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The Rise of China’s Comprehensive Power: Implications for Taiwan, Hong Kong & U.S.

Prof. Syaru Shirley Lin (University of Hong Kong) & Prof Harry Harding (University of Virginia) are giving a lecture to mark the Merger of Forum on Geopolitics & Centre for Rising Powers
When Mar 11, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Cavonius Centre, Stephen Hawking Bld., West Rd, Cambridge
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The implications of China's rise for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States are increasingly complex and controversial, especially because it has been associated not with democratization at home and conciliatory behavior abroad, as many had hoped, but rather with tighter domestic political controls and the more forceful assertion of Beijing's core foreign policy interests.

How are these developments affecting Hong Kong and Taiwan, both of which are forging distinct political identities even as their economies become increasingly interdependent with China's? What are the implications for the United States, which has commitments to maintaining the autonomy of both Taiwan and Hong Kong, and whose policy of engagement with China is increasingly criticized as having fallen short of its goals? As the Trump Administration takes a tougher line on China, what are the implications for U.S.-China relations and how is the rest of the region responding?

Syaru Shirley Lin  teaches political economy at the University of Virginia and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma, on the impact of the evolution of Taiwanese national identity on cross-Strait economic policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. Lin retired as a partner at Goldman Sachs where she spearheaded the firm's investments in technology start-ups and worked on privatisation projects in Singapore. She is now examining the high-income trap in East Asia.


Harry Harding is University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where he was the founding dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His major publications include Organizing China and China's Second Revolution. His most recent book is A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China Since 1972. He is currently Adjunct Chair Professor in the College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University in Taipei.

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