Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The reelection of Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian on March 20,
2004, was dramatic evidence that the quest for Taiwan's national
identity separate from China's has become a mainstream sentiment in
the Island's political debate. Coupled with this, China's
increasingly strident threats of war unless Taiwan's people abjure
independence as a potential future option are buttressed by a
massive military modernization campaign.
How will Taiwan's leaders thread the needle between democratic
demands for a new national identity and the prospect of a Chinese
invasion? Dr. Joseph Wu, Chairman of the Executive Yuan's Mainland
Affairs Council in Taiwan, served in President Chen's inner-circle
as a key policy advisor and is now the China-policy point man in
President Chen's cabinet. He has written extensively on
Cross-Strait relations and Taiwan's political development. Join us
as a respected scholar of international affairs addresses this
thorny policy conundrum.
More About the Speakers
Joseph Jaushieh Wu, Ph.D
Chairman, Mainland Affairs Council,
Republic of China - Taiwan
John J. Tkacik, Jr.
Senior Research Fellow