China and Taiwan

China and Taiwan

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Relations between Taiwan and the Peoplei?1/2s Republic of China have oscillated between outright hostility and wary detente ever since the Archipelago seceded from the Communist mainland over six decades ago. While the mainland has long coveted the island, Taiwan has resisted - aided by the United States which continues to play a decisive role in cross-strait relations today. In this comprehensive analysis, noted China specialist Steven Goldstein shows that although relations between Taiwan and its larger neighbor have softened, underlying tensions remain unresolved. These embers of conflict could burst into flames at any point, engulfing the whole region and potentially dragging the United States into a dangerous confrontation with the PRC Guiding readers expertly through the historical background to the complexities of this fragile peace, Goldstein discusses the shifting economic, political and security terrain, and examines the pivotal role played by the United States in providing weapons and diplomatic support to Taiwan whilst managing a complex relationship with an increasingly powerful China. Drawing on a wealth of newly declassified material, this compelling and insightful book is an invaluable guide to one of the worldi?1/2s riskiest, long-running conflicts.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745696104
  • 9780745696102

About Steven M. Goldstein

Steven Goldstein is Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College. He is also the director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University and has been a visiting faculty member at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Columbia University. In the spring of 2012 he was Van Beuren Chair Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Naval War College.show more

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-Trying to understand the history of the China-Taiwan-US triangle is like getting through a maze. The issues are complex. Each government has its own particular policy framework. And there's a bewildering lexicon of terms. For the best guidebook through the maze, read Steve Goldstein's China and Taiwan.- Richard C. Bush, Brookings -In a highly readable narrative, Steven Goldstein provides rare insights not only into current Taiwan society and cross-Strait relations but also the critical underlying historical background. No other source covers that ground so comprehensively yet so accessibly. China and Taiwan is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead.- Alan Romberg, The Stimson Center "Trying to understand the history of the China-Taiwan-US triangle is like getting through a maze. The issues are complex. Each government has its own particular policy framework. And there's a bewildering lexicon of terms. For the best guidebook through the maze, read Steve Goldstein's China and Taiwan." Richard C. Bush, Brookings "In a highly readable narrative, Steven Goldstein provides rare insights not only into current Taiwan society and cross-Strait relations but also the critical underlying historical background. No other source covers that ground so comprehensively yet so accessibly. China and Taiwan is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead." Alan Romberg, The Stimson Center "Trying to understand the history of the China-Taiwan-US triangle is like getting through a maze. The issues are complex. Each government has its own particular policy framework. And there's a bewildering lexicon of terms. For the best guidebook through the maze, read Steve Goldstein's "China and Taiwan."" Richard C. Bush, Brookings "In a highly readable narrative, Steven Goldstein provides rare insights not only into current Taiwan society and cross-Strait relations but also the critical underlying historical background. No other source covers that ground so comprehensively yet so accessibly. "China and Taiwan" is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities ahead." Alan Romberg, The Stimson Centershow more

Table of contents

MapChronologyIntroductionCHAPTER 1: An Island of Unsettled StatusChapter 2: The Cold War in Asia and AfterCHAPTER 3- Normalization and New ProblemsCHAPTER 4- The Challenges of a Democratic TaiwanCHAPTER 5- Period of High DangerCHAPTER 6: Satisfying Washington and BeijingCHAPTER 7- Economic RelationsCHAPTER 8- The Security Dimension NotesReferencesshow more

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