For decades, European countries assumed that China is a benign force in international relations.
Patrick James, Director of the USC Center for International Studies, discusses points raised by President Ma Ying-jeou during his video conference speech on April 9, 2014.
In 2013, the U.S. and Taiwan exchanged $65 billion in goods. Taiwan is America's 12th largest trading partner, just behind India and ahead of Holland and Italy. Acer, Asus, BenQ, HTE, Microtek, and Trend Micro are among the Taiwan tech brands recognized by American shoppers. Others know Evergreen shipping, Eva Air, Franz porceilains, Giant bikes, and other firms. Many Taiwan companies (Foxconn, for example), though, also assemble U.S.-branded products such as the iPhone in China. The economic ties between the U.S. and Taiwan are well-established and multistranded.
On April 9, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou spoke by video-link to people in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. He was introduced by John Hamre, President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Christopher Johnson, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies moderated the discussion.
At USC, a number of scholars discussed points raised by the president and the dramatic spring events, including the occupation of the Legislative and Executive Yuan by students opposed to the cross-strait services agreement.
This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.