The Hon. Earl Blumenauer
Representative (D-OR)

The Hon. Charles W. Boustany Jr.
Representative (R-LA)

Charles Lane
Editorial Writer
The Washington Post

Please join the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for a discussion with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-Louisiana). This session will be moderated by Charles Lane, editorial writer at the Washington Post.

Congressmen Blumenauer and Boustany will discuss the current state of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and its significance for the Asia-Pacific region and geopolitics. The TPP, an ambitious trade agreement among twelve countries in the Asia-Pacific region, will play a major role in strengthening the economic and security integration in the Asia-Pacific. If agreed, it would be one of the largest free trade agreements in US history. What does the TPP mean for Asian allies, including Taiwan? Taiwan is not currently part of the twelve-nation agreement, but would like to be. Recently, Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said “Taiwan is doing the right thing” by trying to join the US-backed trade bloc. How will the TPP impact the US-Taiwan-China trilateral relationship?

This event is part of the Cross-Straits series of the Brent Scowcroft Center’s Asia Security Initiative, which examines strategic and current affairs surrounding cross-straits relations.