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Taiwan Official to Speak at UAFS

Taiwan Official to Speak at UAFS(Posted: December 23, 2012)

Ambassador Daniel Liao, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, Texas, will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 22 Distinguished Global Speaker Series at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Liao will speak at noon in the Latture Conference Center in the UAFS Business and Industrial Institute. His topic is "Taiwan Update. Go Beyond Borders: Taiwan, U.S. and China Relations." The program is free and open to the public.

Liao will be discussing the future of foreign relations for one of the most critical regions in Asia, according to Takeo Suzuki, executive director of international relations at UAFS.

"Many people wonder what the U.S.'s role in Asia should be," Suzuki said. "This talk will address how the U.S. and Taiwan can work in partnership to build a more stable global community."

In 1971, Taiwan withdrew from the United Nations to yield its seat to China, Suzuki said. Since then, Taiwan has labored to overcome its isolation on the world stage, successfully developing its economy and seeking international recognition.

"For the past four decades, the U.S. has helped maintain cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China," Suzuki said. "So the questions Taiwan and the U.S. face today focus on what the road ahead is and what challenges need to be addressed."

Liao has had many key assignments for the government of Taiwan, including ambassador to Tuvalu, section chief in the Department of African Affairs, deputy director general with the Department of International Organizations and the counselor and charge d'affairs to the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Liao is a graduate of Pacific State University and the National Chung Kung University.

Although there is no fee to attend the lecture, reservations are requested by calling 479-788-7166 or emailing globalstudies@uafs.edu. For more information, contact Suzuki at UAFS, by telephone at 788-7166 or by email at takeo.suzuki@uafs.edu.



Article by: Frank Kelly, Public Information Specialist

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