign policy agenda. President Tsai has consistently avowed her intention to preserve the cross-Strait status quo, but Beijing has just as consistently insisted on certain political preconditions before it will accommodate to her government. With her first 100 days recently completed, Tsai must now look forward on how best to govern the island and manage cross-Strait relations for the next four years.

On September 15, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Institute of International Relations at National Chengchi University in Taipei co-hosted a public conference to analyze key opportunities and challenges in cross-Strait relations amidst shifting domestic, regional, and global conditions. Leading experts from Taiwan, the United States, and mainland China discussed the recent developments in cross-Strait relations, examined current political and economic conditions in mainland China and how they impact Beijing’s approach to Taiwan, and evaluated Taipei-Washington-Beijing relations. Cheng-Yi Lin, deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, made an opening keynote address.