Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait / Edition 1

Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait / Edition 1

by Richard C. Bush
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081571288X

ISBN-13: 9780815712886

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

The relationship between Taiwan and China is a paradox. On the one hand, the two economies are becoming increasingly integrated, as Taiwanese companies have come to regard the mainland as the best place to manufacture their products and maintain global competitiveness. On the other hand, the long-running and changing political dispute between the two governments

Overview

The relationship between Taiwan and China is a paradox. On the one hand, the two economies are becoming increasingly integrated, as Taiwanese companies have come to regard the mainland as the best place to manufacture their products and maintain global competitiveness. On the other hand, the long-running and changing political dispute between the two governments remains unresolved. Each side fears the intentions of the other and is acquiring military capabilities to deter disaster. In its pursuit of peace in the Taiwan Strait, the United States could get drawn into a war between the two rivals. Richard C. Bush, whose career has been dedicated to Taiwan-China issues, explores the conflicts between these nations and the difficulties that must be resolved. Disagreements over sovereignty and security form the core of the dispute. What would be the legal status and international role of the Taiwan government in a future unified China? Given China's growing military power, how could Taiwan feel secure? Complicating these issues are domestic politics and international competition, as well as misperceptions on both sides. Thus multiple obstacles prevent the two sides from even getting to the negotiating table, much less reaching a mutually acceptable resolution. For reasons of policy and politics, the United States is constrained from a central role. To begin with, it must provide China with some reassurance about its policy in order to secure cooperation on foreign policy issues. At the same time, it must bolster Taiwan's political confidence and military deterrence while discouraging provocative actions. The arcane nature of this dispute severely restricts the role of the United States as conflict mediator. But if there is to be any solution to this conflict, the comprehensive analysis that this book provides will be required reading for effective policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815712886
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Introduction1
2Getting to the Present14
3Economic Cooperation, Political Deadlock27
4The Sovereignty Issue81
5The Security Issue107
6Domestic Politics and Cross-Strait Relations142
7Decisionmaking Systems199
8The Leverage Game225
9The U.S. Factor245
10Muting Pressures, Reconciling Differences266
11If a Settlement Is Not Possible?305
12Choices Ahead340
Notes349
Index405

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