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President Ma to have video conference with U.S. scholars

President Ma to have video conference with U.S. scholars about Taiwan's diplomacy

President Ma Ying-jeou has been invited by Stanford University to deliver a speech through video conferencing on the topics of cross-Taiwan Strait issues and Taiwan-U.S. ties, according to a statement released by the Presidential Office.

The meeting, which will bring together several academia heavyweights from the areas of politics, diplomacy and security, is scheduled to take place April 16 at 1 p.m., New Zealand time.

Ma will talk about how Taiwan is achieving cross-strait peace and how it improved its relations with the U.S. He will also take questions from the participants after the speech.

The conference will be hosted by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and participants will include Larry Diamond, director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, Francis Fukuyama, a professor at Stanford, and Gary Roughead, former chief of U.S. Naval Operations.

It will be Ma's fourth video conference of this kind with U.S. academicians. He had similar ones with Harvard University in 2010 and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, in 2009 and 2011.

The conference will be broadcast live on the websites of the Presidential Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei-based Radio Taiwan International Stanford University.


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