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  • Publish Date:2022/08/18
    Modify Date:2022/11/24

U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations

Project Coordinator: James Lee
Research Members: Chien-Huei Wu, Cheng-Yi Lin, Chi-hung Wei, James Lee, Jaw-ling Joanne Chang
 ▍  Chien-Huei Wu
Areas of Expertise: US-China Competition, Taiwan Relations Act, EU External Relations, Comparative Regional Integration, New Global Economic Order and Supply Chain Resilience
 ▍  Cheng-Yi Lin
Areas of Expertise: International Relations, Sino-American Relations, National Security Policy
 ▍  Chi-Hung Wei
Areas of Expertise: International Relations Theory, U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations
 ▍  James Lee
Areas of Expertise: U.S. Grand Strategy (Europe and East Asia), U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Geoeconomics and Economic Statecraft, Great Power Competition
Areas of Expertise: American Foreign Policy, U.S.-Taiwan-China Relations, International Negotiation, International Organizations
Our Research Focus on

Taiwan and the United States both held presidential elections in 2020. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term with record-breaking support, and Biden succeeded Trump to the White House in 2021. The Trump administration brought dramatic changes to the international order and multilateralism, the transatlantic partnership between the US and Europe, and the relationship between the US and China. The Trump legacy will have long-lasting effects. Despite the change of administration, the United States has continued to view China as a strategic competitor. Moreover, in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese military exercises around Taiwan in August 2022, there has been growing concern that China’s territorial claims will lead to conflict in the Taiwan Strait.


To what extent has the Biden administration continued the policies of the Trump administration, and to what extent has Washington returned to multilateralism and left the door open to rapprochement with Beijing? How are China, the EU, and NATO likely to respond? What are the lessons of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for Taiwan’s security? What is the risk of conflict in the Taiwan Strait in the coming years? These are key topics for the thematic research group on US-China-Taiwan relations. Specifically, this project will study the following topics:


(1) reviewing Taiwan policy under the Trump administration and examining areas of continuity and discontinuity with Taiwan policy under the Biden administration; 

(2) trade relations between Taiwan and the United States and the feasibility of a bilateral investment agreement (BIA), a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), and including Taiwan in multilateral trade and investment agreements; 

(3) the Biden administration's impact on US-Taiwan-China relations;

(4) whether the Biden administration's attitude toward CPTPP and the Indo-Pacific strategy amounts to a “return to Asia 2.0,” a “New Cold War,” or both;  

(5) the role of the US Congress in the US-China-Taiwan triangle; 

(6) tensions surrounding trade and technology in US-China-Taiwan relations;

(7) the lessons of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for Taiwan’s security; and

(8) the overall risk of China attempting to unilaterally change the status quo through force or coercion.


In addition to academic publications, we will continue to participate in domestic and international conferences and think-tank meetings, publish op-eds and policy analysis, and present our policy recommendations in relevant newspapers, magazines, and mass media. This project considers the possibility of newsletters that will regularly provide updates with important news about US foreign policy and Taiwan's US policy, as well as commentary. We have inaugurated a flagship project, American Portrait, which administers an annual survey that examines Taiwanese respondents’ perceptions of the United States.