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US-Taiwan Economic Relations:
Domestic and International Drivers


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Continental Breakfast:
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel I: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Luncheon: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Panel II: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, State Room, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20052



Audio Listen to Panel I


Audio Listen to Panel II


Economic and trade relations between the United States and Taiwan are quite robust, with Taiwan being the tenth largest goods trading partner of the United States. The United States is also Taiwan's third largest export market, and companies such as the Foxconn Technology Group continue to integrate the two economies closer to one another. At the same time, how are domestic factors in the United States and Taiwan driving the economic relationship? Likewise, how are international variables influencing U.S.-Taiwan economic relations? This conference will bring together two panels of experts to examine and discuss the domestic and international drivers of U.S.-Taiwan economic relations, and to offer perspectives on opportunities and challenges to the relationship.




10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PANEL I: Political Environments in the US and Taiwan for Economic Ties

Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

Syaru Shirley Lin, Lecturer, UVA

Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: Edward McCord, Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Taiwan Education and Research Program, GW

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
PANEL II: Trade, Investment and Services: Opportunities and Challenges

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US-Taiwan Business Council; Managing Director, Taiwan, Bower Group Asia

Shihoko Goto, Senior Northeast Asia Associate, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Vincent Wang, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Politics, Ithaca College

Moderator: Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center; Research Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affiars, GW


About the speakers:


Shihoko Goto is the senior Northeast Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Asia Program, where she is responsible for research, programming, and publications on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. She is also a contributing editor to The Globalist, and a fellow of the Mansfield Foundation/Japan Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future for 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she spent over ten years as a journalist writing about the international political economy with an emphasis on Asian markets.

Rupert Hammond-Chambers was elected President of the Council in November 2000. As the trade relationship between the United States, Taiwan and China continues to evolve, he has worked to develop the Council's role as a strategic partner to its members, with the continuing goal of positioning the Council as a leader in empowering American companies in Asia through value and excellence. Mr. Hammond-Chambers is also the Managing Director, Taiwan for Bower Group Asia - a strategic consultancy focused on designing winning strategies for companies. He is also responsible for Bower Group Asia's defense and security practice.

Syaru Shirley Lin is a member of the founding faculty of the master's program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her book, Taiwan's China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. Professor Lin graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned her master's in international public affairs and Ph.D. in politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong.

Joshua Meltzer is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies where he teaches international trade law. Meltzer is a reviewer for the Journal of Politics and Law. Prior to joining Brookings, Meltzer was posted as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for trade, climate and energy issues and prior to that he was a trade negotiator in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Meltzer holds an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), the George Washington University. A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Dr. Sutter has published 22 books, and hundreds of articles and government reports dealing with China, Asia and the United States. In addition to teaching full-time at Georgetown University (2001-2011) and now the George Washington University, Dr. Sutter has served in senior government positions including Senior Specialist and Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service.

Vincent Wang is Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of over eighty scholarly articles and book chapters on Asian political economy, security, international relations, East Asian-Latin American comparative development, cross-strait relations, and Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and M.A. (International Relations, Asian Studies, and International Economics) from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University.



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