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Taiwan’s ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party, is determined to go ahead with a referendum on UN membership for the island under the name Taiwan early in 2008. In a particularly sensitive year which will see the appointment of a new Taiwanese President and the Beijing Olympics, the potential for an escalation in hostilities between the two sides remains of considerable concern. Beijing has warned that it may enact its anti-secession law, which does not rule out the use of force if Taiwan moves towards formal independence.

This discussion will not simply concern the stand-off between China and Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait, but perhaps more importantly strategic issues concerning the rise of the People’s Republic of China in the wake of the 17th party Congress, the broader regional security dimension and global implications. The conference will aim to stimulate debate between Taiwan’s foremost cross-strait analysts and Western experts with the aim of better understanding Taiwan’s security predicament on the approach to Taiwan’s presidential elections.

Core Themes:

  • The risk of a cross-strait crisis: current assessment and political dynamics
  • European strategic interests in Taiwan and in East Asian security
  • Taiwanese perceptions of the China threat: the economic and military rise of China
  • The European role in long-term stability for Taiwan

With opening comments by Lord Faulkner of Worcester, the speaker panel include:

  • Dr. Chen-Wei Lin, Advisor, Taiwan’s National Security Council
  • Dr. Jiann-fa Yan, Chairman, Research and Planning Committee, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Associate, CSIS
  • Dr. Alexander Chieh-cheng Huang, Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the Graduate Institute of American Studies at Tamkang University
  • Dr Steve Tsang, Oxford University
  • Dr. Yang-cheng Wang, Director, Graduate School of Strategic Studies, Taiwan’s National Defense Univesity
  • Jonathan Holslag, Brussels Institute for Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Dr Christopher Hughes, London School of Economics

A full programme can be downloaded by clicking here 

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