June 29, 2016
On June 24th, the US-China Education Trust welcomed a delegation of professors and researchers to Freedom Place, residence of Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch. USCET held a media luncheon and a lively discussion with the Honorable Douglas H. Paal on cross-strait relations and how Chinese-language media in the U.S. covers cross-strait relations.
Paal is currently Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was the director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council under Presidents Reagan and Bush, and served as the unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute of Taiwan (2002-2006). The delegation was delighted to speak with someone as knowledgeable and distinguished in the field as Paal.
The delegation of seven, which consisted of scholars from the Institute for Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Fudan University School of Journalism, and Xiamen University Institute for Taiwan Studies, was led by Professor Huang Hu of Fudan University School of Journalism, currently the director of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations at Fudan.
Journalists from major Chinese-language media outlets in the Washington D.C. area, including bureau chiefs of both People’s Daily and Shanghai Wenhui Daily, CCTV-America, as well as local Chinese papers such as US-China Press and Chinese in DC, attended the lunch.
The delegation and the media were particularly interested in the implications of Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration as president of the Republic of China on cross-strait relations. Many insightful questions were raised, including those relating to: the potential impact of the evolution of Taiwanese domestic politics on US-China relations; Tsai’s position on the 1992 Consensus and Beijing’s response; her new “Go South” policy aimed at strengthening ties with Southeast Asian nations; and Taiwan’s intention to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
The event offered invigorating discussion and an opportunity to exchange views. USCET would like to thank all the Chinese-language media representatives who attended and hope to see you soon.