Taiwan was a symbol of “Free China” during the Cold War era. Democratization and the rise of local identity after the 1990s transformed the nature of the society into an indigenous regime. Under the double pressure of globalization and the rise of China, Taiwan is searching for a new route to cope with increasing domestic and international challenges. This presentation by Stimson’s Visiting Fellow Dr. Tse-Kang Leng will discuss the impact of the “China factor” on Taiwan public opinion toward cross-Strait relations, Taiwan’s economic links with the Mainland, and Taiwan’s strategic positon in a globalizing world.
Dr. Tse-Kang Leng is a Visiting Fellow with the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica (IPSAS) in Taiwan and Professor of Political Science at National Chengchi University. Previously, he has been Deputy Director of IPSAS, Chairman of Department of Political Science of National Chengchi University, Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Virginia, and Visiting Professor at University of Gottingen, University of Tuebingen, Leiden University, and the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. His research interests and numerous publications focus on theories of international relations and cross-Straits relations, political economy of globalization, and political economy of urban development in China. Dr. Leng received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1995.
Alan D. Romberg (Moderator) is Distinguished Fellow and the Director of the East Asia Program at Stimson.