The Hoover Institution hosted A Conversation with Representative Bi-khim Hsiao and Hoover Senior Fellow Larry Diamond on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT.

With its remarkable success in managing the Covid-19 pandemic, its continuing technological innovation, and its vibrant and peaceful multiparty politics, Taiwan has won new appreciation globally as a democratic success story. It has also taken new steps towards a bi-lateral free trade agreement with the United States. At the same time, the PRC's crackdown on freedom in Hong Kong, its ambitious military expansion, and its bullying posture toward other countries in the Indo-Pacific region pose new challenges for Taiwan's democracy and security.  In this kickoff to a new academic year of programming, Hoover Senior Fellow Larry Diamond engages Taiwan's new representative in Washington, Bi-khim Hsiao, in a lively discussion of these and other issues related to Taiwan's future and its relationship with the United States.



Before assuming her position as Taiwan’s Representative to the United States in July 2020, Representative Bi-khim Hsiao served as a Senior Adviser to the President on the National Security Council of Taiwan. Among her many other accomplishments, she also served four terms in the Legislative Yuan, where she was ranking member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and chair of the USA Caucus. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Oberlin College.



Larry Diamond is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has advised the USAID, World Bank, UN, State Department, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His recent books include China's Influence and American Interests and Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.


This lecture is part of the Hoover Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.



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