Past Event

The Evolving Cross-Strait Policy of the Democratic Progressive Party

February 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online Event

Please join us for a lecture: 

The Evolving Cross-Strait Policy of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan

Jason Po-Nien Chen, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Moderated by: Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

This talk will be composed of three main sections. First, Dr. Chen will introduce the DPP's evolving cross-Strait policy by breaking it down into three respective phrases:1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Then he will explain why the party changed from championing independence versus unification in 1990s; intraparty power struggle between de facto and de jure independence in 2000s; and reach the current position of "opposition to de facto unification under one China" rather than "pursuit of Taiwan de jure independence" in 2010s. Second, he will share his research finding and understanding regarding the DPP's view towards the status quo of cross-Strait relations. Third, he will discuss the change and continuity of the DPP's position towards sovereignty and cross-Strait relations.

Jason Chen has served in different positions in the Democratic Progressive Party for years mainly covering the party's external relations including cross-Strait relations and national security.  His last position with the DPP was advisor (Section of National Security) in New Frontier Foundation, the DPP's think tank.

He holds a B.A in East Asian Studies at University of California, Irvine, USA, a M.A in China and Asia-Pacific Studies at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, a MSc in Comparative Politics (Asia), Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, England and a Ph.D in Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, England.  

Organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Online via Zoom. Please register here


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