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30 January at 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
On 13th January voters in Taiwan chose Lai Ching-te to be their next president but denied his party a majority in the country’s Legislative Yuan. A third consecutive presidential election win for the Democratic Progressive Party is unprecedented and was met with displeasure by Beijing. Cross-strait relations will likely continue to be tense, and thus consequential for future US-People’s Republic of China (PRC) ties and peace and stability in the wider Indo-Pacific.
The Council on Geostrategy is delighted to invite you to our next public panel event, ‘The implications of the elections in Taiwan’ on the 30th January, 6pm-7pm, in the Palace of Westminster. The panel will discuss the outcome of the elections in Taiwan taking place on the 13th of January 2024, and its implications for Taiwanese politics, cross-strait relations and the wider Indo-Pacific.
With welcoming remarks from the Representative of the Taipei Representative Office, H.E. Vincent Chin-Hsiang Yao, and chaired by Alicia Kearns MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the panel will include Prof. Dafydd Fell, Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies, Dr Hui-Chun Liu, Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, Gray Sergeant, Research Fellow at the Council on Geostrategy, and Scott Singer, Co-founder and Director of the Oxford China Policy Lab.
Welcoming remarks from H.E. Vincent Chin-Hsiang Yao, Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in London.
Prof. Dafydd Fell
- Director, Centre of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Dafydd Fell is the Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS. He was previously the Secretary General at the European Association of Taiwan Studies for eight years, an association which he helped establish. He has authored a number of publications, including Party Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2005), Government and Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2011), and Taiwan’s Green Parties (Routledge 2021). He is also the book series editor for the Routledge Research on Taiwan Series.
Dr Hui-Chun Liu
- Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS
Dr Hui-Chun Liu is a Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS. Previously, she worked for Taiwan’s Parliament as an MP’s legal assistant and for a media company headquartered in Hong Kong as a public relations manager. Her research intends to understand the PRC cross-Strait economic policy as a state project that draws Taiwanese businesspeople in to develop a closer identification with the PRC.
- Research Fellow (Indo-Pacific Geopolitics), Council on Geostrategy
Gray Sergeant is a Research Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics at the Council on Geostrategy. He is the co-founder and chair of Hong Kong Watch. He is also a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE), where his work focuses on British-American diplomatic relations towards the People’s Republic of China during the early Cold War. He was previously a Human Rights and Democracy Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
- Co-founder and Director, Oxford China Policy Lab
Scott Singer is the Co-founder and Director of the Oxford China Policy Lab, an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to producing academic and policy research on the impact of US-People’s Republic of China (PRC) relations around the world. He is also a DPhil candidate in International Relations and Clarendon Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. His doctoral research uses experiments to explore how publics think about security risks from emerging technologies.
Alicia Kearns MP
- Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons
Alicia Kearns has been a Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 2019 and the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee since October 2022. Prior to being elected as an MP, Alicia worked in counter-terrorism at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and then as an independent consultant across the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.
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