Taiwan's Diplomacy in Changing Times: My Experiences, Reflections, and Predictions

Ambassador Chien-Jen (C.J.) Chen, Founder, Taipei Forum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (1999-2000)

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Taiwan (the Republic of China) has been changing with the times. So has its diplomacy. Having served his country for more than 40 years in various important diplomatic posts under different administrations, Ambassador Chen is one of Taiwan’s most seasoned diplomats. He joins us to share his personal experience and perspectives of Taiwan’s diplomacy. It is a historical review, but also an attempt to explore the future. Ambassador Chen believes that the diplomacy of Taiwan is unique because of its unique background. Although it should be defined by its own people, the country has been heavily influenced by the Chinese Mainland and the United States of America. How to promote Taiwan’s interests while preserving its identity and dignity, and conducting the balancing exercises in an asymmetric international environment has always been the crux of diplomacy in Taiwan. Ambassador Chen’s insights will allow us a better understanding of diplomacy in Taiwan, its successes and frustrations and presenting a possible roadmap for the future.

Friday, May 17, 2013 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
CISAC Central Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Encina Hall

Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI)
Democracy in Taiwan Project
Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)