China’s Increasing Pressure on Taiwan

After a decade of relative quiet, tensions across the Taiwan Strait are poised to return to the fore as a major issue in the Asia-Pacific and a significant driver of tension between China and the United States. Beijing’s negative reaction to the election of Tsai Ing-wen as president of Taiwan has continued to fester, despite her efforts to engage the mainland on her own terms, and is beginning to escalate tensions in an area that has previously been relatively quiet.

2018: The Year Ahead in Asia

What to Watch in 2018

The coming year is shaping up to be highly consequential for the Asia-Pacific. The distribution of the region’s economic, political, and military power is evolving rapidly, which will have profound implications for regional stability and for American interests. To inaugurate the Wilson Center Asia Program’s new blog Dispatches, the program’s staff has compiled brief analyses of what we believe to be some of the most critical issues to watch in 2018.

Security Challenges in East Asia

The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) in collaboration with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program invite you to a public briefing on Security Challenges in East Asia based on recent high-level meetings in Taipei, Beijing, and Seoul.

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. 

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. On the one hand, the U.S. Treasury continues to place Taiwan as well as Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, and the PRC on the watch list of potential currency manipulators, as President Trump continues to pursue policies that would lead to a decline in the U.S. trade deficit.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

Taiwan continues to be a key partner for the United States, and a peaceful and prosperous Taiwan clearly remains in the U.S. national interest. Yet prospects for Taiwan’s autonomy have come increasingly under the spotlight as worries about heightened tensions in cross-Strait relations continue. On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference.

Competition for Taiwan Scholars at the Wilson Center

Thank you for your interest in our Taiwan Scholar opportunity, we are no longer accepting applications.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is accepting applications from Taiwanese researchers for its Wilson Center Taiwan Scholar Program. The residential fellowship program will allow the scholar to spend one to two months during the summer at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, where they will pursue policy-oriented research designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities.