CIR Free Lecture on A Tale of Two Chinas

Subject:  A Tale of Two Chinas

Speaker:  Dr. John Dobson, CIR Board Vice President

Location:  St. John’s Methodist Church

                   1200 Old Pecos Trail

This lecture is free and open to the public.

The tense relationship between the Peoples Republic of China and its rival, the Republic of China, dates from 1949 when Mao’s Red Army forced Chiang Kai-shek and his fellow Nationalists to retreat to Taiwan.  This talk will examine the historical roots of that complicated relationship with an emphasis on how Taiwan has defended its autonomy and achieved remarkable economic growth.  It will also review current conditions on the island, its linkages with the mainland, and its unique international status.


Dr. John Dobson is a diplomatic historian who recently published a book dealing with the evolution of American foreign policy.  He also serves as vice president of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations.  Dr. Dobson will be returning from a leadership tour of Taiwan in October, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and the Taiwanese government.