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Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 12:00 - 13:30

"Taiwan's options in a Changing Asia-Pacific"
Annette (Hsiu-lien) Lu
Former Vice President of the Republic of China
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 Relations with the Chinese mainland are the most contentious political issue in Taiwan. Under the presidency of Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan's relations with China have become closer than at any time since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. In fact, the economic ties have become so close that many in Taiwan fear that their island has become vulnerable to Beijing's extortion.

 Annette Lu is a leading advocate for the independence of Taiwan and a member of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. From 2000 to 2008 she was Vice-President under then President Chen Shui-bian. Her outspokenness for Taiwan's independence, even while in office, enraged China's top politicians and state media. Lately, however, she has also called on her party to spend more time understanding mainland China.

 During the martial law period, Annette Lu was imprisoned for more than five years for her role in the fight for democracy for Taiwan. Amnesty International recognized her as a prisoner of conscience. Furthermore, she is a prominent activist and advocate for women's rights.

 In late November 2014, the DPP won the so-called "9 in 1" local and regional elections. Many observers see a good chance for the party to return to power on a national level in next year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

 With China's rise, the territorial disputes in the East China and South China Seas and the U.S. pivot to Asia, Taiwan finds itself once again in the middle of the geostrategic shifts that are taking in East Asia. With her long experience and knowledge of Taiwanese politics, Annette Lu will analyze cross-strait relations and explain what are Taiwan’s best options in a changing Asia-Pacific Area.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: roast chicken with basil sauce.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

 *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。

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