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Past Event

Taiwan: The Unavoidable U.S.-China Flashpoint?

As U.S.-China tensions have ratcheted up, Taiwan has taken center stage in the international spotlight. Between trade wars, global supply chain chaos and the massive focus on semiconductors to power today’s technologies and advanced AI of the future, Taiwan has emerged as an indispensable global economy with a complex history and identity. The result: the island is increasingly an arena for U.S.-China competition.

Commonwealth Club World Affairs hosts Ingrid Larson, managing director at the American Institute in Taiwan, to delve into the latest developments in Taiwan with one of the highest-ranking U.S. officials engaged on these issues everyday.

What do Taiwan’s January election results mean for the island’s relationships with both mainland China and the United States? With Congressional bickering and gridlock interfering with U.S. support internationally, is the United States helping or hurting Taiwan? How do the people of Taiwan live day-to-day in the shadow of this uneasy peace?

Don’t miss this limited-capacity, Chatham House Rule discussion (see definition below) to explore how the United States aims to maintain its relationship with China while providing security assurances to Taiwan and avoid deadly escalation.

The American Institute in Taiwan is a nonprofit, private corporation established in 1979 by the Taiwan Relations Act to support the continuation of relations with Taiwan after the United States changed its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.


The Chatham House Rule helps create a trusted environment to understand and resolve complex problems. Its guiding spirit is: share the information you receive, but do not reveal the identity or the affiliation of who said it. 

March 7, 2024

Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Ingrid Larson

Managing Director, American Institute in Taiwan

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Laura Stone

Visiting Scholar. APARC, and China Policy Fellow, The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies