Taiwan in troubled times : essays on the Chen Shui-bian presidency /
editor, John F. Cooper.
Singapore ; River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, c2002.
vi, 264 ; 23 cm.
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Singapore ; River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, c2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-256) and index.
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Chen Shui-bian's 2000 election to Taiwan's presidency dramatically changed the political landscape. Chen leads the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and is Taiwan's first non-Kuomintang president. His victory seemed to herald a bright era of consolidated democracy in Taiwan, but this edited volume takes a less sanguine view. Taiwan scholar Copper argues that Chen's administration has failed to stabilize cross-strait relations, eradicate political corruption, and achieve economic development and political stability--major campaign promises of the DPP. Sheng Lijun shows China's dissatisfaction with the independence-leaning Chen and DPP in stringent requirements for normalization. Chao Chien-min attributes Chen's indecisive China policy to factional politics of the DPP. George Tsai says Beijing-Taipei relations reflect "dynamic stability" and pose little threat to global and regional stability. The authors' studies encompass only eight months of Chen's four-year term, yet many observers will agree with their conclusions. For a more carefully crafted analysis of Taiwan under DPP administration, see the November 2002 issue of The Journal of Contemporary China. A dozen appendixes complete the volume, including China's White Paper on Taiwan and several of Chen's presidential addresses. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates and above. G. A. McBeath University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Concerned with Taiwan's politics and its relations with China following the election of Chen Shui-bian as President in March 2000.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
Taiwan in Gridlockp. 19
Whither Cross-Strait Relationsp. 52
The Democratic Progressive Party's Factional Politicsp. 101
Dynamic Stability in Beijing-Taipei Relationsp. 123
Addendum: Taiwan's December 2001 Electionp. 146
China's White Paper on Taiwanp. 153
Zhu Rongji's Statement before Taiwan Electionp. 174
Chen Shui-bian's Victory Speechp. 177
Chen Shui-bian's Inauguration Addressp. 180
President Chen's National Day Address, 2000p. 190
President's New Year's Eve Addressp. 194
President's New Year's Addressp. 199
President's First Anniversary Speechp. 204
Economic Conference Closing Addressp. 210
Resolutions of Economic Conferencep. 217
President's National Day Address, 2001p. 219
President's Comments on the APEC Conferencep. 224
Notesp. 227
Selected Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 257
About the editor and contributorsp. 263
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