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Taiwan's Election and the Challenges for Cross-Strait Relations

January 19, 2016

On Saturday January 16, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won an unprecedented victory in the island's elections, with voters electing both the DPP's presidential candidate - Tsai Ing-wen - and, for the first time ever, an absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan.

Below, faculty at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies provide their analysis of how Taiwan's election may effect cross-strait relations, regional stability, and Taiwan's future as a democratic state. Full articles can be read on our blog

A Word from Director Michael A. Szonyi

A Word from Director Michael A. Szonyi

January 15, 2016

Like many college professors, every fall I enjoy reading the latest edition of Beloit College’s “Mindset List,” which offers a benchmark for what the incoming freshmen have and have not experienced.  For the Class of 2019, the Daily Show has always been a leading source of news; Bill Gates has always been the wealthiest man in the U.S., and women have always played professional basketball.  China doesn’t usually make the list, but it’s interesting to think about what a China version of the “Mindset List” might look like.  For the Class of 2019, Hong Kong has always been part of China; …

Michael A. Szonyi appointed new Director of the Fairbank Center

Michael A. Szonyi appointed new Director of the Fairbank Center

November 18, 2015

Michael A. Szonyi appointed Director of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

November 18, 2015

Michael A. Szonyi, Professor of Chinese History, has been appointed Director of Harvard’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Szonyi’s appointment begins on January 1, 2016.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Dean of Social Sciences, Claudine Gay, announced Professor Szonyi’s appointment after consulting with senior faculty in the department.

What does Xi-Ma's meeting mean for China-Taiwan relations?

What does Xi-Ma's meeting mean for China-Taiwan relations?

November 7, 2015

On Saturday November 7, 2015 the Presidents of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Republic of China, Ma Ying-Jeou, will meet face-to-face. This historic and symbolic moment marks the first meeting between sitting leaders of the Mainland and Taiwan in over 60 years.

We asked our faculty, associates and students to offer their opinions on the historic Ma-Xi meeting, what this might mean for the future of cross-strait relations, and how this meeting might influence the upcoming Taiwanese presidential election.