FACES: On Common Ground 2010 Conference
FACES, On Common Ground Conference
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The US-China-Twaiwan Relationship in the New Decade
During his visit to China in November 2009, President Obama hailed the progress made in China and Taiwan's relationship, stating, "I am very pleased with the reduction of tensions and improvement in cross-strait relations." Presumably, the U.S. has no intention of changing its "One China" policy, and wishes to maintain good relations with both China and Taiwan. However, as the U.S.-China relationship becomes increasingly more significant, it brings into question the issue of Taiwan's role in the "most important bilateral relationship in the world." As Taiwan improves its ties with China, will Taiwan have less influence on the U.S.-China relationship, and could it stand successfully as an individual player in today's world? What is Taiwan's importance to the US, and will the US continue to support Taiwan's interests as the U.S. grows closer to China? In particular, the issue of Taiwanese independence is at stake here: while the current Taiwanese government supports better relations with China, in the future the Taiwanese independence movement may regain strength. If this happens, and if Taiwan goes so far as to declare independence, how will the U.S. and China respond
Joseph Chung-lin Ma, Visiting Scholar Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford University
Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Daniel Sneider, Associate Director, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Chinese Businesses in the American Market
Whether they seek to establish their own businesses or join existing American ones, for Chinese businesses, America seems to be a market ripe with burgeoning potential. As thousands of small Chinese companies endure a long wait-list to enter the Chinese market, the U.S. provides a feasible alternative. New Chinese businesses are moving into the automotive, consumer product, production, and technology industries. They seek to compete with well-established American brand names such as GM and Motorola. But with sights set on going public in the New York Stock Exchange-a sign of companies' legal and financial Security-Chinese businesses and investors face difficult questions. How do different cultural practices impact the direction and mission of these businesses and entrepreneurs? What impacts do the Chinese and American governments have on their expansion into American markets? How has the recession impacted Chinese interest in expanding into the U.S.?
Hanson Li, Executive Director at The Hina Group
Bernard P. Wong, Professor of Anthropology, San Francisco State University