ISBN-10:
0674060520
ISBN-13:
9780674060524
Pub. Date:
03/18/2011
Publisher:
Harvard
Strait Talk: United States-Taiwan Relations and the Crisis with China

Strait Talk: United States-Taiwan Relations and the Crisis with China

by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker
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Overview

Relations among the United States, Taiwan, and China challenge policymakers, international relations specialists, and a concerned public to examine their assumptions about security, sovereignty, and peace. Only a Taiwan Straits conflict could plunge Americans into war with a nuclear-armed great power. In a timely and deeply informed book, Nancy Bernkopf Tucker traces the thorny relationship between the United States and Taiwan as both watch China's power grow.

Although Taiwan-U.S. security has been intertwined since the 1950s, neither Taipei nor Washington ever fully embraced the other. Differences in priorities and perspectives repeatedly raised questions about the wisdom of the alignment. Tucker discusses the nature of U.S. commitments to Taiwan; the intricacies of policy decisions; the intentions of critical actors; the impact of Taiwan's democratization; the role of lobbying; and the accelerating difficulty of balancing Taiwan against China. In particular, she examines the destructive mistrust that undermines U.S. cooperation with Taiwan, stymieing efforts to resolve cross-Strait tensions.

Strait Talk offers valuable historical context for understanding U.S.-Taiwan ties and is essential reading for anyone interested in international relations and security issues today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674060524
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/18/2011
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker was Professor of History at Georgetown University and at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Table of Contents

  • Contents

  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Landscape and Memory
  • In the Context of the Cold War

  1. The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity

    Détente

  2. Taiwan Expendable?
  3. Survival

    Ford’s Tribulations

  4. Collapse and Reprieve

    Moral Imperatives; Military Challenges

  5. Derecognition
  6. Final Act
  7. The Taiwan Relations Act

    Recognizing Your Friends and Enemies

  8. The Reagan Difference
  9. American Assurances

    The End of the Cold War

  10. Shifting Ground

    Search for a New World Order

  11. Change and Continuity
  12. Taiwan Strait Crisis
  13. Setting the Record Straight

    War against Terrorism

  14. The Influence of Democracy

  • Conclusion: The Uses of Adversity
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Interviews
  • Bibliography
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

For nearly six decades, Taiwan has bedeviled U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, complicated the U.S. relationship with the People's Republic of China, and generated domestic passions of unusual intensity. Tucker provides a detailed and fascinating look at the policies and people, the mistakes and triumphs that have shaped U.S. relations with Taiwan. Readers will emerge with a far better appreciation of the reasons why she points to confrontation in the Taiwan Strait as 'the single most dangerous challenge for the United States in the world.'

Shelley Rigger

An important work that will make a strong impact and be widely read. Tucker argues that relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, and between the U.S. and China, are difficult today because successive American administrations knowingly created expectations in Taipei and Beijing that could not be met. She concludes that real progress in these relationships will require the United States to build trust. This book should provoke introspection in Washington, and will help readers everywhere understand this complex relationship.

Shelley Rigger, author of Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy

Alan M. Wachman

A signal contribution to an understanding of the desperately complex diplomatic history of Taiwan and the United States, this will become the 'go-to' book on the cross-Taiwan Strait problem.

Alan M. Wachman, author of Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China's Territorial Integrity

J. Stapleton Roy

For nearly six decades, Taiwan has bedeviled U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, complicated the U.S. relationship with the People's Republic of China, and generated domestic passions of unusual intensity. Tucker provides a detailed and fascinating look at the policies and people, the mistakes and triumphs that have shaped U.S. relations with Taiwan. Readers will emerge with a far better appreciation of the reasons why she points to confrontation in the Taiwan Strait as 'the single most dangerous challenge for the United States in the world.'
J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to China

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