The "Most Sensitive" issue: The United States, China, and Taiwan

The "Most Sensitive" issue: The United States, China, and Taiwan

Friday, 28 February 2014 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Pavilion Room, Fourth Floor, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Dr. Richard C. Bush III
Convenor: 
Dr. Ming-Chin Monique Chu
Series: 
Taiwan Studies Seminar Series

Abstract: Taiwan has been at the center of U.S. relations with the People’s Republic of China since 1950, if only because the PRC has placed it there. This triangular relationship has evolved considerably over the last six-plus decades, most significantly after Taiwan became a vibrant democracy. But it has remained a challenge for successive administrations, which seek to balance a desire for good relations with China, respect for Taiwan’s democracy, and the interest in peace and security in East Asia. Richard Bush, who served in the U.S. government for two decades and is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will address this array of issues.

About the speaker: Richard Bush is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Director of its Center for East Asia Policy Studies (formerly the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies), and holder of the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies.

Richard Bush came to Brookings in July 2002, after serving almost five years as the Chairman and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the mechanism through which the United States Government conducts substantive relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations.

Richard Bush began his professional career in 1977 with the China Council of The Asia Society. From July 1983 to June 1995, he worked on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, first on the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs (chair, Steve Solarz), and then the full committee (chair, Lee Hamilton). In July 1995, he became National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and a member of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates the analytic work of the intelligence committee. He left the NIC in September 1997 to become head of AIT.

Richard Bush received his undergraduate education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He did his graduate work in political science at Columbia University, getting an M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1978. He is the author of a number of articles on U.S. relations with China and Taiwan, and of At Cross Purposes, a book of essays on the history

of America’s relations with Taiwan (M. E. Sharpe, 2004). In July 2005, Brookings published Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait. In March 2007, through Wylie Publishers, Richard Bush and his Brookings colleague Michael O’Hanlon released A War Like No Other: The Truth About China’s Challenge to America. In 2010, Brookings published his Perils of Proximity: China-Japan Security