Stanford conference to examine economic and trading pact in East Asia


Taipei, capital of Taiwan, skyline at night.

On October 11-12, the Taiwan Democracy Project at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law is holding its eighth annual conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Taiwan’s future development strategy at Stanford University. Hosted in cooperation with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the two-day conference will bring together scholars and policy-makers from around the world to examine the free trade agreement that has the potential to reshape economic relations in the region for the coming decades.

Under current negotiation by 12 Pacific Rim countries, the TPP is a free trade agreement that would enhance trade, investments, innovation and economic development among the TPP countries. Speakers and conference participants will examine the evolution of the TPP with the addition of new countries and its potential new economic and strategic framework for the region. With strong implications for the balance of power in East Asia, the conference will also address the perspective of other key countries in the region including: Japan, Korea, Singapore and the People’s Republic of China.

Speakers will include Vinod Aggarwal, professor of political science and director of the Berkeley Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center at the University of California. Aggarwal will present a broad overview of trends in regional trade and trading partnerships as part of the opening panel entitled, “How the Economic andTrading Environment of East Asia is Evolving.”

Hung-Mao Tien, the president and board chairman of the Institute for National Policy Research, a private think-tank based in Taipei, will chair a panel on Taiwan’s development for the next phase of the negotiations. Tien previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), the representative ambassador to the United Kingdom and presidential advisor to former President Lee Teng-hui.

The conference will conclude with a two-part panel on Taiwan’s future strategy and the future of the TPP that will include Jeffrey Schott, a senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C. 

Conference papers are available for review here

All sessions will be held at Stanford University's Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall (616 Serra Street) and are free and open to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP here to attend. The latest agenda can be found here