Media Advisory

Former Taiwanese official to address Taiwan, China relations

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651

10 September 2009

ATTENTION: Writers and editors covering Asian, international, economic and political affairs


Relations between Taiwan and China will be the focus of the keynote address by Lien Chan, the former vice president of Taiwan, at a University of California, Berkeley, conference examining Taiwan's history and its outlook in light of the country's evolving relationship with China.

"Sixty Years of Cross-Strait Relations: From Conflict to Conciliation" is the title of Lien's talk at the conference to be hosted by the Institute of East Asian Studies. A complete agenda can be found at


4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17


The Heyns Room at the Faculty Club, near the center of campus. A map is online at


In addition to serving as the vice president of Taiwan from 1996-2000, Lien was chair of the Republic of China's founding and ruling party, the Kuomintang, from 2000-2005. He is now its honorary chair and heads the Lien Chan Foundation for Peace and Development.

In 2005, Lien met with Hu Jintao, leader of the Communist Party of China, marking the highest level exchange between Taiwan and mainland China in more than 50 years.


Credentialed reporters wishing to attend the conference must R.S.V.P. to Caverlee Cary at UC Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies at and submit in writing any questions for Lien by noon, Tuesday, Sept. 15. Space is limited. Following Lien's talk, there will be a brief photo opportunity with Lien for the media.