The Second Long March: Struggling Against the Chinese Communists Under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution

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This work, written by an expert in the politics of Mainland China and Taiwan, looks at the role the Constitution of the Republic of China has played in the development of Taiwan since 1949 and its potential influence on the People's Republic of China.

The Chinese Communists conducted the first long march for the sake of the majority of Chinese people, with the victory of MAO Zedong. In the second long march, CHIANG Kai-shek and his successors tried to convert the Chinese ...

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Overview

This work, written by an expert in the politics of Mainland China and Taiwan, looks at the role the Constitution of the Republic of China has played in the development of Taiwan since 1949 and its potential influence on the People's Republic of China.

The Chinese Communists conducted the first long march for the sake of the majority of Chinese people, with the victory of MAO Zedong. In the second long march, CHIANG Kai-shek and his successors tried to convert the Chinese mainland from a Communist, totalitarian system, into a democratic, prosperous one by relying on the spirit of the Republic of China (ROC) constitution and by setting itself as a good example, in gradually guaranteeing freedom and democracy. Needless to say, this march is long and difficult.

The Second Long March challenges other models and theories on the study of the relationship between  the ROC (Taiwan area) and mainland China or the People's Republic of China (PRC) since China became politically (as opposed to legally) divided in December 1949. Arguably, it is the ROC Constitution that has helped ROC citizens to live in a non-Communist or anti-Communist political system. Actively promoting democracy and freedom on the Chinese mainland (neidi) can further guarantee the Taiwan area's survival.

The book will provide valuable scholarship of interest to anyone researching the political history of China and its prospects for democratization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826430106
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Kien-hong YU is Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Sarawak, Malaysia. He also was Director of the Graduate School of International Affairs at Ming Chuan University, Professor at the National Sun Yat-sen University, and Senior Research fellow at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of over 15 books in both English and Chinese and over 90 journal articles and book chapters published in the West.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks

Chapter 2: The CHIANG Kai-shek March: A Straight Line

Chapter 3: The YAN Chia-kan March: A Short Line

Chapter 4: The CHIANG Ching-kuo March: A Meandering Line

Chapter 5: The LEE Teng-hui March: A Zig-Zag Line

Chapter 6: The CHEN Shui-bian March: A Forced, Untrodden Split Line with Sideroads

Chapter 7: Conclusion: Future Prospects

List of Important Documents

Bibliography

Index

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