How Hong Kong and Taiwan affect the future of US policy towards China


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The recent escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait resurfaces questions about Taiwan’s role in US-China relations. In recent months, Beijing has sent more than 150 military aircraft to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone in response to alleged “separatist activities” on the island and against Taiwan’s alliance with the United States. United. Will the US reconsider its decades-old “strategic ambiguity” stance on Taiwan? How likely are direct military clashes in the Taiwan Strait and to what extent could the United States be involved? What is the legitimacy of Beijing’s “one country, two systems” rule? How should the United States react to Hong Kong, which continues to play a vital financial role in global markets, as it is further subsumed under the direct rule of mainland China?

Join Asia Society Texas as experts discuss the future of U.S. policy toward China amid economic competition and great power dynamics, and how that policy could be affected by developments in Taiwan and Taiwan. Hong Kong.

About the speakers

Elisabeth Freund Larus, Ph.D., is President of E Larus Consulting LLC. Dr. Larus is professor emeritus of political science and former chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. She was a Fulbright Research Fellow in the United States in 2020 and a Taiwanese Fellow in 2015. Dr. Larus has over 30 years of experience writing and commenting on economics, business strategies, domestic politics and foreign policy of the United States, China and Taiwan. She regularly provides commentary to national and international media such as CNBC Asia, Industry News, Newsy, Vietnam Newsthe FinancialTimes and South China Morning Post.

She is the author of the books Politics and society in contemporary China (2020 and 2012) and Economic reform in China (2005) as well as over 30 scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Larus is a board member of the American Association for Chinese Studies and past president of the Virginia Consortium for Asian Studies. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Hans Stockton is Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where he has taught since 2001. He is also Director of the Taiwan and Asian Studies Program at East, Mandarin Center of UST & WZU, and holds the Cullen Foundation for Higher Education/Fayez Sarofim Endowed Chair in International Studies. He previously served as director of the university’s Center for International Studies from 2010 to 2020. Professor Stockton holds a doctorate in political science from Texas A&M University. His areas of academic specialization are democratization, elections and security in contemporary Asia-Pacific. He has published articles in political science, economics, public administration and Asian studies journals; author of several chapters in edited volumes on military affairs in Asia-Pacific and on the political development of Taiwan; and author or editor of three books on development and democratization in East Asia. His most recent book, Taiwan: the development of a mini-dragon (2019), is co-edited with Yao-Yuan Yeh. Professor Stockton is the Principal Investigator of several grants from the US Department of Education, the Japan Foundation, the US Japan Council, and the Taiwan Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education.

Dr. Stockton is a Fellow of the Center for Electoral Studies at National Cheng Chi University in Taipei, Taiwan and served as President of the American Association for China Studies (2015, 2016), Coordinator of the Taiwan Studies Conference Group ( 2012 – 2014), and served several terms as President of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. He currently serves on the board of the American Association of Chinese Studies and the Houston-Taipei Society. He sits on the editorial boards of Asian survey and the korea diary. Dr. Stockton has been interviewed and/or published editorials on issues related to U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and political affairs in China, Taiwan and Korea in the Associated pressNational Public Radio, Voice of America Asia, Washington Observer Weekly, Taipei Time, Taiwan newspaper, e-International Relationsand Houston Chronicle. He has provided political commentary for ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS local news in Houston, KUHT, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Radio Taiwan International, NTD TV, Southern Daily Newsand the world newspaper.

Rick Waters is Deputy Under Secretary of State for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In this role, he oversees the Office of China and Mongolia Affairs and Taiwan Coordination staff and has day-to-day responsibility for our diplomatic missions in China and Mongolia and our relationship with the American Institute in Taipei. His previous roles at the State Department include Executive Assistant to Under Secretary of State David Hale, Director of the Office of China and Mongolia Affairs, and Political Counselor positions at the Beijing and Islamabad Embassies and Consulate General. of Jerusalem. Rick has toured China several times, including from 1998 to 2001, during the accidental bombing of the Belgrade Embassy and the EP3 crisis on Hainan Island. His tours within the Department include staff assistant to Bill Burns, deputy director of the Bureau of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs and Middle East action officer in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Rick speaks Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish.

About the moderator

David J. Firestein is the first President and CEO of the George HW Bush Foundation for US-China Relations. Previously, Firestein was the founding executive director of the University of Texas at the China Public Policy Center in Austin and a clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining UT, he served as senior vice president and Perot Fellow at the EastWest Institute, where he led the Institute’s Track 2 diplomacy work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, security in East Asia and US-Russian relations. From 1992 to 2010, Firestein was a decorated career U.S. diplomat, specializing primarily in U.S.-China relations.

Firestein serves on more than a dozen nonprofit boards and advisors across the United States. Among other roles, he is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Association of Business, a member of the Texas Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

A native and current resident of Austin, Texas, he graduated from Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin.

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