The Reunification of China: PRC-Taiwan Relations in Flux

The Reunification of China: PRC-Taiwan Relations in Flux

The Reunification of China: PRC-Taiwan Relations in Flux

The Reunification of China: PRC-Taiwan Relations in Flux

Synopsis

This in-depth study examines the policies of Beijing and Taipei towards reunification. The China policies of the other major powers, with special reference to the Taiwan issue, are also explored. The work deals with possible options or solutions for the reunification issue and interactions and trends in the Taiwan straits. A special postscript on the Tiananmen Square issue and the repercussions of that incident on relations between Beijing and Taipei is of timely interest.

Excerpt

Although I have been watching the developments in China ever since my days as a graduate student, my professional interest in the reunification of China started in earnest when I was invited by the Atlantic Council to present a paper for its conference on "Taiwan in the Next Decade: Western Interests and Options," held in March 1985 at Airlie House, Virginia. the paper was subsequently published as an article entitled "Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Realpolitik par Excellence?" in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 7, No. 3 (December 1985). I must add that the Atlantic Council conference also jolted me into thinking more about the views presented in the meeting, particularly those of Li Shenzhi, Zi Zhongyun, Yu-ming Shaw, Alexander Lu, Huan Guocang, and others. As a result, when I was approached to write another paper on the People's Republic of China (PRC)-Taiwan relations by the Second Quadrilateral Conference on "Economic Policies, Political Trends, and Regional and Global Security Issues in the Pacific-Asian Region," sponsored jointly by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; the Asia Pacific Association of Japan, Tokyo; the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta; and the Asiatic Research Center, Korea University, Seoul, I accepted the invitation and wrote a paper on "The prc and Taiwan -- Moving toward a More Realistic Relationship." the paper was discussed in two rounds of discussion, one held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in August 1987 and another held in Berkeley, California, in January 1988 and benefited from the comments of the participants in the conference. I

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