Taiwan-PRC-US Relations: Managing the Triangle

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Cross-Taiwan Strait relations have been troubled over the past several months by the stalemate between Beijing’s insistence that the Tsai Ing-wen administration embrace the “1992 Consensus” or some other “one China” formula and Taipei’s unwillingness to do so. A significant new factor has now been introduced into the situation with Donald Trump’s presidency. All of this has created a level of uncertainty among the three key players not seen in many years. The panel discussed the implications and offered thoughts on how to manage the triangle going forward.

Co-sponsored by the Association of Foreign Relations, Taiwan. 

WHAT: A panel discussion on relations between Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and the United States going forward.


Kwei-Bo Huang, Association of Foreign Relations, discussing “Treading on the Thin Ice: Taiwan Facing Washington-Beijing Political Bargaining”
Tony Sowang Kuo, Shih Chien University, discussing “Managing Trilateral Relations through People-to-People Exchanges”
Ping-Kuei Chen, National Chengchi University, discussing “Taiwan’s Participation in the WHA: How Will It Evolve?”
Yun Sun, Senior Associate of Stimson’s China Program, discussing “Managing the Triangle: The View from Beijing”
Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of Stimson’s East Asia Program, discussing “Thinking Ahead: An American Perspective”

Panelist Biographies

Kwei-Bo Huang is Secretary-General of the Taiwan-based Association of Foreign Relations (AFR). He is also Founding Director of Center for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) and Associate Professor of Department of Diplomacy, both in College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University (NCCU). He was Chairperson of the Research and Planning Committee, ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs between February 2009 and January 2011. He was one of the four scholars invited by the ROC Presidential Office to participate in the delegation to the Ma-Xi summit in November 2016. Dr. Huang earned his doctorate in 2001 from Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, and he received his master’s from Department of Political Science, The George Washington University.

Tony Sowang Kuo is an assistant professor at Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan.  He teaches international program courses such as “Area Studies” and “Current International Issues. He received his master degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D from the Institute of American Studies in Tamkang University, Taiwan.  He has been a visiting fellow at Sigur Center, The George Washington University and at Stimson Center in Washington, DC. He has published a book entitled American Think Tanks and Its Influence towards the Cross Strait Policy Making and articles related to foreign affairs. 

Ping-Kuei Chen is an assistant professor at Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D degree from Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. His fields of expertise focus on interstate conflict, security institutions, alliance cohesion, East Asia affairs, and Cross-Strait relations. He worked at Department of Health (Taiwan, ROC) as a research assistant between 2008 and 2009.

Yun Sun is a Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her 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, 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 in China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Sun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

Alan D. Romberg is a Distinguished Fellow and the Director of the East Asia Program at Stimson. Before joining Stimson in September 2000, he enjoyed a distinguished career working on Asian issues including 27 years in the State Department, with over 20 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Romberg was the Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Deputy Spokesman of the department. He served overseas in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additionally, Romberg spent almost 10 years as the CV Starr Senior Fellow for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was special assistant to the secretary of the navy. Romberg holds an M.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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