Miller Center

Taiwan Inclusive: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

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November 15, 2013
9:00 AM



Dr Harry Harding, Jr, Brantly Womack, Gerald L Baliles

Dynamics of Inclusiveness

Welcome9:00-9:15 a.m.

GOVERNOR GERALD BALILES, Director, Miller Center

The Inclusive Triangle9:15-9:30 a.m.

BRANTLY WOMACK, C. K. Yen Professor, Miller Center

Dynamics of Inclusiveness9:30-10:00 a.m.

HARRY HARDING, Dean, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, U.Va.

Coming soon: Forum audio & video

November 15, 2013
10:15 AM



John Fuh-Sheng Hsieh, Fred Damon, John Shepherd

Panel One: Taiwan, China, and Asia: Inclusive Identities?

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Southeastern China: Source and Transformation Point for Indo-Pacific and World History

  • FRED DAMON, Professor of Anthropology, U.Va.

The Uneasy Status Quo in the U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations

  • JOHN FUH-SHENG HSIEHProfessor of Political Science, University of South Carolina 

Chair/Discussant: JOHN SHEPHERD, Professor of Anthropology, U.Va. 

 

LUNCH, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  (RSVP to gage@virginia.edu by November 13, 2013)

November 15, 2013
1:00 PM




Ekaterina Makarova, Wang Jenn-Hwan, Leng Tse-Kang, Hao Yufan

Panel Two: Challenges of Inclusive Integration

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Uneasy Leading or Anxious Integration: Societal Inclusion in Taiwan 

  • WANG JENN-HWAN, Dean of Research and Development and Chair, China Mainland Research Center, National Chengchi University, Taipei

Culture, Politics, and Developments in the Greater China Region

  • LENG TSE-KANG, Deputy Director and Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science Academia Sinica, and Professor of Political Science, National Chengchi University, Taipei

Rethinking the Triangle: Possibilities and Pitfalls

  • HAO YUFANDean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Professor of Political Science, University of Macau

Chair/Discussant: EKATERINA MAKAROVA, Associate Professor of SociologyU.Va

November 15, 2013
2:45 PM




Yong Cai, Tang Ching-Ping, Lyle Goldstein, John Echeverri-Gent

Panel Three: The Shared Future of East Asia

2:45-4:15 p.m.            

The Demographic Revolution and Welfare Policy 

  • YONG CAIAssistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Institutional Innovation and Just Development: A Cross-Strait Comparison on Alternative Development of the Ethnic Minorities      

  • TANG CHING-PINGDistinguished Professor and Associate Dean of College of Social Science,, National Chengchi University, Taipei   

Maritime Resources: Challenges of Cooperation 

  • LYLE GOLDSTEIN, Associate Professor, Chinese Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College, and Watson Faculty Associate, Brown University

Chair/Discussant: JOHN ECHEVERRI-GENT, Associate Professor of Politics, U.Va. 

November 15, 2013
4:15 PM


Dr Harry Harding, Jr

Concluding Observations

4:15-4:30 p.m.              

HARRY HARDING, Dean, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

November 16, 2013
9:30 AM


Chas W Freeman, Jr

Inclusive Triangularity

Rethinking the Triangle: the Future versus the Past, 9:30-10:00 a.m.          

AMBASSADOR CHARLES W. FREEMAN, Participant in Nixon's 1972 visit to Beijing & former assistant secretary of defense

November 16, 2013
10:00 AM




Chuang Yi-Chyi, Shirley Lin, Shu-Heng Chen, Dennis Yang

Panel Four: Using the Triangle

10:00-11:30 a.m.        

The Roadmap for Taiwan and China to Jointly Participate in Asian Economic Integration

  • CHUANG YI-CHYI, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei

Taiwan and the Advent of the Cross-Strait Financial Industry   

  • SHIRLEY LIN, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong    

The Retrospect and Prospect of NCCU International: What We Have Done and What We Have Not?

  • SHU-HENG CHENDean, Office of International Cooperation and Professor of Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei

Chair/Discussant:  DENNIS YANG, Dale Coenen Professor, Darden School of Business, U.Va.; President, Association for Comparative Economic Studies

 

LUNCH, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  (RSVP to gage@virginia.edu by November 13, 2013) 

November 16, 2013
1:00 PM




Da Wei, Yuan-Kang Wang, Robert Sutter, Allen C. Lynch

Panel Five: Security Beyond the Security Triangle: Can Security be Inclusive?

1:00-2:30p.m.

Can Strategic Partnerships Displace Alliances?

  • DA WEIDirector, Center for American Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

Taiwan, China and America’s Pivot Toward Asia

  • YUAN-KANG WANG, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University

Cross-Strait Reassurance and the United States

  • ROBERT SUTTER, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

Chair/discussant: ALLEN LYNCH, Professor of Foreign Affairs, U.Va.

November 16, 2013
2:45 PM


Ren Xiao

Panel Six: Other Triangles

Taiwan, China, and Japan: Can Taiwan Help? 

  • LEN SCHOPPAAssociate Dean for the Social Sciences and Professor of Politics, U.Va.

Taiwan and East Asian Integration

  • REN XIAODirector, Center for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy and Professor of International Politics, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai

Chair/discussant: ROBERT STOLZ, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, U.Va.

November 16, 2013
3:45 PM




Dr Harry Harding, Jr, Chas W Freeman, Jr, Wang Jenn-Hwan, Da Wei

Concluding Roundtable: Inclusiveness as Reality and Strategy

3:45-4:45 p.m.

  • HARRY HARDING, Dean, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • AMBASSADOR CHARLES W. FREEMAN, Participant in Nixon's 1972 visit to Beijing & former assistant secretary of defense
  • WANG JENN-HWAN, Dean of Research and Development and Chair, China Mainland Research Center, National Chengchi University, Taipei
  • DA WEIDirector, Center for American Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)