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Taiwan presidential candidate to speak at LSE

Mr Chen Shui-bian is to give a public lecture at LSE on Monday 6 December on The Third Way for Taiwan: a new political perspective .

The lecture will be chaired by LSE's Director, sociologist and author of The Third Way, Professor Anthony Giddens.

A former maritime and human rights lawyer, Mr Chen is the Democratic Progressive Party candidate for Taiwan's presidential election in 2000.

Most recently, he served as Mayor of Taipei City from 1994 to 1998, the first Mayor of the city to be democratically elected.

During his time in office, he introduced a crackdown on 'gangster-run businesses' and new measures for controlling traffic, collecting rubbish and tackling housing and prostitution issues.

In this lecture, he will outline his hopes for Taiwan's future development and, of course, 'Third Way' solutions to crucial issues in Taiwan.

His lecture will be given in Mandarin with a simultaneous translation. It will be held at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A.

To reserve a ticket, please contact LSE's public lecture ticket unit (quoting the 'Taiwan Lecture'), administered by Sadler's Wells box office, on 0171 863 8222.



The lecture is open to the press. There will also be short press briefing from 6-6.20pm in the Vera Anstey Room at LSE. For information or to attend, please contact:

Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 0171 955 7582.

Or to arrange an interview/special report on the speaker, contact Dr G J Huang, President of the Taiwanese Association in the United Kingdom (TAIUK) on 0378 303122.


  • A law graduate from the National Taiwan University, Mr Chen was a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Democratic Progressive Party for seven years, held various posts with the Legislative Yuan, including Co-Chairman of the National Defense Committee, and was Chairman of the Formosa Foundation for four years.
  • LSE hosts a number of prestigious public lectures each term, with recent international speakers including Romano Prodi, Gordon Brown and Amartya Sen.

16 November 1999