December 5, 2022

Larus Offers Insight on a China+1 Business Strategy

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, claimed in a WION India documentary that Vietnam, the Philippines and India are in a strong position to benefit from a China+1 diversification strategy, and that India’s future as an alternative to China lies in being a hub for next generation technologies. This and more throughout the program.

Larus also spoke with CNBC for a segment titled “Taiwan polls: The pendulum swings back and forth as it does in other democracies, consultancy says.” Larus discusses the Nov. 27 Taiwan local elections. Watch the segment.

Larus Provides Commentary to Asian News Outlets on U.S. Midterm Elections

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

In her pre-election analysis, Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, indicated that a lot of Americans are upset about inflation, crime, immigration and the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. As a result, everyone had something compelling them to come out and vote in the U.S. Midterm elections.

In Focus Taiwan, Larus projected that the China-Taiwan trilateral relationship will continue to deteriorate after the U.S. Midterm Elections, and that China’s Wolf Warrior diplomacy will continue as diplomats prove their loyalty to Xi Jinping following the CCP’s 20th Party Congress. She also indicated that the Ukraine and Taiwan situations are different and that triangular relations between the U.S., China, and Taiwan will continue to deteriorate regardless of the midterm results. While the U.S. is engaged in offering military assistance to Ukraine, so far U.S. support for Taiwan has been limited to legislation, Congressional visits, and arms sales. Read more.

Larus’ commentary on the subject was also featured on WION India, where she indicated the angst was compelling voters on both sides of the political spectrum to come out and vote in large numbers. Watch now.

She also spoke to WNYC for a story titled “Is Taiwan Indefensible?” “Arguing against the motion is former deputy assistant secretary of defense Elbridge Colby,” the story states, “with Elizabeth Larus of the University of Mary Washington.” Listen now.
 
Dr. Larus also appeared on the China Global Television Network Global Business program, where she indicated that a Republican Congress would continue to support Ukraine against Russia, but would resist being drawn further into the war.

Larus Talks Chinese Politics on WION News Channel

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was a featured guest on the WION Wide Angle special program ” Xi Jinping: Decoding one-man rule” on October 27. Professor Larus claimed that Hu Jintao’s abrupt removal from the CCP’s 20th Party Congress indicates that Chinese leader Xi will not tolerate factional disagreements in Chinese politics and appeared to indicate a dispute over the final slate of Party leadership candidates. She also indicated that Xi appears willing to sacrifice economic growth for stability and continue to persecute religious minorities. Regarding foreign policy, Dr. Larus claimed that China’s diplomats will step up their aggressive tactics, demanding that foreign countries and businesses obey China, and will seek to prevent India from moving further into the U.S. security orbit.

The program is accessible at WION Wideangle | Xi Jinping: Decoding one-man rule – YouTube.

Larus Shares Thoughts on Taiwan With Bloomberg

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus spoke to Bloomberg about Taiwan as a Washington-based consultant on Asia. In the article, titled “Xi’s Fiery Taiwan Rhetoric Raises Risk of War in His Third Term,” Larus says that Xi’s options for keeping up pressure on Taiwan without a war are “endless.” Read more of the Bloomberg article and in the Bangkok Post.

Larus Comments also commented recently on the WION news program Fine Print on the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress. She claimed Xi Jinping will continue China’s Zero-COVID policy because maintaining power is more important for the CCP than economic growth and that China will be more belligerent toward Taiwan in Xi’s third term. Dr. Larus’s comments begin 3:50 minutes into the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktFsqxPNI0o.

Larus Presents Research on U.S.-Taiwan Sister City Diplomacy

Professor Emerita of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Pew David Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College, presented her research 台美姐妹城市的合作 【US-Taiwan Sister City Cooperation】in Chinese at Middlebury College. Dr. Larus found that beyond being a convenient platform for cultural exchanges fostering mutual understanding, sister city relations serves as a useful diplomatic tool. Dr. Larus found that Taiwan local governments nurture relations with rising U.S. political stars who, as future policy makers, are likely to be favorably disposed toward Taiwan.

Larus Debates on Turkish News

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Pew Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College, debated Chinese officials on Turkey’s Turkuvaz Ahaber2 News. Dr. Larus indicated the U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as part of her Asia tour does not constitute a change in the U.S. ‘One China’ Policy. Professor Larus argued that Pelosi travelled to Asia to demonstrate support for democratic allies in the region, not to change the status quo on Taiwan.

Larus Presents Research on U.S.-Taiwan Sister City Relations

Larus research presentation

Larus research presentation

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Pew Davis Fellow at Middlebury College, offered a research presentation 台美姐妹城市的合作 [Taiwan-U.S. Sister City Cooperation] in Chinese at Middlebury College on July 21, 2022. Professor Larus indicated that beyond facilitating cultural exchanges and understanding, sister city cooperation is a useful tool for expanding Taiwan’s diplomatic space.

In addition, Professor Larus also spoke to media for several reports:

On Aug. 1, Professor Larus commented on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan on Germany’s DW broadcast news program and indicated that although Pelosi’s Asia trip is intended to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the peace and security of the region, her stop in Taiwan risks greater Chinese aggression against the island. Read more.

Also on Aug. 1, Larus spoke with Newsy’s August 1 Morning Rush news program and indicated that Pelosi’s visit demonstrates U.S. commitment to a free Taiwan but risks retaliation from China.

Professor Larus offered commentary to Tin Tuc Vietnam news on U.S. President Biden’s July 28 phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and noted that  the high-level exchange demonstrated goodwill between the two sides, which has positive implications for bilateral relations. Read more.

Larus Presents Paper on the End of China’s Rise

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, presented the research paper “American Hegemony and Risen China,” [sic] at the virtual conference “The New Bipolarity: Where Does Canada Fit into the US-China Rivalry?” Carleton University, Ottowa, Canada, May 12, 2022. The conference is available for viewing on YouTube.

Larus Speaks for Talk Show, Panel Discussion

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the April 12 episode of the Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers Xi Jinping’s agenda for China and the importance of Communist Party factions in Chinese politics. Watch the episode.

Larus also participated in the March 31 panel discussion “The Impact of Hong Kong and Taiwan on U.S.-China Relations” organized by the Asia Society and the Bush China Foundation. Professor Larus commented that U.S. businesses in Hong Kong have suffered a double whammy with COVID-19 and implementation of the National Security Law. She also indicated that the threat of military escalation in the Taiwan Strait is real but not immediate, and that the America Competes Act is a response to a national security threat posed by China. The panel discussion is viewable on YouTube.

Larus Comments on Ukraine War on Vietnam News

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, offered commentary on Russia’s war in Ukraine on Vietnam News. Dr. Larus claimed that Ukraine and Russia are locked in a war of attrition and that the war is going to last months or perhaps years. Dr. Larus indicated that supplying Ukraine with NATO arms will help Ukraine fight against Russia but will not lead to a decisive victory, and that it will be difficult for Ukraine, even with NATO arms, to undo the success that Russia has had in taking Mariupol and other areas in the east. Her comments begin at 13 minutes into the program.