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Dr. Yao Yuan-Yeh joins illustrious panel discussing US China Relations

Trade, Taiwan and Military Ties in 2024 on Jan. 30

Dr. Yao Yuan-YehDr. Yao Yuan-Yeh, professor and Fayez Sarofim-Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Chair in International Studies and chair of the Department of International Studies and Modern Languages at UST-Houston, participates as a panelist at the Asia Society of Texas event titled “U.S.–China Relations: Trade, Taiwan, and Military Ties in 2024" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77004. A drinks reception will be at 6:30 p.m.

Other panelists included Retired U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers, who served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar; and President of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.–China Relations David J. Firestein, who will serve as moderator.

They will examine the intricacies of the U.S. – China relationship and discuss military ties, trade policies and the impact of Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election.  Tickets are $15; $10 for students and educators with ID, here. 

Dr. Yeh will address the outcomes of the presidential and legislative elections held January 13 in Taiwan that impact the ongoing U.S.-China relationship. His perspective is: “The informal alliance between the U.S. and Taiwan will remain solid, as the incumbent party (Democratic Progressive Party, DPP) will continue its governance for the next four years. However, since the DPP lost the majority status in the legislative chamber, there could be some push and pull on some critical policy items, such as the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Taiwan's trade relationship with China. Nevertheless, Taiwan will still be a valid team player in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and its global competition against China.” 

Dr. Yeh also serves as chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program and director of the Mandarin Center of the Universities of St. Thomas and Wenzao Ursuline at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. He received his Ph.D in Political Science from Texas A&M University.