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A Time of Uncertainty in US-Taiwan-China Relations

Symposium sponsored by the Grassroots Diplomacy Council and the USC U.S.-China Institute

August 24, 2018 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting rsvps for this event.

Please note the venue change: the event will now take place in the Annenberg Auditorium in ASC G26, which is located in the basement of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. 

The triangular relationships of Taiwan, China, and the United States are always complex and vital, but perhaps never more so than today. Our societies are more interwoven than ever, but disputes seem more difficult to resolve and tensions in one dimension seem to be spilling over to others. On Friday, August 24, a number of regional specialists will take up topics including diplomacy, security, economics, and cultural exchange. We hope you can join us.


12:30-1:30 pm Networking lunch

1:40 – 1:45 pm Welcome

Clayton Dube, Director, USC US-China Institute

Sarinna Chiang, President, Grassroots Diplomacy Council/Taiwan Benevolent Association of America

1:45 – 3 pm  Panel 1

Tom Hollihan, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
"Chaos and Disorder: Foreign Policy in the Trump Era"

Charles I-hsin Chen, Center for Rising Powers, University of Cambridge
"The Last Link in the Cross-Strait Chain"

Stanley Rosen, Dornsife College, University of Southern California
“China’s Soft Power Efforts toward Taiwan”

3 – 3:15 pm break

3:15- 4:30 pm  Panel 2

Derek Grossman, Senior Defense Analyst, RAND Corporation
“How Serious are Beijing’s Threats?”

Kwei-bo Huang, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University
“Love from the U.S.: How Should Taiwan Understand the Support of the U.S.?


Charles Chen received his PhD in economics on topic of the privatisation in China from SOAS in 2014. Before joining the Centre of Taiwan Studies as a Research Associate, he once worked as Parliamentary aide, Presidential staff, spokesman of the ruling Kuomintang party, and spokesman of Presidential Office in Taiwan. He is also a postdoctoral fellow in Centre for Rising Powers, POLIS, University of Cambridge. His writings of editorials, columns, commentaries and letters are regularly published on Taiwan and foreign newspapers.

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation focused on a range of national security policy and Indo-Pacific security issues. Grossman has over a decade of experience in the Intelligence Community (IC) and worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he pioneered a new assessment format to enhance NSA's intelligence support to policy. He also served at the CIA and on the President's Daily Brief staff. Grossman holds an M.A. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in U.S. national security policy and received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Michigan in political science and Asian Studies. 

Thomas Hollihan teaches communication at USC and chairs the U.S.-China Institute executive committee. He specializes in political communication and has been a consultant for politicians, the U.S. Navy, and various businesses and non-profit organizations. His most recent book is The Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: How Media Narratives Shape Public Opinions and Challenge the Global Order. His earlier books include Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age.

Kwei-bo Huang is Vice Dean at College of International Affairs and Associate Professor of Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan. He was founding director of NCCU's International Master's Program in International Studies (IMPIS). Between 2009 and 2011, he was chairman of the Research and Planning Committee at Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a Fulbright visiting scholar at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (2008) and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asian Policy Studies (2012). He earned an M.A. in political science from the George Washington University and a Ph.D. in international relations from University of Maryland at College Park.  

Stanley Rosen teaches political science at USC and for six years served as director of the East Asian Studies Center. Rosen has written on a wide range of subjects, from his early work on the Cultural Revolution to his work on education, film, and soft power. His most recent books are Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (ed. with Y. Zhu) and Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market (ed. with P. Gries). Rosen is co-editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society.


Clayton Dube  heads the USC U.S.-China Institute which focuses on the multithreaded U.S.-China relationship. Dube teaches Chinese history and studies the role of the media in U.S.-China relations. 

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Grassroots Diplomacy Council (GDC), established in 2012, originally affiliated with Taiwan Benevolent Association of America (TBAA), was officially headquartered in Maryland as a nation-wide non-profit organization. GDC means to promote citizen-led activities, to advocate the voices to the society, and to enhance the youth grassroots diplomatic development and interactions in advancing the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.


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