A Mid-Term Assessment of the Policies of the Ma Ying-jeou Administration

May 18, 2010 • 1:00 – 9:00 pm EDT

When Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on May 20, 2008, he and his new administration faced twin challenges. One was to stabilize relations with China after more than a decade of tensions. The other was repairing strained relations with the United States. To these a third was quickly added: coping with the effects of a historic global economic recession. On May 18 at Brookings, the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies and Brookings’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) and John L. Thornton China Center will host a day-long public seminar examining the policies of the Ma administration at the half-way point of its current term, with specific focus on its management of Taiwan’s economy, cross-strait relations, and relations with the U.S.

Following opening remarks, officials of the U.S. and Taiwan governments will make brief keynote statements. In subsequent panels senior experts, former government officials, and influential opinion leaders from across the political spectrum will analyze President Ma’s policies regarding Taiwan’s economy, cross-Strait relations, and the United States. Dr. Paul C.H. Chiu, chairman of Bank SinoPac, and vice premier of Taiwan from May 2008 until September 2009 and Minister of Finance during 1996-2000, will give a lunch address on the Ma administration’s economic policies. This event is open  to the public, but RSVPs are requested; please email your registration to cnaps@brookings.edu.

Opening:  9:00-9:10

Mr. Charles W. Freeman III, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
Dr. Richard C. Bush III, Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy; The Michael H. Armacost Chair, Brookings

Keynote Speakers:  9:15-10:15
Mr. Joseph R. Donovan Jr., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State                                                                                        
Mr. Jason Yuan, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Managing Taiwan's Economy: 10:30-12:00
Mr. Daniel H. Rosen
, Principal, Rhodium Group; and Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute of International Economics
Dr. Kuo-yuan Liang, President, Polaris Research Institute
Dr. Rong-yi Wu, Vice President, Taiwan Brain Trust; and Senior Advisor, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research

Lunch Keynote: The Ma Administration’s Economic Policies: 12:15-1:30
Dr. Paul C.H. Chiu, Chairman, Bank SinoPac

Cross-Strait Relations: 1:45 - 3:15
Mr. Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Dr. S. Philip Hsu, Associate Professor of Political Science, National Taiwan University
Mr. Shih-chung Liu, Senior Research Fellow, Taiwan Brain Trust

U.S.-Taiwan Relations: 3:30-5:00
Dr. Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College; and
Director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University
Dr. Alexander Huang, Professor of Strategy and War Gaming at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Tamkang University; and CSIS Nonresident Senior Associate
Dr. Joanne J.L. Chang, Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica

RSVPs are requested for this event; please send an email to cnaps@brookings.edu.

Charles Freeman
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Freeman Chair in China Studies

Bonnie S. Glaser