Seminar panelists believe
|Professors of Department of Economics and the chair of Center for China Studies. Photo: The Economic Policy Center, College of Social Science.|
|Thomas B. Gold, professor of Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley. Photo: The Economic Policy Center, College of Social Science.|
|Sang-Chul Park, professor of Graduate School of Knowledge-Based Technology and Energy, Korea Polytechnic University. Photo: The Economic Policy Center, College of Social Science.|
By Lin Chun-ming (林君明)
Panelists said during at the Chinese Economic Development and Innovation seminar by National Chengchi University’s (NCCU) Economic Policy Center on Nov. 10 that the new Trump administration will be a great impact for cross-strait relations.
Chiang Min-hsiu (江明修), dean of NCCU’s College of Social Sciences, said that understanding China’s economic development and their innovation under Xi Jin-ping’s (習近平) top-down leadership will help come up with Taiwan’s own foreign policies. But, after Trump’s victory over the election, the U.S. also became an important variable.
“Xi’sChina dream and Trump’s American dream concern the Pacific countries, and the U.S.-China relationship will definitely impact Taiwan,’’ Chiang said.
Thomas Gold, professor of department of Sociology in University of California, Berkeley, said that Xi’s plan is known as “road to rejuvenation,” that Xi determined to make it happen in China.
He noted that Trump's plan to “make America great again’’ is American version of “road to rejuvenation”.
“It’s so difficult for people to predict in any common circumstances how he (Trump) is going to behave,” Gold said.
In the meantime, Lin Chu-chia (林祖嘉), NCCU’s economic professor, said that President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) avoiding 1992 consensus made the cross-strait relations tense, while Taiwan needs to become an ally for other Pacific countries. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) became the fastest solution for Taiwan.
“One thing Donald Trump has mentioned very specifically is that he doesn’t like TPP,” Lin said. “This will make Taiwan’s petition to the TPP more difficult.”