Taiwan's Security Policy

Taiwan's Security Policy : External Threats and Domestic Politics

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Confounding expectations, Taiwan is reducing its military spending even as its sole adversary, the People's Republic of China, modernizes its military and significantly increases its defense budget. Michael Chase examines the key factors that have shaped Taiwan's security policy over a span of three decades.Chase explores both the role of US security assurances in formulating Taiwan's defense policy and the profound influence that domestic politics has played. He also considers the context of cross-Strait relations and the implications of Taiwan's security choices for potential instability and conflict in the region and beyond. Relying on extensive Chinese-language sources and interviews, he offers the most definitive treatment of Taiwan's security policy to date.This book explores the key external and domestic factors shaping Taiwan's current security policy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 72mm | 1,542.23g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588265668
  • 9781588265661

Table of contents

The Puzzle of Taiwan's Security Policy.; The Chronological Picture.; China's Approach to Taiwan: 1980-1999.; Democratization and Security in Taiwan.; China's Taiwan Policy and Military Modernization Since 2000.; Current Defense Policy in Taiwan.; Focusing on Key Factors.; US-Taiwan Security Ties.; Threat Perceptions.; Domestic Politics.; Conclusion.; Implications for Regional Security and US-Taiwan Relations.show more

About Michael S. Chase

Michael S. Chase is assistant professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the US Naval War College.show more

Review quote

"Chase uses a rich tapestry of sources to provide a provocative, deeply descriptive, and highly analytical examination of Taiwan's defense policy." - T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University "This important book provides a tremendous amount of new information; the analysis is subtle, balanced, and persuasive." - Shelley Rigger, Davidson College"show more