Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Kroc Center 
424 Westfield St
Greenville, SC 29601

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As Tensions Rise Between China and Taiwan, What Role Do We Play?

     US-China relations are dangerously strained. Perhaps no other issue threatens to destabilize the peace in the Indo-Pacific as much as the status of Taiwan. Taiwan--now a flourishing democracy, the United States’ 8th largest trade partner, and the world’s largest producer of semiconductor chips—has watched China’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong with trepidation. The Chinese government vehemently opposed Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August and launched its largest military exercises to date in response. Has the United States changed its strategy toward Taiwan? Will tensions in the Taiwan Straits turn violent, threatening global peace and economic stability? Dr. Kate Kaup, James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies/Politics and International Affairs at Furman University provides background on US-China-Taiwan relations and assesses the likely trajectory of increasing tensions in the South China Seas.
     Katherine “Kate” Palmer Kaup is James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies/Politics and International Affairs at Furman University. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University ’89  and an M.A./Ph.D ’97 from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on ethnic minorities, rule of law, and human rights developments in China. She is the author of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China and several articles and chapters on ethnic minorities, and is editor and contributor to the textbook  Understanding Contemporary Asia (2nd edition 2021).  Kaup serves on the Board of Directors for the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She has served as special adviser for Minority Nationalities Affairs at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yunnan Minzu University, Visiting Scholar at the Guangxi Ethnic Affairs Commission, and PI/Program Director for several federally-funded Chinese language programs and for the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment at Furman.

Please plan to join us for this
Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 pm
Presentations generally run from 12:00-1:30 with plenty of time
to have a lively discussion and ask your specific questions of our speaker after the presentation.
Where: Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville SC 
When: Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 pm
Cost: $14.00 and includes your choice of lunch.