Report of the Strategic Security Issues Delegation to Taiwan and the People's Republic of China (PRC)

| June 22 - July 1, 2008

Beijing, China -- From June 23-30, 2008, PDP Co-Directors William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter led a bipartisan civilian/military delegation to Taipei and Beijing to discuss Cross-Strait issues, regional security concerns, and the U.S.-China strategic relationship. The meetings were planned in coordination with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies (CFISS).

The group met with Taiwan's top leaders, including President Ma Ying-jeou, Vice President Vincent Siew, National Security Council Secretary General Su Chi, Defense Minister Chen Chao-min, Foreign Minister Francisco Ou, Chairperson of the Mainland Affairs Council Lai Shin-yuan, KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, and DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen. They also met with key Chinese officials at the Central Military Commission, including General Xu Caihou, Major General Chen Xiaogong, and Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, as well as President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Mr. Chen Yunlin, and Lt. General Liu Chengjun at the Academy of Military Science (AMS).

The PDP delegation continued the discussion of Cross-Strait affairs with mainland Chinese colleagues during a two day workshop held at the Diaoyutai Chinese State Guesthouse in Beijing. This was the ninth meeting of the Track II dialogue, bringing together defense, diplomatic, military, and academic leaders from the United States and China to discuss critical issues in the U.S.-China relationship.

Members of the 2008 PDP delegation included: Secretary William J. Perry, Admiral Joseph Prueher, Ambassador Robert Blackwill, Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Stephen A. Orlins, Hsu Ta-lin, Dr. David Lampton, Dr. Kurt Campbell, Dr. Ashley Tellis, Dr. Evan Medeiros, Jan Berris, Deborah Gordon, and Jennifer Bulkeley.

The full text of the trip report is available below:

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For Academic Citation: William J. Perry, Joseph Prueher, Robert Blackwill, Ashton B. Carter, Stephen A. Orlins, David M. Lampton, Kurt Campbell, Ashley Tellis, Evan Medeiros, and Jan Berris.. “Report of the Strategic Security Issues Delegation to Taiwan and the People's Republic of China (PRC).” , June 22 - July 1, 2008.

The Authors

Ash Carter