On January 11, the incumbent Taiwan president Tsai Ing- wen of the Democratic Progressive Party won the presidential election by a landslide. This raises several important questions: will Taiwan’s government continue to pursue the ambitious agenda of economic and social policy reform Tsai set forth in her first term? Is Taiwan’s democracy dangerously vulnerable to paralyzing polarization or surreptitious outside interference from the Mainland? Will Beijing extend the tougher line it has taken toward Taiwan since Tsai came to power, squeezing Taiwan’s diplomatic ties and international participation and applying economic pressure? Have Beijing’s policies toward Taiwan and actions toward Hong Kong benefited the DPP, with its traditionally less China-friendly positions? Will the recent trend of strengthening of U.S.-Taiwan ties continue beyond both countries’ 2020 elections?
FPRI is pleased to feature a panel of experts to explore these questions and others.
Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program, and Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law , UPenn
David Rank, Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs
Vincent Wang, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Adelphi University and Senior Fellow, FPRI
Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of Political Science, Davidson College, and Senior Fellow, FPRI (participating by Skype)
Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shelley Rigger - Shelley Rigger, a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.