The Future of United States, China, and Taiwan Relations

The Future of United States, China, and Taiwan Relations

Language: English

Pages: 245

ISBN: 1349294713

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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.

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and China. These consequences remain hard to evaluate, partly because there are still too few studies about the changing Taiwanese mind-set and partly because we are looking at a moving target, an ongoing reality. It is fair to propose that for the time being, this interdependence has on the one hand increased the need for the Taiwanese government to stabilize its channels of communication and gradually “normalize” (as much as possible) its relations with China. On the other hand, it has partly

Rice, Ben Franklin Room,” U.S. Department of State, February 18, 2005, at http://2001-2009.state.gov/secretary/rm/2005/42473.htm. Anthony Faiola, “Japan to Join U.S. Policy on Taiwan -Growth of China Seen Behind Shift,” The Washington Post, February 18, 2005, p. A01 at http://www. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33297-2005Feb17.html. Richard Boucher, Spokesman, Daily Press Briefing, U.S. Department of State, February 18, 2005, http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2005/42480.htm. See

Jiang Zeming to Hu Jintao, the consensus within the top leadership has not changed. The Chinese leadership is still holding the view that at the present time and in the foreseeable future, it is in China’s best interest to preserve a good relationship with the United States, rather than engage in a confrontation over Taiwan with Washington. A stable and healthy Sino-U.S. relationship is essential for China’s economic modernization and integration into the world system. The first two decades of

flights in October 2004. Initially, the Chinese side still responded by insisting on preconditions such as the one-China principle, the 1992 consensus, and treating cross-Strait matters as Chinese internal affairs. In January 2005, the Chinese side finally agreed to talk to Taiwan about the issue and the negotiation terms, using the “white glove” of the Taipei Airline Association, and met in Macao to work out the first direct, bilateral chartered flights for the Lunar New Year holiday. Using a

Republic of China (ROC), which was established in 1912. To those who support Taiwan independence, “status quo” means that Taiwan is an independent sovereign state because it fulfills all of the criteria for statehood set by the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States. For Hu Jintao, the status quo in the Taiwan Strait may mean that China and Taiwan are not yet unified. Beijing often avoids the term of divided nations to describe the present reality in the Taiwan Strait and

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