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Taiwan Forum: "To Be or Not to Be? Taiwan and the US Pivot to Asia"

Sponsored by The Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, September 9, 2013
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

Yeh-chung Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Cheng-chi University (NCCU)

US pivot strategy to Asia has been the focus to all parties concerned in that this may shape the future political and security environment in this region. Among these issues, US-China relations continue to play a key role, and with this in mind other countries define and pursue their own national interests.
Taiwan, with its geopolitical significance, constitutes an integral part of US pivot strategy. This presentation will identify the current basic trends of US-China relations in general and explore Taiwan's efforts in promoting regional stability. The ultimate goal of US pivot strategy is to preserve peace and stability, and Taiwan shares this main concern with the US. However, this presentation argues there is more that needs to be done for the US and Taiwan to work closely to restore the balance in the Asia-Pacific.

Yeh-Chung Lu is assistant professor of the Department of Diplomacy in National Cheng-chi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, and currently a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC. Dr. Lu focuses on US-China relations, and American and Chinese foreign policy. His research interests include IR theory, international security issues, international institutions, globalization, and nationalism. His publications appeared in scholarly journals such as Issues & Studies, Wenti yu Yanjiu, Journal of Contemporary China, New Asia, and edited books.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Lu provides his views to several ministries in Taiwan including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, and the Mainland Affairs Council, etc. His opinions also appear on public media at home and abroad. Dr. Lu received his doctoral degree in Political Science from George Washington University.

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