Anne Hsiao is currently an assistant research fellow at the Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, and a Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar. Previously, she served as an international program officer and research fellow for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and as a research fellow for the National Security Council of Taiwan. Hsiao received her Ph.D. in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has an inter-disciplinary academic background in public international law and international relations.

Dr. Hsiao will be reporting on her research on China's South China Sea policy since the late 1970s. She will consider the main elements of this policy and factors that affect China's strategies to implement it, with a view to explaining China's more assertive approach towards the South China Sea disputes. She will also assess the impact of China's growing assertiveness on the prospect for a formal code of conduct on the South China Sea, as well as on regional joint development and other cooperation, and judicial and political settlements. Finally, she will consider the implications of the disputes for U.S. South China Sea policy.