The Future of Taiwan and US – Taiwan Relations

Sunny Cheung, SNF Agora – RDI Dissident in Residence, and Lin Fei-fan, leader of the 2014 Sunflower Movement and former DPP’s deputy general secretary appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen

Hopkins Bloomberg Center DC, Room 422

In the 2024 elections, Taiwan saw Lai Ching-te from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) win the presidency, signaling a desire for stability among voters. Despite the DPP’s victory, the legislative elections presented a more complex picture, with the DPP losing its majority in the Legislative Yuan, and the rise of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) introducing new dynamics, especially among younger voters.

This political landscape poses challenges and opportunities for US-Taiwan relations. The US, a key ally of Taiwan, closely monitors these developments, especially in the face of increasing tensions with China. The outcome of Taiwan’s elections and the subsequent political environment are crucial for the strategic partnership between Taiwan and the US, affecting their cooperation on democracy, trade, and regional security matters.

Our guest speaker, Lin Lei-fan, comes from Taiwan to join the timely discussion. Lin was the leader of the 2014 Sunflower Movement and former DPP deputy general secretary appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen. The event will be moderated by Sunny Cheung, Visiting Fellow of the SNF Agora Institute. Dr. David Keegan, adjunct lecturer of China studies at SAIS and former Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, will deliver an opening remark.

— Hosted by the SAIS Global China Research Center and the SNF Agora Institute at the Hopkins Bloomberg Center, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC —