Three trends are shaping the uneasy relationships across the Taiwan Strait: Taiwan’s enmeshment in a high-income trap featuring slower growth, increasing inequality, an aging population, and rising dissatisfaction among youth; the rise of China’s economic and military power, along with mounting pressure on Taiwan for eventual unification; and the emergence of a distinctive Taiwanese identity, accompanied by a declining interest in political union with China. Shirley will analyze all three of these trends, and then address the dilemmas they pose for Washington, Beijing, and Taiwan itself.
May 24, 2019
Science Center Hall D, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138