March China Seminar (Postponed until further notice)

To FEWC Members and China Seminar attendees,

After much consideration, we have reluctantly made the decision to postpone Thursday’s China Seminar until further notice. 

Due to the many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 virus it was determined that it is in the best interest for our participants and communities to postpone this event.

We apologize to everyone who signed up and looked forward to this event.

Those who paid their registration online or sent in their payment by mail will receive their refund.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Friends of the East-West Center.


Thursday, 12 March, 2020, 12 noon (Postponed until further notice)


Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu


Taiwan’s Path, 2020


James F. Moriarty

Taiwan’s transition from a one-party state under martial law to a vibrant democracy is one of the most inspiring stories of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  At the same time, the cross-strait relationship between Taiwan and the PRC is frequently described as the most likely flash-point in the increasingly tense U.S.-China relationship.  How has Taiwan gotten to where it is today, and where will it likely be headed tomorrow?

In October 2016, Ambassador Jim Moriarty became Chairman of the Board of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the non-profit set up by Congress in 1979 to oversee the unofficial relationship between Taiwan and the United State.  Jim was a U.S. diplomat for 36 years, including two tours as Ambassador (Nepal and Bangladesh) and a stint as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council.  Jim served for five years each in Taipei and Beijing, including as head of the political sections at both AIT and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  Jim will be speaking in his personal capacity.  His remarks will be strictly off the record.