Thursday February 21, 2019

TSAI ING-WEN’S PRESIDENCY
Panel on the First 100 Days for Taiwna’s New Leader
Johns Hopkins SAIS, Rome Auditorium, Washington, DC
September 26, 2016

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On September 26, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation hosted a panel discussion titled “Tsai Ing-Wen’s Presidency: The First 100 Days for Taiwan’s New Leader.” A full auditorium listed to our diverse panel of experts cover various aspects of Cross-Strait and U.S.-China-Taiwan relations. They addressed different issues regarding how the new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership under Tsai Ing-Wen has affected the regional dynamics. Panelists discussed the relationship between Taiwan and mainland China from the perspective of both sides, how U.S. policy towards the region is affected, and will also take a closer look at Tsai Ing-Wen herself.

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China, discussed China’s Taiwan Dilemma. He focused on the importance of the Taiwan issue for China and the challenges facing the Chinese goal of peaceful reunification of Taiwan with the mainland. Mr. Alan Romberg, Director of The Stimson Center’s East Asia Program then addressed the reverse–the issues Taiwan faces when trying to move forward with the mainland. He analyzed three main issue areas for President Tsai Ing-wen: actions taken by the Chinese government, domestic social and economic concerns, and the principles defining her candidacy and the DPP platform.

Next, Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Relations at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, tackled the topic currently on everyone’s minds–the U.S. presidential election. He looked at the candidates and the election debate to explain why U.S. policy towards Taiwan is unlikely to change in the future.

Washington Post Senior Associate Editor, Ms. Lally Graham Weymouth, then shared her impressions and takeaways from her summer interview with President Tsai. It was the first foreign interview with Taiwan’s new president. Ms. Weymouth’s description provided a more personal account of Taiwan’s first female president.

Dr. David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies for the Johns Hopkins University Scholl of Advanced International Studies, moderated the panel and led the question and answer session with and engaged audience. The panelists discussed China’s current Taiwan policy and whether there is an increased likelihood for miscalculation, how China views the U.S. election, whether Beijing has been successful in finding ways to win over the people of Taiwan, whether the U.S. should change its policies towards China and Taiwan in the future, and more.

You can watch a video of the full panel discussion here. If you are interested in watching a specific speaker or topic, you can watch different clips here. The U.S.-China Policy Foundation would like to thank all the panelists for participating in this discussion and the Johns Hopkins SAIS China Studies Program for assisting with the event.