In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Latin American Program Public Policy Fellow, Jorge Heine discusses the increasing diplomatic isolation of Taiwan as Beijing continues to push its “One China” principle and the mainland’s global economic clout continues to grow.


Jorge Heine is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Ambassador of Chile to China. During his tenure in China, Chile became the first country to sign an enhanced version of a free trade agreement with China; a bilateral treaty to avoid double taxation was negotiated and ratified; Chile joined the Asian Investment and Infrastructure Bank (AIIB); and Chile became the world´s largest exporter of fruit to China, and China the #1 market for Chilean wine. Heine was previously the CIGI Professor of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (2007-2017) and a Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was also a non-resident Wilson Center Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2013-2015). From 2006 to 2009, he served as Vice President of the International Political Science Association, whose XXI World Congress of Political Science, the largest ever, was held in his native Santiago in July 2009, with 2,450 participants from 75 countries. Given the success of the Santiago Congress, IPSA changed the frequency of World Congresses from three-year to two-year cycles. Heine was previously Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (2003-2007).


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.