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First cross-strait research center to be inaugurated

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The nation’s first research center on cross-strait security is to be inaugurated on Thursday, National Chengchi University (NCCU) said yesterday.

The center will be funded by the US MacArthur Foundation, which is named after US insurance entrepreneur John MacArthur.

At a press conference, the center’s chief executive officer, Liu Fu-kuo (劉復國), said it would be dedicated to research on cross-strait peace and security.

The think tank-style center consists of four sections, responsible for cross-strait peace studies, national security studies, unconventional security issues, such as epidemic threats, and national defense studies, Liu said.

Liu said the center would serve as a platform for Taiwanese and Chinese academics specializing in national security to engage in dialogue.

“We will help young people [on both sides of the Taiwan Strait] understand each other,” said Francis Kan (甘逸驊), whose research team will be in charge of cross-strait security research.

Center director Cheng Tuan-yao (鄭端耀) said the foundation would provide a three-year grant to sponsor research as part of its US$68 million Asia Security Initiative. Cheng said it was rare for an international foundation to offer funding to a Taiwanese academic organization, adding that “this is great recognition of Taiwan’s academic research.”

Cheng said the center’s goal would be to influence the policies of China, Taiwan and the US.

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