Taiwan’s Trade Politics

Since Taiwan joined the World Trade
Organization in 2002, it has signed only one trade pact with a major trading
partner — the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China. At the same
time as Taiwan’s neighboring countries are gearing up to sign more Free Trade
Agreements, Taiwan’s trade liberalization effort is being thwarted by its
domestic politics. There is no agreed-upon political framework for Taiwan’s
trade policy. The discussion focused on Taiwan’s trade politics, its implications
for Taiwan’s security and for its integration into the regional economy, and
how it may be changed.

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Ho Szu-yin, professor, Tamkang University
Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of
Stimson’s East Asia program


Dr. Ho Szu-yin received his PhD from the University of California, Santa
Barbara. A past president of the Chinese Association of Political Science
(Taipei), past director of the Institute of International Relations at National
Chengchi University, and recipient of several awards for teaching and research,
he has been widely published in Chinese and English on subjects ranging from
identity politics in Taiwan to methodology in Chinese studies. He served as
deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council in Taipei from
2008-2010. He is currently at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs
and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University.

Alan D. Romberg is 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, both in and out of government,
including 27 years in the State Department, with more than 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 in
various capacities dealing with East Asia, including director of the Office of
Japanese Affairs, member of the Policy Planning staff for East Asia, and staff
member at the National Security Council for China. 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.

For more information, contact Lin Le at [email protected] or 202-223-5956 x5130


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