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May 17

Challenging Convention in U.S.-Taiwan Relations

America’s "unofficial" relationship with Taiwan is by far its most heavily regulated. Where Taiwan diplomats are allowed to travel in the U.S., which government buildings they can enter, whether they can fly the ROC flag, and who they can meet where. Likewise for the United States. In spite of America's commitments to peace and security in the Taiwan Straits and close partnership with the Taiwanese military, even visits by American military officers are tightly regulated. Small things like where American diplomats meet their hosts and under what circumstances, what kind of letterhead they may use, and when and whether they fly the American flag are all regulated. So are big things, like what kind of aircraft we provide Taiwan, whether cabinet level officials travel to Taiwan, and whether the U.S. is able to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

How much of these restrictions are actually required by America's one-China policy, and how much is the unnecessary product of over eager, excessively cautious State Department lawyers? What more can the U.S. and Taiwan do to further their relationship and mutual interest within the parameters of America's basic longstanding policy concerning cross-straits relations?

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Member, United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Randy Schriver
President and Chief Executive Officer, Project 2049 Institute

Shirley A. Kan
Specialist in Asian Security Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Dr. Kwei-bo Huang
Visiting Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Hosted By

Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More