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Chiiy Weather in the Taiwan Strait: assessing the cross-strait relationship under Tsai Ing-wen.

17.10.2017 | 14:15 - 16:00

Roundtable mit Chang Tien-Chin, Deputy Minister, Mainland Affairs Council Taiwan

Since May 2017, when the new DPP government under President Tsai Ying-wen was inaugurated, official cross-strait relations are stalled. An uneasy relationship has replaced intensive communication between government officials of both sides throughout the previous era, which saw more than 20 bilateral agreements, including a quasi-free trade deal, the Economic Framework Agreement (ECFA). Under Tsai, Taiwan now tries to reduce its economic dependence on the Chinese mainland by a new “Southbound Policy”. On the other hand, more and more Taiwanese migrate to the mainland to make a career and settle there, indicating rising social integration across the Taiwan Strait over time. Against this background, where are cross-strait relations headed to? How does the DPP government intend to safeguard Taiwan’s long-term interests? How does the international community look at the China-Taiwan relationship and what leeway is there for its broader engagement in maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait?

The roundtable is joined by

  • Chang Tien-Chin, LL.M., Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, Republic of China.
  • Dr. Werner Pfennig, former faculty member of the Department of Political Science, associated to the Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert, GEAS-Einstein Fellow, Chair of Greater China Studies and director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

Zeit & Ort

17.10.2017 | 14:15 - 16:00

Vorlesungssaal 003
14195 Berlin

Weitere Informationen

Dr. Katrin Gengenbach, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Einstein Visiting Fellow plus Project: Sovereignty and International Law in China (Gunter Schubert), Telefonnummer: 030 83851596, E-Mail-Adresse: coordinator@geas.fu-berlin.de