6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

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

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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


  • J. Stapleton Roy

    Founding Director and Distinguished Scholar
    Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
  • Bonnie Glaser

    Senior Adviser for Asia and Director, China Power Project, The Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Vincent Wei-cheng Wang

    Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Politics, Ithaca College