12-18-18 Neil Hare spoke about the newly formed Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce (TACC). The TACC, which opened in September 2018, brings together businesses, trades people, thought leaders and community representatives in order to develop and facilitate trade and economic ties between Taiwan and the US. Taiwan is an island off the coast of China with a population of 25 million. They have been under foreign domination during most of the last four hundred years. Democratic reforms in the 1980’s led to the first-ever direct presidential election in 1996. There is a “strategic ambiguity” about Taiwan’s status. China claims it as a province, and most countries, including the US do not recognize it as a country. Yet it has succeeded so far in maintaining a certain political and economic distance from China.