Roundtable – Challenging Hegemony: Taiwan, the Baltic, and the EU

Lithuania’s recent decision to accept a Taiwan Representative Office has created outsized reverberations across Europe, Asia, and the world. With the decision to utilize the name “Taiwan,” Lithuania has drawn the ire of the People’s Republic of China and thrust Taiwan into the center of European Union politics. Why did Lithuania and the Baltic countries decide to develop closer relations with Taiwan at the cost of alienating China? What does this entail for the future of European relations with Taiwan and China? And what does this shift mean for Taiwan’s international status and future?

Please join us as three scholars from Taiwan and the Baltic discuss the implications of unfolding contemporary events


Chih-Mei Luo
Jean Monnet Chair Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, National Taipei University

Daunis Auers
Professor of European Studies, University of Latvia

Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien
Non-Resident Fellow, Taiwan NextGen Foundation


Guntis Smidchens
Kazickas Family Endowed Professor in Baltic Studies, UW Department of Scandinavian Studies

James Lin
Assistant Professor in Taiwan Studies, UW Jackson School of International Studies