The Fifth Annual Conference on

»Sino-European Relations and Cross-Strait Relations«

May 31 - June 2, 2008

Co-organized by
Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP, Berlin)
Taiwan Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal Government (Xiamen, China)
With kind support of Robert Bosch Foundation (Stuttgart)


Venue and Accommodation

Accommodation: Hai Yu Building

Conference: International Meeting Hall II, III, the second floor of Lingyun Pavilion
No. 101,Yuehua Road, Huli District, Xiamen, China 361006
Tel: 0592-6023333

Saturday, May 31


Reception Dinner hosted by Xiamen Municipal Government
Venue: International Meeting Hall I, The second floor of Lingyun Pavilion

Sunday, June 1


Opening Remarks
Chair: Prof. Ye Jiang
Speakers: Mr. Wu Mingzhe, Director-General of Taiwan Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal Government
Prof. Yang Jiemian, President of Shanghai Institute for International Studies


Session 1: »The two elections in Taiwan in 2008 and their impacts«
Chair: Prof. Wu Nengyuan
Speakers: Prof. Xu Shiquan
Dr. Dafydd Fell: »A Critical Election: Taiwan's 2008 Legislative Election in Comparative Perspective«
Prof. Yan Anlin: »Prospects of Cross-Taiwan-Strait Relations after MA Ying-jeou Assumed the Reins of Government«
Dr. Hermann Halbeisen: »After the 2008 Elections: Domestic Politics on Taiwan«


Coffee Break


Chair: Dr. Gudrun Wacker


Lunch (Green Yard Coffee Shop, the second floor of Xinyue Building)


Session 2: »Prospects for Cross-strait relations and external actors«
Chair: Prof. Tom Hart
Dr. Gudrun Wacker: »Cross-Strait Relations and External Actors: The EU and the US«
Dr. Christopher R. Hughes: »The Implications of Taiwan's 2008 Presidential Election for Cross-Strait Relations: The Foundations for a New Regionalism?«
Prof. Feng Zhongping
Dr. Franz Jessen


Coffee Break


Chair: Prof. Zhou Hong


Seminar adjourns


Group photograph


Venue: Banquet Hall, the first floor of Lingyun Pavilion

Monday, June 2


Session 3: »Policy discussion and suggestions«
Chair: Prof. Xing Hua: »The Prospects of China-Europe Relations and the Element of Taiwan Question«
Speakers: Prof. Zhou Hong
Prof. Tom Hart: »Can the coming cross-strait negotiations be successfully managed? Reflections and questions on compromise, timing and flexibility«
Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan: »Policy Discussion and Suggestions about the Relations Across the Taiwan Strait: A European-French Perspective«
Prof. Ye Jiang: »A brief discussion of the Impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on EU's policy towards Taiwan«


Coffee Break


Chair: Prof. Yu Xintian: »A Fresh Opportunity for Cross-Strait Relations«


Chair: Prof. Yu Xintian
Speakers: Dr. Gudrun Wacker
Prof. Yang Jiemian


Lunch (Green Yard Coffee Shop, the second floor of Xinyue Building)

Mandarin Hotel Xiamen

SWP Comments

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Colombia’s Peace and Venezuela’s Turmoil

An Emerging Regional Crisis Landscape in South America

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Cyprus After Elections

Recapturing the Crans Montana Momentum for Peace Negotiations

SWP Research Papers

Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Michael Mehling
Mobilising Trade Policy for Climate Action under the Paris Agreement

Options for the European Union

Marianne Beisheim, Anne Ellersiek
Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transformative, Inclusive and Accountable?