China and Taiwan share one of the world's most complex bilateral relationships. Although their similar cultures and complementary economies have promoted an explosion of commercial ties since the late 1980s, this has not led to a stable political relationship, let alone progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. In addition, Taiwan’s economic policy toward China has alternated between liberalization and restriction. Most recently, Taiwan's Sunflower Movement succeeded in obstructing deeper economic ties with China. Why has Taiwan's policy toward China been so controversial and inconsistent? Author Syaru Shirley Lin explains the divergence between the development of economic and political relations across the Taiwan Strait and the oscillation of Taiwan’s cross-Strait economic policy through the interplay of national identity and economic interests. She shows how the debate over Taiwan’s economic policy under the last three administrations has been linked to the consolidation of Taiwanese identity. This poses challenges to Beijing’s management of cross-Strait relations under the new Tsai Ing-wen presidency.
6:30 - 8pm
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong