Boston University holds Taiwan Forum: Taiwan in Transition? Initial Impressions of the Tsai Ing-wen Administration

Boston University (BU) held the Taiwan Forum “Taiwan in Transition? Initial Impressions of the Tsai Ing-wen Administration” on November 2, 2016. The forum is one of the Taiwan Studies events which BU has cooperated with the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan), over the past 10 years. Dr. Scott Kennedy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Steven Goldstein, Harvard University, and Dr. Alan Romberg of the Stimson Center were invited to give lectures on policies including political and economic developments in cross-strait relation by the new administration.

Dr. Scott Kennedy gave the first lecture. He provided economic statistics and data, and analyzed Taiwan’s foreign trade dependence on China, Taiwan’s economic industrial structure, Per Capita National Income, and Gross Domestic Product. He also spoke on Taiwan’s new policy known as the New Southbound Policy. He advised that Taiwan build up a friendly environment for international cooperation, and further strengthen Taiwan’s economy.

Dr. Steven Goldstein focused on the cross-strait relationship. He introduced the meaning and history of the development of the “1992 Consensus,” and Taiwan’s participation in the international community. Dr. Alan Romberg also spoke on U.S. policy on Taiwan and the important role it plays in cross-strait relation. Their talk provided a foundation upon which to better understand cross-straight relations.

The event attracted more than 200 people. Many in the audience raised questions as they interacted with the speakers during the Q&A session that followed.

From left to right: Dr. Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University; Dr. Scott Kennedy, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Dr. Steven Goldstein, Harvard University; and Dr. Alan Romberg, Stimson Center.

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