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Pacific Rim Business Triangle: The Economic and Political Dimensions of U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations

A Chinese tourist looks at the Kinmen, the front line island between Taiwan and China's Xiamen, with her telescope on a Chinese pleasure boat in Jinmen, Taiwan, in 2006. (Getty Images)


Robert A. Kapp, Ph.D. (moderator)

President, Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc.; former President, U.S.-China Business Council.

Thomas B. Gold, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Executive Director, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University.

Bret E. Lee
Executive Director, Taiwan Trade Center, San Francisco; former Director, Taiwan Trade Centers in Canada and Mexico.

Jean Oi, Ph.D.
Director, Stanford China Program; William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics; Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Our distinguished panelists will discuss relations between Taiwan, China, and the United States in the larger context of cross-Strait and trans-Pacific politics. Will U.S. calls for China to revalue its currency, conflict over Google, and other economic disputes bring U.S.-China relations, already strained, to a new low? Or has the ongoing global economic crisis created powerful new opportunities for cooperation? Will the proposed Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China be signed this summer, and what are the broader implications of this revolutionary proposal for East Asian economic integration?

Panelists will address these questions as well as others concerning corporate governance, the challenge of rural development, microfinance, and environmental issues.

This event opens the 2010 Bay Area Strait Talk Symposium, a week of workshops and events aimed at promoting peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait and Pacific Rim. Strait Talk is a student-organized, non-partisan exchange that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States.

Co-sponsored by China Dialogue, East-West Center Alumni Association, Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, The Japan Policy Research Institute, Strait Talk, UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, World Affairs Council of Northern California.


Event Details

Mon 5 Apr 2010
1:45pm - 3:30pm

University of San Francisco (Main Campus), Fromm Hall (Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton) San Francisco

Free admission; advance registration required. Please call 415-422-6828 to register.