Constitutional Reform and the Future of the Republic of China

Constitutional Reform and the Future of the Republic of China

Constitutional Reform and the Future of the Republic of China

Constitutional Reform and the Future of the Republic of China

Synopsis

The conference that forms the basis for this book was held in Taipei in 1989. With contributions by political figures from both the Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, as well as leading scholars from Taiwan and the US, this book discusses the critical issues affecting the future of Taiwan. The book discusses Taiwan's economic achievements, its pathbreaking experiments with political reform, its unique patterns of political participation, its example as a fully modernized Chinese cultural community, its importance in the world trading system, and its key role in Pacific Basin international relations. It also discusses how these factors have made Taiwan a focus of interest for students of economic development, comparative politics and international relations.

Excerpt

The Taiwan Area Studies Program (TASP) in Columbia University's East Asian Institute was initiated in July 1989, with a grant from the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University. Its purpose is to encourage research and teaching on Taiwan at Columbia, and to serve local, national, and international audiences with information on Taiwan provided through conferences, publications, and other programs.

Taiwan's economic achievements, its pathbreaking experiments with political reform, its unique patterns of political participation, its example as a fully modernized Chinese cultural community, its importance in the world trading system, and its key role in Pacific Basin international relations have all made Taiwan the focus of intense interest among students of economic development, comparative politics, and international relations.

Events in Taiwan are fast-moving and complex. They would be difficult to follow from abroad even with adequate press coverage, and are even more elusive without it. the important developments that occurred during and after the National Affairs Conference (NAC) of July 1990 were understood by few Americans, even those who try to keep up with events in Taiwan. tasp decided it was important to bring up-to-date, in-depth information about the nac before our audience to enable them to analyze the meaning of these events for Taiwan's development. the Conference on Constitutional Reform and the Future of the roc was held on October 16 and 17, 1990.

Ambassador Harvey Feldman, a member of our program's Advisory Committee, organized this meeting of leading nac participants and observers. Participants included political figures from both the ruling Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, and leading scholars from Taiwan and the United States. Many of the speakers, both politicians and scholars, were nac participants and could report as both . . .

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