Foreign Policy of the Republic of China on Taiwan: An Unorthodox Approach

Foreign Policy of the Republic of China on Taiwan: An Unorthodox Approach

Foreign Policy of the Republic of China on Taiwan: An Unorthodox Approach

Foreign Policy of the Republic of China on Taiwan: An Unorthodox Approach

Synopsis

This first major scholarly study of the foreign policy of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan examines in detail the history and current reality of the ROC's relations with its Asian neighbors, the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Canada. The contributors demonstrate that Taiwan's economic success, political democratization, and social stability have enabled it to effectively utilize unorthodox diplomacy to break its international isolation and to play an increasingly active role in the international arena.

Excerpt

The Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan has been able to play an increasingly active role in the international arena in recent years because of its success in economic development and political democratization. Yet learned publications on Taiwan are very limited. While there are a few books on the roc, most of them deal with economic and political developments with only passing references made to roc foreign policy. To rectify this situation, this volume, the first major scholarly attempt to examine the ROC's foreign relations since its government seat was moved to Taipei in 1949, deals with the major aspects of Taipei's foreign policy development and the country's consequent relations with other nations.

This book consists of twelve chapters written by nine prominent scholars from Canada, the Republic of China, and the United States. in the introductory chapter, Yu San Wang reviews the foreign policy of the roc during the past forty years and pays special attention to the difference between traditional and contemporary international relations, approaches profoundly affecting the behavior of many countries in foreign policy. He explains why the ROC's unorthodox diplomacy is working in today's realistic world.

Chapters two and three consider the ROC's relations with the United States; chapter two covers the official relations until 1979 and chapter three takes up Washington-Taipei unofficial relations since 1979. the authors for these chapters are professors Peter K. H. Yu and Szu-yin Ho, respectively.

Hsu Chieh-lin in chapter four writes extensively about Taipei-Tokyo relations, providing the reader with important historical accounts. Professor Hsu divides the ROC's relations with Japan into six periods and carefully analyzes them.

The author of chapter five is Professor Sung-po Chu who skillfully details the ROC's relations with South Korea, the only nation in East Asia still maintaining diplomatic relations with the roc. Chu provides the reader with a clear picture of relations between the two countries in terms of close cooperation and very real difficulties.

Kuo-hsiung Lee in chapter six centers on the ROC's relations with Southeast Asian nations. He describes the steady improvement of Taipei's relations with these nations in the areas of economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, and emphasizes the ROC's special relations with Singapore.

In chapter seven Tzong-ho Bau discusses the ROC's Middle East policy; he covers Taipei's policy toward this region over the past thirty years and dem-

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