In the run up to next year's presidential election, how does Taiwan seen the world? Join us for a discussion of Taiwan's place in the world with Taipei City Councillor Vincent Chao, who is also the spokesperson for the campaign of Taiwanese Vice President and Presidential Candidate Lai Ching-te, and senior academic Professor Charles Chong-Han Wu.
This event is in person only. Lunch will be served.
Taipei City Council Member, Vice Presidential Campaign Spokesperson
Professor of Diplomacy at National Chengchi University
Vincent Chao has been a politician, diplomat, and journalist and is an elected member of the Taipei City Council, representing Daan-Wenshan. He is currently spokesperson for the Taiwanese Presidential Candidate Lai Ching-te and Prior to elected office, he was the political director at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, where he was a lead interlocutor in advancing the bilateral partnership. He has also served as chief of staff to Taiwan's minister of foreign affairs Joseph Wu, director in the Office of the President, and chief of staff at the National Security Council. Before entering government, he was the deputy director of international affairs in the Democratic Progressive Party, managed foreign policy in President Tsai Ing-wen’s successful 2016 election campaign, was a think tank researcher, and reported for the English-language Taipei Times. He holds a BA in political science from York University in Canada and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of London.More information about speaker
Dr. Charles Chong-Han Wu is a professor of the Department of Diplomacy at National Chengchi University Taiwan. He has been appointed as the member of International Affairs Commission of the Taipei City Government in 2023. He also serves as a Visiting Fellow with East Asia Program at the Stimson Center in 2022.
Charles holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina in political science (IR), an MA from New York University, and a BA in diplomacy from National Chengchi University. His research interests include studies of international conflicts, territorial disputes, Chinese foreign aid, and the Sino-U.S. relations with a specific focus on secondary states’ foreign policy in East Asia. His works appeared in Asian Survey, Asian Perspective, China Review, the Journal of Asian and African Studies and other peer-reviewed international and Chinese journals. His current book project with Routledge explains the key defining attributes and description of hedging as a strategy that is distinguishable from pure balancing and bandwagoning.
Australian Institute of International Affairs
32 Thesiger Court
Deakin, ACT, Australia
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia