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Peace and Stability for the Cross-Strait Relations

Recorded on September 15, 2004

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.