Richmond World Affairs Council

Taiwan’s Challenges For Three Presidents: Trump, Tsai, & Xi Jinping

  • The Empire Room, Jefferson Hotel
  • 05:30pm-07:30pm

  • September 11, 2017

Harry Harding is University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia and a Visiting Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. A specialist on Asia, his major publications include Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1966; China’s Second Revolution: Reform After Mao; A Fragile Relationship: the United States and China Since 1972; and the chapter on the Cultural Revolution in the Cambridge History of China. Harding was the founding dean of UVa’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy between 2009 and 2014. Before coming to Virginia, he held appointments at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution and was Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He was vice-chairman of the Asia Foundation and has served on the boards of several other non-profit and educational organizations, as well as a member of the Defense Policy Board and the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation. A graduate of Princeton in public and international affairs, he received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford.

Shirley Lin teaches political science at the University of Virginia and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her book on Taiwan’s cross-Strait economic policy was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. Her current research focuses on the high income trap in East Asia. Shirley graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Lin retired as a partner of Goldman Sachs, where she led the Principal Investment Area for Asia ex-Japan and spearheaded investments in many technology start-ups. Previously, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in China and Singapore. Shirley has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies, and currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments and Mercuries Life Insurance. She is a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation for the Hong Kong Government and advises the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Crestview Partners.

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