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Taiwan, the United States, and the Hidden History of the Cold War in Asia: Divided Allies
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 / 3-5pm EDT

This presentation explores the challenges which faced the United States and Taiwanese alliance during the Cold War, addressing a wide range of events and influences of the period between the 1950s and 1970s. Tackling seven main topics to outline the fluctuations of the U.S.–Taiwan relationship, Dr. Lin's new book highlights the impact of the mainland counteroffensive, the offshore islands, Tibet, Taiwan’s secret operations in Asia, Taiwan’s Soviet and nuclear gambits, Chinese representation in the United Nations, and the Vietnam War. Utilizing multinational archival research, particularly the newly available materials from Taiwan and the United States, to reevaluate Taiwan’s foreign policy during the Cold War, revealing a pragmatic and opportunistic foreign policy disguised in nationalistic rhetoric. Moreover, this study represents a departure from previous scholarship, emphasizing the dictatorial and incompetent nature of the Chinese Nationalist regime, to provide fresh insights into the nature of U.S.–Taiwan relations.

Speaker: Hsiao-ting Lin (Curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection, and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution)

Chair: Yiching Wu (Associate Professor, Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto)

May 18, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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