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Taiwan’s Elections and What They Mean

The people of Taiwan elected a new president who favors closer ties with China. The outcome carries important implications not only for the future of Taiwan, but also for the United States, China and their relations with one another.

On March 27, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) at Brookings, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Georgetown University hosted a seminar to examine the voting results, what they say about Taiwan’s current politics and its continued political and democratic development, and the implications of the election and referendums for relations among Taiwan the United States and China.

The event featured leading experts from Taiwan, the United States and China including representatives from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Kuomintang (KMT). After each panel, participants took audience questions.

(CNAPS Director Richard Bush and other experts contributed to a New York Times online discussion about the election results. Go to the transcript >>.)


Welcome Remarks

Panel One – The Elections: What They Say about Taiwan Politics


Emerson Niou

Professor of Political Science - Duke University


Alexander Huang

Professor of Strategy and Director of American Studies, Tamkang University

Lunch Remarks


Ho Szu-yin

Professor, Department of Political Science - National Chengchi University

Panel Two: Implications for Cross-Strait and U.S.-Taiwan Relations


Alan D. Romberg

Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program, The Henry L. Stimson Center

Randall G. Schriver

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


Yuan Peng

Senior Fellow & Vice President, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations - CEAP Visiting Fellow, 2001-2002, The Brookings Institution

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