Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan

Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan

by John F. Copper

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Overview

Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan by John F. Copper

One of the most pressing issues for China—and the world at large—is the continuing presence of an independence-minded Taiwan off China's southern coast. Recent modernization efforts within the Chinese military and tough remarks by Chinese officials have alarmed many in Washington, and caused others to question America's commitments in the region.

Copper details events of recent decades to give the reader a complete picture of potential flash points concerning Taiwan. An expert who has studied the region for more than thirty years, he saw firsthand the turmoil that followed the recent Taiwanese elections. Drawing upon his interdisciplinary research on the political, economic, and military issues surrounding the U.S.-Taiwan-China triangle, he assesses the various aspects of this complex relationship and comments on what may come from playing with fire.

Daily headlines and news stories remark upon the growing economic might of China. Analysts note that this increasing economic influence will undoubtedly lead to increasing political engagement on a global level. It is clear that the United States can no longer ignore what Napoleon called the sleeping giant.

One of the most pressing issues for China—and the world at large—is the continuing presence of an independence-minded Taiwan off China's southern coast. Recent modernization efforts within the Chinese military and tough remarks by Chinese officials have alarmed many in Washington, and caused others to question America's commitments in the region.

Copper details events of recent decades to give the reader a complete picture of potential flash points concerning Taiwan. An expert who has studied the region for more than thirty years, he saw firsthand the turmoil that followed the recent Taiwanese elections. Drawing upon his interdisciplinary research on the political, economic, and military issues surrounding the U.S.-Taiwan-China triangle, he assesses the various aspects of this complex relationship and comments on what may come from playing with fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275988883
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Series: Praeger Security International Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John F. Copper is Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He is the author of more than twenty books and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The 1996 Missile Crisis

Prelude to the Missile Crisis

The Tiananmen Massacre

The U.S. Sells F-16 Fighter Planes to Taipei

President Lee Visits His Alma Mater

America's China Threat Debate; China's America Threat Debate

After the Crisis

Taiwan's 1996 Election

President Clinton Visits China

The Taiwan Relations Act is Refurbished

The Missile Defense Issue

The Present Standoff

President Lee Comments That Taipei-Beijing Talks Should be Nation-to-Nation

Taiwan's 2000 Election

Taiwan's 2004 Election

Conclusions

The Future of U.S. China/Taiwan Policy

What People are Saying About This

June Teuful Dreyer

"A lucid account of Sino-American-Taiwanese diplomacy since the Tiananmen Incident of 1989. Copper provides a chilling look at what could happen in this highly volatile part of the world if mechanisms for conflict resolution fail."

Dennis V. Hickey

"A timely and important work by one of the world's foremost authorities on the politics of Taiwan and China. A must read for anyone interested in East Asian security."

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