Preview: Asia Society: The Taiwan Elections: What’s Next?

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Date(s) - 01/16/2020
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Asia Society


Cover image: Honor guards raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images).

What’s up? Join Asia Society and moderator Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski for a thoughtful discussion on Taiwan’s upcoming election.

Damage? $20-$40

Why you should go. On January 11th, the people of Taiwan will head to the polls and decide whether or not they will re-elect President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), or her challenger, Mayor Han Kuo-yu of Kaohsiung , representing the Kuomintang (KMT). Since the DPP took power in 2016, relations with Beijing began to deteriorate from what had been improved relations under President Ma Ying-jeou of the KMT — namely in areas of finance and business. Meanwhile, U.S. relations with Taiwan have frequently served as an irritant to U.S.-China relations, and with the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute and recently announced U.S. arms sale to the Taiwan, there is increased possibility towards escalation and confrontation in the region.


Susan A. Thornton is Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018, she retired from the State Department as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, after a 28-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. She worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on Denuclearization. She speaks Russian, Mandarin Chinese and French, and is a member of numerous professional associations and is on the Board of Trustees for the Eurasia Foundation.

Vincent Wang
Vincent Wei-chang Wang is Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at Adelphi University, and has been a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Asia Program since 2010. He has written extensively on Asian political economy, security, international relations, East Asian-Latin American comparative development, Taiwan, and China. His most recent Taiwan-related publications include A Taiwanese Perspective (2019) on cross-strait relations, and The Taiwan Relations Act at 40: New Dynamics of an Enduring Framework (2019).

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