Cross-Strait Relations Talk at UC Berkeley

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies, 3rd Floor
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA

The speaker for this “Democracy, Decision-making, and Domestic Politics in Taiwan: The Impact of Current Cross-strait Relations” event is Stephen M. Young. He is a diplomat who has formerly served in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

Ambassador Young will reflect on his experiences as a diplomat serving in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the past three decades, with particular focus on U.S.-China relations and their impact on cross-strait relations, with particular attention to the effect of the democratization process, and domestic politics, on decision-making within Taiwan regarding cross-strait relations. As in Hong Kong, where he recently served, the bottom-up pressures of various political players in Taiwan have significantly complicated the making of political deals with Beijing. Students and other activists, with tacit support of the pan-greens, are currently resisting President Ma’s attempt to ratify in the Legislative Yuan recent cross-strait agreements reached by the two sides’ unofficial negotiating bodies.

This talk is offered in conjunction with the annual Strait Talk Symposium. Strait Talk is a student organization committed to dialogue between China and Taiwan. For further information on the 2014 symposium activities, email

Co-sponsored by Strait Talk and the Center for Chinese Studies.

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