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US-Taiwan Relations and Taiwan’s International Status

Friday, February 19, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Hoover Institution hosts US-Taiwan Relations and Taiwan’s International Status on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST.

During the Trump administration, bipartisan support for Taiwan grew in the US, partly in response to Beijing’s increasing pressure on Taiwan following the election of Tsai Ing-wen.  The US reduced restrictions on high-level official contacts with Taiwan, many of which had been put in place more than 40 years ago when the US ended formal relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China.  Washington moved to increase bilateral defense cooperation, support for Taiwan’s international participation, and more.  The Biden administration has indicated that it will not reverse many of these developments and has pledged greater engagement with fellow democracies in the Indo-Pacific, including Taiwan.  Are these developments a sign of a significant deepening of the unofficial partnership between Washington and Taipei?  What do they portend for Taiwan’s international status and security?  In this talk, Jacques deLisle will address these issues in the context of Taiwan’s complicated status in US and international law, and Taiwan’s ongoing quest for international space and stature.