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Cross-Strait Relations: Present Challenges and Future Developments

Keynote Remarks Chen Ming-tong, Mainland Affairs Council Minister, Republic of China (Taiwan) Introduced by: Bridgett Wagner, Vice President, Policy Promotion, The Heritage Foundation Host: Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation Panel 1: Taiwan-US-China Relations and the Situation of the Taiwan Strait I-Chung Lai, President, The Prospect Foundation Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia, Center for Strategic and International Studies Richard Bush, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator Remarks by The Honorable Jonathan Moore Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of International Organization Affairs US Department of State Panel 2: China Sharp Power against Taiwan and U.S. Wen-Cheng Lin, President, Foundation on Asia-Pacific Peace Studies Puma Shen, Assistant Professor, Graduate of Criminology, National Taipei University Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Dan Aum, Director of the Washington, D.C. Office, The National Bureau of Asian Research - Moderator Panel 3: Chinese Domestic Politics and Its Impacts on Taiwan-U.S.-China Relations Ho-Fung Hung, Prof. in Political Economy, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University Yun Sun, Director of the China Program, Stimson Center Cheng-Yi Lin, CEO, Institute for National Defense and Security Research I-Chung Lai, President, The Prospect Foundation – Moderator Panel 4: Cross-Strait Economic Relations and the US-China Trade War Ming-Fang Tsai, Professor, Department of Industrial Economics, Tamkang University Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US Taiwan Business Council Riley Walters, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation Walter Lohman, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator

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