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2014 Taiwan Conference Schedule

2014 Taiwan Conference Schedule

Taiwan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Prospects and Challenges for Trade Diplomacy


Twenty-Second Annual Taiwan Studies Conference, September 20–21, 2014

Center for Asian Studies, Walker Institute for International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina


Conference location: The Inn at USC, 1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC.


Friday, 9/19

6:30–9:00 PM, Reception and Dinner Banquet (Participants and guests)


Saturday, 9/20

9:00­–9:15, Introductory Remarks

Michael G. Hill, Director, Center for Asian Studies


9:15­–10:00, Keynote Address

“Taiwan and the USA: Closer Than You Think”

Steven Tai, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office—Atlanta


10:00–10:15 Break


10:15–11:45 Panel 1: The Politics of Economic Integration

Chair:  Kiel Downey, University of South Carolina

Thomas Bellows, University of Texas at San Antonio

                “The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Taiwan: Possibilities and Difficulties”

Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, University of Richmond

“The United States’ Rebalancing to Asia and Taiwan’s Geo-Economic Place in the Pacific”

Emerson Niou, Duke University

                “The Effect of Foreign Policies on Domestic Opinion and National Security”

Discussant:  Scott Kastner, University of Maryland


11:45–1:00 Lunch at Inn at USC


1:15–3:00 Panel 2: FTAs and Foreign and Domestic Policy

Chair:  John Hsieh, University of South Carolina

Kimberly Wilson, University of Maryland

“Taiwan and the US Pivot to Asia”

Jonathan Brookfield, Tufts University

                “Taiwan's Overall Economic Strategy and the TPP”

T. J. Cheng, College of William and Mary

                “In Pursuit of FTAs: Taiwan’s Trepidation and South Korea’s Audacity”

Eric Yi-hung Chiou, National Chiao Tung University

“How Will the TPP Affect Taiwan’s Electronics Industry in the Regional Supply Chain?”

Discussant: Dennis Hickey, Missouri State University


3:00–3:15 Break


3:15­–4:45 Panel 3: Governance, Trade, and Access to Knowledge

Chair: Marc Moskowitz, University of South Carolina

Chien-pin Li, Kennesaw State University

“Economic Governance and Rulemaking in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Implications for Taiwan”

Benjamin Liu, The John Marshall Law School

“Patent Linkage in the TPP and its Potential Impact on Taiwan”

Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen

                “The TPP and the Digital Economy”

Discussant:  Anya Bernstein, State University of New York at Buffalo


6:00­–9:00 PM, Dinner, Sun Ming Restaurant


Sunday, 9/21

9:00–11:00 Panel 4: Taiwan, the TPP and Regional Issues

Chair: Dean Kinzley, University of South Carolina

Peter C. Y. Chow, City University of New York

“The Emerging Mega-Regionalism: Its Challenge, Opportunity and Taiwan’s Economic Statecraft”

Peter Yu, Drake University

“TPP Outsiders in Asia”

Barry Naughton, University of California at San Diego

“China’s Current Round of Reforms: Will They Be a Game-Changer?”

Discussants: Tom Gold, University of California at Berkeley


11:45 Lunch at Inn at USC