New Think Tank to Raise Taiwan’s Profile in the U.S.

New Think Tank to Raise Taiwan’s Profile in the U.S.
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Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui has been named honorary adviser to a new U.S.-based think tank.

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), the first major U.S.-based think tank devoted to Taiwan and cross-Strait affairs, is scheduled to start formal operations on Sept. 14. The institute has reportedly raised an initial fund of US$20 million, of which US$3 million was used to purchase a building in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. to serve as its headquarters.

On its Facebook page, the group describes its function as being “a policy incubator for stronger U.S.-Taiwan relations that reflect objective reality, address global change, and engage Taiwan in its own right.”

Robert Y. Lai (賴義雄), a specialist in hydraulic energy who has been active in the Taiwanese-American community, will serve as chairman. During the Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) administration, Lai returned from the U.S., where he had been teaching at the University of Wisconsin, to take up the chairmanship of Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories.

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) has been named GTI’s honorary adviser, and economist Wu Rong-I (吳榮義), Taiwan’s vice premier in 2005-2006, will be honorary chairman.

The News Lens has been authorized to repost this article. The piece was first published by Taiwan Business TOPICS.

(Taiwan Business TOPICS is published monthly by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.)

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole