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Cross-Strait Relations and the Future of Taiwan
February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
In a New Year’s speech delivered on the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Taiwan (and the United States) that unification must be the ultimate goal of any talks over its future and efforts to assert full independence could be met by armed force. He also suggested that China and Taiwan could operate under the “one country, two systems” model that China has practiced with Hong Kong and Macau. However, as soon as Xi’s speech was published, Taiwanese President Tsai also made a public speech firmly rejecting President Xi’s proposal, publicly rejecting the “1992 Consensus” for the first time stating “…Taiwan absolutely will not accept “one country, two systems.” What does this mean for the future of cross-Strait relations and Taiwan’s democracy?
Please join the Asian Studies Program as we address these questions among others with Professor Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College. The event will be moderated by Professor Robert Wang, former Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and current adjunct professor in the Asian Studies Program.
A light lunch will be served.