Taiwan in World Affairs

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Taiwan and the International System:
The Challenge of Legitimation

Samuel S. Kim

China is willing to develop relations of friendship and cooperation with countries all over the world.... However, China is firm in its stand on major questions of principle such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, and other issues relating to China's state sovereignty, and the fundamental interests of the nation. China will never barter away its principles, and there is no room for concession in this respect. Any acts interfering in China's internal affairs would arouse strong reactions from the Chinese people.

-- PRC Foreign Minister Qian Qichen 1

Of all the guiding principles, the first is our one- China policy. We have made it very clear that there is only one China, the Republic of China. Of course, the mainland has a different view.

-- ROC Foreign Minister
Frederick F. Chien2


Introduction

The status of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan in the international system poses a paradox. On the one hand, Taiwan's "achievement status" -- the so-called Taiwan Miracle -- has become the envy of many developing countries. The basic indicators of Taiwan's economic progress with considerable social equity are impressive: per capita GNP of $10,215 in 1992 surpassing the $10,000 benchmark for passage into the exclusive club of rich countries (double that of Greece

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Taiwan's Role in World Affairs: Background, Status, and Prospects 1
  • Notes 20
  • 2 - Taiwan's Economic Role in East Asian Development 23
  • Notes 70
  • 3 - Taiwan in the International Arms Market 73
  • Notes 100
  • Notes 106
  • 4 - Taiwan's Position Regarding Transnational Issues 113
  • Notes 133
  • Notes 139
  • 5 - Taiwan and the International System: the Challenge of Legitimation 145
  • Notes 185
  • 6 - Domestic Roots of Taiwan's Influence in World Affairs 191
  • Notes 206
  • Notes 210
  • 7 - Taiwan-Prc Relations 215
  • Notes 233
  • 8 - Taiwan and Greater China 235
  • Notes 265
  • Notes 270
  • 9 - Taiwan's International Role: Implications for U.S. Policy 277
  • Notes 308
  • About the Contributors 311
  • About the Book 313
  • Index 315
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