The speakers will give a joint presentation on the challenges facing China, the US, and Taiwan in managing their complex triangular relationship, especially given the emergence of a distinctive and consolidated Taiwanese national identity over the past two decades.
About the speakers
Prof Harry Harding received his PhD in political science from Stanford University in 1974. He was previously on the faculty of Stanford University, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and the founding dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (UVA). He is presently a University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at UVA and Visiting Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Prof Harding is a specialist on Asia and American relations with Asia. His major publications include Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1976; China’s Second Revolution: Reform after Mao; A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China since 1972; and the chapter on the Cultural Revolution in the Cambridge History of China. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled What Went Wrong? The US and China from Partners to Competitors.
Prof Harding presently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His previous positions include membership on the Senior Advisory Panel that advised the Asian Development Bank on its Long Term Strategic Framework in 2000-2001, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the US Defense Policy Board. He has also served as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Asia Foundation.
Prof Syaru Shirley Lin graduated from Harvard College and earned her MA and PhD from the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. She was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she led the Principal Investment Area for Asia ex-Japan and spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups. She is also a member of the founding faculty of the master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaches political science at the University of Virginia.
Prof Lin’s current research is focused on the high income trap and the backlash against globalization. She has been a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the South China Morning Post. She was recently interviewed on the topic of this talk by The New York Times: “For Taiwan, a Dilemma Over Identity, Economy and China” and has written an op-ed in the South China Morning Post, “America’s policy on Taiwan and China Needs to Change with the Times.” Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.
Prof Lin’s present board service includes Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments, and Mercuries Life Insurance. She is also a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.