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Insights on the 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election

AmCham Special Luncheon

Panel Discussion: What are the main issues in Taiwan’s presidential, parliament elections?

By mid-July, both of Taiwan’s major political parties are expected to have picked their presidential candidates. A panel of some of the most astute observers of Taiwanese politics will share their views about the race. What will be the differences in the candidates’ economic policies? How much will cross-Straits relations figure into the campaign? If an independent candidate, such as Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, enters the race, how could that affect the race? Will the ongoing US-China trade tensions and unrest in Hong Kong influence the election? What will be the major issues and themes of the election for the Legislative Yuan?  These questions and many more will be part of this lively discussion.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS (in alphabetical order):

Huang, Alexander Chieh-cheng 

Associate Professor, Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Tamkang University

Professional Experience:

Deputy Minister, Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, ROC
Director, Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University


PhD, Political Science, George Washington University
MSFS, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
MA, Institute of Strategic Studies, Tamkang University
BA, Political Science, Soochow University


Dr. William A. Stanton

Founding Director, the Center for Asia Policy (CAP), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan / Former AIT Director

Dr. William A. Stanton has served since July 2013 as the founding Director of the Center for Asia Policy (CAP) at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan and as the university’s first George K.C. Yeh Distinguished Chair Professor of General Studies. CAP is a small think tank focused on increasing public engagement by NTHU and Taiwan with international affairs and supporting the efforts of Taiwanese policymakers. From October 2014 through January 2016, Stanton also served as NTHU’s Senior Vice President for Global Affairs.

Stanton previously served for 34 years as a U.S. diplomat. His final posting was as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2009-2012). Stanton’s other senior assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea. (2006-09) and at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia (2003-06). During the latter assignment, he held the position of Chargé d’affaires ad interim for some 23 months. His other Asia-related experience included two three-year assignments (1987-90 and 1995-98) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the second as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs; Deputy Director for the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs; and Special Assistant for East Asia and Pacific Affairs for the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He also served in Lebanon and Pakistan and in several other Washington positions, including as Director of the Office of UN Political Affairs and Director of the Office of Egyptian and North African Affairs.

Stephen Yates

CEO, DC International Advisory

Steve Yates has had a distinguished career navigating policy decision-making process across politics and government, and shares insight from that career with audiences around the world. He has an unmatched range of experience with grassroots, state-wide, national and international political operations, as well as geopolitical risk and government policy.
Steve is currently the CEO of DC International Advisory, analyzing strategic risk and public policy in key regions world wide. He has also served as a senior advisor to presidential campaigns and as Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party. During his time with the Republican Party, Steve was an active member of the Republican National Committee, serving as co-chair of the 2016 Republican Platform Subcommittee on National Security.
Previously, Steve served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure in government, he was deeply involved in the development and execution of U.S. foreign policy priorities. Steve provided direct support to the Vice President and his national security advisor for White House deliberations.


William Foreman

President, AmCham Taipei

William Foreman spent the first half of his career in journalism, working for The Associated Press in the U.S. and Greater China. For two years, he served as an international editor in the company’s headquarters in New York. He was posted to Taipei as a bureau chief in 1999. His role was expanded in 2004 to include Hong Kong and Macau. The AP promoted Foreman to South China Chief in 2007 and transferred him to Guangzhou, where he set up the company’s first bureau in the city.
In 2010, Foreman was awarded the Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he spent an academic year studying Korean and taking MBA courses in leadership and crisis management.
The university eventually hired Foreman to develop and execute the institution’s first international communications strategy. After six years, he left the university to be the director of public relations at Heifer International, an NGO doing economic development projects in 26 countries throughout Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Foreman returned to Taiwan in 2018 to serve as the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

Contact Person: Mia Shih (02) 2718-8226 ext. 311 / [email protected]


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July 17, 2019 (Wednesday)
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
NT$1400 – NT$2000


Regent Taipei, 4F VIP 1 / 台北晶華酒店4樓 貴賓廳一
41 Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Taipei /台北市中山北路二段41號 + Google Map