Cross-Strait Relations Under the Trump Administration

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Since the unprecedented phone call between President Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in December 2016, the Trump administration’s approach to Taiwan has fluctuated. The latest twist came on March 16 when President Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act. This law, which permits American officials to visit their counterparts in Taiwan, and encourages high-level officials from Taiwan to visit the U.S., prompted a strong protest from Beijing. On the heels of the signing of the TTA, the U.S. sent two deputy assistant secretaries of state to Taiwan. Given these developments, where will relations between U.S., the PRC, and Taiwan go from here? Join us for a timely conversation between Bonnie Glaser, Director of the China Power Project at CSIS, and Yun Sun and Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Directors of Stimson’s East Asia Program. A light lunch will be served.

WHAT: A conversation on recent developments in relations between the U.S., the PRC, and Taiwan, including the Taiwan Travel Act. This event is on the record.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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BONNIE S. GLASER, Senior Advisor for Asia, Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Bonnie S. Glaser works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a senior associate with the CSIS Pacific Forum. Glaser has worked for more than three decades at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and U.S. policy, including 15 years at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State. Glaser has published widely in academic and policy journals. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Glaser received her B.A. in political science from Boston University and her M.A. with concentrations in international economics and Chinese studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

YUN SUN Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson CenterYun Sun’s expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Sun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing
on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, D.C. for five years. Sun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Asia Pacific studies and a B.A. in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

YUKI TATSUMI Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson CenterYuki Tatsumi focuses on the Japanese defense establishment, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and security dynamics and challenges in Northeast Asia. She is the author of numerous books, monographs, and articles. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at CSIS and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. In September 2006 Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS.


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