Past Taiwan Scholars
The Wilson Center Taiwan Scholar program began in 2017. The residential fellowship program allows the scholar to spend one to two months during the summer at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, where they pursue policy-oriented research designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities.
Taiwan plays a key role in promoting democracy and ensuring free markets in East Asia and beyond. It remains a critical political, economic, and security partner for the United States in the region, and deepening U.S. understanding of Taiwan is essential at a time of significant change on both sides of the Pacific. The fellowship is open to Taiwanese scholars committed to research on contemporary Taiwanese issues that address questions related to political stability, economic growth, and regional security.
The Taiwan Scholar Program is made possible from the generous support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
A New Dawn? The New Realities of U.S.-Taiwan Economic and Trade Relations
U.S. trade protectionist policies will have a major impact on how Taiwanese companies do business. The existing Taiwan model of receiving orders, then manufacturing goods in China, which are then exported to the United States will face considerable challenges moving forward. Yet the exports of Taiwan’s intermediate goods have a positive impact on U.S. manufacturers’ final export of consumer goods. The Wilson Center’s former Taiwan Scholar Jinji Chen argues that Washington and Taipei can actually do more to enhance trade relations by pursuing a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
The U.S.-China Trade War and Options for Taiwan
The 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy noted that “economic security is national security.” The report stated that the White House would “no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression.” In order to address these concerns, the Trump administration adopted a number of concrete measures aiming to weaken the link between economic and security ties that have bound U.S.-China relations tightly until now.
Taiwan’s Trade Dilemma and the Outlook for U.S.-Taiwan Economic Relations
Taiwan’s diplomatic, economic, and security relations with the United States has come under close scrutiny since the presidency of Donald Trump, often with mixed messages. Join us for a discussion on U.S. expectations for Taiwan’s economy as an anchor for regional security, and prospects for resolving the U.S.-Taiwan trade imbalance in the longer term.
Chilling U.S.-China Economic Relations: Options for Taiwan
The Trump administration’s trade policy has led to a seismic shift in U.S. economic relations with China. The imposition of tariff barriers in the name of national security in particular have strengthened Washington’s export control regime. For China, it has meant a denial of export privileges against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) and its subsidiary which have subsequently been lifted, while the outlook for Huawei and its affiliates remain uncertain. As economic relations between Washington and Beijing continue to evolve, they are impacting not only trade but also investment patterns and innovation between the two countries. At the same time, there is growing concerns about whether the two sides will be able to decouple security concerns from economic growth. Join us for a discussion on the challenge of separating economic interests from security concerns, and also how relations between the two economic giants will impact Taiwan in particular.
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