SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

The U.S. - Taiwan Relations after the Trump-Xi Summit

Lyushun Shen
Dr Lyushun Shen

Date: 16 May 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 16 May 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Senate House Alumni Lecture Theatre (Room S110)

Type of Event: Talk


Dr. Shen will use insights gained in 17 years of working as a diplomat in Washington, where he represented Taiwan, to evaluate the major events that shape the trilateral relationship among Taiwan, the PRC and the USA. His starting point is the unprecedented phone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen to the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump last December.  The call may, to a certain extent, contribute to or accelerate the Trump-Xi Jinping Summit, and indirectly lead to Taiwan's marginalisation in the trilateral setup. Taiwan can still play an indispensable role in the East Asian power equation and enlarge its international space so long as Taipei is able to manage its cross-Straits relations well.  Unfortunately, the grim stalemate in the current relationship indicates the reverse may be more likely.  The most difficult and contentious issue is, of course, Beijing's stern insistence on and the Tsai Administration's strong reluctance to accept of the "92 Consensus".  Is there any alternative to the Consensus then? Could Americans offer any help? How would the U.S.-mainland China relations be affected by the cross-Straits tension? The speaker looks forward to engage the audience in discussing the above and related issues. 


Dr Lyushun Shen is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, in Taipei.  He had previously served as Taiwan’s representative (ambassador) to the USA, the UK, and the EU, as well as deputy minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei.  A scholar-diplomat, Dr Shen has authored or edited three books or monograph, including The Issue of US Arms Sales and Peking’s Policy Toward Taiwan (1986).  He was educated at National Chung-hsing University in Taipei, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he earned his PhD.  He had also served as a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia), a Research Associate at the University of Maryland School of Law (Baltimore), and a Visiting Adjunct Professor of International Studies at the University of Kansas (Lawrence).

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