The Future of United States, China, and Taiwan Relations
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Relations across the Taiwan Strait were unstable for decades before May 2008. Several acknowledged "crises" raised the possibility of war between China and the US and/or Taiwan and at times political disputes wracked the US-Taiwan relationship. Nevertheless, the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979 helped maintain peace by deterring coercive actions by China against the island.
to the central leadership in Beijing where the idea began to catch on. While most of Professor Yu’s Draft never made it into the final law, several sections did, including the verbiage on “nonpeaceful means” of unifying Taiwan with China. Beijing Embraces “Unification Law” The “legitimacy” of a “unification law”—and hence its authority— presumably comes from the legislative process in the National People’s Congress (NPC), the “highest organ of state power,” according to China’s constitution
with the Bush administration’s evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK. Its nuclear weapons will remain nuclear deterrent for self-defense under any circumstances. The present reality proves that only powerful strength can protect justice and truth.45 More than a week after North Korea’s bombshell, the Chinese foreign ministry was still confining itself to comments such as it was “studying the situation” and urging all sides to be “sincere” and “patient.” At a press briefing on
insure the continued independent existence of Taiwan, if that is the will of its people.” See Taiwan: Hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate for February 5,6,7,8,21 and 22, 1979. Deconcini at p. 415, Javits at p. 420. 9. Wang Jisi, “Impact of U.S. Strategic Adjustment on Sino-U.S. Relations,” Beijing Xuexi Shibao, Internet version, August 16, 2004. 10. See, for example, the difference between the State Department’s stance— Deputy Secretary of State Richard
the Pan-Blue camp in Taiwan did not end after the 2004 presidential election. In fact, it continued after the 2008 presidential election, with cross-Strait relations being the main focus of contention between the two main parties. The Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) have different interpretations of the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. “One China, two Taiwans” is a concept that was proposed by some academics in Taiwan to depict the real struggle of the two major
9780230112780_01_prexx.indd xiv 3/14/2011 8:13:41 PM FOREWORD xv Power and interests may simply result in coercion. One actor uses force or the threat of force to secure its desired outcome. But outcomes may also be the result of voluntary agreements. These agreements must be self-enforcing, and actors must believe that they are better off honoring the agreement than violating it.6 The benefits of an agreement, however, need not be symmetrical. Bargaining power matters.7 Agreements might, or