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Tension in the Taiwan Strait: Tsai Ing-Wen's Inaugural Address and Beijing's Response

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen will be inaugurated as President of Taiwan on May 20, 2016. Beijing has made clear that if she does not embrace the One China principle and invoke the 1992 Consensus as the basis of Cross-Strait relations in her inaugural speech, Mainland-Taiwan relations cannot continue on the constructive path they have followed over the past eight years. Speaking the words Beijing wishes to hear, however, would likely alienate supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party and might violate some of her own core beliefs. Every sentence of her remarks will be parsed closely in Beijing, Washington, and around the world.

Date & Time

May. 23, 2016
10:30am – 12:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Tension in the Taiwan Strait: Tsai Ing-Wen's Inaugural Address and Beijing's Response

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as President of Taiwan on May 20, 2016. Beijing has made clear that if she does not embrace the One China principle and invoke the 1992 Consensus as the basis of Cross-Strait relations in her inaugural speech, Mainland-Taiwan relations cannot continue on the constructive path they have followed over the past eight years. Speaking the words Beijing wishes to hear, however, would likely alienate supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party and might violate some of her own core beliefs. Every sentence of her remarks will be parsed closely in Beijing, Washington, and around the world. Our panelists discussed Tsai's speech and Beijing’s reaction portend for U.S.-Mainland-Taiwan relations.

Moderator: Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States


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Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The mission of Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is to ensure that informed engagement remains the cornerstone of U.S.-China relations.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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