CSIS II: The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations

I went to listen to all-day panel discussions “The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 9th. I even got a free lunch and caught up with State Department and other USG colleagues whom I hadn’t seen for a while. Fun and a day of stimulating discussions. The video links in this article may give you some useful jumping off points for eight hours of video.

References:

CSIS has the raw video on its web page. I’ll put out a list of what the highlights were for me with the timings on the video so you won’t have to sit through it all, much as that would please CSIS. The video starts at 26:40 with an introduction by CSIS CEO John Hamre. The panels are followed by Q&A so you will want to skip around.

Highlights

** President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) followed by Q&A with think tankers. Starts after 35:37. Transcript of President Tsai’s remarks at
https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/event/190410_The_Taiwan_Relations_Act.pdf

** U.S. Representative Gerald Connolly, a staff assistant for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a decade before becoming a congressman gave a long term perspective on the Taiwan Relations Act. The Congressman begins at 4:06:08 Transcript at https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/event/190409_Representative_oerald_Connolly%20%28D-VA%29.pdf

**Another Taiwan perspective from Taiwan, ROC
Legislator Bi-khim Hsiao (Legislative Yuan) starts at 3:20:38 https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=12038

** Panelist 1: The TRA and the U.S. One-China Policy Stephen Young (Former Director, American Institute in Taiwan) at 1:54 https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=6848

** Panelist 1: Taiwan’s Changing Security EnvironmentMichael Chase (Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation) starts at https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=19281

**Panelist 2: How Taiwan Should Ensure Economic Competitiveness Eric Altbach (Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group) starts at 5:32:43

**Panelist 3: Taiwan’s Options Regarding China Susan Thornton (Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs) starts at 5:45:44

Looking Towards the Future

2:45pm         Panel Three: The Next Forty Years Panel started at 6:37

  • Moderator:Abraham Denmark (Director of the Asia Program, Wilson Center)
  • Panelist 1: The TRA’s Continuing Relevance to U.S. Policy Robert Sutter (Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University)
  • Panelist 2: China’s Strategies Toward Taiwan and Taiwan/U.S. ResponsesRyan Hass (David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution)
  • Panelist 3: Taiwan’s Future Sources of Strength and WeaknessJacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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