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The Taiwan Relations Act: A Mid-Life Crisis at 35?

The Wilson Center’s Asia Program is pleased to launch a new series marking the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, and offering recommendations designed to ensure that the TRA remains relevant to the policy challenges of the 21st century.

In this policy brief, Professor Dennis Hickey of Missouri State University urges the U.S. Congress to resist the temptation to use Taiwan as a “political football” or to micromanage relations with Taiwan.

Japan and Cross-Strait Relations: Why Japan-Taiwan Relations Continue to Grow

The rise of China has raised the level of tension throughout Northeast Asia, intensifying competition between China and Japan. Taiwan is often seen as caught between the two, pressured on the one hand by China for closer relations, and lured by shared interests with Japan on the other. Madoka Fukuda will discuss the current state of Japan-Taiwan relations, and examine why relations between Tokyo and Taipei continue to develop despite Chinese pressure and improved cross-strait relation.

Threading the Needle: U.S. arms sales to Taiwan

A discussion of a new report on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan entitled Threading the Needle: Proposals for U.S. and Chinese Actions on Arms Sales to Taiwan.  Featuring speaker and co-author David J. Firestein of the EastWest Institute and commentator Richard C. Bush from the Center for East Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

China’s Distant Water Fishing Industry

Cosponsored by China Environment Forum, Environmental Change and Security Program and Africa Program.

Carving Out a Role in a New Asian Order

Tensions in the East China Sea show no signs of abating, with neither Mainland China (hereinafter referred to as China) nor Japan backing down from their claims of ownership of the disputed Islands. While the intrinsic value of the islands themselves can be questioned, the risk of conflict between the region’s two biggest powers over them should not be underestimated.

Business as Usual? U.S.-Taiwan Relations Amid Changing Realities

U.S.-China relations continue to play a key role in defining power politics in the Asia-Pacific region. This difficult relationship also remains central to how other countries define and pursue their own national interests.  On Aug. 6, public policy scholar Yeh-chung Lu argued at an invitation-only seminar that he U.S. policy of rebalancing toward the region is likely to continue to shape the Asia-Pacific security equation in the years to come, including Taiwan’s security environment.

Bryson Talks Energy with Taiwan's President Ma

The Wilson Center's distinguished senior public policy scholar John Bryson discussed Taiwan's sustainable energy policy with President Ying-jeou Ma in Taipei in early July. A former U.S. commerce secretary, Bryson was also chairman and president of Edison International and founded the National Resources Defense Council. An article about the meeting appeared in Taiwan Today: http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=206930&CtNode=414

Navigating the South China Sea

This week on Dialogue at the Wilson Center we turn our attention to the rise of China on the high seas by focusing on the People’s Republic’s claims to sovereignty over the area of the Pacific Ocean known as the South China Sea. Our guest is Marvin Ott, Senior Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program and Adjunct Professor and Visiting Research Scholar with Johns Hopkins University.

From Sustainable Communities to Global Pollution Challenges: Twenty Years of U.S.-Taiwan Environmental Cooperation

Over the past two decades, Taiwan and the United States have made considerable progress on environmental protection, but both are still facing a broad spectrum of environmental challenges from industrial pollution and hazardous waste to unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change. In 1993 the American Institute in Taiwan and the Coordination Council for North American Affairs signed the Agreement for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection, which established a platform for cooperation between the U.S.